The 8 Best Cord Cutting Tools

Updated March 15, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

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If you aren't already considering dumping your expensive cable or satellite television service, the cord cutting tools on this list ought to get you on the phone to cancel. Today's options make it simple and inexpensive to stream all your favorite movies, TV shows, and even games. Plus, they offer features that cable and satellite can't, such as the ability to download apps. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best cord cutting tool on Amazon.

8. Nyrius Aries Prime

The Nyrius Aries Prime can stream uncompressed HD video and audio from a laptop or PC to your television with ease. Its high-performance digital signal transmits through walls, ceilings, and floors, and produces line of sight results no matter what's in the way.
  • no wi-fi connection required
  • never reduces picture quality
  • no remote interface
Brand Nyrius
Model NPCS549
Weight 1.1 pounds
Rating 4.1 / 5.0

7. Pigflytech Ti6

The Pigflytech Ti6 comes with lots of games preinstalled, and is compatible with many of the newest versions released in the Google Play store. This totally unlocked box is free of restrictions, letting you download any app you want.
  • dual band wi-fi up to 750mbps
  • movies never lag or pause
  • remote is difficult to operate
Brand Pigflytech (PF)
Weight 1.5 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0

6. Roku Streaming Stick

With the Roku Streaming Stick, any older content that would come in at 720p is automatically upscaled to 1080p, delivering the best quality available for video that might not meet today's clarity standards. It plugs directly into your TV's HDMI port.
  • unbiased search results
  • private listening via mobile device
  • does not support 4k
Brand Roku
Model 3600R
Weight 16 ounces
Rating 3.9 / 5.0

5. Leelbox Amlogic T95M S905x

The Leelbox Amlogic T95M S905x has helpful features, like a built-in clock and a light that tells you when it is connected to Wi-Fi. It has almost any type of connection option you'd want, including a LAN, OTG, and two USB ports.
  • rapid response to your commands
  • notifies you of software updates
  • confusing installation instructions
Brand Leelbox
Weight 14.4 ounces
Rating 4.5 / 5.0

4. Amazon Fire TV

All you have to do to get the Amazon Fire TV to find a show or movie of your choosing is depress the microphone button and say its title. The system will instantly seek out the media and give you simple options to play it. The streaming experience is virtually buffer-free.
  • comprehensive parental controls
  • expandable storage
  • supports 4k resolution
Brand Amazon
Model DV83YW
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.3 / 5.0

3. Nvidia Shield TV

The Nvidia Shield TV is designed with gamers in mind, as it comes with a full-sized controller and the ability to stream AAA PC games with GeForce Now. It also utilizes Google's voice search feature to make interacting with the web's available videos a breeze.
  • supports 4k hdr
  • includes 3 gb of ram
  • dolby atmos surround compatible
Model 945-12897-2500-001
Weight 3.8 pounds
Rating 4.7 / 5.0

2. Amazon Fire TV Stick

If you prefer a wireless look to your entertainment center, the Amazon Fire TV Stick will plug directly into one of the HDMI ports built into your set. That small receiver contains a quad-core processor and 1 GB of RAM for performance on a par with larger, wired options.
  • integrates with alexa
  • supports up to 1080p resolution
  • connection extender included
Brand Amazon
Model LY73PR
Weight 6.4 ounces
Rating 5.0 / 5.0

1. Roku Ultra

The Roku Ultra is capable of streaming UHD 4K content at 60 frames per second, making the most out of your television's capabilities. It also boasts what might be the company's most important feature, especially if you're the forgetful type: a remote finder.
  • over 4500 channels
  • quad-core processor
  • hdr video support
Brand Roku
Model Roku Ultra
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.6 / 5.0

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Last updated on March 15, 2017 by Daniel Imperiale

Daniel is a writer, actor, and director living in Los Angeles, CA. He spent a large portion of his 20s roaming the country in search of new experiences, taking on odd jobs in the strangest places, studying at incredible schools, and making art with empathy and curiosity.

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