Roku’s immense Black Friday deal might persuade you to ditch your Fireplace TV
Do you want to update the streaming device connected to the back of your TV? Amazon’s Fire TV range usually has some impressive deals – unlocking 4K Ultra HD streaming and voice control at low prices – but Roku’s latest Black Friday deals could be even better. Starting today through December 6th, Roku’s selection of streaming gadgets has seen price drops at a number of retailers including Amazon, Argos, Currys and Very.
To begin with, the Roku Express has dropped from its usual price of £ 29.99 to just £ 13.99. For those struggling with math, that’s a whopping 53% off. Roku Express has access to the same staggering number of apps as any other device in the range – including everything from NOW, Prime Video, Netflix, Disney +, BBC iPlayer, ITV Hub, All4, Apple TV +, Google Play Movies, and more. It also comes with its own Roku channel, which has a range of boxing sets to binge and movies to watch – all completely free. Roku Express is limited to 1080p high definition (HD) quality and the remote control does not have voice control.
As the name suggests, Roku Express 4K is identical to the model above, but can also stream shows and blockbusters in 4K Ultra HD quality with support for HDR. If you have a 4K TV at home, this is the Roku streaming stick you should buy. It normally costs £ 39.99 but is now £ 24.99 on sale. For comparison, the Fire TV 4K, which comes with voice control features built into the remote, is currently available for £ 49.99 on Amazon. That’s double the price.
It’s worth noting that some services like Disney +, Apple TV +, and Prime Video offer 4K Ultra HD quality to any subscriber with a device that can stream that quality of image, while others don’t. Netflix, for example, reserves the pixel-packed format for those who pay each month for the top tier subscription, which costs £ 13.99 per month, compared to the £ 5.99 required for the basic non-HD package. If you want to invest in a 4K enabled device to get the most out of your TV, you also need to make sure that you are subscribed to the correct monthly plan.
The Roku Streaming Stick + has dropped from its usual price of £ 44.99 to £ 29.99. This model is identical to the Roku Express 4K, but the remote can also be used as a universal remote to control your TV as well – controlling the volume and turning the device on and off.
Finally, Roku Streambar has also dropped 23% in price. This brings all the smarts of the Roku Express 4K into a soundbar that adds extra depth to the tinny little speakers in your flat screen TV. If you’re struggling to hear the dialogue but have to look for the remote control when the screen explodes, it’s likely because the content you’re watching struggles for an external sound system and the built-in speakers in your telly , Keep up.
Better still, anyone who purchases a new Roku branded device between today and January 31st will receive a 30-day free BritBox membership.
For those who don’t know, BritBox was originally launched in the United States and Canada in 2017 to watch expats and our North American cousins and some of the UK’s most talked about television series and films. However, the Netflix rival was launched back in 2019 in the UK for Brits looking to revisit some of their favorite shows in a single digital library. Last year, Channel 4 shows and films, as well as boxing sets from the BBC and ITV, which started the service, came out. In addition, BritBox has released a number of exclusive series including the Puppet Satire Revival, Spitting picture.
BritBox contains hit series like Doctor Foster, Love Island, Hollington Drive and classics, Top Gear, Downton Abbey, Fools and Horses Only, Brass Eye, Happy Valley and Gavin & Stacey. British films from Film4 including Trainspotting and film productions by the Royal Shakespeare Company are also available. Subscribers also have access to shows like Cold feet, Doctor Who Classic and Broadchurch, which cannot be streamed elsewhere.