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Streaming deals abound for Black Friday, Cyber Monday 2023

This year has witnessed a widespread surge in subscription fees across various streaming services, creating a perceptible uptick in costs for consumers.

Noteworthy platforms like Netflix, Disney Plus, Apple TV Plus, Starz and Paramount Plus have all implemented price increases, marking a noticeable trend in the industry. Black Friday and Cyber Monday brings some temporary relief from these price hikes, with deep discounts across some of the most-popular streaming services that can save savvy streamers a lot of money. By capitalizing on these deals, individuals can not only offset recent price increases but also explore cost-effective options that align with their entertainment preferences.

Those who are new to streaming can also score great deals on hardware like the latest Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV (Google TV) devices, plus cord-cutting favorites like Tablo’s line-up of over-the-air digital video recorders that bring free broadcast TV to streaming devices.

Here are some of the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals for 2023, as reviewed by The Desk


Amazon Fire TV devices

The next-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube is seen in an undated handout image.
The next-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube is seen in an undated handout image. (Photo courtesy Amazon, Graphic by The Desk)

Amazon has its popular line of Fire TV streaming devices and smart TVs with the Fire TV operating system on sale, with some devices going for as low as $16.

The Amazon Fire TV Cube is the company’s premium standalone streaming device to bundle hands-free access to Alexa coupled with the robust Fire TV streaming platform. It rarely goes on sale, but right now, Black Friday and Cyber Monday shoppers can get the next-generation Amazon Fire TV Cube device for just $110 (normally $140). Note that you’ll have to buy an HDMI cable separately for the Fire TV Cube; if you don’t have a spare, grab this UGreen 6-foot braided and durable HDMI cable for just $8.

Looking for a portable or all-in-one solution? Get the Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite (without TV controls) for $16 (normally $30), or the full-featured Amazon Fire TV Stick HD (with TV controls) for $20 (normally $40). If you’re interested in upgrading your TV, consider the 40-inch Amazon Fire TV for just $180 (normally $25), or go bigger with the 55-inch Amazon Fire TV 4K for just $340 (normally $520).

Other Amazon Fire TV deals to consider:

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Android TV (Google TV) devices

The new Chromecast by Google features Android TV’s operating system built-in, which the company has since renamed “Google TV.” (Photo: Matthew Keys/Graphic: The Desk)

Android TV and its successor, Google TV, offer a great line-up of streaming apps like Netflix, YouTube, Prime Video, Disney Plus and others, along with the ability to “cast” content from phones and tablets to your TV set. Android TV is a great way to add smart TV functionality to older TVs, and many Android TV and Google TV devices are super-portable and are great for packing in a suitcase or carry-on when traveling.

One of the best Android TV devices, the Nvidia Shield, rarely goes on sale. But, right now, you can pick up the Nvidia Shield 4K streaming media player for just $125, down from the regular price of $150 (deal also available at Best Buy). The Nvidia Shield includes all the benefits of Android TV and Google TV in a small package designed to pack a powerful punch without taking up too much real estate in your living room or suitcase. The Nvidia Shield is also one of the best Android TV gaming devices on the market.

Looking for something smaller? Google’s own Chromecast with Google TV HD returns to its sale price of $20 (normally $40, deal also available at Best Buy), while the Chromecast with Google TV 4K is down to $40 (normally $50, deal also available at Best Buy). Both offer the same sleek feature remote with shortcut buttons for YouTube and Netflix, as well as volume, power and input controls compatible with most smart TVs and built-in access to the Google Assistant for smart, voice-powered controls.

Those who are looking for a TV upgrade can find Google TV-powered smart sets from a range of manufacturers, including some popular ones like TCL and Sony. Right now, the Sony Google TV 43-inch HDTV is down to $350 on Amazon (normally $400), while the TCL Google TV 55-inch 4K QLED model costs just $500 (normally $780).

Other Google TV devices and smart TV deals to consider:

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Roku and Roku TV devices

(Still frame courtesy Roku, Graphic by The Desk)

Roku makes it incredibly easy to add streaming TV apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus and YouTube TV to any TV set. Its streaming platform is one of the most-user friendly to use, and its collection of thousands of streaming video apps, audio channels and games means there’s almost certainly to be something for everyone in the family. Roku devices are known for their simplicity and portability, and Roku’s line-up of smart TVs are some of the best on the market.

