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Verizon's new receiver is probably the worst streaming option



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

The first and probably most important thing is that it does not support Netflix. I suppose that's all you need to know so you don't want to use Stream TV and I would understand if you now decided to click through to read one of the other wonderful articles on The Verge . (Verizon confirms that it does not support Netflix at the end of this FAQ.)

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

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

There's also a chance that might not be the worst streaming option – you could also be saddled with a $ 13 monthly fee for Comcast's "free" Flex streaming box, which would initially cost $ 5 a month until Comcast decides it will be weird to insist that you pay monthly for a Comcast combo modem / router.

There are much better options out there. We recommend the Roku Premiere as it is quite cheap at $ 39.99, yet it supports both 4K and HDR at a lower cost and can work for just about any streaming application you want. And it's not made by a telecommunications company.


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