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TiVo Roamio

For years TiVo has quietly ranked among the best DVR options money can buy, and now, with the TiVo Roamio ($200-$600), it's just gotten a lot better. It's still the only set-top box that connects to your cable, offers the ability to record a ton of HD content, and houses all the video apps you love (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon, YouTube) — but now you can also watch all of your recorded content on any iOS device with the TiVo app. Additionally, it can play your music, photo, and video library, includes WiFi, can record up to six shows at once, and has the capacity to hold up to 450 hours of HD video. Not too shabby.

  • 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.

  • Fan TV

    Aiming to simplify our TV watching experience, Fan TV ($TBA) integrates everything — live TV, DVR, on-demand, streaming — into one smart device. It combines two components: a trackpad remote, Apple-like in its simplicity, and a tiny set-top box, replacing the clunky one from your cable or satellite provider. The touch-based remote also replaces its button-based counterpart, allowing you to control everything from channels and volume, to a search screen for seamlessly finding content across each of your services. It streams all of its content — even live TV — from the web over Wi-Fi, so no more ugly coaxial cables; that's great news for cord cutters.