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Best Black Friday & Cyber Monday Deals on Media Streaming Devices
The company last week announced that Roku devices will be as low as $20 on Black Friday with a limited edition Roku SE (similar to a Roku Express) at Walmart.
At most retailers, you will be able to get a Roku Streaming Stick for $29.99 (normally $49.99). The Roku Streaming Stick+, their cheapest 4K streaming stick, will be discounted to $49.99 (normally $59.99).
They haven’t announced any discounts on their recently released Roku Premiere and Roku Premiere+. Both devices stream in 4K, but the more expensive model, sold exclusively at Walmart, includes a remote that can control your TV.
Their biggest discount will be on the Roku Ultra, which now comes with a premium pair of JBL headphones, will be just $50 (normally $99.99).
- Roku SE: $20 (normally $29.99)
- Roku Streaming Stick: $29.99 (normally $49.99)
- Roku Streaming Stick+: $49.99 (normally $59.99)
- Roku Premiere: $39.99 (no discount announced)
- Roku Premiere+: $49.99 (no discount announced)
- Roku Ultra: $50 (normally $100)
As a bonus, all purchases of a Roku streaming players will get a $35 credit towards Sling TV and 30-day free trial on Showtime.
Amazon Fire TV
Amazon will be dramatically discounting their three primary Fire TV devices: Fire TV Stick, Fire TV Stick 4K, and Fire TV Cube. Unlike some other retailers, they will be starting their deals ahead of Black Friday on Sunday, November 18.
The Fire TV Stick which comes with the old Alexa Voice Remote will be discounted to just $24.99 (normally $39.99). Their recently released Fire TV Stick 4K will be as low as $34.99 (normally $49.99). The new device includes their updated Alexa Voice Remote which allows you to control volume and power.
The Fire TV Cube which was announced in June and allows you to control your TV, volume, and sound bar with your voice will be the most heavily discounted Fire TV device. It will be as low as $59.99 (normally $119.99).
The company hasn’t announced any deals on their new Fire TV Voice Remote or the Fire TV Recast which lets you record your OTA antenna.
- Fire TV Stick: $24.99 (normally $39.99)
- Fire TV Stick 4K: $34.99 (normally $49.99)
- Fire TV Cube: $59.99 (normally $119.99)
- Fire TV Recast: $229.99 (no discount announced)
Last year, the Apple TV 4K was heavily subsidized by DIRECTV NOW where you could get the $170 device for only $105.
Unfortunately, this year - it doesn’t look like any deals will come close. The best offer so far is Meijer is offering a $50 coupon on your next purchase when you buy any Apple TV 4K.
- Apple TV 4K: $179.99 (no discount announced)
Last month, Google made a small bump to the Chromecast which was mostly cosmetic.
Most major retailers will be discounting the latest Chromecast to $25 (normally $35) and their 4K streamer to $49 (normally $69).
The most popular Android TV streamer NVIDIA Shield has already dropped their price to $139.99 (normally $179.99) ahead of Black Friday.
We haven’t seen any discounts on MiBox (normally $59.99), but we wouldn’t be surprised if it’s discounted by $10 on Black Friday.
Sling has announced a bunch of bundle deals on their Android TV-powered AirTV streaming box. The device which also include the ability to record from an OTA antenna will be $50 (normally $129.99) when you pre-pay for three months of Sling TV.
- NVIDIA Shield: $139.99 (normally $179.99)
- MiBox: $59.99 (no discount announced)
- AirTV: $50 (normally $129.99) when you pre-pay three months of Sling TV
Tomorrow we will preview the best deals on Smart TVs like Roku TV, Samsung, VIZIO, Sony, TCL, and more.
Today, Philo has been added to Hallmark Channel Everywhere. That means you can now unlock all of Hallmark’s programming with your Philo credentials.
This comes just as Hallmark’s Countdown to Christmas begins their 22 original movies for the Christmas season.
You can see a full list of TV Everywhere Apps that come with your Philo subscription here.
What Channels Can I Watch on Philo?
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The channel, likely called the Magnolia Network, will join the Discovery family of networks which already owns HGTV, where the couple got their start.
It is expected that the channel will replace an existing Discovery channel, likely DIY, Destination America, or Great American Country. While there hasn’t been a firm timetable for launch, some speculate that it could be in the next 12-18 months.
On their Tonight Show appearance on Friday, they shared that a lot of the content will be filmed in Waco, Texas where they have their Magnolia empire.
In a statement, Discovery shared:
“Discovery is thrilled to confirm that we are in exclusive talks with Chip and Joanna Gaines. The Gaineses are exceptional people, true authentic storytellers and creative visionaries who will nourish millions of people with quality, family-friendly programming accessible on a 24/7 network and across all screens.”
This would not be the first time Discovery has partnered with a TV personality to launch a network. Back in 2011, Discovery launched the OWN Network as a joint venture with Oprah Winfrey.
Update: The Deal Has Expired
Amazon is running a special promotion where you can get the new Amazon Echo Dot for only $1. To get the offer you have to sign-up for free 30-Day Trial Amazon Prime Music Unlimited.
Some YouTube TV subscribers reported this morning that the service had quietly dropped the price of Showtime to just $7 a month. The premium network used to cost $11 a month to add to your YouTube TV subscription.
It appears that existing subscribers will have to cancel and re-add their Showtime subscription to get the new price.
YouTube TV customer service shared that this is a permanent price change for Showtime on the service.
