BLU-RAY PLAYERSAlthough they were once considered premium models, Blu-ray disc players with the ability to stream Netflix and other apps are now considered standard.
Unfortunately, prices on Blu-ray players with Netflix support have remained significantly higher than they were last holiday season. That said, prices stabilized in the $80 range this past spring and summer, and for Black Friday we're predicting a price of just $45. That's nearly identical to what we expect for standard, no frills devices too, so you might as well spring for the added features. And considering our prediction for Blu-ray players last year was on the dollar, you can follow our advice with confidence.
In addition to the players, last year we also saw an abundance of deals on Blu-ray disc movies, to the point where it was nearly impossible to track them all — just as we had predicted. This year we expect a repeat, with titles that you actually want starting at $5. Also, expect to see discounts on Blu-ray bundles and sets.
For 3D enthusiasts, we expect to see more deals on 3D Blu-ray disc players this holiday season. In fact, we expect deals on 3D players to be where deals on Netflix players were last year. Meaning, they could drop as low as $69. However, these players are only worthwhile if you own a 3D TV, and our stance on 3D remains unchanged. (See: the HDTV section.)
Finally, last year we saw Roku's highly-praised — and not often discounted — Roku XD 1080p Media Player chopped to $68 (although we predicted it would drop more than that). We expect the new Roku HD 2 player to see a similar discount this year, falling to $60.
Summary: Black Friday Predictions for Blu-ray
- Blu-ray player with Netflix support for $45
- Blu-ray movies you want from $5
- Roku HD 2 box from $60