I recently stopped at several big box stores around my hometown this weekend. What I found should not have been a surprise. Several different stores had both the new and old models of the Fire TV, Chromecast, and Roku 3 for sale. Many of them sold the old streaming devices at the same price as the new ones.
Here is your quick guide to make sure you buy the newest streaming box when you shop in a big box store.
The New Fire TV
As you can see this store has both the old and new Fire TV for $99.99. Thankfully they have what is new and what is old clearly marked. If you are unsure, make sure the new Fire TV box has a reddish background.
Here is what the new Fire TV box looks like:
If you want to be 100% certain you get the correct Fire TV you may want to buy it online:
Roku 3 with Voice Search
If you are looking for a Roku 3 with voice search make sure to look for this box:
The main difference between the old Roku 3 box and the new one is the number of streaming channels listed. The new Roku 3 boxes say 2000+ channels. The old Roku 3 boxes say 1500+ channels. Also the description under the Roku 3 for the new device will mention voice search.
From what I saw it was common for stores to have both the new and the old Chromecast selling for $35. The best thing to do is to make sure the image on the box shows the new round Chromecast shape and not the stick.
Here is what the new Chromecast box looks like: