Jared’s gift guide: The best media streamers to give for the holidays

Toys Guide 4Long gone are the days of a traditional movie renting experience. No longer do we have to travel for miles in the snow just to pick up a rental for movie night. Today we can scroll through the newest releases and watch them without leaving the couch. But if you’re like me, you still have people on your gift list stuck in the 1990’s, who are in desperate need of a digital wake up call.

Below, I have my favorite media streamers you still have time to give to people on your list.

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hhgregg Black Friday Ad: Apple iPad Air $299, Beats by Dre Solo 2 $150, discounted HDTVs

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Update (11/20 1:45pm) We are now seeing an updated Black Friday ad from hhgregg.

hhgregg, the popular electronics and home store, has released its full Black Friday ad exactly two weeks ahead of the big day. They’ve packed nearly 250 items into a 20 page ad package that is full of a variety of items, from iPads and gaming consoles, to HDTVs, refrigerators and more. They will offer doorbusters on Thanksgiving Day from 4pm to midnight, and will re-open on Black Friday, check here for your nearest location. We’ll continue to add the latest Black Friday news leading up to the big day.

We have done the research and picked out our favorite deals from hhgregg:

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Staples Black Friday Ad: save 20% on iPad Air & Retina mini, printers, streaming devices, more

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iPads. Streaming devices. Gift cards. Staples is a mixed bag this year for Black Friday, and we are here to sort out the best deals from its recently leaked ad. Doors will open on Thanksgiving Day at 6pm until 10pm, and on Black Friday starting at 6am. Below you’ll find some of the better holiday deals that will be available:

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Small States: Tinsel and Timber makes beautiful wooden homes for Apple TV and other accessories, multiple giveaways & 10% promo code

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Small States features small companies that design and manufacture within the United States. 

Small States has allowed 9to5Toys to feature a number of quality companies that have made a conscious effort to keep their manufacturing in the United States. Each week we tell the story of a company, sometimes they are larger in size, sometimes not.

This week is a first though, it’s our smallest company yet.

We are excited to tell you about Tinsel and Timber. The husband and wife team creating gorgeous homes for your Apple TV and all the things that you carry around in your pocket each day.

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Free Target gift cards w/ the purchase of select Apple products: iPad Air, Apple TV, iPhone 5s, more

The cover of Target’s weekly ad puts the spotlight squarely on Apple. This week only, you can get a free Target gift card worth $20-$100 with the purchase of select Apple products. We’ve featured better deals for all of these products in the past, but if you need one of these products now then Target’s deals are certainly better than paying full retail.

Target’s offer of a free $100 gift card with the purchase of an iPad Air is the best deal of the bunch. However, there’s a really good chance we could see an updated model released at Apple’s rumored October 16th event. If Apple does release a new iPad Air model, it will most likely be priced at $500 and it most certainly won’t include a free gift card. Reports from 9to5Mac have so far pointed towards the new iPad Air only being a slight upgrade over the current model:

…the iPad update is expected to be minor — likely adding a gold option, Touch ID and an anti-reflective coating on the screen.

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Staples $10 off purchases of $40 or more: Amazon Fire TV $74, more

amazon-fire-tvStaples is offering $10 off technology and mobile accessory purchases of $40 or more right now using code 86128 online (or phone) and code 85543 in-store. You’ll find a selection of eligible items including headphones, media players (including Apple TV), wearables and more.

Our favorite deal from the bunch is Amazon’s Fire TV. Today, Staples is offering it for $84, but using code 86128 will bring the price down to $74 with free shipping. That’s $25 under Amazon’s price and the best price available. Fire TV has a quad-core processor, 2 GB of memory and a dedicated GPU to offer speedy media streaming of the over 200,000 TV episodes and movies available on Prime. Fire TV owners can also play the wide selection of games available starting as low as $0.99 each. Rated 4/5 stars from over 10K reviewers.

There are also some deals to be had on Chromecast at Staples, you can find all the details in today’s Chromecast post.

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Logitech Harmony smart control w/ smartphone integration & simple remote $91 shipped (Reg. $130)

Update (8/26 12:45pm): Price has dropped to $90.55 shipped (Reg. $130)

Amazon is offering the Logitech Harmony Smart Control Remote (915-000194) for $99.99 shipped. That’s $50 off the original listing, $30 under the average selling price and the best current price we can find.

