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5 Best Apple TV Alternative In 2018

The Apple TV is a wonderful device, able to turn any traditional TV into a fully featured into a Smart TV with access to hundreds of applications. Not only that, but you’ll be able to watch endless amounts of content as well — with access to the iTunes Store, you’ll be able to rent or purchase your favorite movies or TV shows. You’ll be able to listen to a large library of music as well. And with access to all of those apps we just mentioned, you’ll be able to access plenty of other content as well, such as Netflix, Hulu, and more. The Apple TV certainly isn’t for everything though; not everyone has an Apple phone or tablet to make the ecosystem or attractive, and some folks just aren’t into the price of the Apple TV. So, if you’re looking for an Apple TV alternative, be sure to follow along below. Here are our top picks.

Product Brand Name Price
AmazonFire TV Cube | Hands-Free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HDBuy on Amazon|$96.59(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)
AmazonFire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media PlayerBuy on Amazon|$24.99(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)
RokuRoku Ultra | 4K/HDR/HD streaming player with Enhanced remoteBuy on Amazon|$59.99(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)
NVIDIANVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOWBuy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)

Fire TV

First up, we have the Amazon Fire TV stick. Plug this Fire TV stick into the back of your TV via an HDMI input, and you can be streaming content in moments — all you have to do is log in with your Amazon account. Fire TV gives you access to tons of different entertainment apps — Netflix, Hulu, CBS All Access, FOX, Pandora, and so much more. They also have a large library of exclusive TV shows and movies only available on Amazon Prime Video. They make it easy to rent, purchase, download, and access as much content as your heart desires, and for very little price, too.

Buy it now: Amazon

Roku Ultra

You might also want to consider what is being offered in the Roku Ultra. It takes on a very different style than the Fire TV and Apple TV. With the Roku Ultra, you download channels or “apps” for accessing your content. On The Roku Channel, you can rent or purchase movies and various TV shows. Aside from that, Roku Ultra has an endless amount of channels you can download — Hallmark, Netflix, Hulu, CBS, PBS, ABC, Fox News, and an endless amount of others. While the Roku Ultra does give you access to standard movie and TV content, we think this one is the best for those who are also interested in live TV, as the Roku Ultra will give you access to that.

Buy it now: Amazon

Fire TV Cube

The Fire TV Cube is worth looking at as an Apple TV alternative as well. As the name implies, it is in the shape of a cube, and has to be plugged in with an HDMI and power cord. As far as content goes, you’ll have access to the exact same found on the Fire TV — a vast library of movies and TV shows on Prime Video and then hundreds of applications that are downloadable to the device. The idea behind the Fire TV Cube is to give you a hands-free streaming experience, letting you use your voice to access and watch content instead. Just tell Alexa what you want to watch, and she’ll load up your chosen show for you. The Fire TV Cube, with Alexa, is also capable of controlling lights, telling you the weather, and more.

Buy it now: Amazon

NVIDIA Shield TV

The NVIDIA Shield TV is another Apple TV alternative worth considering. This device is much larger, but there’s a ton of hardware packed in it. If you ever wanted to do some Android gaming on your TV, this is the device to do it on. With powerful hardware, the NVIDIA Shield TV can play even the most demanding games on the Play Store. In addition, you’ll have access to a wide range of content from apps like Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Sony Crackle, PS Vue, and so many more.

Buy it now: Amazon

Chromecast Ultra

Last, but certainly not least, we have the Google Chromecast. Chromecast isn’t a software TV solution like the Fire TV Cube, Apple TV, or even the NVIDIA Shield TV. Instead, it allows you to “cast” content directly from your phone or computer to your TV by way of the Chromecast. Load up your favorite Netflix show on your smartphone and you can press a button to easily “cast” it to your TV with the Chromecast. The Chromecast works with all sorts of content as well, including YouTube videos.

Buy it now: Amazon

Verdict

As you can see, there are tons of Apple TV replacements on the market. Any one of these will replace the Apple TV well, but we can’t help but recommend the Fire TV Cube for the best replacement device.

Product Brand Name Price
AmazonFire TV Cube | Hands-Free with Alexa and 4K Ultra HDBuy on Amazon|$96.59(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)
AmazonFire TV Stick with Alexa Voice Remote | Streaming Media PlayerBuy on Amazon|$24.99(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)
RokuRoku Ultra | 4K/HDR/HD streaming player with Enhanced remoteBuy on Amazon|$59.99(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)
NVIDIANVIDIA SHIELD TV Gaming Edition | 4K HDR Streaming Media Player with GeForce NOWBuy on Amazon|$199(Price as of 11/19/2018 15:50 ET)

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