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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VIZIO 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV: $1,000 shipped (Reg. $1,500)

vizio-65-inch-M652I-B2Update (12/ 18 8:40am): Now backordered at Amazon, but still available from Best Buy.

Amazon offers the VIZIO 65-Inch 1080p 240Hz Smart LED HDTV (model M652i-B2) for $999.99 with free scheduled delivery. Prime members will save an additional $10. This 2014 VIZIO M-Series HDTV carries a list price of $1,500, but generally sells for around $1,300. Today’s price matches Black Friday as the best price we’ve ever seen.

You can find similarly sized HDTVs for less, but they won’t match the picture quality this model puts out. Also available from Best Buy. Over 500 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.1 out of 5 stars.

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LG 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV $699 w/ free in-store pick up (Reg. $900)

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Update (12/10 4:45pm): Amazon has dropped its price on this LG HDTV to $718.97 with free scheduled delivery. This is just few cents under the Walmart home delivery mention below, the scheduled delivery is a nice bonus here.

Walmart offers the LG (65LB5200) 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz LED HDTV for $699 w/ free in-store pick up. That’s a savings of $200 off the regular price, $200 better than Amazon and the lowest that we can find it. If you choose to have it delivered to your home there will be a $20 shipping fee. Note: Walmart and Amazon both list this HDTV as having a 60Hz refresh rate, while Newegg lists it as 120Hz, LG does not provide this information via its website.

Over at Amazon this HDTV is rated 4/5 stars by nearly 40 customers.

Features:

  • Refresh Rate: 120Hz (Native)
  • Backlight: LED (Edge-Lit)
  • Inputs: 2 HDMI, 1 USB, 1 Component, 1 Composite (shared), 1 RF In, 1 Headphone Out

With your savings grab one of these highly-rated HDMI cables.

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HDTV roundup: Sony 40″ 1080p LED TV: $298, LG 40″ 4K Ultra HD Smart LED TV: $699, more

Sony KDL40R380B 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV (Black)

As Black Friday approaches, We’re seeing more and more HDTV deals. We found the Sony (KDL40R380B) 40-Inch 1080p 60Hz LED TV for only $298 shipped (down from $350) from Amazon. We also found two other great 1080p HDTVs as well as a few 4K UHDTVs.

LG Electronics 40UB8000 40-Inch 4K Ultra HD 120Hz Smart LED TV

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Amazon announces its Black Friday gameplan and prices, new deals every 10 minutes

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After sitting idly while its biggest competitors released Black Friday Ads and announced Pre-Black Friday Sales, Amazon has finally detailed its Black Friday 2014 plans.

Here’s how it shakes out:

Amazon will offer eight days of Black Friday deals, with new deals being added “as often as every ten minutes.” Additionally, Amazon will offer three Gold Box Deals of the Day on Thanksgiving and Black Friday.

Remember, Amazon Prime members will continue to have early access to select Lightning deals. If you aren’t a member than I recommend signing up for the free 30-day trial right now to lock in free 2-day shipping and exclusive offers throughout the holiday shopping season.

Continue on for the full press release and Amazon’s Black Friday prices for a range of HDTVs, Nest Learning Thermostat, Fitbit Aria Wi-Fi Smart Scale, and many home items: Read more

HDTVs: Samsung 55″ 4K Smart UHDTV: $1,398 (Reg. $1,998), Samsung 51″ Plasma 1080p HDTV $550 (Reg. $600)

Samsung UN55HU6950 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Smart LED TV

Update (11/12 1:00pm): Amazon has the Samsung 60-Inch 1080p 240Hz 3D Smart LED TV (model UN60H7150) for $1,297.99 shipped (orig. $2,200). The lowest price we’ve ever seen and better than Sears’ Black Friday pricing.

We found the Samsung (UN55HU6950) 55-Inch 4K Ultra HD 60Hz Smart LED TV for a low $1397.99 shipped from Amazon. That’s $600 off the list price and the lowest we’ve seen.

This Ultra HDTV has a refresh rate of 60Hz (Native); 240 Clear Motion Rate (Effective) and it has voice control & motion control (camera accessory sold separately). It also has 4 HDMI, 3 USB, 1 Component In, 1 Composite AV In inputs and it comes with a Smart Touch remote control.

Samsung - 51%22 Class (50-3:4%22 Diag.) - Plasma - 1080p - 600Hz - HDTVWe also found the Samsung 51″ Plasma 1080p 600Hz HDTV for a low $549.99 shipped from Best Buy. That’s $50 off the regular price, $100 less than Amazon, and the best price we could find.

The 600Hz refresh rate is best for general viewing, video games, action movies, and sports. It has 2 high-speed HDMI ports that deliver a full 1080p picture and digital surround sound.Yamaha YAS-93 Sound Bar with Dual Built-in SubwoofersYou may also want to check out the bonus deal of the day over at Amazon. It’s the Yamaha (YAS-93) Sound Bar with Dual Built-in Subwoofers and it’s half-off today only ($124.95).

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Best Buy’s 2014 Black Friday ad is out! Includes: Samsung 55″ 4K $900, iPad Air 2 $100 off, Beats Solo $80, much more

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It doesn’t get much bigger than Best Buy on Black Friday for a tech lover. And with a little over 2 weeks to go before Black Friday 2014, we’ve got the holy grail in our hands. Just like Target, Best Buy has beat the Black Friday ad leakers to the punch by releasing its biggest deals of the holiday season right on the front page of its website.

