At just under $50, Roku's all-new streaming stick is a bargain for media lovers. It has eight times the processing power of the 2014 version, so viewers get shows quickly and smoothly with a speedy launch. The Roku stick is pocket-sized—but does lack the 4K streaming ability of the Roku 4 (which we looked at here). But you can use the stick to access more than 3,000 channels with over 300,000 movies, and TV episodes are also just a click away. The user can use the stick in different locations around the home and even at someone else's house with the aid of a smartphone or web browser to connect. Finally, Roku can also be controlled from a remote app on a smartphone (Android or iOS).
A bit cheaper than the Roku at $39.99, the Amazon Fire TV Stick is a great choice for media streaming. The Amazon Fire allows for over 4,000 channels, apps, and games, and over 250,000 television episodes for as much viewing enjoyment a person could ask for. The device is fitted with a dual-core processor and 1 GB of memory. The Amazon Fire can travel too - to hotels, friends' homes, and more. With the stick, the user gets unlimited access to Amazon Video with an Amazon Prime membership. There's also a voice remote option if your fingers don't feel like doing the talking. So if you're fired up for a new streaming device, the Amazon Fire is a hot choice!