I like to watch Netflix as much as anyone, but I hate viewing movies on a computer or mobile device. Smart TVs that let you view streaming video provide are capable, but extremely expensive solutions. Fortunately, inexpensive set-top boxes like the Roku box and Apple TV allow you to stream your favorite content directly from the web to your home theater.
Though new models are always coming out, today’s best boxes output in 1080p, which is the main feature you’re going to need today and for many years to come. I’m particularly fond of the $99 Roku 2 XS because it streams from Netflix, Hulu, Amazon and hundreds of other video channels while also offering a USB port for connecting to local storage. However, if you’re an iTunes user, you’ll want Apple’s device.