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Smart TVs are hot ticket items this year for Black Friday, and it’s easy to see why. Prices have dropped dramatically on large screen panels, with 4K TVs measuring as big as 65 inches falling well below the $300 mark. This is good news for folks out there that don’t have a lot of money to burn, and just want the most bang for the buck when it comes to screen size and decent image quality. While we could spend all day laying out deals on high-end QLED or OLED panels that retail for $1,000, $2,000 or even $3,000+, we’re going to focus on budget Smart TVs offering under $500 that should still be pleasing to all but the most upper-crust pixel snobs. Insignia 32-inch Fire TV... Read more...
Staying at home all the time can get pretty boring, especially if you are streaming TV shows and videos from online services like Netflix, Hulu, HBO Max, and every other provider that has thrown their hat into the streaming ring. If the lack of a streaming stick is holding you back, let's fix that. Ahead of what is actually supposed to be Black Friday, there are deals to be had on a whole bunch of options. Shown above is one of the cheapest options—it is Amazon's Fire TV Stick Lite with Alexa Remote Lite, on sale for $17.99 (save 40 percent). It is a quick, simple, and effective solution to get streaming. This stick is powered by a quad-core processor and can pull and display content in... Read more...
Roku has announced two new additions to its popular streaming lineup today: the Streambar and an updated Ultra standalone box. These are some of the more expensive entries in Roku's extensive lineup, but should help to improve the company's dominant position in the streaming market. Kicking things off is the new Streambar, which combines the functionality of a soundbar with integrated Roku hardware. The Streambar measures just 14 inches in length and connects to your television using an HDMI cable (or optical if you choose). As you might expect from a modern streamer, the Streambar streams 4K HDR video and even includes support for Amazon Alexa and the Google Assistant. Later this year, the Streambar... Read more...
If you're looking for a TV upgrade or just need to add another for quality stay-at-home entertainment, Amazon has some smoking-good deals on TCL, Toshiba and Insignia Roku and Fire TV-enabled 4K smart TVs. Some of the options are also HDR enabled, so If you're in the market, check out these solid discounts. The first of the TVs comes from TCL and is the TCL 43S425 43-inch 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV. While this is a 2018 model, it still features current Roku capability and a moderate screen size that will fit into most rooms. The TV is offered with a 31% discount knocking $100.99 off the MSRP of $329.99. That brings the purchase price down to $229 with free Prime shipping. TCL 43S425 43-inch Roku... Read more...
TCL took the Smart TV market by storm with its affordable 1080p and 4K offerings that came bundled with Roku functionality and the familiar stubby remote control. In recent years, the company has increasingly added in higher-end features while still trying to pay homage to its value roots. TCL’s latest intersection of premium features with pricing that won’t break the piggy bank comes in the form of its new 2020 6-Series Quantum Dot (QLED) Roku TVs. What’s special this time around is that these TVs use mini-LED backlighting technology, which can rival OLEDs when it comes to black levels and contrast ratio. The mini-LEDs are backed by up to 240 Contrast Control Zones... Read more...
In the Smart TV space, Roku has established itself as the global leader with a wide range of supported apps, affordable dongles that can be attached to any TV, and deep penetration with top-selling TV brands like TCL. However, Google’s Android TV platform has been around for a few years and is looking to take some of the sting out of Roku and to a certain extent, Amazon’s Fire TV platform. Google announced today that the number of monthly active users for Android TV have skyrocketed by 80 percent during the last year. The company says that it’s currently working with 7 out of the top 10 Smart TV OEMs to ensure that consumers are able to experience Android... Read more...
With many folks around the country still stuck indoors due to the coronavirus -- and bored out of their mind as a result -- many out there are wishing they had a larger TV for gaming and watching movies in their extended downtime. Not surprisingly, Best Buy currently has some very impressive deals going on a couple of large Roku 4K Smart TVs from TCL that could be the perfect cure for shut-in blues. The first of the TVs is the largest offering, and it's a TCL 75Q825 with a 75-inch a $K UHD HDR panel and mini-LED backlighting. Mini-LED backlighting allows for more precise local dimming and more uniform illumination. TCL also fits the TV with Quantum Dot technology for improved brightness... Read more...
