Some of the hottest streaming media players, sticks and dongles are being offered at big discount at the nation's largest retailers this Black Friday. Best Buy, Walmart, Target and others are all offering holiday deals on streamers such as the Roku Stick, Roku Express, Amazon Fire Stick and Google Chromecast.
Streaming media players have become one of the most popular technology items due to their low cost and impressive performance capabilities. While more expensive set-top boxes such as the Roku 4 and Apple TV may have more power and features, the budget category is more than able to handle most viewer's media streaming needs while also providing portability and big bang for the buck.
Best Google Chromecast 2 Black Friday Deals
The popular Google Chromecast is available in its latest version for $25, $10 off its regular $35 price at a slew of retail outlets this Black Friday, including Best Buy, Target, Walmart, Staples and Office Depot. Note that the Chromecast 2 does not come with a remote and requires that you control it via your smartphone.
Best Roku Express Plus Black Friday Deal
The Roku Express Plus is not technically a stick or dongle but instead a very small set-top box that plugs into your TV via an HDMI cable (not included). It comes with a dedicated remote and Roku's famous user-friendly UI and menu navigation system. Voice search is available when controlling it through the dedicated app from your smartphone. Walmart has the best deal on the Roku Express this Black Friday, and it's a steal at $25, $15 in savings over the usual $40 price.
Best Roku Streaming Stick Black Friday Deal
The Roku Streaming Stick is smaller and more portable than the Express, plugs directly into a HDTV via the HDMI input and also comes with an easy-to-use remote and supports voice search via the smartphone app. Best Buy has the stick on sale for just $35 this Black Friday, $15 off the usual $50 price tag.
Best Amazon Fire Stick Black Friday Deal
Amazon's popular Fire TV streaming stick doesn't normally come with its own remote, but it is worth buying the add-on controller for the extra $10 charged, as it includes voice control that integrates with Amazon's Alexa personal assistant. The Amazon Fire TV stick can be had along with the remote for $10 off at just $30 this Black Friday at Target, Best Buy, Staples and, of course, Amazon itself.