Black Friday has grown beyond discounts on physical items you can wrap up and give away; video streaming services are jumping into the pre-holiday bargain battlefield with promotional price-cuts, “try it for free” offers, and more. It’s an extremely competitive environment for streaming entertainment providers, which makes it the perfect time for consumers to save a few bucks on their monthly entertainment expenses.
Below are the best Black Friday deals on streaming services, from standbys like Hulu and Max to up-and-comers like Philo.
Best Black Friday 2023 streaming deal: 70% off Max for 6 months
Max (formerly known as HBO Max) is offering an aggressive deal for Black Friday: six months of Max for $2.99 a month. That’s a 70% saving over the regular $9.99 price. This deal is only for the ad-supported version of Max, and it’s limited to new or returning customers, but three bucks a month is cheap for a top-tier streaming service. For comparison sake, the no-commercials version of Max is $15.99 a month.
Peacock: $1.99 a month for 12 months, or $19.99 for the year
NBC’s streaming provider is offering two impressively discounts for Black Friday—either $1.99 a month for 12 months or $19.99 for the year. The regular price is $5.99/mo or $59.99/year. This is for Peacock Premium, Peacocks’s ad-supported tier, only. The offer isn’t open to current subscribers. Use the code YEARLONG for the $19.99 a year offer or BIGDEAL for the $1.99 offer at the below link.
Hulu: $.99 a month for a year
Not to be outdone by Max, Hulu’s ad-supported tier is going on sale for $.99 a month for a year. That’s an 87% saving from the regular price. The “less than a buck” offer goes live on Nov. 21 and is only available to new or returning Hulu subscribers.
Fubo: One-week free trial, and $40 savings over two months
For Black Friday, Fubo is working hard to court consumers in the market for a cable-TV replacement. The company is offering a $20 discount for the first two months’ subscription to all three of its programming tiers. You can also take advantage of the seven-day free trial, to see if you even like Fubo.
Philo: Half-off for the first two months
I don’t know anyone who subscribes to Philo, but that just means the company is hungry. A subscription to this bare-bones live-TV streaming service is already cheaper than its competition at $25 a month, but they’re going even lower by offering a Black Friday price of $12.50 a month for the first two months. Philo also offers a free trial week, so you can see if you can live without sports and news. Enter the code “BFCM23” for the discount.
YouTube Premium: Free for three months (with purchase at Best Buy)
If you like YouTube, but despise YouTube’s interminable ad-breaks, this might be the Black Friday deal for you. If you purchase an eligible item on Best Buy’s website between now and Jan. 2, you can get three months of YouTube Premium for free. It’s only for new or returning customers, though.
Paramount plus: $1.99 a month for three months
Paramount Plus is usually $5.99 a month, but for Black Friday, you’ll be able to sign up for $1.99 for three months. You can also get Paramount and Showtime for $3.99 a month for three months. Do it quick, though: The offer ends on Dec. 3.
Roku: premium channels for Black Friday prices
If you’re a user of Roku, the company is offering a ton of channels at discounted prices for Black Friday, so whether you like AcornTV or Fox Nation, you’ll be able to lock in a lower price if you visit Roku’s site between now and November 30. (All these are two-month offers unless otherwise noted.)
Roku channels for $.99 per month
A&E Crime Central
The Great Courses
Lifetime Movie Club
UP Faith & Family
Roku channels for $1.99 per month
Hallmark Movies Now
Paramount+ (As low as $1.99/month for 3 months)
Roku channels for $2.99 a month
Peacock ($2.99/month for 3 months for Peacock Premium)
Other Roku offers
BET+ ($3.99/month for 3 months)
Apple TV+ (3 months free)
Black Friday deals on streaming devices
“All that’s great,” you may be saying to yourself, “but what if I don’t have a device that streams these channels?” Well, I have you covered there, too. Below are five deals on streaming devices.
Amazon Fire TV Stick Lite: This cheap-as-chips streaming stick can be yours for the Black Friday price of $15.99, marked down from $29.99.
Chromecast with Google TV (4k): The 4K version of Google’s streaming device is on sale through Best Buy for $37.99, regular price: $49.99.
Roku Ultra: Roku’s top-of-the-line streaming device is selling for $69.99, a saving of $30 from its regular $99.99 price.
2021 Apple TV 4K with 64GB Storage: Amazon’s Black Friday price for Apple’s streaming box is $179.95. That’s 10% less than the normal price of $199.99.
Tablo 2-Tuner Over-The-Air DVR: This device lets cord-cutters record what they like from their smartphones, Amazon Fire devices, Roku, Google TV, and over-the-air broadcasts, and play it back on any other device in the house. The $79.95 price is 20% off the usual $99.95 price.