Cord Cutter’s Guide to Black Friday 2021 Deals

Black Friday tends to bring its fair share of dodgy deals on undesirable products, but it’s always a fruitful sales event for cable cutters.

As in previous years, you can purchase a wide range of streaming devices at record prices, and many streaming services now offer discounted subscriptions so you can watch more for less.

Still, some of these deals are better than others, and some should be avoided entirely. Here’s a guide to getting the best cable-cutting devices and services for your money on Black Friday:

Best Black Friday streaming device deals

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If you don’t know which streaming device to buy on Black Friday, here are my top picks:

Roku Streaming Stick 4K, to simplify streaming: Roku’s new 4K Streaming Stick is on sale for $ 29 right now, which is $ 20 off the list price. This is Roku’s cheapest 4K streaming player with Dolby Vision HDR support, and it gets better Wi-Fi reception than the $ 40 Roku Express 4K + (not on sale this Black Friday).

Roku’s interface isn’t the flashiest, but it’s easy to use and offers easy access to free content. It also comes with useful features, like private headphones for listening through the Roku mobile app and a “play” button that rewinds several seconds in the current video. The Streaming Stick 4K is a worthy upgrade if your current Roku is feeling sluggish, lacks volume and power buttons on your remote, or suffers from buffering issues.

Fire TV Stick 4K Max, for Alexa lovers: Amazon’s new Fire TV Stick 4K Max is on sale for $ 35 on Black Friday, reducing $ 20 from the list price. Even if you don’t have a 4K TV, it’s worth the money compared to cheaper Fire TV players for their significantly faster load times.

I’m not crazy about Amazon’s menu system, which frequently feels confusing and overloaded with promotional content. Still, Alexa is a capable assistant on this device, allowing you to launch content, tune in to live TV channels, and search for things to watch in your subscriptions. Get this transmitter if you like to talk to your TV.

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