Gift guide: 6 ways to get streaming video to your big screen

  • REUTERS/Jonathan Alcorn

    Watching video on a phone or personal computer can sometimes feel less than awesome -- not to mention kind of lonely, given the limited viewing angle of the small screen.

    There are plenty of ways to get streaming video onto your big living-room screen. Internet-connected "smart" TVs and gaming consoles such as the Xbox or PlayStation can do the trick. But stand-alone devices tend to offer more features and more video services to choose from.

    These six leading devices all stream Netflix and YouTube, and most also handle Hulu, PBS and several others. Only Apple TV has iTunes, while only Roku has both Amazon and Google Play.

    Whichever device you choose, you'll still need subscriptions to watch most of the services we checked.