New 4K streaming boxes to improve the intelligence of your TV
Be warned though, the picture might suffer if your old HDMI cables aren’t up to par. Switching to the Fetch cable included in the box saw Dolby Vision kick in on my LG OLED.
The Mini 4K also upgrades to Gigabit Ethernet and Wi-Fi 6 for smoother streaming, assuming your home broadband connection is up to the task.
The Fetch TV Mini 4K is perfect for some living rooms, but unfortunately it still lacks a few of the popular new streaming services like Disney + and Apple TV +. If this is a deciding factor, there are a few other options.
The $ 249 Apple TV 4K offers just about all video services, and there are plenty of mobile apps that can be streamed to it from an Apple device via AirPlay.
Then there’s the $ 99 Chromecast with Google TV, a dongle that’s more like a set-top box thanks to onscreen apps and a physical remote. Like Apple TV, you’ll find streaming services from Amazon, Apple, Disney, Netflix, and Stan, as well as Optus Sport, Kayo, and Binge, and again there are plenty of mobile apps that can send videos to it via Google Cast. .
Then there’s a new competitor, with Amazon finally bringing its $ 99 Fire TV 4K dongle and voice remote to Australia, rather than expecting us to settle for Fire TV Lite. Like all the others, it supports classic HDR and Dolby Vision.
The Fire TV 4K is user-friendly, with the ability to create profiles for everyone in the house so they have their own home screen, watchlist, and recommendations. Unfortunately, a few Australian apps like Kayo and Binge are missing. There is also no Amazon equivalent to Cast or AirPlay for streaming video from mobile devices.
While the Fire TV 4K looks stylish, it’s hard to recommend it to its rivals unless you’ve already pledged your allegiance to Amazon’s Echo speakers and Alexa smart assistant.
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