If you wince as your monthly cable TV bill arrives and groan as it freezes or goes out, it's time to go cable-free. A new generation of devices has made it easy to connect and view without the monthly bill. The only question: Which one is right for you?
I compared the four most popular choices: Amazon Fire, Roku, Apple TV and Chromecast. What I wanted: Easy set-up (at heart, I'm a Luddite), a remote that would work without trying to figure out how to line it up like a surgeon performing heart surgery, Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Prime for viewing options and games for when my multi-tasking mind needed a break.
Google Chromecast was the first to drop from my list. With the fewest extras, a remote that required line of sight and no wired connectivity, it was a no-go.
Roku and Apple TV both were dismal when it came to games. Roku didn't have Bloomberg TV, and Apple TV didn't have Showtime.