Originally Posted by tuskenraider
I suppose because I'm a bit ignorant about the devices at this point. HDMI interface or USB? Would I plug it into the TV? (Possible compromised audio options) The receiver?(Seems ideal to point all the audio processing through it). I mostly watch movies and some local sports here and there, so I'll look for one streaming service with good movie content at high quality. Already have an over air HD antennae. We currently also have access to cable service via browser login on HTPC, but it is not a high quality source. Sorry for the sidetracking, I need to get a player, so figure this streaming concern should be addressed. I will be continuing my 4K equipment education as I upgrade pieces.
A good streamer expands your options. You'd probably put it through your AVR (HDMI input) to allow the best audio to come through.
Streamers are converging on a good set of functions but are not commodity items yet, so you do have to pick well. What is becoming more useful to me are the individual apps (Fox Sports, Youtube, VUDU, Netflix, Amazon... ). They are easy to deal with and reliable (mostly). Each also has its weaknesses. I'm off cable, so I use the ATT TV Now app for my cable equivalent.
They enhance your system, since I came to the conclusion that disc players with apps is not necessarily the best option. Disc players are great for playing disc content (movies to music), some are good at network files (MP3, MKV... ) and so on.
I have three OPPO players, but the configuration that gets the most use is my OPPO 203 (UHD, HDMI input to act as a video processor) into my AVR with a Roku Ultra plugged into the 203's HDMI input, then to my display (Vizio PQ65).
The disc player gives the best possible sound and video, the streamer is convenient and very good in sound and video, but has its weaknesses.