10 Best TV Media Players
for September 2022

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The past few years have seen a rise in smart TVs and streaming TV. But streaming TV is still plagued by buffering issues, and smart TVs still can't offer the same quality of playback as standalone media players.

MOOZ Reviews Labs tests some of the best smart TVs on the market. Our TV buyers carefully test TVs for picture quality, sound, and general usability. When reviewing smart TV software, our buyers test how user-friendly apps are, how responsive they are, and how seamlessly they can navigate between apps.

Our TVs buyers also test smart TVs for menu navigation, ease of use, and menu/input/channel organization. While smart TVs have come a long way in recent years, there's still a lot of room for improvement. Here are the best smart TVs of 2022, according to consumer testing, reflected through online reviews:

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NVIDIA SHIELD Android TV Pro 4K HDR Streaming Media Player; High Performance, Dolby Vision, 3GB RAM, 2x USB, Works with Alexa

by NVIDIA Corporation
What We like

Unlimited Entertainment. Enjoy the most 4K HDR content of any streaming media player, and access to thousands of apps and games, including top apps like Netflix,YouTube, Prime Video, Disney + and Hulu. Add a game controller (sold separately) and play todays most popular games like Fortnite and GeForce Now. Even stream from your phone with built-in Chromecast 4K.

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Product Features

  • Voice Control. The built-in Google Assistant is at your command. See photos, live camera feeds, weather, sports scores, and more on the big screen. Dim the lights and immerse yourself in your favorite show or music using only your voice. And control your SHIELD hands-free with Google Home or Alexa and Echo.
  • The Best of the Best. SHIELD TV delivers an amazing Android TV streaming media player experience, thanks to the new NVIDIA Tegra X1+ chip. Enhance HD video in real-time to 4K for clearer, crisper visuals using next-generation AI upscaling. 2x USB 3.0 ports for storage expansion, USB cameras, keyboards, controllers, and more. Plex Media Server built-in, 3 GB RAM, and 16 GB storage.
  • Best-In-Class Design. Designed for the most demanding users and beautifully designed to be the perfect centerpiece of your entertainment center, SHIELD TV Pro levels you up to more storage space, more RAM, the expandability of 2x USB 3.0 ports, and Plex Media Server. Get the best connectivity with Gigabit Ethernet, dual-band AC Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 5.0. The all-new remote is more advanced than ever with motion-activated, backlit buttonsincluding a customizable menu button. Plus, with voice control, Bluetooth, IR control for your TV, and a built-in remote control locator, you have the most advanced remote yet.
  • Included Components: Remote Controller
  • Power Source Type: Corded Electric
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Megatek DVD Player for TV with HDMI/AV/Coaxial Connections & USB Port, CD Player for Home, Multi Region Free DVDs, Supports DivX & MP4, Compact Design Metal Case, Remote & 5-Feet HDMI Cable Supplied

by Megatek Electronics
What We like

Full-HD 1080p Upscaling - Megatek HDMI DVD player for TV up-converts DVD video to Full-HD 1080p with fine details. Easily connects it to your 4K smart TV or conventional home TV/projector with the supplied high-speed HDMI cable, to experience HD picture quality and solid sound in a compact design. It also comes with 3 x RCA A/V jacks for you to connect to you conventional TVs without HDMI input (RCA cable supplied).

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Product Features

  • Fast and Quiet Playback - This HDMI DVD player for home TV is made of first grade lens, loader, and world brand decoding solution etc., ensuring its capability of reading discs faster and more smoothly with reduced noise. Its built-in Anti-Shock & Error-Correction technologies ensure uninterrupted viewing pleasure. The new premium compact design fits your room perfectly, and its metal case ensures heat dissipation and durability.
  • Package Contents - Megatek DVD player, 5-feet high speed HDMI cable, remote control (requires 2 AAA batteries, not supplied), 4-feet RCA A/V cable, users manual, and quick start guide.
  • Multi-Region DVDs - This region free DVD/CD player plays all region 1/2/3/4/5/6 DVDs, and supports distinctive file formats including JPEG, MP4, WMA, CD, CD-R/RW, HDCD, DivX, DVD-R/-RW, DVD-Video etc., for maximum viewing and listening pleasure. It's built-in PAL/NTSC system makes it more compatible with your TVs. Note: Does not support Blu-ray discs.
  • USB Port - This small DVD player allows you to play multimedia files from USB memory devices, enjoy smooth, detailed video and crystal-clear audio. Supports media including 720*480/576 Video (MP4/AVI/DIVX/MPG/VOB). Records audio CDs to USB flash drive in MP3 file format.See your favorite photos in a slideshow with JPEG playback, with music playback at the same time. Note: Supports USB 2.0 flash drives up to 128 GB, or external hard drives up to 500 GB (external power supply may be needed).
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Mediasonic ATSC Digital Converter Box w/ TV Recording, USB Multimedia Player, and TV Tuner Function (HW-150PVR)

