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Verizon's new set-top box is possibly the worst option out there for streaming



In case you didn't already have a Roku device, an Amazon Fire TV, a Chromecast or an Apple TV, Verizon launches a new set-top box called Verizon Stream TV. It's free for Verizon FiOS subscribers (according to 9to5Google ) costs $ 69.99 otherwise, and it's possibly the worst streaming option on the market right now.

First, and probably most importantly, it doesn't support Netflix. I guess that's all you need to know to never want to use Stream TV, and I'd understand if you've decided to click away to read some of the other great articles at The Verge . (Verizon confirms that it does not support Netflix at the end of this FAQ.)

But if you are still here, that's what other Stream TV offers. The box runs on Android TV, supports 4K HDR, and has Google Assistant and a built-in Chromecast, which could theoretically be a decent $ 70 combination if not for, you know, missing a key streaming service. 9to5Google says that will also come with a free month of YouTube TV, if there is any consolation, and we know it supports Disney + because it comes pre-loaded.

Given that the Stream TV runs on Android TV and has a Chromecast built-in, we're not entirely sure why you can't just download the Android TV Netflix app or cast Netflix from your phone – maybe the box doesn't have any kind of hardware requirement for Netflix? Maybe it doesn't support PlayReady DRM? Or maybe Verizon is just petty. We have asked Verizon why Netflix is ​​not running on Stream TV, and we will update if we hear back.

There is also a chance that this is actually not the worst option for streaming – you may also be saddled with a $ 13 monthly fee for Comcast's "free" Flex Streaming Box, which should originally cost $ 5 a month to Comcast decided it would be a joke to insist that you pay monthly for a Comcast modem / router combo.

There are far better options out there. We recommend the Roku Premiere because it is fairly cheap at $ 39.99, still supports both 4K and HDR at the lower price, and can run just about any streaming app you want. And it's not made by a telecom company.


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