Streaming is going to blow up over the next couple of years. We're already starting to see it with Disney's plans for a service including unique Marvel shows and NBC buying The Office from Netflix for its own service. You're really going to need an independent device that can access all the apps you're subscribed to and the ones you're just thinking about subscribing to. Prime Day is the day to invest, with some of the hottest deals we've seen on top streaming devices.
Best Plug-and-Play Deal $49: Roku Streaming Stick+
Roku as a company has a reputation that wholly depends on good media streaming devices, and it shows. The Roku interface is generally considered one of the best. The apps are easy to access and it's relatively ad free. You won't have a problem searching for what you want, either. Plus, the Stick+ supports 4K and HDR for just about $15 more than the regular Roku Streaming Stick. Since the beginning of the year, this device is at an all-time low price of just $49.
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This device was selling as high as $70 late last year. For Prime Day, it's at an all-time low price of just $49, making it an amazing deal for anyone looking to stream 4K content on their older TV. This is about as good of a deal as you could ask for.
Best Amazon Device Deal $24.99: Fire TV Stick 4K
The Roku Streaming Stick+ and the Fire TV Stick are very similar in how they initially work. Both simply connect to one of the HDMI ports on your TV and instantly give you access to thousands of shows and dozens of apps. The big difference between them is that Amazon's device is very Amazon centric (Quelle surprise!). That just means you're going to see Amazon shows at the forefront and have to dig a little deeper for Netflix, Hulu, and the other stuff. But it's not a big deal, and if you're already entrenched in the Amazon ecosystem possibly even preferable.
Prime Day Special!
The Fire TV Stick 4K normally costs about $50, but for Prime Day, you can grab it for half price at just $24.99. It also comes bundled with a $45 Sling TV credit, along with a special $10 rate for the first three months.
All Media Streaming Device Deals
Anything the Streaming Stick can do, the Ultra can do better. It has private listening, Ethernet, a voice controlled remote, and it even comes with its own pair of JBL headphones. It's also generally a lot more expensive, but it is currently $31 off its regular price for Prime Day.
The Fire TV Cube is like an Echo Dot except it can also control your entire living room. It's down to almost half its usual price at just $69.99, and just like the Fire TV Stick 4K, it includes a $45 Sling TV credit.
My honest opinion is you are hurting yourself by not investing in a 4K media streaming device, because we're at a point in entertainment where some manufacturers aren't even building TVs with less than 4K anymore. However, if you don't own a 4K TV and don't plan on buying a new one for quite some time, you can save a bit of money going with a non-4K streaming device.
How to get the Best Media Streaming Device Deals
Getting a great deal on a streaming device on Amazon Prime Day is all about being in the right place at the right time.
Roku is one of the biggest names in media streaming devices, but we have yet to hear about any updates to the lineup that just got refreshed around October last year. In fact, we haven't seen many Roku devices go on sale at all recently, so these Prime Day deals are an especially nice treat.
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Google Assistant is probably baked into the phone you use every day, so it makes sense to stick with Google for your home smart speakers. The Google Home Mini is a colorful and compact smart speaker that lets you connect and control smart home products through the Google Home app, seamlessly integrates with Chromecast, YouTube, and other Google products and services you may rely on.
This is the OG Home smart speaker that Google released back in 2016, and the price has come down in the years since. The full-size Google Home takes up about the same footprint on your counter or side table, but it stands out more due to its taller stature and louder speakers.
Amazon's Echo Dot is the most affordable way to add Alexa to a room in your home. The 3rd generation Dot is the most stylish version yet with a rounded fabric finish and a 3.5mm line-out for connecting to more substantial speakers. Amazon offers bundles that include a smart plug or two-pack of smart bulbs, which is an equally great deal if you're looking to add more smart things to your home.
For those who want all the benefits of smart home controls without adding smart speakers with active microphones in your home, you will want the Samsung SmartThings Hub. SmartThings supports a growing number of smart home devices and appliances — from smart bulbs and switches to smart fridges and TVs. Definitely worth considering if you own a Samsung phone and enjoy their apps and products.
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