Adding a streaming TV box to your telly is now a simple plug 'n' play option that won't cost you the earth.

With home cinema and hi-fi edging ever closer to digital reality, streaming TV is now as afforable and convenient as it's ever been.

If your TV is a 'dumb' TV, a (decent) wi-fi connection and free HDMI output is all you need to transform your TV into a multimedia superstar.

Whether you're interested in a simple solution (a streaming stick) or something that boasts more functionality, these top picks will make you wonder why you ever needed physical media.

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It now outputs at 1080p Full HD and passes through 7.1 surround sound, the latest NOW TV box is a great way to open your doors to a smorgasboard of catch-up TV and Sky content on a budget.

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The second-gen of the now-discus-shaped Chromecast perfects its predecessor’s art of ‘casting’ content thanks to speedier operation, improved software and a performance boost.

And it doesn’t ask a penny more for the progress it’s made.

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Best media streamer under £100
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While the first Fire TV lost out to competition, the second very much lives with it, so much so that it won our award for best streaming box in 2015.

For the same money you get 4K streaming, greater speed and power, and expanded storage options.

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Best media streamer under £300
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Packing an improved controller, stacks of smart movie, music and TV apps and a solid performance across the board, Sony’s latest console is a must-have for gaming purists and entertainment seekers alike – just know it hasn't been updated to play CDs… yet.

The price has come down significantly in recent months. A PS4 bundle can be had for less than £300.

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