Black Friday 2015: Hook Up a Video Streaming Player for Just $20

Photo (cc) by quinn.anya

If you’re scheming to bring video streaming into your home, this Black Friday will have you beaming.

Not only have prices come down since the once-luxury devices hit the market a few years ago, but competition is fierce, says DealNews.com.

Major players, including Chromecast, Roku and Amazon Fire, offer models that will sell for as low as $20, says the bargain-scouring site and Money Talks News partner. Look for limited discounts on feature-packed, 4K versions from Roku and Apple TV that support ultra high definition and will still sell for under $200, it says.

If you’re not familiar with streaming, basically it’s using a small box or even smaller memory stick to bring TV shows, movies, games and other entertainment over the Internet to your HDTV, usually with your Wi-Fi connection. They’re popular with cable cord-cutters, but you do need an Internet service provider. The box needs to be plugged into electricity on one end and into your television’s HDMI input at the other end. (HDMI cables, if needed, usually are sold separately.)

Use the remote that comes with the player to sort through content from thousands of channels, apps and games — some free, others requiring subscriptions or per-episode payments. Popular services include Amazon Prime, NetFlix (“Orange is the New Black,” “House of Cards”), Hulu, HBO Go and Sling.

Among the newest streaming players to the market at the low end is the Roku SE (Special Edition), which will sell at a special price of $25 on Black Friday at many retailers, including Wal-Mart. Regularly priced at $50, the model offers 1080p playback over Wi-Fi. Its remote is identical to the Roku 1.

The new, high-end Roku 4 lists for $129.99 but is expected by DealNews to be offered around $115 on Black Friday. It supports 4K pictures and includes voice search, a headphone jack and more interactive programs that, for example, can bring you news of your favorite actor. If you’re not ready for 4K, a $99 Roku 3, which has most of the 4’s other features, is expected to sell for $75 or less on Black Friday.

DealNews expects the recently introduced fourth generation Apple TV to be discounted just $10 or $15 for its 32 GB model (list $149) or the 64 GB version ($199 list), and possibly paired with gift cards. The third generation Apple TV, it predicts, will be marked down to $50 on Black Friday, a $19 savings over its current list price.

The Amazon Fire TV, which DealNews says is a match for the new Apple TV but without access to the iTunes store for content, likely will see its price dropped to $75 from $99 on Black Friday. An updated Fire Stick, which will include voice control, will be marked down to $20 on Black Friday, or less than half its $49.99 regular price.

Google’s recently upgraded Chromecast 2, which lets you use your smartphone as a TV remote, lists for $35, but DealNews expects Black Friday markdowns to $25.

Besides Wal-Mart, most of the bargains will be found on Amazon, DealNews says, but it advises shoppers to keep an eye out for similar sales at Best Buy and Staples.

As Black Friday approaches, follow these tips to save top dollar:

  • We’ll offer more information on specific stores for the best deals. So if you’re not already getting our updates, subscribe now.
  • Remember when shopping online to always start with a rebate site. They can automatically earn you 3 to 15 percent. Our favorite is Ebates. Click the link, create a free account, get money back whenever you buy online.
  • Meanwhile, Amazon is already rolling out its Black Friday deals on a daily basis. Click here to explore.

What’s your plan for shopping on and around Black Friday? Share with us in comments or on our Facebook page.

Disclosure: The information you read here is always objective. However, we sometimes receive compensation when you click links within our stories.

Read Next
These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020
These Are the 4 Best Medicare Advantage Plans for 2020

Medicare Advantage customers themselves rate these plans highest.

13 Brilliant Bulk-Buy Items on Amazon
13 Brilliant Bulk-Buy Items on Amazon

Every household should have these products on hand. Buying them in bulk on Amazon saves you cash.

The 5 States With the Worst Health Care for Retirees
The 5 States With the Worst Health Care for Retirees

All of these states are located in the same region of the nation.

10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind
10 Bad Money Habits That Are Robbing You Blind

Here’s how to change those bad behaviors.

7 Reasons Not to Move When You Retire
7 Reasons Not to Move When You Retire

Sunny skies and warm breezes sound great. But in reality, you might be better off retiring closer to home.

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Most Popular
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy
10 Things Frugal People Never Buy

If you’re a true tightwad, the mere thought of spending money on these items gives you the willies.

10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making
10 Useless Purchases You Need to Stop Making

You might as well flush your money down the loo if you spend it on these things.

7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking
7 Social Security Benefits You May Be Overlooking

There’s more to Social Security than retirement benefits.

7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now
7 Social Security Rules Everyone Should Know by Now

Confusion over Social Security is a shame, considering how many of us will need this money badly.

If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It
If You Find This Thrift Shopping, Buy It

They don’t make coffee makers like this anymore.

3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free
3 Ways to Get Microsoft Office for Free

With a little ingenuity, you can cut Office costs to zero.

14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021
14 Things You Should Stop Buying in 2021

These convenient household products come with hidden costs that you might not have considered.

The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners
The 6 Best Investing Apps for Beginners

If you’re looking to ease into investing in the coronavirus economy with just a little money, check out these easy-to-use tools.

Is Writing a Check Still Safe?
Is Writing a Check Still Safe?

Every time you pay by check, you hand your bank account numbers to a stranger.

8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today
8 Things You Should Replace to Improve Your Life Today

Being frugal isn’t smart if you put off replacing these items.

9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar
9 Mistakes People Make When Cleaning With Vinegar

Cleaning with vinegar can save you a lot of money, but using it like this can cost you.

7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco
7 Kirkland Signature Items to Avoid at Costco

Even if it seems you save a bundle buying Costco’s Kirkland Signature brand products, they may not be the bargain they appear to be.

13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now
13 Amazon Purchases We Are Loving Right Now

These practical products make everyday life a little easier.

7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook
7 Income Tax Breaks That Retirees Often Overlook

Did you realize all these tax credits and deductions exist — or that they apply to retirees?

10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years
10 Cars You Are Most Likely to Keep for 15 Years

The cars that owners hold onto the longest have one thing in common, a new study shows.

6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers
6 Ways to Protect Your Retirement Accounts From Hackers

Imagine having $245,000 stolen from your retirement account — and not being reimbursed.

10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently
10 Things Successful Retirees Do Differently

These habits and characteristics can help put you on the track to success.

7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50
7 Costly Health Problems That Strike After Age 50

As we age, our bodies wear down. Here is how to cut costs associated with some common ailments.

7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know
7 Hidden Sections of Amazon Every Shopper Should Know

These little-known departments of Amazon are gold mines for deal-seekers and impulse shoppers alike.

View More Articles

View this page without ads

Help us produce more money-saving articles and videos by subscribing to a membership.

Get Started

Add a Comment

Our Policy: We welcome relevant and respectful comments in order to foster healthy and informative discussions. All other comments may be removed. Comments with links are automatically held for moderation.