Hardware

There are several options when it comes to OTT (over the top) devices that are key for cutting the cord. An OTT device is the hub for access to all the various streaming services. As an OTT device will be the primary device you will rely on for watching TV day in and day out it's important to pick a device that is reliable and easy to use for everyone in your home. There are different price points for the various devices, but we don't recommend that you buy the cheapest device here. Cheap typically means it will have minimal memory and a low end chip in the device which can result in the device becoming obsolete quicker. All of the devices below can be purchased at stores like Best Buy, Walmart, Staples or online from Amazon.ca

 
 
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Apple TV

The Apple TV 4 is currently the device we recommend the most. This is because at this time it's the best device affording you the most options. While it's easy for most people to know what they want to watch today, knowing what you may want to watch in 6 months or a year is more difficult. As such you want a device that will be able to grow and evolve over time with your tastes. In short you want a streaming device that has the most streaming apps available on it.   

That is currently the Apple TV 4. There are several models of the Apple TV 4. A normal HD model and a 4K model. Both models are available in 32GB and 64GB options. If you already have a 4K television then you may want to consider the 4K model although there is currently limited content available in 4K. Whatever model you decide to purchase for most the 32GB version is sufficient enough for streaming.   

The Apple TV platform also offers a variety of games you can download and play through it, which is why some people consider the bigger 64GB model.   

This article offers a more in depth review of the Apple TV 4.


Roku

The Roku is a great starting device for cord cutters. There are several models of the Roku currently to consider. (Ultra, Premiere, Premiere+, Express & Stick) The only challenge with the Roku platform at this point is that there aren't many Canadian apps for the Roku. For a better overview of the Roku you can read this review.

 

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Other

You'll read about many other devices you can use to stream. All of them offer similar options like the ones mentioned above. The challenge with other devices is that they are not as robust.  

Smart TV's

If you have bought a TV in the last 5 years then chance are your TV is probably capable of connecting to the internet and offers a few of the larger streaming service apps built into the TV.  If you want to better understand why we don't recommend using a Smart TV read this article: Smart TVs Are Stupid: Why You Don’t Really Want a Smart TV

Chromecast

Google's Chromecast at first glance seems like a very appealing device. It's small, very affordable and it's made by media giant Google. It's not an OTT device through. There is no remote, instead you have to start a stream on a secondary device like your smartphone, computer or tablet. This can cause issues from time to time because the signal is being cast from your device to the Chromecast and on to the TV. If you have a lot of people in your home then all of them need to learn how to do this with their own devices which doesn't make a simple central option.

Amazon Fire TV

You'll read a lot of positive reviews of these devices online, Unfortunately these devices are very US centric and as such they don't offer up much in terms of Canadian streaming options at this time. They also don't offer the full variety of streaming apps that both the Apple TV and the Roku offer even in the US.

Game Consoles

Many people may already have some sort of gaming console (XBox, PlayStation, Nintendo) in their home hooked up to their television already. Many of these devices offer some streaming apps as well. These devices are primarily used for gaming though and many of the same issues with SmartTV's you'll find with using these devices as your primary streaming device.

Computers, Tablets, Smartphones

You can stream through all of these devices as well but let's face it most people want to watch TV on their televisions.