7 Of The Best Streaming Devices Every Household Needs

Can’t choose which streaming device to buy? Maybe this will help you decide.


Stream Smart Pro

First up is the Stream Smart Pro. The Stream Smart Pro is an Android-based streaming device. The stream pro has 4K HD video that supports the video, audio and photo formats of VC-1, H.264, MPEG-1, MPEG-2, MPEG-4, DIVX, RM, as well as MP3, WMA, AC3, DTS, AAC, FLAC and, finally, JPG, JPEG, BMP, GIF, PNG picture formats. This multi-use interface allows many, if not all, of your devices to connect to the Smart Stream Pro and gives you universal access. This is on top of USB port, HDMI, and SD/MMC card reader connections.

It also allows access and use of YouTube, as well as other WiFi-based services. Furthermore, the remote for the Smart Stream Pro is ergonomically designed for maximum comfort and ease of use. What’s not to love?


Apple TV 4K

The Apple TV 4K has 4K HD definitions, clearly, as well as Dolby Atmos sound which is known for its high quality. The Apple TV 4K gives you access to Apple TV+ where you can watch cutting edge films and series that’s included for a one-year free subscription. The Apple TV 4K also comes with Apple Arcade where you can have access to unique games by Apple, as well as access to the Apple App Store. With the nature of Apple devices, you can connect any other IOS device to the Apple TV 4K with AirPlay and AirDrop. The TV also includes Siri, allowing voice command for the 4K TV, creating easy of use. Like all the other streaming devices you will also have access to Netflix, HBO, Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, and more. The TV also comes with the option of 34GB or 64GB of storage, depending on how much you think you’ll use.


Google Chromecast Ultra

The Google Chromecast Ultra also has 4K HD, as well as voice command via “OK Google” and Google operating systems, allowing for wireless interactive ease. The streaming device can interact with, and above, Android 4.2, mAC os x 10.9, iOS 9.1, and Windows 7 operating systems, allowing for almost any device to connect with the system, making it highly sought after. Because of this, it makes the Google Chromecast Ultra one of the best options when looking into streaming devices.


Roku Streaming Stick+

Having the Roku Streaming Stick+ is so simple. Plug the USB with the software on it into your TV and you’re ready to go! However, you will need an Amazon Alexa if you want to enable voice control (which you do, trust me).

The Roku Streaming Stick+ doesn’t just give you access to Roku content (which is more than enough, to begin with!), but with the device, you can also stream Disney+ and Apple TV. With the Roku Streaming Stick+ you can also stream from multiple devices connected to the same WiFi, so you’re not limited to one TV. There are so many pros to getting a Roku Streaming Stick+. The Roku device itself is $78.99, but with the Amazon Alexa to allow voice command control, it comes to $128.98. A bargain!


Roku Ultra (2019)

Another great buy available from the Roku company is the Roku Ultra. Like the Roku Stream Stick+, The Ultra can stream Netflix, Prime Video, HBO, Showtime, Google Play, Hulu, Disney+, and Apple TV, as well as having its own services available. However, where the two devices differ is the Roku Ultra has a processing system that makes it much faster and more speed capable than the Roku Streaming Stick+. While the Streaming Stick+ is great for ease and multi-people use, the Roku Ultra provides 4K HD definition.

The Roku Ultra also comes complete with JBL headphones and TV controllers, allowing you to get set up and using the Ultra straight away. The Ultra is $89.88 and with the Amazon Alexa is a little more pricey at $139.87. Something to think about!


Nvidia Shield TV Pro

Another Android streaming device is the Nvidia Shield TV Pro, and it’s right up there with the rest of them! Like most of the other streaming devices, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro has 4K HD definition. But on top of that, the Nvidia Shield TV Pro has 4K Chromecast as part of its software that can be used to stream your phone straight to the TV. The Nvidia Shield TV Pro is $198.90, which may seem more expensive than the others, but with this device, you get a whole TV included, not just attachable hardware.


Amazon Fire TV Cube

The Fire TV Cube has Amazon’s Alexa inbuilt into the framework, allowing voice-command access to all of the entertainment controls, entirely by voice. This includes Netflix, YouTube, Disney+, Prime, AppleTV, and any other entertainment software and hardware you’d want to connect to your TV. This also includes cable channels.

The Fire TV Cube can also access non-entertainment apps built into its design, and as such can also control any environmental technology you sync it with (for example, home lighting).

The Fire TV Cube has 4K ultra HD and, as of this time, comes with a free one-year subscription to the Food Network Kitchen. The price of the Amazon Fire TV Cube is $199.99.


Whether you choose the Stream Smart Pro, Apple TV 4K, Google Chromecast Ultra, Roku Streaming Stick+, Roku Ultra (2019), Nvidia Shield TV Pro, or the Amazon Fire TV Cube, your choices are laid out before you.

How Deep Can Employee Background Checks Go?

Employee background checks can be vast, extensive, and almost become a document on every move you have made in the previous years. This is so companies can get a sense of who you are and to prevent fraud. Companies use it so they can be guaranteed that you are who you claim to be and that it isn’t taking a risk by hiring you. Companies use it as a safety net to prevent hiring people with a criminal record. To make sure that your education is verified and for the general safety of the company.

On your application or CV, et cetera, you should always be honest with the company as the majority of US-based companies now do background checks. If you lie, you will be caught out. Background checks are done by external companies or departments, for example, KYSHRM – Employment Background Check, have a list of U.S. based companies that specialize in extensive background checks and if you have lied about your education or your criminal record, you will get found out. Obviously, background checks aren’t limited to your criminal record or education, many types exist, and different organizations may ask for more information.


What They Can Find

So what specifically shows on certain types of background checks? On a criminal record check, you may find any crimes you’ve been convicted of, so that includes, but not limited to: crimes you’ve been found guilty for such as drug charges, speeding tickets, assault charges et cetera, any time spent in jail. It may also specify the crime committed, albeit arrests won’t likely show up as that’s no proof of guilt. Criminal check evidence may last up to a lifetime in certain U.S. states, while some will give you a clean slate of no criminal charges after ten years.

If you’re applying for a job in the financial sector, you’ll be subject to a credit check. This is a thorough check of your credit history and how you manage your finances. It is the most common check for loans and credit cards. A common form of credit check is your credit score. A credit score often covers the past ten years and can include credit card payments, loan payments, bill payments, loan inquiries, and even bankruptcies. An engineer most likely won’t be credit checked, unless the role involves managing finances.

Another type of check is a personal license check, this is just a general background check into confirming what qualifications you claim to have. This is obviously to prevent people from faking qualifications, such as degrees or high school grades or specialized qualifications such as a plumber’s qualification or any trade skill. Usually, these last a lifetime and the background check just includes contacting the qualification association which you’ve claimed to gain a qualification from.


Your Past Laid Bare

Other than the types listed, what may come up is employment verification, to confirm your previous years of employment, this will include looking up your national insurance number and perhaps contacting previous employers, proof of ID and address, such as looking up your passport number and confirming your address on the government database, proof of right to work in a country, which will usually be in the form of confirming your VISA or passport and any references you have put down will be contacted and ask to give a character reference.

Background checks can check usually every part of your history essentially that is at risk when the company hires you and it’s vital that on your application, you don’t lie as the background checks are extremely sophisticated and will catch you out.