Right now, save big on the ultra-compact Roku Streaming Stick 4K, down to $30 (normally $50, deal also available at Best Buy and Amazon). The Roku Streaming Stick 4K offers ultra high-definition video from supported apps like Netflix, Prime Video, Disney Plus and YouTube, plus hundreds of free channels and thousands of no-cost movies and TV shows from The Roku Channel. You can also watch free streaming channels from Pluto TV, Xumo Play, Tubi, Local Now and other apps right from the Roku Streaming Stick 4K, and its portable enough to travel with in a carry-on bag.

If you want something with a bit more power, the Roku Ultra comes with a rechargable, voice-powered remote control and a USB slot for playing home movies right from the device. The low-profile streaming puck packs a powerful punch, with support for ultra-high definition video content and thousands of free movies and TV shows from The Roku Channel, Pluto TV, Xumo Play, Tubi and more. Right now, the Roku Ultra is available for just $70 (deal also available on Best Buy and Amazon), down from its normal price of $100.

At Best Buy, Roku sells its own line of smart TVs that are powered by the same robust Roku streaming platform found on its standalone smart devices. The Roku 40-inch HDTV is down to $160, or $70 off its normal price of $230, while the premium Roku 65-inch Select 4K TV is just $400 (normally $450).

Other Roku streaming players and Roku TV deals to consider…

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Tablo devices

The 4th-generation Tablo DVR makes free broadcast television on streaming devices, phones and tablets. (Courtesy photo)
The 4th-generation Tablo DVR makes free broadcast television on streaming devices, phones and tablets. (Courtesy photo)

Tablo makes it super simple to watch free broadcast TV on streaming devices like Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV (Google TV). When paired with an over-the-air antenna, Tablo unlocks free TV stations like local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC affiliates along with PBS member stations in most areas. And the newest version of the device, the 4th-generation Tablo, also includes around 40 free, ad-supported streaming channels like Scripps News and Laff More, expanding the availablility of free entertainment and news available with just a few button presses.

Tablo requires an over-the-air antenna to pull in free broadcast TV (we recommend the Mohu Line, some of which are currently on sale), as well as a device that works with the next-generation Tablo app (available on Roku, Amazon Fire TV and Android TV, as well as popular Apple and Android phones and tablets).

If you don’t already have an antenna, the Tablo plus antenna bundle is currently available for just $100 (normal price $130, deal also available on Amazon and a similar bundle is at Best Buy), which pairs the 4th-generation Tablo tuner with a flat, over-the-air indoor antenna. Already have an antenna? Get the 4th-generation Tablo by itself for just $80 (normal price $100, deal also available at Amazon).

Learn more about what Tablo can do by clicking or tapping here.


Amazon Prime Video Channels

A streaming TV viewer watches a Prime Video show on a tablet. (Courtesy image)
A streaming TV viewer watches an Amazon Prime Video show on a tablet. (Courtesy image)

Black Friday and Cyber Monday are a great time to try out new streaming services at some of the lowest prices of the year, and Amazon’s Prime Video Channels marketplace is known for offering deep discounts on third-party streaming services like Paramount Plus, Starz and MGM Plus.

Not to disappoint, Prime Video Channels is boasting some incredible deals that will get streamers several months of their favorite shows and movies at low prices, including:

Note that Prime Video Channels requires an Amazon Prime membership at $15 per month, or a standalone Prime Video subscription without Prime membership at $9 per month. A 30-day free trial to Amazon Prime is available to new users who sign up via this link.


DirecTV Stream

A passenger on a plane streams content from DirecTV. (Courtesy image)
A passenger on a plane streams content from DirecTV. (Courtesy image)

DirecTV Stream offers general entertainment, cable news, premium sports, movies, reality shows and more — the familiar name in satellite TV is now a streaming service, without any extra set-top boxes or installation.

