Streaming gives you the best options for entertainment, customizable to your preferences and budget. Gone are the days of paying a lump sum for TV with too many ads; now you can make your TV work better for you by plugging a Roku, Amazon Fire, Chromecast, Apple TV, or other device into the HDMI port for instant connection. You can pay for subscriptions to services like Netflix, Hulu, and Disney+, or you can enjoy the entertainment options offered by free services like Tubi TV.
The Black Friday deals below encompass streaming subscriptions to services like YouTube Premium and Apple TV, smart TVs with streaming capabilities, and streaming devices that will transform the TV you currently have into one compatible with your favorite services. There are many exciting deals to explore, ranging from the more affordable end of the spectrum to higher priced options.
Latest Black Friday streaming deals
The last time this page received an update, these were the latest streaming deals worth checking out:
Best Black Friday streaming deals
Below are the 10 best early streaming deals we could find. Further down the page, you’ll see other interesting streaming deals we spotted at Amazon, Best Buy, and Walmart.
- Current price: $60
- Original price: $120
This is a supercharged streaming device with a powerful processor and fast 4K output. Even when the TV is off, you can ask Alexa to check the weather, set reminders, and more. The strength of this device is its voice control, which activates even when you’re across the room. The cube has eight microphones, so it can hear you from all directions when you need it. You also have an Alexa remote to use whenever you want to control your streaming services without speaking. The package includes a Fire TV cube, Alexa voice remote, Ethernet adapter, IR extender cable, and power adapter. The HDMI cable is sold separately.
- Current price: $29
- Original price: $55
Amazon has a Fire TV stick 4K bundle on sale for 47% off as an early Black Friday deal. The bundle pairs the Fire Stick with a two-year protection plan that includes normal, mechanical, and electrical malfunctions. The Fire Stick on its own usually sells for $25, so this essentially brings the protection plan down to $4. You get 24/7 support and 2-day replacements. The Fire Stick enables you to stream entertainment from Netflix, Hulu, Prime Video, Disney+, Peacock, and other streaming services when it is plugged in to your HD TV or 4K UHD TV.
- Current price: $30
- Original price: $73
This box has everything you need to set up streaming channels like HBO Max, Apple TV+, Netflix, Hulu, and Netflix in 4K quality. This device is the Ultra LT version, which, according to the box, is Roku’s “best Wi-Fi and wired streaming” service with a voice remote, Dolby Vision picture, and a fast channel launch. The package includes an HDMI cable. One cool feature is that you can control your TV using your iPhone, iPad, or other Apple device using the Apple Home app or Siri. This capability also works with a Google Assistant-enabled device.
- Current price: $15
- Original price: $30
For $15 you can connect your streaming services to your TV and watch away. This is an affordable streaming solution to begin with that got a lot cheaper. The only downsides are that the stick doesn’t do what pricier versions of it do: It doesn’t let you control your TV, so you won’t be able to turn on your TV or adjust the volume through it. The Fire TV stick will let you control your TV, and it’s on sale for $20, and the Fire TV Stick 4K is best for 4K streaming. What you can do with this version, the Fire TV Stick Lite, is stream in full HD with Alexa voice search across multiple apps. You can also listen to music through Spotify, Amazon Music, Pandora, and other services, and check in on your smart home by asking Alexa to do things like dim the lights or check the weather.
- Current price: $158
- Original price: $260
Your entertainment experience just got much less expensive and a lot more clear with this Sony Blu-ray™ player. 4K Ultra HD means that you can experience movies at four times the resolution of usual Blu-ray™ in 4K resolution. This Blu-ray™ player doesn’t just play Blu-ray™ discs: It also enables you to watch, listen to, and stream almost anything. This means HD video, audio, and streaming services, all in up to 4K video streaming. The Blu-ray™ player incorporates Dolby Vision, for better contrast, and HDR10, for 100x peak brightness when compared to a standard signal.
- Current price: $25
- Original price: $50
The Roku 4K streaming stick allows you to stream from all of your favorite services (Netflix, Disney Plus, HBO Max, Prime Video, etc) by simply plugging into your TV. The stick comes with a remote that allows you to control everything: You can power up the TV, change the volume, and voice search through streaming services. The stick allows for streaming in 4K, Dolby Vision, and HDR10 plus. It has long-range wireless for streaming in any room, up to twice as fast. This streaming stick is compatible with an Alexa-enabled device for full voice control.
- Current price: $40
- Original price: $50
The Chromecast streaming stick follows the same philosophy as the Fire Stick and the Roku Stick: Easily plug and stream whatever you’d like. This version of Chromecast offers the best video resolution, up to 4K HDR, a voice remote with Google Assistant, Google TV, and compatibility with thousands of apps. You get personal suggestions and access to movies, shows, live TV, and more in 4K HDR quality. The feature that I like most about the Chromecast, over other sticks, is that you can access all of your streaming services from your home screen, so you don’t have to switch from app to app to find something to watch. You get the most extensive library possible, based on which services you subscribe to. That’s a convenient capability.
- Current price: $20
- Original price: $40
This is the latest Fire TV stick model that has 50% more power than previous models — which means faster streaming for you, in full HD. You get the Alexa Voice Remote with preset buttons for popular streaming services and power and volume buttons to control your TV. You can watch or listen to whatever you like. The only downside is that this stick does not support 4K streaming, which is specific to the Fire TV Stick 4K. The Dolby Atmos home theater audio is only compatible with select home audio systems.
- Current price: $100
- Original price: $179
The Apple TV 4K is powered by an A12 Bionic chip, for better streaming, and Dolby Atmos audio. Dolby Vision means 4K video, and the system works with any 4K HDR compatible TV (not just Apple TVs). The Apple TV app puts most of your other streaming services together in one place so that you know when a new episode of your favorite shows are out without having to navigate to the specific app on which it is hosted. Any Apple charger that you use to charge your iPhone or iPad will charge the remote, which has a battery life of about six months between charges. You won’t have to look at ads for streaming services on your home screen — the screen features your apps, and your apps alone.
- Current price: $80
- Original price: $130
The Roku Streambar provides access to 4K streaming plus alongside internal speakers that produce an expansive sound. Dolby Audio provides that boost of volume for easily understandable dialogue when you watch your favorite shows. The Streambar also quiets loud commercials and supports Bluetooth streaming. The included remote allows you to power your TV, adjust the volume, and control streaming from one place. A cool feature is night listening, which automatically lowers loud commercials, boosts the volume of voices, and ensures that you don’t wake the house while still enjoying your entertainment.
Amazon Black Friday streaming deals
Here are some other streaming Black Friday deals happening right now at Amazon:
Walmart Black Friday streaming deals
Here are some other streaming Black Friday deals happening right now at Walmart:
Best Buy Black Friday streaming deals
Here are some other streaming Black Friday deals happening right now at Best Buy:
The focus was on finding the best, most popular deals in this category. Which streaming sticks or accessories would be most useful to the widest range of buyers? Were the deals offered at a reasonable price point? I tried to prioritize great deals, but also dig into their functionality by looking at reviews.
Black Friday falls on Nov. 25 this year.
Cyber Monday is on Nov. 28, 2022.
ZDNET scoured Black Friday sales to find the best deals this year:
Our experts also split out the best deals by retailer, brand, and category, which you can see below.
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Here are some of the cheapest deals we’ve found so far:
Finally, if you’d like to see the newest Black Friday deals as they drop: