Fall is finally here, and it’s the best time to snuggle under a blanket with your family and watch the latest spooky movies or football games. Streaming devices may seem redundant in an era where smart TVs are king of home entertainment, but they can breathe new life into older, “dumb” TVs and older smart TVs that no longer support the newest versions of your favorite apps. They’re also incredibly easy to use: just plug them into a free HDMI port, connect to your home’s Wi-Fi, and sign into your apps. Many work with virtual assistants like Alexa, Hey Google, and Siri for hands-free control and integration into your smart home network.
Right now, you can take advantage of some great markdown deals and device bundles from retailers like Amazon, Best Buy, and Target, so you won’t miss a second of the action (without the commercials). These devices are great if you want to plunk the kids in another room to watch Encanto or Turning Red for the eleventh time while you get your work done.
- Current price: $29
- Original price: $39
The Roku Express 4K+ is a compact streaming device that lets you watch your favorite shows and movies in 4K resolution with Dolby Vision support for awesome color and detailing. The remote is compatible with Alexa, Hey Google, or Siri for hands-free command while browsing and launching apps. The remote can controlling the Roku Express 4K+ as well as your TV, so you don’t have to worry about keeping track of multiple remote controls. And with plug-and-play setup, all you have to do is connect the device to your TV with an HDMI cable and sign into your favorite apps to start watching the latest movies, shows and even live news and sports.
The lowest price we’ve seen is $28.
- Current price: $59
- Original price: $119
Want the best of the best for your streaming? Check out the Fire TV Cube. The small cube brings a hexa-core processor to your TV that allows you to watch TV and movies with 4K ultra HD. It also offers Dolby Vision support, HDR, HDR10+, and Dolby Atmos Audio.
Because it’s an Amazon device, get Alexa voice controls and control your TV from across the room. Heads up, you’ll have to invest in the HDMI cable separately. This is the lowest price we’ve seen.
- Current price: $24
- Original price: $49
The First TV stick brings the 4K experience straight to your TV. Like the Fire TV Cube, this small stick provides you with Dolby Vision, HDR, and HDR10+ as well as Dolby Atmos audio on your compatible home audio systems. Just plug in the dongle to your TV and stream your shows fast.
More: How to use Amazon Fire Stick
- Current price: $168
- Original price: $179
While the Apple TV may not be as popular as other streaming devices, it’s still a great way to turn an older TV into a multimedia hub or simply to keep up with your favorite shows. This version has 32GB of on-board storage, so you can keep photos, videos, and music at your fingertips, or you can sync the device to iCloud for near unlimited storage. You can share media from your iOS devices with AirPlay for more ways to watch videos or listen to music with friends, and the voice-enabled remote works with Siri for hands-free search and controls. If you have an Apple HomeKit, you can use the Apple TV’s remote to have Siri control other smart devices in your home, like front door locks, outdoor cameras, and smart thermostats. Reviewer Jason Cipriani really enjoyed Apple’s design overhaul of the remote in his review.
The lowest price we’ve seen on this model is $119, saving $60.
- Current price: $39
- Original price: $49
For those that solely want the stick, the Chromecast for Google TV is currently discounted by $10. The 4K HDR stick allows you to stream your favorite shows and films from one smart hub, including Netflix, Disney+, and more.
Right now, when you purchase the stick, you’ll also get six months of Peacock Premium for free, allowing you to stream more of your favorite shows like Parks and Recreation and Killing It.
- Current price: $19
- Original price: $29
This version of the onn. streaming device allows you to stream movies and shows in 4K either from apps or your mobile device. Like its little sibling, It works with Google TV to bring you hundreds of thousands of apps as well as Dolby Audio for crisp, clean sound. It also has Chromecast built-in and works with Hey Google for hands-free commands.
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