Find out which streaming device is right for you | Tulsa World: "Apple, Roku, Boxee and others manufacture separate devices focused on streaming. These tend to be small and inexpensive and often enable much more content than you'd get with smart TVs and Blu-ray players. Each device has different capabilities. So investigate which setup is right for you. . . . What's this about streaming media files from your computer? This is a special feature offered by a few devices. The Western Digital TV Play box, which sells for $79.99, can stream files from a PC. The PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 also have the capability. So can Apple TV, but only if you have iTunes or a Mac. A downloadable app for Roku called Plex can also enable PC streaming. However, each method can only play certain file formats, such as .avi. If the files are in the wrong format, they won't work. You can convert your files into formats these receivers can recognize, but an easier method is the downloadable TVersity PC app. . . . ." Read more at http://www.tulsaworld.com/business/article.aspx?subjectid=52&articleid=20130317_52_E1_CUTLIN463062
Or if you have a "smart" TV, just stream directly from your computer! One tip--find out if your device will stream YouTube--some of the streaming devices do not.
Popular streaming channels:Netflix: The king of movie and TV show streaming. $7.99/mo.
YouTube: User-submitted videos and some original programming. Free.
Hulu Plus: TV shows days after they air and some movies. $7.99/mo.
Amazon Prime: A strong Netflix competitor with other Amazon benefits. $79/year.
Crackle: Movies and TV mostly from Sony's library. Free.
Vudu: Movie rental site owned by Walmart. Fees per movie