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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...
In case you haven't been paying attention, there have been some rather amazing deals on smart TVs recently. In particular, TCL Roku TVs have been available at incredibly low prices over the past few months. When we last visited TCL's 55-inch 55R6176 Series Roku TV, it was selling for a pretty hot (at the time) $579.99, which represented a $220 savings compared to the regular price. However, Electronic Express (via Rakuten) is selling the same TV for $549.99. While that is only a $30 additional savings over the last hot deal, there's more where that came from. If you apply the coupon code EE74 at checkout, Rakuten will take an additional $75 off the price of the television,... Read more...
Updated 3/21/2019 @ 3:00pm Best Buy has puts its version of the TCL 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV (75615) with IR remote on sale for a bargain $1,499 with free shipping. Original Story: Amazon has been offering smoking deals on TCL smart TVs over the last few months, and now the retailer has another deal on a mammoth flagship 4K panel that measures an astounding 75 inches across. TCL's 75-inch 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV was announced earlier this year and was previously only available at Best Buy (in a 75615 variant). Now Amazon is carrying the 75R617 model which comes with a Wi-Fi Roku remote (instead of infrared) and is priced at $1,899.99. This set slots... Read more...
Roku has just announced a new enhancement for owners of Roku streaming devices and Roku TVs. Thanks to a new Amazon Alexa skill that is now available, you will be able to use any Alexa-enabled device to control your Roku hardware. While customers that have Roku Voice Remotes can already bark voice commands, this new Alexa tie-in opens up voice control to a broader Roku audience. In order to enable this newfound Alexa functionality, your Roku devices will need to be updated to Roku OS 8.1 or higher and you will also need to enable the new Roku skill. Amazon’s entire family of Echo devices are supported including the Echo, Echo Plus, Echo Dot and display-equipped Echo Show. Once enabled,... Read more...
Movie, TV, and gaming fans are often after the biggest screen they can cram into their living room or bedroom. The catch is that massive screen sizes are often very expensive. TCL has been offering some smoking good deals on big TVs with support for 4K HDR content and Roku streaming built in over the last few months. Before the Super Bowl earlier this month Amazon had some TCL TVs on sale for excellent prices. The TCL 65-inch 65S517 TV that was on sale before the Super Bowl for right at $694 is on sale with an even bigger discount currently. You can get that same TV for just under $650 with free Prime shipping right now. The 55-inch version of that TV that was $449.99 is still available right... Read more...
Black Friday isn't the only time you can get some outstanding deals on big screen TVs. Each year the build-up to the biggest NFL game of the year brings with it some very good deals on big TVs, and this year is no different. Amazon has big discounts on various sizes of the TCL 4K Ultra HD Roku Smart LED TV family. Amazon is offering the 65-inch version of this TV for $694.03, a discount of over $405 off the regular sales price. If that is too big for you, a 55-inch version of the same TV is $449.99, which is a discount of $250 off the normal retail price. Down a notch in size, but packing the same features, is the 49-inch version for $379.99, a $50 discount off the normal retail price. The smallest... Read more...
TiVo fans will be getting a new app later in 2019 that will expand the capabilities of its ecosystem. At CES 2019 TiVo showed off new apps for Apple TV, Fire TV, and Roku devices that will allow users with TiVo boxes to view live and recorded content on multiple TVs in their home. The cool part about that feature is that it uses the customer's existing hardware and doesn't require them to purchase additional TiVo set-top boxes, like the recently announced Bolt, or the currently available TiVo Mini. TiVo has stated that it expects to launch the apps during Q2 and Q3 of 2019. The first app to launch will be for Fire TV users, the Roku app will come next, with the Apple TV app being last. The way... Read more...
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