If you did not have a Roku device, an Amazon Fire TV, a Chromecast or an Apple TV, Verizon is launching a new set-top box named Verizon Stream TV. It’s free for Verizon FiOS subscribers, otherwise, it costs $ 69.99, and it is perhaps the worst option to stream on the market now.
First, and probably most importantly, it does not support Netflix. I’m guessing this is all you need to know to never want to use the Stream TV, and I would understand if you have now decided to click away to read one of the other wonderful articles on the edge. (Verizon confirms that it does not support Netflix on the end of this FAQ.)
But if you’re still with me, here’s what the Stream TV offers.
The box works on Android TV, supports 4K HDR and has the built-in Google Assistant and a Chromecast, which could theoretically be a decent combination for $ 70 if you don’t know you’re missing an important streaming service. 9to5Google says it also comes with a free month of YouTube TV, if that’s any consolation, and we know it supports Disney + because it’s pre-loaded.
Since the Stream TV runs on Android TV and has a Chromecast built-in, we are not entirely sure why you cannot download the Android TV Netflix app or cast Netflix from your phone – may be the box does not have a hardware requirement for Netflix?
Maybe it doesn’t support the PlayReady DRM? Or maybe Verizon is just small. We asked Verizon why Netflix does not run on the Stream TV and we will update when we hear this.
There is actually a chance is not the worst option there is to stream – you can also be saddled with a monthly fee of $ 13 for Comcast’s “free” Flex streaming box, which initially cost $ 5 a month until Comcast decided it was sneakier to put it on that you would pay monthly for a Comcast modem/router combo.
There are much better options out there. We recommend the Roku Premiere because it is fairly cheap for $ 39.99, still supports 4K and HDR for that lower price and can use almost any streaming app. And it is not made by a telecom company.