Online streaming of TV series and movies is a system that has been originally developed by Netflix – which recently managed to overcome YouTube in terms of viewership – and now is slowly killing the good old cable that cost a fortune and offered significantly less.
With the above facts being taken under consideration and Black Friday 2015 madness taking place in just a few hours, it is the best time of the year for consumers to pick up a streaming device while staying under budget and also completing their TV top set, after finding their favorite gaming consoles and TVs on sale.
As mentioned in the headline of the deal recap you are reading, we believe that the most prominent streaming gadgets out there are Amazon’s Fire TV stick, Roku’s third generation streaming console ( the fourth gen hasn’t received any substantial price drops), Apple TV and Google’s Chromecast.
Amazon Fire TV stick
Amazon’s home brewed streaming system is available for $24.99 (standard remote edition), saving you $15 – the original price was $39.99.
The Fire TV stick offers over 250,000 TV episodes and movies on Netflix, Amazon Video, HBO GO, and Hulu, as well as games and music. In addition to content, starting in 2016, Amazon will be hosting the new Top Gear hosted by Jeremy Clarkson and company, which used to be BBC’s number one TV show prior to the unfortunate event that resulted to some major reforms.
Amazon touts that the Fire TV stick delivers four times the internal storage and twice the RAM than Google’s Chromecast does, as it is sporting 1GB of RAM and a dual-core CPU.
The device will be in stock on December 5, though pre-orders will start from today. There is a free two-day shipping option for Prime users available as well.
Roku has been one of the oldest players in the field, with its streaming box packing a slew of innovative features.
We found the Roku 3 on BestBuy for $79.99, saving you $20 – the original price was $99.99.
It might cost four times the Fire TV stick, though, as aforementioned, Roku 3 is a much more premium streaming box, boasting voice search, motion-enabled remote control that also packs a 3.5mm headphone jack, thus allowing you to watch your favorites series without disturbing others and much more.
Content wise, the Roku 3 has access to more than 2,000 streaming channels; including Netflix, Hulu Plus, HBO GO, Amazon Instant Video, Disney, Crackle, NHL, NBA and MLB, music and games as well.
The deal includes free shipping all across the States as well.
Cupertino is known for the extravagant pricing strategy that is applying on all of its product line-ups, hence if you are looking forward upgrading your iPhone or MacBook, now is the time.
Apple’s streaming counterpart is available on BestBuy for $39.99, saving you $30 – the original price was $69.99. The said model is Geek Squad refurbished certified.
The best deal for a new model was available on Walmart for $50, and the bundle included solely the Apple TV itself. The BestBuy deal offers the Apple remote as well.
As far as content goes, the full HD streaming box brings access to over 15,000 movies and 90,000 TV show episodes in the iTunes Store; Netflix, games, music and much more. AirPlay and iCloud software features are on board, while the gadgets is powered by Apple’s A5 CPU.
Moreover, free shipping across the US applies on the particular sale as well.
Google’s streaming gadget – 2014 model – can be purchased from Walmart for a jaw-dropping $20, saving you $15 – the original price was $35.
By plugging the dongle in your TV’s HDMI input you instantly gain access to Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Google Play and Chrome. Chromecast essentially turns your conventional TV into a smart one for just $20.
To control the device, all you have to do is download the respective remote controlling app from Play Store on your Android smartphone and tablet and you will be good to go. In case you are an iOS user, have no worries, as the app is available for the iPhone and iPad as well.
In case you do not own either of the above, the Chromecast app cam be downloaded on laptops as well.
A two year warranty is included for an additional $2 fee.
Which streaming device will you be opting for? Let us know in the comments below.