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Best cheap internet TV boxes under £40

By Martin Pratt

These affordable internet TV boxes grant access to a world of films, boxsets, sports and on-demand for a fraction of the price of traditional pay-TV.

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With the ubiquity of Freeview and the modern convenience of catch-up TV, fewer people are subscribing to a pricey satellite or cable service - and there are fantastic money-saving alternatives.

If all you need is a bit of BBC iPlayer here or some YouTube there, an internet TV box is the way to go. But if you end up paying over the odds for one, you're barely making a saving at all. On the other hand, a money-saving option may lack crucial features or offer poor image quality. That's why we've curated a list of the best cheap models you can buy.

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Best cheap internet TV boxes

85%
£15.00
Reviewed

Even by TV streamer standards, this is an extremely cheap option. It's also very impressive, with great picture and sound options, and it's straightforward to use.

84%
£30.00
Reviewed

There's not much to dislike about this streaming stick. It's compatible with bags of apps, it's a doddle to use and it's one of the cheapest available.

83%
£40.00
Reviewed

This feature-packed streamer is a breeze to use and look excellent.

80%
£19.98
Reviewed

It may not support 4K, but this pricier streaming stick is still one of the best available.

Cheap internet TV boxes: Bargain or banana skin?

We all want the best deal possible when making a new purchase, particularly when buying something new. Chances are you may have never owned a TV streamer before and are unaware of the benefits and frustrations. How bad could a cheaper model possibly be?

Which?'s unique tests reveal just what's in store for you if you pick up a sub-par model. Grainy video, crackling sound, unresponsive remotes and baffling on-screen menus are all problems you can avoid if you opt for a Best Buy instead. And, as the table above demonstrates, you don't have to break the bank for one, either.

Do you need a 4K streamer?

You don't need to pay much more than £40 to get a 4K streamer, but do you need one?

There's no point buying one if you don't have a 4K TV since you can't watch content at that resolution no matter what streamer you've got connected to it. If you plan to upgrade your TV in the future however then it's probably a good idea to invest in a 4K streamer.

Likewise, if you have a 4K TV already, then it's worth getting a 4K streamer. Netflix charges slightly more for its 4K package, but you don't need to pay extra the 4K content available on Amazon Video.

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