Right now, new customers of DirecTV Stream can save $50 when they bundle the Entertainment plan with Sports Pack. Normally $95 per month, the discount brings the monthly price down to just $70 per month for two months. The same discount also applies to the Choice and Ultimate packages, bringing those plans down by $25 per month for the first two months as well.

The Entertainment package offers more than 75 channels of entertainment, news and sports, including local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations (where available), PBS member stations and channels like A&E, the History Channel, Comedy Central, ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), BET, CNN, Fox News, MSNBC, FX, Paramount Network, PBS Kids and more. Regional sports channels are also available in most areas.

The Sports Pack add-on unlocks the most college- and professional-level sports, including channels like ACC Network, Big 10 Network, CBS Sports Network, TUDN, NFL Network, NFL RedZone, MLB Network, NBA TV, NHL Network, Tennis Chnanel and Golf Channel.

New customers can get DirecTV Stream at $50 off over the course of two months when they sign up by clicking or tapping this link.


Fox Nation

Kelsey Grammer is pictured in an undated handout image provided by Fox News Media.
Kelsey Grammer will host “Kelsey Grammer’s Historic Battles for America” on streaming service Fox Nation starting in May. (Image courtesy Fox News Media, Graphic by The Desk)

Fox Nation is reducing the price of its annual plan to just $30, down from the normal annual price of $65 per year. The discount breaks down the cost of a Fox Nation subscription to just $2.50 per month over the course of 12 months.

A monthly subscription to Fox Nation is also available for $6 per month. There is no Black Friday or Cyber Monday discount on a monthly subscription to Fox Nation.

Fox Nation includes episodes of familiar Fox News Channel and Fox Business Network prime-time programming — including “Hannity,” “The Ingraham Angle” and “Jesse Watters Primetime” — available on day after they air on cable. Streaming-exclusive shows include “Piers Morgan Uncensored,” “At Home with Paula Deen,” “Crime Stories with Nancy Grace” and more.

To learn more about Fox Nation, click or tap here.


Frndly TV

Frndly TV's electronic program guide makes it easy to find channels and content to watch.
Frndly TV’s electronic program guide makes it easy to find channels and content to watch. (Image via Frndly TV app, Graphic by The Desk)

Frndly TV is a streaming cable television replacement that offers more than 40 channels of entertainment, lifestyle and reality shows at a price that is far less than cable or satellite TV.

During their Black Friday and Cyber Monday event, new customers of Frndly TV can join their Premium tier of service for just $1 — down from the normal price of $12 per month. The Premium tier allows Frndly TV customers to stream high-defiinition video on four devices at once and access both live and on-demand TV (on-demand programming varies by channel).

Frndly TV offers access to A&E, the History Channel, MeTV, MeTV Plus, Heroes & Icons, Movies!, Catchy Comedy, the Weather Channel, Game Show Network, Hallmark Channel and more. Streamers who are looking for these channels and who want to save even more green this Black Friday and Cyber Monday can sign up for an annual subscription to the Premium tier for $100 — or 30 percent off the normal rate.

To get the Premium tier of Frndly TV for $1, click or tap here. Or, click or tap here to check out an annual subscription to Frndly TV for $100.

In addition to the Premium tier, Frndly TV also offers a standard definition plan called “Basic” that costs $8 per month and a “Classic” plan with high-definition video and the ability to stream on two devices at once for $10 per month. The Basic and Classic plans each come with a 7-day free trial when new customers sign up at this link.


Fubo

A Fubo TV guide listing shows an event for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
A Fubo TV guide listing shows an event for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. (Graphic by The Desk)

Fubo is offering new customers $20 off their most-popular plans for two months — and all plans still include a free trial, so customers can try out the service before they commit to buying it.

The Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount on Fubo brings the cost of their Pro plan down to just $55 per month for two months, with access to over 180 channels and the ability to watch on up to 10 devices at one time. The Pro plan includes a robust cloud DVR that stores more than 1,000 hours of content. Channels available in the Pro plan include local ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC stations (where available), along with national channels like ESPN, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), BeIN Sports, ACC Network, Big 10 Network, SEC Network, NFL Network and more.

