|Store||Black Friday Deal|
|Amazon||Roku 2 1080p WiFi Media Player for $58|
|Walmart||Google Chromecast Streaming Media Player for $30|
|Adorama||Pogoplug Multimedia Sharing Device for $15|
|Amazon||Sonos Bridge + $40 Amazon GC free w/PLAY:1, PLAY:3, or PLAY:5|
|Adorama||LG 3D WiFi Blu-ray Player with Netflix, Vudu for $70|
|B&H Photo-Video||Sony WiFi Blu-ray Player for $55|
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Black Friday 2013 Streaming Media Predictions
The world of media streaming grows all the more complex with each passing year, and Google certainly shook up the industry a few months ago when it released its extraordinarily cheap Chromecast dongle, which costs a mere $35. But despite the variety of options now available to the consumer, we actually expect Black Friday 2013 deals to be very similar to those from last year. The same goes for "old school media," as Blu-ray movie deals can't get much cheaper than 2012's lowest prices.
Roku Black Friday Deals for as Low as $46
Over the last eight months, Roku has completely refreshed its product lineup: the Roku 3, 2, and 1 have respectively replaced the now-discontinued Roku 2 XS, 2 XD, and HD versions in the Roku hierarchy. And while none of the devices can compete with the Google Chromecast on price, we will definitely see Roku deals this Black Friday.
The manufacturer's previous top-of-the-line model, the Roku 2 XS, was released in July of 2011 at the same $99 price point as the Roku 3. Only four months later, in the lead up to Black Friday, we saw the 2 XS fall to $74.99. Thus, shoppers who want a deal on the Roku 3 should look for a similar 25% drop at some point during this Black Friday season.As far as the Roku 2 and 1 go, we looked to the slightly older Roku 2 XD and the Roku HD models for predictions; these devices saw respective 14% and 20% price cuts last year, dropping each to an all-time low. (The Roku 2 XD would drop even further in December, but as an in-store only deal at Micro Center.) Since the Roku 2 and 1 occupy those same inventory slots, we're predicting similar discounts on these devices this year; look for deals on the Roku 2 for $69 and the Roku 1 for $48.
But if you're just after a rock-bottom price, then keep an eye out for deals on the older models. Retailers that still have inventory of the Roku 2 XS, 2 XD, and HD might offer steep discounts in order to clear out stock. Based on our pricing history, you should be able to pick up the 2 XS for around $46 on Black Friday. Lastly, we predict that Roku will try and maximize its sales by having a one-day-only sale on Black Friday itself.
Look to Resellers for Apple TV Deals
Apple isn't one for discounts, so the manufacturer won't offer anything beyond their standard 10% off Black Friday sale. Instead consumers should look for Apple deals from resellers like Amazon, Best Buy, and MacMall. Our data indicates that these merchants will offer discounts of up to 25% off, dropping the Apple TV to as low as $75.
Chromecast Doesn't Need to Compete
With a $35 price tag, who cares if the Chromecast doesn't do as much as the Roku or the Apple TV? Because of this low cost, however, shoppers shouldn't expect a sale on the device this Black Friday. Google can hardly keep the thing on store shelves right now and as such, the most a shopper can hope for is being able to purchase one at all.
Blu-ray Disc Movies from $4
While streaming is great, there are still shoppers who will want to buy physical DVDs and Blu-rays to have on hand in a media libray. Last year, we saw deals on Blu-ray movies starting at just $4, and it's safe to say that prices will once again drop that low. Also, as with every previous year, you can still expect to see deep discounts on Blu-ray bundles and boxed sets.
Naturally, brand-new movie releases won't be quite as cheap, but even blockbusters that hit theaters over the summer will see significant price cuts. For example, The Hunger Games was released in theaters in March 2012 and, come Black Friday, we found it for $9; that's 75% off list price! Other new releases, like Prometheus and Brave, also hit this price point and were all significant lows. (Not all of 2013's summer hits will see discounts though; last year, we were thunderstruck to see that The Avengers didn't see a single deal during Black Friday ... it was like one of Loki's cruel tricks!)
Summary: Black Friday Streaming Media Players and Blu-ray Movies Predictions
- Rokus for as low as $46; top-of-the-line Roku 3 for $75
- Apple TV for $75
- No deals on the Google Chromecast
- Blu-ray movies from $4
- 50% to 75% off select blockbuster Blu-ray titles