Greatest 2021 streaming system offers: $25 TiVo Stream 4K, $99 Roku soundbar and extra

Editor’s note, June 23: Prime Day has officially ended at Amazon, but Walmart’s sale continues throughout Wednesday. Check out the best Prime Day deals still available, and some other favorite Prime Day deals that are hanging on.


Amazon Prime Day has come to a close, but there are still deals on all kinds of streaming devices — including the Apple TV 4K and Roku streamers. These devices are simple ways to upgrade older TVs with the latest streaming services, with some at or near all-time low prices. Among the best deals now available:

  • The Fire TV Stick 4K is down to $40.
  • The Apple TV 32GB (2017) is at its lowest ever price, $99.
  • If you prefer Roku, the new Roku Express 4K Plus — a 2021 CNET Editors’ Choice — is just $30

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication, but they may fluctuate.

Fire TV, Roku and streaming deals available now

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This is the only Fire stick that can play back 4K HDR video, and while it’s no longer at it’s lowest-ever price a $10 savings isn’t to be sneezed at. The remote also includes TV controls and voice search for added convenience.

Read our Fire TV Stick 4K review.

 

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It may be relatively old in streaming years now, but until it was replaced a couple of months ago, the Apple TV 4K (2017) was still one of the most powerful streamers on the market. It will do everything you need from a TV streaming device including play games and offer compatibility with HDR and Dolby Atmos soundtracks. At $70 off, it’s a pretty great deal.

Read our Apple TV 4K review.

 

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The latest Roku is our new go-to streaming pick. This is the best way to deliver a full range of streaming channels (including plenty of free content) to any TV, up to and including 4K HDR picture quality on compatible televisions. And now it’s 25% off — the best price we’ve seen since it first went on sale a few months ago.

Read our Roku Express 4K Plus review.

 

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Roku and Fire TV are far from the only streamers out there — Android TV has made some meaningful gains in recent years. For instance, TiVo Stream 4K is an Android TV streamer that has some tricks up its sleeve: Unlike Roku it offers a YouTube TV app; plus its interface is more conducive to grazing for new shows. At $29, this device is a drop-dead bargain.

Read our TiVo Stream 4K review.

 

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The 2020 Roku Ultra offers a significant upgrade over other Roku devices, with both a remote finder and a wired Ethernet port. Picture quality is as good as ever with Dolby Vision support, and it’s quicker than other Ultras too, thanks to its superfast processor. It’s back down to $70, which is a great price if you want those extras.

Read our Roku Ultra 2020 review.

 

The Streambar blends a capable 4K streamer with a dialogue-enhancing soundbar. It even tosses in Bluetooth for good measure. As a cheap way to get both sound and streaming to your TV, this Roku is unbeaten.

Read our Roku Streambar review.

 

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There’s a lot to like about Google’s new Chromecast with Google TV, including a revamped interface, 4K HDR with Dolby Vision support, a real remote and excellent integration with Google Assistant. In a Google Store-exclusive deal, the search giant is bundling its normally $50 streamer with six months of Netflix’s Standard plan for $90. The deal is available to both new and existing Netflix subscribers.

Read our Chromecast with Google TV review.

 

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Cheap and dead simple, the Roku Express delivers all the joy of Roku’s platform, but in a crazy-small package. It comes with a remote, Micro-USB and HDMI ports, an HDMI cable, plus a tiny sticker to keep it in place. That said, with the 4K version on sale for just $5 more, that’s far and away the better deal.

Read our Roku Express (2019) review.

 

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The Roku Premiere isn’t as good as the Roku Express 4K Plus — it lacks the voice-control remote and TV control — but if those features don’t matter to you, or if the Plus is out of stock by the time you read this, the Premiere is still a solid 4K HDR streamer value.

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This is a bare-bones Roku that can handle all your streaming needs. It isn’t as fast as the Streaming Stick Plus and doesn’t include Roku’s more useful enhanced remote (which has a microphone for voice control and doesn’t require you to point it directly at the TV). It also lacks 4K support and new features like AirPlay. It is, however, just $17 and should be fine for basic streaming. The SE is pretty much identical to the $25 Roku Express, aside from the white color.

This has been going back and forth between in-store only and the deal being expired, and so may depend on the availability at your local Walmart. If you really want this price it’s worth checking the link below.

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A discount on any Apple product is relatively rare, especially on one like the new Apple TV 4K, which has been out only a few months. This 2021 Apple TV offers a faster processor than before, making short work of load times and HDR image processing. It also comes with Apple’s new remote, which runs $59 by itself.

Read our Apple TV 4K (2021) review.

 

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