Fubo Elite comes down to $65 per month for two months and includes access to everything in Fubo Pro, plus additional channels like NBA TV, NHL Network, MLB Network, Pac 12 Network, INSP, the Cooking Channel, Dust, CNBC World and Bloomberg Originals. Fubo Premier costs $75 per month for two months, offers access to 4K video and includes a subscription to the Showtime multiplex movie network.

To learn more about Fubo’s Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount, or to sign up for a free trial of Fubo, click or tap here.


Hulu

The home screen of streaming television service Hulu.
The home screen of streaming television service Hulu. (Photo courtesy Walt Disney Company; Graphic designed by The Desk)

Hulu is dropping the price of their ad-supported plan to $1 per month for 12 months, repeating a Black Friday and Cyber Monday promotion that the service has offered over the past several years.

The discount only applies to the ad-supported plan — there are no deals on the commercial-free version of Hulu or the Disney Bundle (the latter of which includes Disney Plus and ESPN Plus). There is also no discount on Hulu with Live TV.

The normal cost of Hulu with ads is $8 per month or $80 per year. To learn more about Hulu, click or tap here.


Max

A promotional image for Warner Bros Discovery's Max streaming service in the Apple App Store. (Courtesy image)
A promotional image for Warner Bros Discovery’s Max streaming service in the Apple App Store. (Courtesy image)

Max — which includes the Warner Bros Discovery (WBD) television and film library, including content from HBO — comes down to $3 per month for six months when new customers sign up for the version of Max with advertisements. The cost of a Max with ads subscription is normally $10. There are no discounts on the commercial-free tiers of Max.

To learn more about Max, click or tap here.


MHz Choice

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MHz Choice offers a robust selection of European drama, mysteries, thrillers and comedies — some available in native English, all of which can be watched with easy-to-read English subtitles.

Right now, new and returning customers who sign up for an annual subscription to MHz Choice can score 40 percent off with code “BLACK23” at check-out, bringing the price down to $54 for the first year (normally $90).

MHz Choice is available in the United States and Canada, and the annual plan discount applies equally to both countries. A monthly subscription to MHz Choice is also available for $8 per month and includes a free trial.


Paramount Plus with Showtime

The home screen of streaming service Paramount Plus. (Graphic by The Desk)
The home screen of streaming service Paramount Plus. (Graphic by The Desk)

Right now, Paramount Plus is offering new and returning subscribers three months of its Essentials ad-supported plan for $2 per month (normally $6 per month) as well as its premium Paramoutn Plus with Showtime commercial-free plan at $4 per month for three months (normally $12 per month).

Each unlocks a mountain of entertainment from CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central and Paramount Plus. Hit shows like the Yellowstone spin-off “1883” and the new comedy-drama “Tulsa King” live alongside favorites like “SpongeBob SquarePants,” “CSI: New York” and “Survivor.” The commercial-free Paramount Plus with Showtime plan also offers access to movies and TV shows from Showtime, plus live access to local CBS stations and affiliates.

Paramount Plus also has live NFL games that air on local CBS stations, as well as live news from CBS News, live soccer matches and the latest hit films from Paramount Pictures.

Not sure Paramount Plus is for you? Score a 30-day free trial to either the Paramount Plus Essentials or Paramount Plus with Showtime plan when you sign up by clicking or tapping this link (use promo code “REDEEM30” at check-out).


Peacock

An app tile for Comcast's streaming service Peacock appears on a streaming television device. (Courtesy photo)
An app tile for Comcast’s streaming service Peacock appears on a streaming television device. (Courtesy photo)

Peacock is offering two discounts for Black Friday and Cyber Monday. The cost of a Peacock Premium (with ads) subscription comes down to $2 per month for 12 months when new and returning customers sign up for a subscription with the code “BIGDEAL” at check-out. Likewise, the cost of an annual Peacock Premium subscription comes down to $20 for the first year when new and returning customers sign up for a subscription and use the code “YEARLONG” at check-out.

Peacock Premium offers streaming episodes from most popular NBC shows one day after they air on TV, plus ad-inclusive access to shows and movies from Universal Pictures, Dreamworks Animation and other NBC brands. Live access to NBC telecasts of “Sunday Night Football” are also available with a subscription to Peacock Premium, and other select premium sports is available live and on-demand through the app.

