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New Cord Cutting Devices

If you want to cut the cord, you know that the first step is to get an OTT streaming device. Many of the brands below are pretty familiar to most cord cutters. So what’s different about these devices than from a year or so ago? 

Some are smaller and sleeker than older models. Others are new to Canada, like the Fire TV Stick. Many devices now incorporate voice command systems, like Alexa or Google Home. And finally, many OTT streaming device makers are partnering with TV manufacturers and making smart TVs with their streaming technology built right in. And that’s a trend you can expect to continue. 

Amazon Fire TV

New to Canada as of October, Amazon’s streaming devices are built around FireOS. They still stream other services like Netflix, but they promote Amazon heavily. The Fire TV Stick 4K, retailing at $69.99, is pretty simple. You plug it in and that’s it, 4K titles are right at your fingertips. The device supports HDR and also comes with the Alexa Voice Remote, which features the same voice command system as other Alexa devices. 

Also new to Canada are smart TVs with Amazon Fire built right into the hardware, such as the Toshiba Fire TV Edition TV. They come in three sizes: 43", 50", and 55", for $299.99, $449.99, and $549.99 respectively. Remember, if you buy a smart TV, you won’t need an OTT device

TiVo Bolt OTA

The TiVo Bolt OTA ($250+) is a little different than the rest of the devices on this list in that it isn’t just for cord cutters. It’s the only device with cord shavers in mind. It caters to people with streaming services but who also want to keep a foot in network TV world. It comes with a slot for you to attach a digital antenna but it can also stream content from services like NetflixAmazon, and more. Like other TiVo devices, it offers the ability to fast forward through commercials and can store 1TB worth of TV. However, TiVo does charge a small monthly fee for their service. 

Google Chromecast 

Google Chromecast remains the most inexpensive and simplest streaming device on the market. Only $45, you simply plug it into your TV and then use your phone as a remote. They also work with Google Home, if you’d like to use voice commands. 

Roku

Roku offers the widest range of OTT devices, including the Express ($44.99), theStreaming Stick ($49.99), the Streaming Stick+ ($89.99), the Premiere ($69.99), the Premiere+ ($89.99), and the Ultra ($119.99). These devices offer a range in picture quality, from HD to 4K to HDR, and different kinds of wireless performance. They offer hundreds of streaming services, including many we’ve never even seen before. 

Also exciting, Roku is licensing their technology to TV manufacturers so that there are now a number of Smart TVs on the market built with Roku. Roku is working with brands like RCA, Sharp, Insignia, Sanyo, and more. Because they work with significantly more TV manufacturers than other device makers, there’s a big range of options out there. If you’re looking for an inexpensive smart TV, this would be a good place to start. 

Note: Prices are accurate at the time of publishing.