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Best 3 Media Streaming Devices for Live/AVOD Streaming and AirPlay

Nowadays, increasing consumer demand for streaming HD content has led to many great fee-based and cost-free media streaming devices thriving on the market, like Roku, Chromecast, Apple-TV, Plex and Slingbox for everyone to choose from. But, to get the best media streaming quality, you need to find out the best media streaming device. So, here in this article, 3 best media streaming devices according to star rating are listed for your information and reference.

Best 3 Media Streaming Devices on List

Media streaming devices actually use the "streaming" method to deliver contents from a provider to the end user, and "streaming" can be characterized into three kinds: live streaming, AVOD streaming, and AirPlay according to different source types. The best 3 media streaming devices listed cover all those three kinds and are selected for your streaming preferences.

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Best Media Streaming Device for Live and AVOD Streaming:

Roku 3 (& Roku streaming stick for $50) for $100

As one of the most popular and best streaming devices, Roku 3 connects to over 1500 free and paid stream sources including PBS, YouTube, Amazon, Showtime, Netflix, Hulu Plus, Crunchyroll, HBO Go (Hello, "Game of Thrones";), etc. that provide on-demand content and live streaming videos. You can control the Roku 3 with your mobile device and connect to the Internet via either Wi-Fi or Ethernet. It offers perhaps the widest variety of content, yet not compatible with 4K televisions.

Best Media Streaming Device for Apple Fans:

Apple-TV for $69

Talking about the best media streaming device for Apple fans, the first thing that may come to your mind would be Apple-TV, which is not only one of the best streaming devices that can receive live streaming and audio/video on demand from Hulu, YouTube, Netflix (no Amazon), but also an AirPlay receiver that streams music and video from iTunes, as well as content from iPhones and iPads. Ideal for someone who owns several Apple devices.

Best Media Streaming Device for Live TV

Slingbox M1 for $150

While most people still prefer to watch TV via cable or satellite, Slingbox M1 may be the best streaming device for watching live TV shows as it beams your home TV signal to anywhere you have an internet connection. It can access live and DVR'd TV on a variety of devices without monthly fees, and works over LTE as well as Wi-Fi. Therefore, you can watch live TV shows on your computer or mobile devices even if you're away from home.

However, if you are hesitating to purchase one of those best yet expensive media streaming devices, a powerful free streaming player software –5KPlayer is worth a try, as it is very handy for free AVOD streaming and Airplay.

Turn your Mac/PC into A Best free Streaming Device with 5KPlayer

As an omnipotent free streaming media player, 5KPlayer, also one of the top 3 AirPlay sender can transform your Mac/PC into one of the best free streaming devices. It empowers your Mac/PC to become a free AVOD streaming device that streams music from Spotify, Pandora, Slacker, MOG, Napster, Vevo etc, and an AirPlay receiver device that streams 4K videos, movies, music and even 8K videos from iPhone, iPad with high playback quality. Although 5KPlayer installed Mac/PC is not that advanced than the previous two devices, 5KPlayer version 2 is a great choice for your cost-free streaming experience.

Here, for example, we'll teach you how to free stream any Spotify music from iPhone to this 5KPlayer installed best media streaming device:

Step 1: Download and launch this best free streaming media player on Mac.

Step 2: Go to Control Center on the display of your iPhone and click AirPlay. Select 5KPlayer installed Mac here.

Note: Do make sure to connect your iOS device and Mac to the same Wi-Fi network.

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Step 3: Go to your AirPlay-enabled Spotify and play the music on your iPhone you want to stream. Click the "i" button on the top left corner of the screen and the AirPlay button will appear on the playing interface. Tap it to start your free media streaming with 5KPlayer, which will grant you the best audio experience with 100% sound quality reserved.

Note: Do make sure that the video format is AirPlay supported which includes video in MP4, M4V and music in MP3, if not then you should convert the video to AirPlay compatible format first.

AirPlay Spotify Music from Best Media Streaming Device

Note: This free streaming media player accepts high resolutions up to 4K/5K/8K with 7.1 surround sound and almost all file formats (AVI, MKV, WMV, FLV, DivX, etc) and codecs. It is also a free video music player and online video downloader that will surprise you with its extraordinary ability in playing Youtube music as well as downloading videos and music from over 300 websites.

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