Cable television's talking heads have been predicting the death of cable television for years and one suspects they'll keep doing so until someone turns the lights off. But you can cut the cord and move on now. Fortunately, leaving cable (and cable bills) behind doesn't mean going on an extreme media diet. To the contrary, a new generation of streaming devices are making it easier to watch the shows you want to watch without the hassle.
Best For Watching YouTube
This impossibly cheap flash-drive-size dongle fits into your TV's HDMI port, syncs up to your WiFi network, and turns any HDTV, however non-smart, into a Netflix-streaming machine. And that's not all. The Chromecast – which sold out its first run practically overnight – can also play YouTube and Google Play videos on the big screen, using your phone, tablet, or laptop as a remote. [$35; google.com]