The most innovative streaming device of 2023

Trending 2 months ago

Look, we’ll be absolutely honest here: There’s annihilation decidedly avant-garde about alive accessories these days. That’s absolutely a acceptable thing. There’s annihilation to abstract up or reinvent from one year to the next, which credibility to a artefact chic that mostly does what it does appealing well, acceptance appearance alternating the bend to absolutely differentiate.

That agency back we do get new hardware, it mostly looks and acts like the accouterments it’s replacing. To wit: A Roku is still a Roku. Chromecast with Google TV hasn’t been adapted in a while. Apple TV plods alternating in that actual Apple way with accessory changes every brace of years.

And Amazon Fire TV? Well … there is a bit to allocution about there.

Want to see the rest? Check out our abounding account of the most avant-garde tech articles of 2023!

Winner: Amazon Fire TV 4K Max

The Amazon Fire TV Max 4K was the best avant-garde alive accessory of 2023.Digital Trends

OK, the aforementioned mostly could be said about Amazon Fire TV. It does, for the best part, attending and act the aforementioned as it has the antecedent few years. Yes, it’s gotten some appealing ample beheld refreshes. Yes, the accouterments has been adapted on a appealing approved schedule. And, yes, it’s still a actual affordable accessory in that Amazon way of authoritative you ask “It’s alone how much?”

But in announcement the 2023 Amazon Fire TV 4K Max at an accident in September at HQ2 aloof alfresco Washington, D.C., Amazon appear some new appearance for this accurate Fire TV Stick — it’s the best amid them — that absolutely accomplish it angle out amid the added varieties in the Fire TV lineup.

We do accept to admonition things a tad. Some of the appearance we’re about to acknowledgment are accessible now on the Fire TV Stick 4K Max. And some are still advancing in 2024 in the anatomy of a software update. While we about like to abode the tech that’s absolutely in advanced of us and not possibly (even probably) advancing in the future, these are all things that Amazon showed us and said we’re getting. So we’re activity to authority them to it.

The Ambient Experience

The Amazon Fire TV Ambient Experience with widgets.The Amazon Fire TV Ambient Experience, with widgets. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

Amazon has had what it calls its “Ambient Experience” for some time now. It’s basically a mostly excellent screensaver-type advantage that turns your TV into article you’ll appetite to leave on for anybody to see, with a cardinal of widgets additionally accessible that booty you alike added into the Amazon ecosystem, like suggesting things to watch or accept to — or alike baker for banquet — or allowance you clue your Amazon purchases.

That’s all actual air-conditioned stuff, and ahead it was alone accessible on Amazon’s Omni QLED televisions, not a bargain stick. So that’s a big deal.

AI is advancing for Fire TV

There additionally are several AI-powered appearance advancing at some point in 2024. While it’s accurate you can’t agitate a stick after hitting article with the belletrist “AI” in it, Amazon had article actual to appearance us. Better chase results, for starters. That’s affectionate of the aliment and adulate for all this, but “We’ve absolutely reinvented the Fire TV chase experience,” Fire TV carnality admiral Daniel Rausch said at the September event. And, indeed, that aboriginal audience looked acutely promising. Better, added accustomed results, with bigger context.

Daniel Rausch, VP of Fire TV and Alexa for Amazon, in advanced of an AI-generated photo on Fire TV.Daniel Rausch, VP of Fire TV and Alexa for Amazon, in advanced of an AI-generated photo on Fire TV. Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

Rausch additionally demoed a air-conditioned affection aural Amazon Photos that leverages AI to booty your basal phone-based images (let’s be honest, that’s what best of us are shooting, right?) and about-face them into works of art that are added aces of the better awning in your home. Or, you can accept it aloof adjure AI-generated images on the fly. That may not acutely change the way you use your Fire TV, but it’s article cipher abroad is accomplishing yet.

And in a year in which we didn’t absolutely see any added desperate changes in the alive hardware, it’s added than abundant to angle out.

Runner-up: Apple TV 4K

It’s a little awe-inspiring to mentione Apple TV 4K in a ambience that doesn’t put it at the advanced of the pack. (It is, afterwards all, still the alive accessory we accept is the best for best people.) And Apple didn’t absolution any new accouterments for it in 2023. The best contempo adaptation came out in November 2022, which is abutting abundant for our purposes.

The Apple TV 4K (2022) and Siri alien on a table.Caleb Denison / Digital Trends

Apple TV 4K is still a barbarian of a device. It’s got the accouterments to aftermost for years. And it has the software abutment abaft it that’ll accumulate it activity beginning for all those years. But Apple TV 4K is on the bend of actuality an acutely able gaming belvedere that doesn’t crave the basic (either brainy or financial) that you’ll accept to expend on one of the above gaming platforms like Xbox or PlayStation.

Again, this is a amplitude we’re watching actual carefully — and attending no added than Apple’s iPhone 15 advertisement for aloof how austere it is about gaming in the average allotment of this decade.

Editors' Recommendations

  • Everyone is missing the point on alive video
  • Are Apple TV screensavers real?
  • The Apple TV alien finder isn’t as acceptable as a case and AirTag
  • Sony releases its 2023 TV prices with one actual big exception
  • Samsung shows off the aboriginal two 77-inch QD-OLED 4K TVs at CES 2023

Phil Nickinson

Phil spent the 2000s authoritative newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and again the…

Samsung’s CES 2023 TVs get thinner, brighter, healthier, and bigger for gaming

Samsung 2022 QN900B 8K Neo QLED TV.

On affectation at CES 2023, Samsung's 2023 TV calendar is accepting a advanced array of upgrades, including thinner designs, bigger complete systems, 4K cloud-based gaming, and some absorbing bloom applications that the aggregation is borrowing from its adaptable division. Here's aggregate you charge to know.
MicroLED gets smaller, added affordable
Samsung was an aboriginal apostle of microLED affectation tech, which uses tiny LED lights as alone pixels instead of application them as the backlight on an LCD-based TV (LED TV, mini-LED TV). Unfortunately, microLED TVs accept tended to be huge (starting at 110 inches), expensive, and somewhat bound in resolution at abate sizes.

The company's new Micro LED CX, at 76 inches, is its aboriginal yet, and Samsung promises it will additionally be the best affordable microLED TV anytime released.

Read more

The best avant-garde alive accessories of 2022

Apple TV 4k (2022) on amethyst background

Here's the affair about alive devices. They don't change a accomplished lot. They do what they're meant to do — beck video, and maybe some added being — but the basal tech doesn't change much. And that's because the way we beck video hasn't absolutely changed, either. So the differences are added on the edges. That doesn't beggarly we haven't apparent improvements, however. And while our account of the best alive accessories hasn't afflicted overall, there absolutely are some differences to agenda this year.

Want to see the rest? Check out our abounding account of the best avant-garde tech articles of 2022!
Winner: Apple TV 4K (2022)

Read more

Get the best out of your Apple TV 4K (2022) with these tips and tricks

The Apple TV 4K continuing angular with the Apple logo assuming from the front

Apple TV 4K is one of the best alive accessories you can buy. It's so able that we're accommodating to bet it can do things you never knew it could. While Apple makes it actual accessible to cull Apple TV 4K out of the box and get appropriate to alive movies and TV shows, it is able of so abundant added — and not aloof for Apple users. Though, let’s be frank, there are several appearance accessible alone to those who own added Apple devices.

Trust me back we say that aloof a little bit of time invested in acquirements about this being pays off big as you use your Apple TV day afterwards day. By the time we’re done, you will be an Apple TV ability user.
Video guide

Read more