Streaming is bigger than ever since we are spending more time at home. But with that, comes the need for reliable devices to accommodate this. If you, like me, are not willing to replace your perfectly functioning TV just because it’s not smart then I have just the solution for you.

You can purchase a streaming device to give your regular TV the capabilities of a smart TV. Or maybe you just need a device to improve your streaming experience on your smart TV. After all, a smart TV is exactly like your smartphone, the less apps you have on it, the better the performance.

I have selected three streaming devices under R1000 for you to check out.

Google Chromecast

If you are already living in the Google world, then this is a good choice for you.

  • Output: HDMI.
  • No remote (cast onto your TV using smartphone, tablet or PC).
  • Wireless stream.
  • USB powered.
  • Supports local apps like DSTV Now and Showmax.
  • Not all services are available in SA.

Price: R684

Xiaomi MI TV Stick

Xiaomi MI TV Stick is a portable media player powered by Android TV.

  • Output: HDMI.
  • Comes with a remote with voice control, and dedicated Netflix and PrimeVideo buttons.
  • Wireless stream.
  • 8Gb storage.
  • Supports local apps like DSTV Now and Showmax.
  • You can cast onto TV wirelessly or using your iPhone, iPad, Android device or PC.

Price: R849

Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite

I believe this one deserves a mention because it’s Amazon. You do however need an Amazon account to use it.

  • Output: HDMI.
  • Comes with Alexa voice remote control.
  • Wireless stream.
  • 8Gb storage.
  • Does not support local apps like DSTV Now.
  • Plug in behind TV, connect to the internet and set up.
  • Not all services are available in SA.

Price: R949

Are there other streaming devices in the market that you think are worth a mention? Or details that we did not mention on the selected ones? Please add your comments below or on our social pages.

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