by Mediasonic
What We like

This product does NOT work with TIVO and cable company such as Comcast, DirecTV, DISH Network, Time Warner Cable, Shaw Cable, etc. In general, this product does NOT work with encryped cable signal. This Box is NOT a replacement of a cable company's box.

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Product Features

  • Real-Time Recording & Programmed Time Recording, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen. Recording function require users to use their own USB 3.5" external hard drive (Support up to 2TB) or USB flash drive (Support up to 64GB)
  • Real-Time Recording & Programmed Time Recording, Auto, 16:9 Pillar Box, 16:9 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Letter Box, 4:3 Pan G Scan, 4:3 Full, 16:9 Wide Screen. Recording function require users to use their own USB external hard drive or USB flash drive.
  • Converts Over-The-Air Digital Broadcast to your Analog TV, Antenna out Analog Pass Through, Favorite Channel List, Parental Control Function
  • Auto Tuning, HDMI 1080P Output / YPbPr output / Coaxial Output, Closed Caption,
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Android 10.0 TV Box,T95 Super Android Box 2GB Ram 16GB Rom Quad-Core Allwinner H3 Support WiFi 2.4GHz 3D 4K Media Player Smart TV Box

by ZSRbox US
What We like

3D 4K H.265 TV BOXThis media player supports decoding and playing almost all popular audio and video formats, bringing you to enjoy 4K ultimate HD video. Professional H.265 video decoding technology can saves 50% of bandwidth resources.More over,You could watch 3D movies at home no need to go to the cinema.

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Product Features

  • 2GB DDR3 16GB EMMCThis android mini PC box is built with high speed 2GB RAM with 16GB ROM, with our newest efficiently optimized android system, it provide a extremely high frequency and responsive performance. You can also add an extra TF card to expand storage up to 64GB.Say goodbye to buffering, lagging and freezing, it bring a excellent experience beyond your expectation.
  • More FunctionSmart tv box android 10.0 supports change the wallpapers, which can personalize your TV background. In addition, the movies, musics, photos on your android /IOS devices can be shared on the big screen and the best speakers by DLNA/Airplay to enjoy the best entertainment experience!
  • Latest Android 10.0 OS & Allwinner H3 Quad-CoreAndroid tv box comes with the latest Android 10.0 OS and Allwinner H3 Quad-Core chipset, which is faster and more efficient.Mini TV box can help your applications start faster, consume less memory, and run more smoothly,giving you greater user experience.
  • Easy to UseJust plug in the power supply and connect the android box HDMI cable and Wi-Fi(2.4Ghz)&Ethernet(10/100M,RJ-45), you can watch whatever you like.This Android tv box pays more attention to privacy than ever before. For example, when some apps request "location", you will not be asked after selecting "prohibited".".
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AGPtek 1080P HDMI TV Media Player with HDMI / YPbPr / AV Output, USB/SD Ports with Remote Control for MP3 AVI RMVB MPEG etc

by AGPtek
What We like

1080P Media Player-- Support video resolution 1920x1080, provides convenient playback of most popular video, music, and photo formats up to 1080P Full-HD resolution