The system allows you to have universal control over 270,000 devices including cable TV, Apple TV, Roku, Sonos, Amazon Fire TV, Phillips hue, Xbox One, PS3 and TV-connected PC or Mac using the included remote or your smartphones with the Harmony app. It features:

  • Harmony smartphone app: Turns your smartphone or tablet into a Harmony remote control (Initial setup required)
  • Swipe and tap control: Use your smartphone for one-touch control of your entertainment system, up to 50 favorite channel icons, volume, media playback and more (Works with iPhone iOS 6.0 or later and Android 4.0 or later)
  • Closed-cabinet control: Included Harmony Hub lets you control devices hidden behind cabinet doors or walls, plus game consoles like PS3, Wii and Xbox 360
  • Remote included: A simple Harmony remote anyone in the house can use when your smartphone is not handy
  • Future-proof control of up to 8 devices

This model has received a 4/5 star rating from nearly 1,000 Amazon customers.

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New to Netflix in August: Rocky I-V, Mad Max, Mission Blue, much more

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August is proving to be a big month over at Netflix, as the the popular content streaming service continues to add new titles each month.

Perhaps none bigger than the addition of all of the Rocky films, which were previously unavailable for streaming. Another classic film coming to Netflix this month will be Mad Max, the classic 1970’s Mel Gibson tough-guy film. In addition, Netflix will be offering recently released films, such as Mission Blue, the popular documentary that highlights the efforts being made around the world to save the ocean, its resources and beautiful sanctuaries.

You can pick up a free trial, download the iOS or Android (Google Play/Amazon) app to get started today.

Here’s our favorite deals for streaming Netflix on your big screen:

Be sure to checkout our weekly media roundups for Blu-ray/DVDs/iTunes downloads.

Update: If you need something to stream your Netflix to the big screen, Walmart is offering the Roku 1 for $39 right now (Reg. $49+), which is the lowest price we can find anywhere.

Apple deals: 13″ Retina MacBook Pro 2.4Ghz/4GB/128GB $1,100 (orig. $1,299), Apple TV $85, much more

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Update (7/31 7:15am): iPad Air 16GB WiFi $429.99 shipped (Reg. $499) via eBay Daily Deals

Update (7/30 10:35am): Best Buy is taking $100-$200 off previous generation Retina MacBook Pros. Anyone with a .edu email can save an additional $100.

This morning, eBay Daily Deals is packed with some highly discounted Apple products:

Other Apple deals still alive:

Get an extra $20 at Gazelle when you trade in your old iPad and save 20% on ZAGG accessories.

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Get a free $100 Target gift card w/ select iPad purchases plus iTunes, iPhone, and Apple TV deals

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Update (7/6 7:30am): This promotion is now live via Target online and Target stores.

Last month Target set the deal world ablaze with its $199 iPad mini deal. This major retailer looks primed to once again launch an unprecedented iPad sale.

According to a leaked ad scan that has shown up on several online forums and blogs, starting this Sunday July 6th, Target will offer free $100 gift cards with the purchase of an iPad Air or iPad with Retina display. The ad only mentions 16GB capacities of both models, but also states “other Wi-Fi models available” for iPad Air, so this discount may apply to more configurations beyond 16GB. We won’t know for sure until the deal page goes live later this weekend.

You can also save 10% on all iTunes gift cards and $10 on an Apple TV. Target is also besting Walmart’s recent iPhone promotion by offering a 5s for $100 with a free $20 gift card.

We have frequently seen the iPad Air drop to $400 via eBay Daily Deals, but this is the first time we have seen a current generation iPad promotion of this caliber from a major retailer.

REDcard holders can save an additional 5% on top of all advertised prices.

Giveaways presented by SlickWraps: Apple TV, $100 iTunes gift card, $50 SlickWraps gift card, more

Update: The contest has now ended, congratulations to our winners: @Jemarch86, @austinkeith and @robertburnspr – stay tuned for more great giveaways…

We’ve teamed up with SlickWraps to bring our readers three great giveaways that are collectively worth $249: a brand new Apple TV, $100 iTunes gift card, and a $50 SlickWraps gift card. There will be three different winners so you’ll have an even greater chance of scoring one of these prizes…
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Apple TV 1080p HD Media Streamer $84 shipped (Reg. $99)

apple-tvUpdate: Back in stock at Staples and now available from Amazon at the same rate of $84 w/ free shipping.

Staples has the Apple TV for only $84 today with free shipping. That’s $15 off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen for it this holiday season.

The Apple TV with 1080p HD gives you all the best entertainment right on your widescreen TV. Choose from thousands of current and classic movies and TV shows on iTunes-many in amazing 1080p HD. Watch live sports in HD. Access content from Netflix, YouTube, Vimeo, and more.* And with AirPlay, you can play video, show off photos, and enjoy music from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch on your TV. Read more