Even if you go on vacation, you don’t have to stop watching your favorite series and movies from the television in your apartment, Airbnb, hotel, or anywhere you have access to a TV. These streaming players will work wherever you have a WiFi network.
Streaming players saved us many times from having to upgrade an old TV. These products can convert any old TV with an HDMI port into a complete Smart TV with WiFi connection and applications.
If you go on vacation this summer and stay in an apartment, a hotel, an Airbnb or anywhere where you have a TV and a WiFi network, you can take your movies and series to enjoy them on the big screen.
This is possible using Chromecast, Fire TV Stick, or Xiaomi Mi TV Stick, among others. Devices that do not take up anything in your luggage. You can install them wherever you have access to a TV with a free HDMI connection and a WiFi network.
Cheapest: Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite
Amazon has one of the cheapest streaming players you can get, the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite. It is a product that is very worthwhile for its price and functions since for only $29.99. You have all the apps you may need and more.
Fire TV Stick has a version of Android heavily modified by Amazon. Actually, it behaves like any Android TV. Therefore you can load applications manually, in addition to downloading them from its app store.
You have Netflix, Prime Video, YouTube, Disney +, DAZN, Movistar +, and many more applications available in their catalog.
This version supports 1080p video and has a remote with a microphone so you can talk to Alexa.
To use the mobile as a remote control: Google Chromecast 3
The well-known Chromecast is one of the best entertainment products to come out of Google. This small product allows you to send application content from your mobile to your TV via WiFi.
Chromecast 3 is the latest version released by Google, and it supports 1080p video. Your mobile does not spend streaming data. It is the player itself that connects and downloads the videos.
The official price of Chromecast 3 is $39.99.
With Android and 4K: Google Chromecast with Google TV
The latest version and the most improved player from Google in its Chromecast range is this Chromecast with Google TV. A player for TV that is actually a mini-computer with Android capable of showing all your streaming applications and making recommendations.
The point in favor of Chromecast with Google TV is that it is very easy to use with its new interface, and it supports 4K video.
Its price is $34.68.
Cheap and with Android: Xiaomi Mi TV Stick
The Xiaomi Mi TV Stick player is a good option for a practically pure and cheap Android player. It is without a doubt the cheapest way to have Android on your TV or take your streaming applications with you anywhere.
It uses Android TV 9.0, it is compatible with 1080p video, and it has the Google assistant integrated with which you can talk with the button on your remote control. Of course, being Android, it also has Chromecast integrated.
It is a very cheap option that you can get for only $29 on eBay with free shipping.
For gamers: NVIDIA Shield TV
Without a doubt, it is the most “extreme” option of all. This NVIDIA Shield TV is an option for a very select audience such as gamers. With this curious tube design, inside is a powerful NVIDIA Tegra X1 + processor, the same one that uses consoles like Nintendo Switch.
It uses Android as the operating system and has access to Google Play to download all your applications and GFORCE Now, NVIDIA’s streaming games platform and games from Google Play itself.
The price has nothing to do with the rest, but this player is closer to being a console than a simple streaming player. You can get it on sale for $144.99 on Amazon.