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Product Features

  • Multifunction-- Support repeat, track, title select, zoom, and subtitles; you can also delete or copy files in the USB drive(FAT or FA32) directly
  • HDMI / YPbPr / AV Output-- There are HDMI, YPbPr and AV output. 1080P HDMI output for sending sharp and clear video and audio in pure digital format to HDTVs, and composite AV output for use with analog TVs. Analog AV cable is included.
  • Read USB drive / SD card-- It can read USB 2.0/3.0 hard drives formatted in FAT, FAT32, and NTFS, the partition of the HDD should be MBR, not GPT; works with HDD up to 2TB and USB drive/ SD card up to 128G, support playing directly from external HDD or flash drive
  • Plug-n-Play-- Straightforward to use, with button keys and full functional IR remote control; Suitable for digital signage applications and home theatre
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by NAXA
What We like

Outputs: coaxial digital audio, headphone

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Product Features

  • Native 720p HD (1366x768)
  • Plays DVDs and digital movie, music, and photo files from USB and SD cards
  • Inputs HDMI, PC VGA, 3.5 mm audio, Component video, Composite video, RCA stereo audio, Coaxial RF (cable/antenna)
  • Screen: 18.5" LCD Display
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Android 10.0 TV Box 4GB Ram 64GB ROM,EASYTONE TV Box Android Media Player Quad-Core CPU Support Dual-WiFi 2.4G/5GHz BT 5.0 USB 6K Ultra HD H.265 Ethernet Smart TV Box

by EASYTONE
What We like

4K 6K Ultra HD TV boxSmart tv box android 10.0 comes with upgraded HD-MI2.0, which is higher than the traditional 1.4 interface data throughput, presenting a better 6K resolution is more clearly than 4K full HD. Powerful H.265 decoding loads pictures by taking half time and half occupation of bandwidth of H.264 decoding, it is much more efficient and faster than the old tv box with only H.264 decoding.

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Product Features

  • Large Storage Android 10.0 tv box provides plentiful room 4GB RAM 64GB ROM to quickly start your apps and games. You could add a extra hard drive up to 2TB ,TF card up to 64GB to expand memory , which improves the reliability of your android box and prevents crashes due to lack of memory.We have installed some commonly used apps,like YouTube ,Netflix and so on.
  • Dual Band WiFi & Bluetooth5.0 Android box supports 2.4G/5G dual wifi and Internet 100M Lan. Fast and high quality wifi signal will makes you surf the internet more freely and smoothly, no worry freezing and buffering. Bluetooth function enables wireless devices connection to enjoy the android tv box.BT 5.0 allows you connect mini keyboard or other Bluetooth devices faster than BT4.2.
  • Multiple External DevicesThe android tv box 10.0 has two USB ports and one Micro TF card slot which lets you can connect more devices and makes your life easier.In addition, the movies, musics, photos on your android/IOS devices can be shared on the big screen and the best speakers by DLNA/Airplay to enjoy the best entertainment experience.(Please make sure your device and the android box is connected the same wifi)
  • Latest Android 10.0 OS & Powerful H616 CPU Android tv box adopts the latest powerful Android 10.0 OS and Allwinner H616 64-bit Quad-Core ARM Cortex-A53 CPU, which has a stronger stability and more faster process speed than the android 9.0 and 8.1 OS.Providing more security privacy protection,changing your main interface by yourself,installing more apps.This smart tv box gives you greater user experience.
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KDLINKS HD800 Digital Signage 4K Android Quad Core 3D Smart H.265 HD TV Media Player with Auto Start, Auto Resume and Endless Looping Feature

by KDLINKS
What We like

Powerful codec support ability, and it can well support 4K files from DJI or GoPro video clips.

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Product Features

  • Digital Signage Solution: HD800 can start automatically after power break, and resume last video from last stop point.
  • HDMI 2.0 For the best 4K quality
  • Endless looping on video files
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Remote Control for WD Western Digital Elements TV HD Mini Live Plus Hub

