Best Black Friday 2019 deals for streaming and cord-cutting

You’re already saving money by cutting the cable-TV cord. Why not save some more by purchasing the requisite hardware during Black Friday? As usual, most major streaming players and some over-the-air DVRs are on sale during the annual shopping frenzy.

Here’s a rundown of the deals that cord-cutters should know about:

Roku deals

Roku’s streaming players are a great option if you’re in need of something affordable and easy to use, and several models are getting big discounts on Black Friday.

Roku SE for $18: There’s no regular price for this Black Friday-specific model, but it looks similar to the $30 Roku Express, a 1080p streamer that earned a subpar review from us. If you insist, Walmart will have it online at 10 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday, and in stores at 6 p.m. on Thanksgiving.

Roku Streaming Stick+ for $29 (reg. $50): This is a record low for Roku’s solid 4K HDR streaming dongle. Get it right now from Amazon or Walmart. Best Buy and Target have it as well, but for a buck more.

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The 2019 Roku Ultra is half-price on Black Friday.

Roku Ultra for $50 (reg. $100): Refreshed for 2019 with faster speeds and a new remote, the Ultra is a must if you need ethernet connectivity or USB media playback. The sale price runs from November 28 through December 2 at major retailers including Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy, and Target.

Roku Smart Soundbar for $150 (reg. $180): Upgrade your TV’s audio and streaming chops at the same time with this hybrid soundbar and streaming box. This deal is available through December 7 from Best Buy or Roku.com. You can also throw in Roku’s wireless subwoofer (normally $180) and save an extra $60 at Best Buy.

Previous-gen Roku Express+ for $30 (reg. $35): This isn’t technically a Black Friday special, but it’s the only option for older tube TVs. Walmart is still selling it even though Roku has technically discontinued this model.