With the coronavirus (COVID-19) spreading like wildfire across the glove, many people are turning to leisure activities in their downtime. While many people are simply working from home, others are left with not much to do at all and have found solace in playing video games or binge-watching their favorite television shows. Amazon is buying in to our "social distancing" protocols with a sale on some popular streaming hardware. Naturally, the online retail giant is discounting its own first-party hardware including the stalwart Fire TV Stick. The Fire TV stick is normally priced at $39.99, but Amazon is currently discounting it by $17 to a low $22.99 with free shipping for Prime subscribers.... Read more...
Roku has released its earnings report for the last quarter of 2019, and the company did very well, exceeding expectations. The earnings report says that the company brought in $1.1 billion in revenue for the full year of 2019. The company also says that it reinforced its position as America's number one TV streaming platform (measured by hours streamed). Roku notes that 2019 was a big year for TV streaming with a "massive" shift of the TV ecosystem that gained momentum. In the earnings report, the company said that it believes that investing incremental gross profit in 2020 to extend its strategic advantage positions it for the decade ahead is key. Highlights from the earnings report include... Read more...
Black Friday and Cyber Monday may have come and gone, but that doesn't mean you can't still get good deals. The big game will be here before you know it, and if you want a bigger screen to watch the game or to give as a Christmas gift, here is your chance. Amazon has an excellent deal going on a 65-inch TCL smart TV. The TV is the TCL 65-inch Class 5-Series 4K UHD Dolby Vision HDR Roku Smart TV, model number 65S525. That is a lot of TV for the money, as the regular retail price is $1,199.99. Amazon is offering a $700 discount making the TV 58% off with a price of $499.99. The TV, as of writing, is on Prime for free shipping and promises that it will get to you before Christmas. TCL 65-inch Class... Read more...
Depending on what devices you have been using to stream Netflix, you may find that it is no longer accessible today. That's because Netflix has flipped the switch and stopped supporting its service on older hardware, including a handful of Roku streaming players, certain Vizio TVs, and some Samsung TV models. Netflix actually announced plans to stop supporting certain devices earlier this month, saying at the time that it would happen on December 1st. That day has come, and if you own an affected gadget, you will see a message saying, "Netflix will no longer be available on this device." Most of the affected devices are very old at this point—up to around 8-10 years old. As for which specific... Read more...
Anyone looking to cut the cord and get a smoking good deal on a Roku Ultra 4K HDR streaming device will want to pay attention to this deal. Walmart is offering a Roku Ultra with Premium JBL Headphones in a single bundle. The listing says that the Roku Ultra and the headphones are 2019 models, so this isn't clearance for older hardware. Being the day after Black Friday, the discounted price on the bundle is impressive. The Roku Ultra and headphones bundle is on sale for $48, which is a $51 discount. Roku Ultra Streaming Media Player 4K/HD/HDR with Premium JBL Headphones 2019 - $51 off at $48 The Roku Ultra supports HD, 4K, and HDR content and has enhanced voice remote features to make it easier... Read more...
Before you cut the turkey today, you may want to cut your cable with one of these deals. Streaming devices from Roku, Amazon, and NVIDIA are all on sale starting today. There's enough savings going around to fill your plate. Up first, Roku has their Ultra and Streaming Stick+ models listed on Amazon for more than half off. Roku's make for a popular options thanks to their compatibility with a wide variety of streaming platforms and live TV. Roku Ultra - $51.99 off at $48.00 Roku Streaming Stick+ - $30.99 off at $29.00 Amazon is getting in on the game themselves with the Fire TV Stick 4K priced half off. Their new "hands-free" Fire TV Cube is enjoying a discount as well. Both of these products... Read more...
Black Friday is nearly upon us, though as we have seen in recent years, the deals and bargains are rolling in ahead of time. We are not just talking about previews, either, but actual sales. Over at Walmart, for example, you can score a 70-inch smart TV with a 4K resolution, support for high dynamic range (HDR), and a built-in Roku streamer for a $499.99. That is a banging price for 70 inches of real estate. The Element 70-inch 4K Roku Smart TV for $499.99 has a list price of $798.00, so it's discounted nearly $300 right now. This also matches the lowest price we have ever seen this model go for. Here are some specs at a glance... Diagonal Panel Size: 70 inches Aspect Ratio: 16:9 Panel Resolution:... Read more...