by coolux
What We like

Simple control - Easy to use

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Product Features

  • Requires batteries for operation (Not Included)
  • Using: Just insert the batteries , no need any code
  • Note: replacement remote control, Instructions not included or NOT required.
  • This remote control is compatible with ALL WD Media systems: WD P/N: WDTV001RNN WDTV003RNN WDBACC0010HBK WDBMCE0020HBK WDBNLC0020HBK WDBNLC0010HBK WDBMCE0010HBK WDBAAM0000NBK WDBAAL0000NBK WDAVN00BN WDAVP00BE WDAVN00BS WDAVP00BS WDBABG0000NBK WDBABF0000NBK WDBAAP0000NBK WDBAAN0000NBK WDBABX0000N WDBABX0000NBK WDBREC0000NBK WDBG3A0000 WDBHG70000NBK WDBGXT0000NBK WDBABZ0010BBK WDBACA0010BBK WDBG3A0000NBK
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Android 10.0 TV Box,T95Super Android TV Box Quad-Core CPU 2GB RAM 16GB ROM Media Player Support 3D/4K/H.265/USB 2.0/2.4G WiFi Smart TV Box

by Amaminibox
What We like

Easy&ConvenienttoUseThe TV box supports WIFI 2.4GHz and Ethernet LAN, offering convenient connection and more stable WIFI signal to enjoy higher quality video experience. This smart TV box comes with 2 USB ports can be used to connect mouse and keyboard.Just plug in the power supply, connect the box HDMI cable and Wi-Fi/Ethernet, you can watch whatever you like.

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Product Features

  • 3D 4K H.265 TV BOXT95 Super smart TV box based on H.265 HD decoding technology which an save 50% of bandwidth resources than H.264, you can watch movies fluently; support 3D [email protected] you can also enjoy 3D cinema at home.
  • Android 10.0 SystemThe android TV box equipped with Newest Android 10.0 OS in the market.Users can download, install or uninstall hundreds of free software, games and application programs easily and conveniently in this android box. The Android 10.0 TV Box is built for office work, entertainment, home theater, business meeting, etc.
  • Just Buy itT95Super TV box provides better and happier entertainment experience.We try our best to make 100% satisfaction of our customers.Our technology team will help you solve the issue within 24 hours.
  • 2GB RAM+16GB ROMT95Super android TV box has 2GB RAM and 16GB ROM, providing enough space and freedom to download and install your favorite apps, browse websites, play games and watch movies more smoothly. You can also expand the memory via TF card slot, without buffering or breaking down and never worry about running out of space.

Roku TV - The Easiest Way to Stream Online Movies and Shows

When we talk about TV media player, the first thing that comes to mind is the presence of internet in TV. We share our feelings, thoughts, and emotions via internet. So, a TV media player with internet access is the best thing to have. If you have internet, then there is no need of HDMI. You can directly play videos online on smart TVs, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. One of the best TV media players of 2019 is Roku TV. It is basically a smart device that can be installed easily. This is one of the best and the easiest ways to watch online movies, TV shows, and other multimedia contents. Roku TV comes with many channels. You can watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and many other channels. Roku TV supports wired and wireless connections. With the help of HDMI cable, you can connect your smart TV or laptop with Roku and play it. This TV media player supports multiple audio formats like Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, AAC, and 3.5mm audio jack. You can directly play your favorite music by using this TV media player. If you want more channels, then you can buy more channels from the Roku Store. You can even get Miracast support in this TV media player. You can cast anything on the screen of your smartphone or laptop to the TV screen via this TV media player. You can pause, rewind, or fast-forward videos also. So, you can pause the video before an important scene, rewind it if you don't wish to see a particular scene, and fast-forward it if you want to watch it. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are the three major channels that you can subscribe. There are many other channel that you can subscribe from your Roku Store. If you want to watch free movies online, then you can stream movies online. You can also opt for streaming apps to watch free movies online. You can also watch live TV and TV shows on this TV media player. This TV media player also supports other languages. It supports Hindi, English, Telugu, Malayalam, and Kannada. If you want to watch online TV shows and movies, there is no need of downloading. You can directly watch it through the Roku app.

What is a TV media player and how does it work?

A TV media player is a small device that allows you to play media from your television. Most TV media players are small storage devices that connect to your TV's USB port or HDMI port. Most TV media players are designed to work with standard media files, including MP3s, MP4s, and DVDs. However, some devices offer support for more specialized file formats, such as DivX, Xvid, and MKV files. Some TV media players are specially designed to work with media streaming apps from your television. With these apps, you can stream content from websites such as Netflix. Most TV media players are portable, allowing you to take them anywhere and plug them into any TV. Some TV media players are powered directly by your TV, requiring no additional hardware. Some TV media players are powered by a small battery, allowing you to take your media player with you on trips or vacations.

