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Chromecast

Trying a different tack than other internet-connected TV peripherals, the Chromecast ($35) from Google lets you wirelessly stream content from your device — a Chrome browser-equipped laptop, iOS or Android smartphone, or tablet — to your HDTV. With this tiny dongle, you'll be able to watch video from services like Netflix, YouTube, Google Chrome, and (with a forthcoming update) Devour on a full-size display. It's easy to set up, small, and capable of streaming content in full 1080p HD, with 5.1 surround sound. If you buy it now, they'll even throw in three months of free NetFlix, not bad.

  • Sony X1 4K Media Player

    We're still a ways off from 4K being mainstream, so if you're one of the lucky few with a 4K-capable set and a dearth of content to show on it, the Sony X1 4K Media Player ($700) should be able to help. Arriving this summer, the player will come pre-loaded with 10 movies of varying quality, ranging from the Adam Sandler/Andy Samberg horror show That's My Boy to all-time classic Taxi Driver. Perhaps more importantly, that content is only there to tide you over until Sony's distribution service launches later in the year, giving you fee-based access to content from Sony Pictures and the always mysterious "other notable production houses". Still, it beats watching upscaled 1080p content — unless we're talking about Battle: Los Angeles, in which case we'd rather watch 480p reruns of Coach off of Netflix.

  • Philips DesignLine TV

    Well, we all knew it was coming. Apparently sick of ever-thinning bezels, the designers of the Philips DesignLine TV ($TBA) decided to get rid of it altogether, building it into a frameless sheet of glass. Thanks to the unusual design, it can be leaned against a wall, stood up, or hung on the wall, but still offers features like integrated Wi-Fi, a Full HD LED panel, 3D Max, Ambilight on three sides, and SimplyShare to easily send photos and videos from iPad and iPhone to the TV. No word yet on a US release.