Best Buy Early Black Friday Deals Are Live Now: Cheap Games, 4K TVs, Headsets, And More

The wait is over–Amazon Prime Day 2020 is officially live, but you don’t have to be a Prime subscriber or even shop at Amazon to get amazing deals today. That’s because this has effectively become a precursor to Black Friday, and competing retailers are getting in on the action with steep discounts on games and tech this week. Best Buy is one of those retailers running a big anti-Prime Day sale of its own, and it made the biggest move we’ve ever seen to compete with Amazon by announcing its first Black Friday deals will go live this week.

Select deals from Best Buy’s Black Friday ad have gone live today, and they feature fantastic discounts on laptops, tablets, and 4K smart TVs along with Arcade1Up cabinets. Notably, you can buy a Samsung 70-inch 4K smart TV for $530, down from its usual $750–just in time for next-gen gaming. There’s not too much in the way of video game deals–the better prices are at Amazon today–but you can grab The Last of Us Part II for just $40.

The early Black Friday deals are live October 13 and 14, overlapping neatly with Prime Day, but this won’t be the last you see of Best Buy’s Black Friday sale. Best Buy plans to release its full Black Friday ad and offer even more deals later this month.

The retailer is also offering a Black Friday price guarantee this year. If you buy anything during the sale that gets an even better deal before November 28, you’ll be reimbursed the difference. The holiday return period for products has also been extended–anything you buy starting October 13 can be returned for a refund through January 16, 2021.

Check out some of the best deals live so far in Best Buy’s early Black Friday

The Best 4K TVs For Gaming On PS5 And Xbox Series X

Listings for Xbox Series X and PS5 preorders sold out incredibly quickly, making next-gen gaming one of the hottest items of the holiday season. With all the excitement around the pair of next-gen consoles, you might be asking yourself if you need to shell out for a new TV once you have one of the two. The PS5 and Xbox Series X both support 4K and 120Hz. There aren’t many TVs that feature both a 4K resolution and 120Hz refresh rate, and if you’re reading this article, yours likely doesn’t either.

The simple answer is that a 120Hz-capable TV is not required to enjoy next-gen gaming, but you will see some benefits from having one. Here’s what you need to know about upgrading your TV for next-gen and the best TV for PS5 and Xbox Series X.

In general, you’re going to want a good gaming TV, one with decent input lag or a game mode. You might not be able to beat the input lag of a gaming monitor, but those are usually much smaller.

What’s HDMI 2.1?

If you want a 4K resolution with 120Hz refresh rate and HDR, you’re going to need a TV with an HDMI 2.1 port. This ensures that your TV can accept the speeds afforded by HDMI 2.1 cables–48Gbps–which are what the PS5 and Xbox Series X utilize to transfer video and audio signals to your television. HDMI 2.1 is still relatively new to consumer displays, with only a select few TVs supporting it and no PC monitors currently available on the market that support it–though Asus has announced HDMI 2.1 monitors that should release in the near future.

Two of the benefits that HDMI 2.1 provides to gamers are built-in variable refresh rate (VRR) and low-latency technologies. VRR provides you with a

New Amazon Prime Day Early Deals: 4K Fire TVs, Kindle Devices, And More

Amazon has kicked off another small batch of early Prime Day deals ahead of the main event on October 13. The 48-hour deals bonanza for Prime members had been delayed multiple times this year due to the coronavirus pandemic. With only one week left to go until Amazon Prime Day 2020 officially begins, the company is building hype with a batch of early Prime Day 2020 deals to help you start saving right now.

This is the second week of early Prime Day deals. Last week, Amazon discounted a 4K TV, the Echo Dot, and the Fire TV Recast. Though those deals have ended, you can now save on a trio of 4K Fire TVs, the Kindle Paperwhite, and more. Considering the first TV deal sold out fairly quickly last week, these deals will likely sell out before they officially end on October 12. All Prime Day deals are exclusive to Amazon Prime members, including the early deals.

Those in the market for a new TV for the living room can pick up the Toshiba 55-inch 4K Fire TV for $300, down from $450. This is one of the better Smart TV deals we’ve seen this year, so stock will probably go fast. Equipped with Fire TV out of the box, this 55-inch TV has instant access to thousands of apps, including Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and, of course, Prime Video.

If you’re looking for a smaller TV, the Toshiba 32-inch Fire TV is down to just $120. It’s essentially the same TV as the 55-inch model, only smaller. Alternatively, the Insignia 43-inch 4K Fire TV is up for grabs for $200, down from $300.

Amazon has multiple Kindle ebook readers on sale as well. You can get a Kindle Paperwhite bundled with a Hunger Games cover and power adapter for

Remotes Market will Showcase Negative Impact during 2020-2024 | Increase In The Sales Of Smart TVs to Boost the Market Growth

Technavio has been monitoring the remotes market and it is poised to grow by 57.38 mn units during 2020-2024, progressing at a CAGR of almost 2% during the forecast period. The report offers an up-to-date analysis regarding the current market scenario, latest trends and drivers, and the overall market environment.

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Technavio has announced its latest market research report titled Global Remotes Market 2020-2024 (Graphic: Business Wire)

Although the COVID-19 pandemic continues to transform the growth of various industries, the immediate impact of the outbreak is varied. While a few industries will register a drop in demand, numerous others will continue to remain unscathed and show promising growth opportunities. Technavio’s in-depth research has all your needs covered as our research reports include all foreseeable market scenarios, including pre- & post-COVID-19 analysis. We offer $1000 worth of FREE customization

The market is fragmented, and the degree of fragmentation will accelerate during the forecast period. General Electric Co., Koninklijke Philips NV, LG Electronics Inc., Logitech International SA, Panasonic Corp., Remote Solution Co. Ltd., Robert Bosch GmbH, SMK Corp., Universal Electronics Inc., and VOXX International Corp. are some of the major market participants. To make the most of the opportunities, market vendors should focus more on the growth prospects in the fast-growing segments, while maintaining their positions in the slow-growing segments.

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Increase in the sales of smart TVs has been instrumental in driving the growth of the market.

Technavio’s custom research reports offer detailed insights on the impact of COVID-19 at an industry level, a regional level, and subsequent supply chain operations. This customized report will also

Apple AirPlay heads to Roku 4K streamers and TVs with free software update

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Roku 4K TVs and streamers will be able to tap into AirPlay later this year. 


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Roku 4K TVs and streaming players will soon become more useful to people who own Apple devices. Before the end of the year, thousands of media players and smart TVs powered by Roku will receive a free software upgrade that adds support for Apple’s AirPlay 2 and HomeKit. The catch? Only 4K-compatible Roku devices will work with AirPlay, which leaves out the cheapest players. 

The upgrade marks the first time that any standalone streamer — aside from Apple’s own Apple TV box — will work with AirPlay. It instantly makes Apple’s popular wireless casting system available on TV screens at a more accessible price. The Apple TV starts at $150 (£150, AU$249) while the least expensive current Roku Player to receive the upgrade will be the Roku Premiere, which costs $40. 

Products that it won’t be available on include the $30 Roku Express and smaller TVs such as the 32-inch, $130 TCL 32S325

The addition of AirPlay support also brings Roku smart TVs from TCL, Hisense and others in line with those from Samsung, LG, Sony and Vizio, which began adding AirPlay support last year

Apple’s AirPlay system allows people with an iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch or Mac computer to cast and mirror content — including photos, streaming video, music apps and games — from their Apple devices onto their TV screens over a home Wi-Fi network. HomeKit, meanwhile, allows for control of the TV or player with the Home app or Siri on a mobile device or Apple’s HomePod speaker. Note that Roku already supports voice