What are some advantages of using a TV media player?

TV media players are electronic devices that allow you to play movies, videos, music, and other media files on your television without having to connect your computer to the television. With these devices, there's no need to wrestle with wires or mess around with cables. TV media players come in a variety of shapes and sizes, and choosing the right one for your home depends on several factors. Here are the main benefits offered by these devices:
Easy setup: Most TV media players are plug-and-play devices that simply plug into your TV's HDMI port. Some also feature built-in Wi-Fi, allowing you to stream media from your mobile device.
Streaming media: With these devices, there's no need to connect your TV to a computer or mobile device to stream media from online services like Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon Prime Video. Instead, you simply select the service you want to stream from on the TV media player's menu.
Convenient: These devices are compact, making it easy to store them out of the way or carry them with you. Plus, many can connect to multiple TVs in your home so that you can stream the same media to more than one TV at the same time.
Future-proof: These devices offer future compatibility, allowing you to stream media from services like Facebook Live, YouTube, and Netflix as soon as they become available.

What are the features a TV media player should have?

When choosing a TV media device, there are a few features that you should keep in mind.

How to choose a TV media player for your home?

Choosing the right TV media player for your home can be a difficult task. There are a wide variety of options available, and it can be tough choosing one over another. Here are a few things to consider before making a purchase:
What type of TV media player do you own? If you currently own a smart TV, then it's no longer necessary to purchase a TV media player. However, if you currently own another brand of TV, you will need to purchase a media player separately.
What type of TV media player do you want to buy? Some TVs include built-in media players that play a variety of content; these are often less expensive, but they offer less variety. If you currently own a smart TV, purchasing a TV media streamer may be a better option.
What content do you want to play? Some models offer the ability to play a variety of content, including online streaming content, while others do not. If you plan to use the media streamer to stream content from services such as Netflix, Amazon, and YouTube, then you may want to consider purchasing a model that supports these services.

How to pick the best TV media player for the money?

While your TV media player is cheap, it is crucial. It lets you play various media files such as audio, video, and photos. It also lets you connect to the Internet and play streaming media, such as Netflix. Ideally, you want the best TV media player for the money. This is not an easy task. There are many TV media player brands, and each one has advantages and disadvantages. To help you make the right decision, here are three factors you should consider:
Look and feel: While it is easy to overlook this factor, it is important to consider it. After all, you would not want to buy a TV media player that looks cheap.
Functions and features: Some TV media player models come with more functions than others. That is why you should think about the features you want from your TV media player.
Price: Purchasing a TV media player is an expense, so you want to make sure you're getting the best value for your money.

Conclusion

If you have internet, then there is no need of HDMI. You can directly play videos online on smart TVs, laptops, tablets, or smartphones. One of the best TV media players of 2019 is Roku TV. It is basically a smart device that can be installed easily. This is one of the best and the easiest ways to watch online movies, TV shows, and other multimedia contents. Roku TV comes with many channels. You can watch YouTube, Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, and many other channels. Roku TV supports wired and wireless connections. With the help of HDMI cable, you can connect your smart TV or laptop with Roku and play it. This TV media player supports multiple audio formats like Dolby Digital 5.1, DTS 5.1, AAC, and 3.5mm audio jack. You can directly play your favorite music by using this TV media player. If you want more channels, then you can buy more channels from the Roku Store. You can even get Miracast support in this TV media player. You can cast anything on the screen of your smartphone or laptop to the TV screen via this TV media player. You can pause, rewind, or fast-forward videos also. So, you can pause the video before an important scene, rewind it if you don't wish to see a particular scene, and fast-forward it if you want to watch it. Netflix, Hulu, and Amazon are the three major channels that you can subscribe. There are many other channel that you can subscribe from your Roku Store. If you want to watch free movies online, then you can stream movies online. You can also opt for streaming apps to watch free movies online. You can also watch live TV and TV shows on this TV media player.

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