Which Video Players are Best for Netflix or Amazon Instant?

Best Video Player for Netflix or Amazon InstantOver the past few years, Netflix and Amazon Instant have changed how we watch movies on our home entertainment system.

I personally remember having to drive over to Hollywood Video or Blockbuster just to see if that new release was available (it was a pain and the videos were expensive).

NetFlix vs Amazon Instant

Netflix offers a subscription-based movie and TV show rental service through internet streaming or mail. The selection that you can view instantly via online streaming is quite impressive.

Amazon Instant is a great choice if you are planning to get a Prime membership. The Prime membership gives you many benefits including free 2 day shipping, book rentals through the Kindle Store and free video streaming using Amazon Instant.

If you’re more of a fan of streaming over getting a hard copy of a rental then there would be times when you don’t want to be stuck just using your computer to watch a show or movie. There are several items out in the market that can be used to view content from Netflix or Amazon Instant and these are some of the best ones that you can find.

The Boxee Box by D-Link

The Boxee Box by D-LinkIt might not have the most creative name, but that doesn’t mean that this isn’t a high quality item. Boxee allows you to watch movies, shows, and clips from the Internet on your TV.

It comes ready for instant streaming from Netflix. You can easily select from a vast number of titles.

The Boxee also comes with a two-faced remote control that features a full QWERTY keypad on one side. This makes it very easy to navigate and search through all the content that you can access so that you can find what you want easily and quickly. If you have an iPhone or an Android device, you can also use it as a remote control too.

Boxee allows you to view content from other sources like YouTube and VUDU (but not Amazon Instant Video). Setting up the Boxee is really easy. Just connect it to your TV’s HDMI input and turn it on. It also helps that the Boxee looks pretty good and has a really nice design.

Roku 3 Streaming Player

Roku 3 Streaming PlayerUsing a Roku is probably one of the most popular ways to play content from Netflix and Amazon Instant Video.

This particular model is faster and more powerful than its previous incarnations and can play high definition videos of up to 1080p.

It’s simple, easy, and convenient which is something that everyone looks for in an item used for entertainment.

A great feature that it has is the remote control of the player features a jack for your headphones or earphones so that you can view content privately without disturbing other people with the audio. This is perfect for parents who want to sneak some relaxation and fun after the kids have gone to bed.

There are also games that were designed to be played on the Roku 3 with Angry Birds Space included for free. You can also stream content from your iOS or Android device with the help of apps that cater to both operating systems.

For nearly $100 less than the Boxee, the Roku 3 is an excellent device that does everything you need it to do and lets you use it easily with multiple other devices like an iPhone or Galaxy which is why it has a high customer review rating on Amazon.

3M Streaming Projector Powered by Roku

3M Streaming Projector Powered by RokuThis player, technically speaking, is another Roku player. But this was manufactured by 3M and it is a projector. If you’ve ever wanted to have that theater experience while viewing content from Netflix then this is the best way to go.

This super portable projector can deliver pictures of up to 120 inches in size with a maximum resolution of 800 by 480. It can run for up to 2.5 hours using its battery on eco mode for each full charge but you can up to have it run continuously on AC power.

It comes with a Roku Streaming Stick so that you can use it to stream movies and TV shows. You can also use the streaming stick on a TV with an MHL port or a computer to stream online content there.

There are many ways to watch your favorite movies and TV shows from Netflix or Amazon Instant so just choose from one of these machines and you can go ahead an enjoy yourself. Keep in mind that there are also Smart TVs that have many of these features already built in. Also Dish Network has an app on their DVRs that allows you to watch Netflix right there.