In the past, we approached TV watching with a “get what you get” mentality. We’d turn it on and scroll through channel after channel before eventually settling on a show or movie were weren’t even that excited about after what felt like hours of channel surfing. Nowadays, however, we expect a lot more from our TV-watching experience. Not only do we want access to cable and sports channels, but we also want to browse every streaming service under the sun. Naturally, newer televisions (like the Samsung frame TV) have these capabilities built into their designs. But if you have an older TV—or one that’s under $300—you’re probably doing most of your streaming from a phone or laptop. And if you fall into the latter camp, I have two words for you: streaming stick. ICYMI, these are devices you can plug into your TV to access every streaming platform under the sun. We’re talking Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu, Apple TV+ and more—all in one place.
So, since we’re approaching the season of gifting, and you probably don’t have the budget to buy Mom a new flatscreen, I decided to test two of the most popular streaming devices on the market: the Roku streaming stick and Amazon fire stick.
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