The deals will kick-off in-store Thursday, November 24th at 5pm and Friday, November 25th at 8am, but the ad specifically notes that you’ll be able to shop all-day long online both days. Doorbusters include a 4K Samsung 55-inch UHDTV for $899.99, all iPad Air 2 models $100 off, and Beats By Dre Solo headphones for $80.

So without further delay, here are our top picks for Black Friday 2014 at Best Buy as well as a sneak peak at the early sale beginning November 20th: Read more

LG Smart LED HDTVs w/ webOS: 42-inch $425 shipped (Reg. $799), 50-inch $550 shipped (Reg. $1,099)

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BuyDig via eBay Daily Deals offers discounts on LG’s LED Smart HDTVs with webOS in two sizes: 42-inch $424.99 shipped and 50-inch $549.99 shipped. Both deals mark the lowest prices we have ever seen. BuyDig is an authorized dealer with a feedback rating of 99.1% and both models include a 1-year limited USA warranty.

Both models offer full HD 1080p resolution, 120Hz refresh rate, built-in WiFi, and 3 HDMI connections, but webOS is the real standout feature of these TVs. avforums explains:

It’s a phrase that gets used far too often but in the case of LG’s new system it’s appropriate, Smart+ is a game changer. Thanks to the use of webOS, Smart+ is attractively designed, intuitive to use and very responsive. But more than that, it feels like an integral part of the television and not just an added on feature.

Rated 4.2 out of 5 stars from 434 Amazon reviewers.


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1080p HDTVs: Samsung 46″ LED $448, Samsung 51″ 3D Smart $1,398, more

 

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Amazon has the Samsung 51-inch 1080P Plasma 3D Smart HDTV for $1,397.99 shipped. That’s a savings of nearly 50% off the original list price and the lowest that we could find for this highly-rated HDTV. The Samsung PN51F8500 features built-in WiFi, 600Hz refresh rate, and an ultra-slim profile with just 1.9 inches of depth.

Additionally, Amazon is offering Prime members an exclusive discount on a variety of VIZIO HDTVs and speaker systems. If you are not a Prime member, you can sign up for a free trial here. The VIZIO S5451w-C2 54-Inch 5.1 Home Theater Sound Bar with Wireless Subwoofer and Surrounds is available for $299.99 shipped. That’s a savings of $200 off the regular list price for this highly-rated speaker system.

If you are looking for something more economical, Sears has the refurbished 32-inch Vizio 720P HTDV for $202 shipped. This is the lowest price that we could currently find for this HDTV, which includes a one year manufacturer’s warranty.

With your savings, pick up some highly-rated HDMI cables to outfit your new TV.

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HDTVs: Samsung 60-inch 1080p Plasma $700, TCL 50-inch 4K $450, Seiki 39-inch 4K $284, much more

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Sears offers the Samsung 60-inch 1080p 600Hz Plasma HDTV (model PN60F5300) for $699.99 with free shipping. The discounted price will show up once you begin the checkout process. That’s $100 below its current street price and only $50 more than Newegg is charging for it in refurbished condition.

You’ll enjoy a stunning, 1080p HD viewing experience that’s enhanced by our Real Black Panel, 600Hz Subfield Motion and Wide Color Enhancer Plus. Clear Image Panel delivers striking contrasts between deep black levels and bright whites while 600Hz Subfield Motion captures the crisp detail of high-speed action. Wide Color Enhancer Plus expands the color range to capture every vibrant hue, just as the director intended.

Nearly 100 Amazon reviewers rate it 4.2 out of 5 stars.

Additionally, Tiger Direct has the Seiki 39″ LED 4K 120Hz (SE39UY04) for $339, coupon code MUY142069 brings it down to $299 shipped. You can save an additional $15 by entering your e-mail address here, then follow the discounted link to the television. After adding to your cart, apply the aforementioned coupon code to bring your order down to $284 shipped.

More HDTVs:

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Google Chromecast streaming media player (refurb) $25 shipped (Reg. $35)

chromecast-deal-amazonUpdate (9/22 3:00pm): If you’re in the market for a 4TB cloud drive, you can pick up one at Amazon for $180 and get a Chromecast free with your purchase.

Update (9/22 10:15am): Staples has a brand new Chromecast for $30 today. If you’re interested in two Chromecasts, Staples is offering a pair of them for $50 shipped. Simply add two Chromecasts to your cart and apply code 86128.

Groupon is once again offering the manufacturer refurbished Google Chromecast streaming media player for $25 shipped. That’s $10 or 29% under regular price and matching the lowest we’ve seen on a refurb that has been tested and approved by Google.

With Chromecast you can wirelessly send videos and web content from Android, iOS and Mac/PC devices to your HDTV using your home Wi-Fi network. It supports content from Netflix, YouTube, HBO GO, Hulu Plus, Pandora, Google Play Movies and TV, Google Play Music, Chrome and more.

This refurb comes with a one year warranty from Google, and a 3.9/5 star rating from over 21,000 Amazon customers where it sits as the #1 Best Selling Electronics item. With your savings, you can get some deep discounts on music and movies in our media roundups.

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HDTVs bundled w/Dell eGift Cards: Samsung 65″ Smart HDTV + $250 GC $1,298 ($2,100 value), more

Samsung UN65H6203 65-Inch 1080p 120Hz Smart LED TVDell is offering already discounted name brand HDTVs along with eGift cards you can use on your next online purchase. They have a bunch of TVs to choose from, so we narrowed down the list to the following best deals:

Each eGift card shows up after you add the TV to your cart and it gets emailed to you 10 to 20 days from the ship date.

Not sure what to do with your extra cash from Dell? Why not invest in a game console. Dell also has all the latest and best game titles too.

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