Amazing deals on big-screen TCL Smart TVs should be no surprise to regular HotHardware readers, but Best Buy is currently running an especially tasty deal on one of the company's largest offerings. The 75-inch 4-Series 4K HDR Smart TV (75S425) is currently available for $699.99, which makes for a $300 discount on the normal price. We haven't seen any leaked Black Friday ads make their way to the internet just yet, but we can't imagine that you'll find another quality set like this for $700 when those deals land in a few weeks’ time. With that being said, if you're a Best Buy Elite member and happen to score a better deal between now and Black Friday, you can always take... Read more...
If you have purchased a TV over the past few years, there's a high chance it features smart capabilities, tapping into your Internet to beam streaming content. Smart functionality is a standard amenity these days. Lower pricing is also a trend, despite the advanced functionality, but have you ever wondered why costs have come down so much over the past few years? It might be because your TV is watching you as much as you watch it. Princeton University and the University of Chicago co-published a study titled, "Watching You Watch: The Tracking Ecosystem of Over-the-Top TV Streaming Devices," and it contains some interesting findings. The study focused on various streaming services and products,... Read more...
It's becoming harder and harder to find TVs these days that aren’t "smart" straight from the factory. Smart TVs with their integrated internet connectivity and media platforms make it easier for hardware OEMs to track your viewing habits (by default) and make additional revenue from advertising. Roku is looking to take its ad-related business to the next level with new pop-ups that are delivered to customers when commercials are playing on their Roku TVs. The folks over at Cord Cutter News noticed that Roku has recently started placing pop-up ads during commercial breaks during both cable TV and over-the-air programming on Roku TVs. (Image courtesy Cord Cutter News)... Read more...
Are you in the market for a new streaming player? Roku just released new versions of the Roku Express and the Roku Ultra. The two streaming players are meant to provide a “device for every type of streamer”. Roku last refreshed its line of players this past autumn and the updated devices come with a number of new features. The new and improved Roku Express is reportedly 10% smaller than the original Express. The device is meant to blend in with the user’s environment and it can be powered by one’s television if an outlet is unavailable. The Roku Express features HD streaming. It also includes a power adapter, high-speed HDMI cable, and a simple remote. Roku... Read more...
It's no secret that people are cutting the cord with their cable and satellite companies around the country. While cord-cutting may not be as feared by cable companies as it once was, streamers still need internet, after all, there are still millions who are cutting the cord. A new study conducted by Roku has found that 60 million U.S. households are expected to access content on TVs exclusively via streaming in the next five years. If that happens, Roku says that streamers will surpass traditional Pay TV viewers for the first time. Roku's study says that U.S. market data suggests that so far in 2019, 2 million homes in the U.S. have cut the cord and left traditional cable or satellite providers.... Read more...
Roku just made it easy to upgrade your television's audio and add streaming capabilities in one fell swoop. The new Roku Smart Soundbar is notable because not only is it the company's first soundbar, but it also comes with a built-in Roku Ultra streamer, allowing users to stream videos in up to 4K Ultra HD with HDR support. Granted, most modern TVs come with built-in streaming capabilities, so for some it might be a redundant feature. However, for those who prefer Roku to Chromecast (the latter of which is found on many TVs), the Roku Smart Soundbar could serve as a nifty 2-in-1 upgrade, piping out better audio than a TV's speakers with 4K HDR streaming support to boot. "We’ve been very... Read more...
If you're in the market for a new 4K television, and can't wait until Black Friday to score a stellar deal, Amazon has some pretty amazing prices right now on two TCL TVs that just might be up your alley. The TVs in question measure 43 inches and 55 inches diagonally respectively, and both feature the highly popular Roku TV interface. First up is the TCL 43S425, which features a 43-inch 4K panel. This TCL 4-Series television support HDR and features an LED-backlit panel. The television includes three HDMI 2.0 ports (HDCP 2.2 support), while one of them supports HDMI ARC. The TV also has integrates nicely with Alexa and the Google Assistant. For example, once you enable the Roku skill in... Read more...
Everyone wants a big, bright, high-resolution HDTV, but budget concerns prevent some consumers from pulling the trigger. Well, if you’re one of those people, Best Buy currently has a deal in place that may have you running for your credit card. There is an Insignia (Best Buy’s house brand), 55” 4K SmartTV, with HDR support and built-in Amazon FireTV (with voice remote) on sale for only $249 at the moment. That is a ridiculously low price for a 55” 4K HDR television, especially one with this one’s features and specifications that comes so highly rated. There are some crappy, cheap 4K televisions currently on the market (I should know, I have one that I hate),... Read more...
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