To learn more about Peacock, click or tap here.


Philo

An episode of "Yellowstone" is promoted on the streaming service Philo.
An episode of “Yellowstone” is promoted on the streaming service Philo. (Graphic by The Desk)

New customers who sign up for Philo can snag a subscription to the streaming service for just $12.50, down 50 percent from the normal monthly rate of $25, by signing up at this link and using the promo code “BFCM23” at check-out. The discount only applies to the first month of service, which is calculated 30 days from the start of the subscription after a 7-day free trial period.

Philo offers access to general entertainment, lifestyle, knowledge and kids channels from a handful of programmers, including AMC Networks (AMC, IFC, BBC America, BBC World News, Sundance), A+E Networks (A&E, History Channel, Lifetime, FYI, Vice), the Discovery side of Warner Bros Discovery (Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Science Channel) and Paramount Global (Comedy Central, BET, VH1, TV Land, Logo, Nickelodeon). The service specializes in “comfort food” television — the kind you turn on, relax and unwind to after a long day at work or school — and includes networks that can be hard to find on other streaming services like Me TV, Story Television, Catchy Comedy, Cleo TV, Revry, TV One and Heroes & Icons.

Philo is known for offering generous features with its streaming service, including the ability to set 10 different user profiles, each with its own favorite channels list and unlimited cloud DVR that stores recorded shows and movies for at least 12 months. Three people can watch live programming on Philo at a single time, and the app is widely supported on smart TV platforms (Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV and Android TV/Google TV, as well as newer-model Samsung TVs), phones, tablets and desktop computers.

In addition to its core programming package of over 80 live channels, Philo also offers a “Movies & More” package that costs an extra $3 a month and includes access to channels like HDNet Movies, Movies!, Fandor, Reelz and Sony Movies. Subscriptions to Starz and MGM Plus (formerly Epix) are also available.

New customers can take advantage of the 50 percent off discount by signing up for a subscription at this link and entering the special code “BFCM23” at check-out. After the first month, Philo costs $25 per month until the service is canceled, and there are no contracts or long-term commitments.


Sling TV

The new interface for DIsh Network’s streaming TV service Sling TV. (Graphic by The Desk)

Sling TV is one of the easiest and low-cost cable TV alternatives on the market, serving up general entertainment, news and sports channels like Comedy Central, ESPN, CNN, Fox News and MSNBC at a very-affordable rate.

Right now, new customers who sign up for Sling Orange (includes ESPN and Disney Channel) or Sling Blue (includes Fox News, MSNBC, Bravo and FX) can get 50 percent off the normal rate of $40 per month, bringing the cost of Sling Orange or Sling Blue down to just $20 for the first month of service. Even better: Sling is throwing in a free Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite for new customers who take advantage of their Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount.

Those who want the ultimate Sling TV package can sign up for the Sling Orange + Sling Blue bundle, which includes ESPN, Fox News, Fox Sports 1, MSNBC, CNN, Bravo, Freeform, the Disney Channel and more for just $27.50 for their first month of service, plus a free Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite.

Both Sling Orange and Sling Blue includes certain core channels like Comedy Central, CNN, TBS, TNT, the History Channel, HGTV, BET, Bloomberg TV and Cartoon Network. To learn more about the Sling TV discounts with free Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite, or to sign up for the deal, click or tap here.


Starz

The streaming service Starz is displayed on a smart television set.
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Starz is back with its annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday discount, bringing the cost of the premium streaming movie and TV service down to just $3 per month for three months (total cost: $9) or $20 for a six-month subscription. Both are down from the usual $10 per month or $100 per year cost of Starz.


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Matthew Keys

Matthew Keys is a nationally-recognized, award-winning journalist who has covered the business of media, technology, radio and television for more than 11 years. He is the publisher of The Desk and contributes to Know Techie, Digital Content Next and StreamTV Insider. He previously worked for Thomson Reuters, the Walt Disney Company, McNaughton Newspapers and Tribune Broadcasting.
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