This comes as services like Hulu Live TV offered promotional pricing for the channel. They are offering Showtime as an add-on to Hulu for only $4.99 per month for 3 months (when it will go back to $10.99 a month).
Roku announced this afternoon that you will be able to get a Roku device on Black Friday for as little as $20.
A new limited-edition Roku SE will be available exclusively in-store at Walmart for $20. Details are sparse on the device, but it will likely be similar to the Roku Express which supports 1080p HD up to 60fps.
Starting November 22 through November 26, most major retailers like Best Buy, Amazon, and Target will have the Roku Ultra for just $50 (normally $100). The device which can stream up to 4K HDR, now comes with a pair of premium JBL headphones.
The company will also offer $20 off the Roku Streaming Stick (normally $49.99) from November 18-26.
All customers who purchase a new Roku streaming player or Roku TV until January 19th will also get a $35 credit towards Sling TV (new Sling customers only) and a 30-day free trial of Showtime.
As part of their fourth quarter earnings announcement today, Disney released details of their new Netflix competitor.
While some expected the service to be called DisneyPlay, the company announced that the service will be called Disney+. This mirrors the naming convention of their sports streaming service ESPN+.
The service is expected to launch in late 2019 and will result in bringing much of the Star Wars, Pixar, and Marvel content that is currently on Netflix.
What Films will be on Disney+?
Starting in March, the company will let their licensing deal with Netflix expire. This means all Disney films starting with Captain Marvel will go on the Disney streaming service. This includes the live-action remake of Dumbo and the next Avengers film.
They will also be making films exclusively available for the service like live action remakes of Lady and the Tramp and The Sword in the Stone, the Anna Kendrick Christmas comedy Noelle, and Timmy Failure, based on the best-selling books.
What Television Shows will be on Disney+?
Disney will make television series based on their films Monsters Inc. and High School Musical.
There are discussions to bring a return of the Muppets, as well as an original Thor spin-off called Loki starring Tom Hiddleston.
Their most ambitious project though is a $100 million, 10 episodes live-action Star Wars TV series from Iron Man director John Favreau. They will also release will be a prequel to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story starring Diego Luna.
Disney confirmed that Marvel’s current original shows on Netflix will stay with the streaming service.
It is expected that Fox’s shows like The Simpsons will remain on Hulu (of which Disney is now the majority owner), in an attempt to make the service mostly family friendly.
Can Disney+ Compete with Netflix?
With Netflix expected to spend $8B on content next year, Disney will have to spend aggressively in order to keep up with the streaming giant.
While we don’t know all the details like launch date and pricing, we do know is that with their existing film library, upcoming shows in production, and the technology from BAMTech — that they are in the best position of any to compete with Netflix.
Sling TV announced today their deals for the holiday season. The deals include discounts on Roku, Air TV, and OTA Antennas. The company is also offering extended free trials to those who purchase streaming devices, Smart TVs, or an antenna from Best Buy.
- $35 credit towards Sling TV, plus 30-day Free Trial of Showtime when you purchase any Roku streaming device or Roku TV (Until Jan 13)
- Get a Roku Ultra for $50 (normally $100) when you pre-pay for three months of Sling TV
- Get an AirTV Player + Adapter for only $50 (normally $130) when you pre-pay for three months of Sling TV
- Get an AirTV Player + Adapter + RCA Indoor Antenna for $70 (normally $175) when you pre-pay for three months of Sling TV
- Get a free Indoor Antenna (normally $44.95) when you pre-pay for two months of Sling TV
Extended Free Trial
Customers will receive a promo code with purchase at Best Buy either printed on their receipt or via email if purchased online.
- 30-day Free Trial of Sling TV with the purchase of any Fire TV, Roku, Apple TV, or NVIDIA Shield at Best Buy
- 30-day Free Trial of Sling TV with select Samsung, LG, Roku TV, and Android TV.
- 14-day Free trial with the purchase of any OTA antenna
Since AT&T launched DIRECTV NOW two years ago, the company has heavily subsidized it for AT&T Unlimited Customers. That’s about to end.
Last year, the company reduced the discount for AT&T Unlimited customers from $25 to $15 a month. Now, on November 15, AT&T Unlimited &More, AT&T Unlimited Choice, or AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced will no longer receive any discount.
It appears that if you add the offer prior to November 15, you will continue to receive the discount as long as you stay an active AT&T and DIRECTV NOW subscriber.
The move comes as the company has been pulling back on promotions for customers. Since July, DIRECTV NOW has stopped offering a free Apple TV 4K, Roku Streaming Stick, and $10 a month for your first three months.
In a report by CNBC, Comcast is planning to release a streaming box for their broadband-only customers.
The box would reportedly include apps like Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, access to movies & TV episodes for rent or purchase, and would be powered by their X1 operating system. It is not expected that the platform would be as open as a traditional App Store to keep people from using third-party Live TV Streaming Services.
Comcast earlier this year launched Xfinity Instant TV, which is a Live Streaming Service only available to Comcast broadband customers. Theoretically, Comcast could offer this skinnier video bundle to purchase directly from the new device.
The company could also offer Xfinity Stream which is currently available on Roku devices. The app allows Xfinity TV customers to watch their live channels and DVR from streaming devices.
The device is also expected to serve as a home hub which would allow Comcast to offer devices like smart locks, thermostats, and security cameras to their customers.
There is no time frame for the release of the box, but it is likely to launch sometime next year.