You’re already saving money by cutting the cable-TV cord. Why not save some more by purchasing the requisite hardware during Black Friday? As usual, most major streaming players and some over-the-air DVRs are on sale during the annual shopping frenzy.
Here’s a rundown of the deals that cord-cutters should know about:
Roku’s streaming players are a great option if you’re in need of something affordable and easy to use, and several models are getting big discounts on Black Friday.
Roku Ultra for $50 (reg. $100): Refreshed for 2019 with faster speeds and a new remote, the Ultra is a must if you need ethernet connectivity or USB media playback. The sale price runs from November 28 through December 2 at major retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.
Roku Smart Soundbar for $150 (reg. $180): Upgrade your TV’s audio and streaming chops at the same time with this hybrid soundbar and streaming box. This deal is available through December 7 from Best Buy or Roku.com. You can also throw in Roku’s wireless subwoofer (normally $180) and save an extra $60 at Best Buy.
Previous-gen Roku Express+ for $30 (reg. $35): This isn’t technically a Black Friday special, but it’s the only option for older tube TVs. Walmart is still selling it even though Roku has technically discontinued this model.
Fire TV deals
Not to be outdone by Roku, Amazon is slashing prices on its entire line of streaming players for Black Friday.
Fire TV Stick for $20 (reg. $40): This matches Amazon’s Prime Day pricing. The sale is happening now via Amazon, Best Buy, and Target.
Fire TV Stick 4K for $25 (reg. $50): Also a match with Prime Day pricing, this is much faster device than the standard stick. Get it from Amazon, Best Buy, or Target. (As of this writing, Best Buy is also offering a bundle with Amazon’s Echo Dot speaker for $42, which is $5 less than the Black Friday price of buying them separately.)
Fire TV Cube for $90 (reg. $120): The second-gen version is much faster than any other Fire TV, and has microphones for hands-free Alexa commands. It’s on sale now from Amazon and Best Buy.
Chromecast for $25 (reg. $35): Same deal as last year. The deal will be available at major retailers including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, along with the Google Store.
Chromecast and Google Home speaker for $35 (reg. $74): The pre-Black Friday price is $45, but it’ll drop another $10 at Walmart when the big sale day hits.
Chromecast Ultra for $50 (reg. $70): For those who need 4K HDR video or Stadia support, this deal will go live at major retailers including Best Buy, Target, and Walmart, along with the Google Store.
Channel Master Stream+ for $89 (reg. $149): A simple, subscription-free DVR that’s also an Android TV box, albeit without some popular apps such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Get it straight from Channel Master’s website.
Jared Newman has been helping folks make sense of technology for over a decade, writing for PCWorld, TechHive, and elsewhere. He also publishes two newsletters, Advisorator for straightforward tech advice and Cord Cutter Weekly for saving money on TV service.