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A Way-Too-Long Early Black Friday Shopping List for Your Streaming Setup

Some of these streaming sticks may or may not have fallen off a truck. Photo: Paramount Pictures

It’s shopping season again, a time of year when throwing money at stuff you may or may not need but definitely want isn’t only socially acceptable but rapturously encouraged. And why not? If it’s your dream to watch Cats on a $3,200, 77-inch TV, all power to you — let’s knock $500 off that goal. To ease the strain on your bank account, to alleviate your stress in a time of blah blah supply-chain something something, and most importantly, to spare you the agony of waiting on a line in a physical store surrounded by icky people, we’ve curated the list below.

Note: We’ll add to this list with more deals as we see ’em.

Streaming Boxes and Sticks

We’re talking the best dedicated streaming devices on sale here, not multi-purpose gear like TVs or streaming soundbars (though you can keep scrolling for those options).

Apple TV 4K 32GB
$130
$130

This streaming box can hold a hard drive’s worth of apps, FWIW. You can also double up to 64GB if you need more.

Roku Streaming Stick 4K
$29
$29

Roku’s newest standard streaming stick (also sold with a voice remote).

Roku Streaming Stick+ (2021)
$30
$30

Roku’s (slightly) older streaming stick, not quite as powerful as the Streaming Stick 4K, but still good for 4K, HDR, and watching Drag Race.

Google Chromecast
$20
$20

Remote not included, but you can use your phone.

Dynalink Android TV Box
$30
$30

Not quite in the big leagues of streaming devices, but still packs tons of apps and 4K support.

Fire TV Stick 4K Max
$35
$35

Amazon boasts that its newest Fire Stick (which ships with a voice remote) is 40 percent more powerful than its 4K model.

Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
$25
$25

Amazon’s first 4K streaming stick handles HDR video and Dolby Atmos audio and packs 8GB of storage.

Still an HD streaming contender and 50 percent more powerful than the generation before it.

A dirt-cheap way to stream tons of apps, with the same voice control as every other Fire TV Stick model above.

Packed with storage and a six-core CPU, the Cube also lets you use Alexa without a remote.

Smart TVs

TVs tend to sell out first thanks to recent global stock issues. The sets below are some of the top-rated on sale now.

A very expensive now cheaper picture frame that also plays movies!

This TV’s “Crystal” processor will automatically upscale your favorite shows and movies to 4K.

$1,697

This TV uses an AI-powered “Neo Quantum Processor” to analyze the signal and scenes of what you’re watching and dynamically adjust the picture settings. It’s a beast.

$1,899

Like the TV above, but bigger.

Roku TV is a pretty intuitive operating system overall, and you can bundle this unit with a soundbar for added oomph.

$897

The “O” stands for “organic.” Seriously! Also, OLED TVs can often be faster, reproduce dark colors better, and even (sometimes) roll.

LG 77” Class 4K OLED Smart TV
$2,696
$2,696

Unlike LEDs, OLEDs produce both color and light, eschewing the need for a backlight. This makes everything just a little bit clearer.

$1,500

This deal may be a $750 markdown, but it also happens to come bundled with a two-year warranty.

$2,897

… And here’s a bigger model, at $1,100 off.

LG actually makes the panels that go into Sony’s OLED TVs, but a TV is also more than its screen alone, and the A9S series is among the best.

$270

The smallest of Amazon’s new Fire TV units, this 4-Series offers 4K entertainment on a budget.

$330

An upgrade. Note also that all of the sizes in the 4-Series ship with an Alexa voice remote.

$380

The biggest of this series; if you want to go bigger on an Amazon TV, you’ll have to look at the company’s Omni line.

$300

The main leg up Omni has over the 4-Series is its hands-free Alexa functionality and two-way calling.

$360

One thing you may want to know about the Omni TVs: Hard drives apparently aren’t supported yet. For some folks, that’s a dealbreaker.

$410

This is the biggest Omni TV currently on sale at Amazon, but the 65- and 75-inchers are also available. Those also support DolbyVision, if that matters to you.

Speakers and Headphones

Because hi-res sound matters, too — often even more than the picture quality — and the inherent flatness of a lot of the TVs above mean most of them weren’t built with audio in mind.

Roku Streambar
$79
$79

If you want a combo streaming device and a speaker, look no further.

A few kit options are available, but this one comes with a wall mount, a voice-assistant, and a remote that pairs with Samsung TVs.

For immersive soundscapes, you could do a lot worse than 5.1.2 channels and Dolby Atmos and DTS:X.

Samsung Galaxy Buds Live
$99
$99

Available in a bunch of colors, these buds pack great sound, noise cancellation, and a subtle form factor that disappears into your ears.

Apple AirPods
$149
$149

Just in case you’ve recently lost a pair this year.

Apple AirPods Max
$479
$479

For anyone who prefers the over-ear comfort.

Antennae

Do you like getting sports or game shows or easing into your day with the morning news? Or do you just like getting 35+ HD channels for free? Just buy an antenna.

Cshidworld TV Antenna
$19
$19

Clearance-level pricing for an antenna that does everything and more.

This antenna comes with a little tabletop base, which can be handy.

Antop’s “Big Boy” is about as good as the antenna game gets, and while it’s pricier than competitors, it’s got better customer support and build quality.

More Stuff to Look At

Sometimes you actually need some of this stuff for the rest of your stuff to work at all. Plus: It’s nice to accessorize.

You don’t want your fancy TV to crash to the floor. This mount holds screens up to 55 inches wide and 80 pounds heavy, with a nice tilt and swivel to boot.

It’s cheaper, but this one can hold more, good for most screens up to 90 inches with a max weight of 150 pounds.

For a smooth streaming connection, you want the latest Wi-Fi standard. This one supports it.

Teamwork makes the dream work. So too with mesh systems like this one, which can relay a good Wi-Fi signal across huge square footage.

For when you want to play Blu-rays and stream Netflix.

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A Way-Too-Long Black Friday List for Your Streaming Setup