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Verizon's new set-up box is the worst option out there for porting



In case you don't have a device with Roku, Amazon TV Amazon, Chromecast or Apple TV, Verizon starts a new set up field called Verizon Stream Television. It's free for Verizon FiOS subscribers (according to 9to5Google), costing $ 69.99 otherwise, it's probably the worst streaming option on the market right now.

First, and probably most importantly, it does not support Netflix. I guess that's all you need to know to never want to use Television Stream, and I would understand if you have now decided to click away to read any other wonderful article on Threshold. (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 television has to offer. The box runs on Android TV, supports 4K HDR and features a Google Assistant and Chromecast built-in, which could theoretically be a decent $ 70 if not for, you know, missing a key streaming service. 9to5Google says it it will also come with a free month on YouTube TV, if that is any comfort, and we know it supports Disney + because it will be pre-loaded.

Since Stream TV runs on Android TV and has a Chromecast built-in, we're not exactly sure why you can't just download the Android TV Netflix app or stream 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 Verison is just petty. We asked Verizon why Netflix doesn't work on Stream TV and we'll update if we hear back.

There is also a possibility of this it's not the worst streaming option out there – you can also get a $ 13 monthly fee for Comcast's "free" Flex streaming box, which would initially cost $ 5 a month until Comcast decides to insist on paying monthly for Combo modem / router combo.

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


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