Cyber Monday is best known for online deals that rival any other sale in the year, especially on amazing TV deals, but if you already have a nice TV and still want an upgrade, we’ve got you. TV media streamers are also getting deep discounts. These little bits of technology can turn a great TV into a internet connected dynamo.
Streamers are little sticks, dongles and boxes that connect to your current TV and deliver the latest and greatest TV shows, movies and videos from Netflix, YouTube, Hulu and thousands of other apps. They put most so-called smart TVs, especially ones more than a couple years old, to shame. All you need to supply is a Wi-Fi connection and maybe the monthly subscription fees for some of the individual streaming services you’ll be accessing.
For Cyber Monday 2018, streamers are cheaper than ever, starting at just $20. That’s less than three months of Netflix. And streamers from the biggest names in the business, including Roku, Chromecast and Fire TV, are on sale from more than one retailer.
Just keep in mind:
- The deals below are current as of Monday Nov. 26, and include Walmart, Amazon, Best Buy and other major retailers.
- Some Cyber Monday online sales start at 9pm PT (midnight ET), such as Walmart; others start at midnight PT (3am ET), such as Amazon, but all of the deals listed below are live right now.
- CNET may get a share of revenue from the sale of the products featured on this page.
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Amazon Fire TV Stick with Alexa voice remote, $25 (save $15)
It’s not quite as good as Roku in our book, but it’s better than Chromecast at the same price. if you’re a fan of Alexa or deep into Amazon’s ecosystem anyway, this price is almost too good to pass up.
Bonus Deal: For a limited-time, get two for $39.99 at Amazon.
Google Chromecast (2018), $25 (save $10)
Google’s phone-centric streamer is perfect for the YouTube lover or Google Home speaker user, but the lack of a remote limits its appeal for everybody else.
Roku Streaming Stick, $30 (save $20)
Here’s a big discount on our favorite non-4K streamer, complete with a voice remote that can control TV volume and power. It’s worth the extra few bucks over the others so far.
This deal is sold out at Amazon as of Nov. 26, 3:00 a.m. PT. You can still order it, though and it will be shipped when they are back in stock. You can also get it at Best Buy.
Fire TV Stick 4K bundle + Echo Dot: $59 (save $40)
Want an Alexa-infused Dot to go with your 4K streamer? There’s an Amazon bundle for that.
Update: low stock levels mean delivery is delayed until Dec 2.
Fire TV Recast DVR bundle + Fire TV Stick 4K + HD antenna: $235 (save $65)
This bundle includes the 4K Stick and Amazon’s excellent, cord-cutter-friendly Recast, which records and streams live TV from an antenna.
This deal is available now at Amazon.
Chromecast + Google Home Mini + $15 Vudu credit: $45 (save $29)
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If you want to get Google’s voice control paired with a TV, this bundle is the cheapest way to do it. Also known as the “Google Smart TV Kit,” it includes the newest Chromecast streaming dongle and a Home Mini speaker for a substantial savings. Walmart also throws in a $15 credit for Vudu, its movie and TV streaming service.
This deal is available online now at Walmart.
Google Chromecast Ultra, $50 (save $20)
Although it’s not as good as the 4K streamers from Amazon or Roku, the 4K-capable Chromecast plays better than either one with (you guessed it) YouTube, Google Home and your phone.
Roku Ultra, $80
Update Mon 26 Nov: The Roku Ultra no longer appears to be available on Amazon.
The highest-end Roku improves on our favorite 4K streamer, the Streaming Stick Plus, with a headphone jack on the remote, a remote finder and (new for 2018) JBL headphones, a $30 value.
Amazon Fire TV Cube, $60 (half price!)
The Cube combines a 4K streamer, an Echo Dot and a universal remote control, allowing you to control all your gear with “Alexa” commands — and at this price it’s barely more than a standard 4K streamer alone.
Nvidia Shield TV: $140 (save $40)
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The powerful streaming/gaming geek machine is on-sale now for the lowest price yet. This version doesn’t include a game controller (that’s $60 extra) but does come with the Google Assistant-equipped voice remote.
Roku SE: $20
Roku tells us the SE is basically identical to the “perfectly good enough” $35 Roku Express (see review link below), albeit with more of a focus on the Walmart-owned Vudu service.