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Update: Best Black Friday TV Ads: Record-Breaking TV Deals From $79, 50" for $199

Black Friday 2014 is crushing our best TV predictions, with select doorbusters checking in at prices that are, on average, 22% lower than we thought.
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Based on the ads we've seen so far, it looks like we're in store for a record-breaking Black Friday for TV deals. Retailers are slashing TV prices at an aggressive pace, and already we've seen a handful of promos that absolutely demolish four out of our seven Black Friday TV predictions, which are based on careful trend and retailer behavior analysis over several years.

In fact, these four, lowest-of-the-low TV doorbusters have on average been about 22% lower than our predictions. Our 32" prediction was beaten by 20%, our 42" by 33%, our 46" by 21%, and our 60" plasma prediction was beaten by 12%, signaling that stores are making a bigger-than-ever push to lure customers with TVs. We've never seen stores so consistently undercut our TV predictions before, and we're still days away from the official start of many sales. It would thus seem that TVs are still the go-to item for stores to convince people to wait in line for Black Friday. (Although some people don't need deals at all, it seems.)

So what TV deals are we most excited about? We've rounded up the absolute best Black Friday TV ads we've seen to date, compared them to last year's Black Friday prices, and then compared them to each other. Keep in mind some prices may change, so we'll be updating this roundup in the coming days. But for the time being, here are the best Black Friday TV deals.

Best Black Friday TV Deals

  • 32" LED LCD HDTV for $79 at Amazon
  • Prior to Amazon's Black Friday announcement, Target was winning the budget TV category with its Element 29" 1080p LCD HDTV at $79. But this deal from Amazon undercuts everyone, including Target and Kohl's. Keep in mind that all other budget TVs in this size category have been 1080p. Amazon has yet to announce the make and resolution of its TV deal, but we're confident they'll keep it at 1080p rather than compromise and offer a 720p set.

  • Element 40" 1080p LCD HDTV for $119 at Target
  • Target is breathing new life into the 40" to 42" TV category. Not only does this deal destroy our Black Friday prediction for TVs in this size category by $59, but it's just $9 away from tying last year's best Black Friday price for a 32" TV. This is easily the star of Target's Black Friday ad and a strong contender for best HDTV deal of all-time. It's such a hot deal that Amazon decided to match it with a 40" 1080p LED LCD HDTV of its own at $119. A close runner up is hhgregg's Seiki 40" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $178. It costs more, but $178 is still a very respectable and hard-to-find price (we've only seen it once and that was during Black Friday 2013). Moreover, this is a WiFi-based Smart TV with support for app streaming, a rare feature for most budget TVs and even less common for TVs in this price range. All three deals beat Best Buy's doorbuster, a 40" Insignia 1080p LCD HDTV at $180.

  • Toshiba 50" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $199 at Amazon
  • 50" HDTVs are hot this season, but only one retailer can have the best deal, and that's Amazon. It beats Best Buy's Panasonic 50" TC-50A400U 1080p LED LCD HDTV by a buck. However, the Best Buy TV is a 2014 model, while details on the Toshiba TV at Amazon are still scarce. By comparison, last Black Friday's best TV deal offered a 40" 1080p Element for $178 (via Walmart). This year you're getting a larger 50" Toshiba and/or Panasonic for just a few bucks more. These deals even beat Target's 48" Westinghouse 1080p LCD HDTV at $235 and Sam's Club's Sanyo FVD48P4 48" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $298; both of which were deals we were excited about less than 24 hours ago.

  • Westinghouse 48" 1080p LCD HDTV for $235 at Target
  • This 48" Westinghouse undercuts every 46" to 47" TV deal we've seen, including our own prediction by a whopping $64.

  • Vizio 55" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $478 at Amazon
  • This 55" Vizio easily beats our Black Friday prediction for name-brand 55" TVs. It's also the cheapest name-brand 55" TV we've seen in 2014. However, this deal falls short of being the cheapest of all time. That distinction belongs to the LG 55LS4500, which we saw for $448 in September of 2013. Still, this Amazon deal comes in at a close 2nd.

  • LG 60" 1080p Plasma HDTV for $488 at hhgregg
  • LG may be calling it quits on plasma, but hhgregg is making sure these TVs go out on a high note. It's offering the LG 60" PB5600 (a 2014 model) for $488. That blows away our prediction for 60" plasmas by $71 and makes it the cheapest 60" 1080p plasma we've ever seen trumping Black Friday 2013's price low for this category by an impressive $161.

  • Element 60" 1080p LED LCD HDTV for $498 at Walmart
    This 60" Element is $78 above our TV prediction for this class, but it's $202 cheaper than the next best Black Friday ad we've seen. Furthermore, it's the cheapest 60" 1080p TV we've seen by $2.

  • Vizio 65" 1080p Smart LED LCD HDTV for $648 at Walmart
    If you happen to find yourself at a Walmart on Thanksgiving day, this 65" Smart TV doorbuster is spectacular. Starting at 6 pm local time, in-store shoppers can grab this set for $648, which is a whopping $102 less than the best price we've ever seen for any 65" HDTV, even refurbs. Prefer to shop from your couch? Amazon will offer an LG 65" 1080p 120Hz LCD HDTV for the same price.

Best Black Friday 4K TV Deals

  • Samsung 55" 4K Ultra HDTV for $899 at Amazon
  • No one could have predicted Samsung's 4K HDTVs would get this cheap on Black Friday. Beating Best Buy's Samsung 55" 4K Ultra HDTV by a buck, this Amazon deal is without a doubt the cheapest 55" name-brand 4K TV we've seen. Regardless of which TV you opt for, as we stated in our predictions, there are some questions you'll want to ask before pulling the trigger on any discounted 4K TV. Does it support the latest HDMI 2.0 spec and does it support the HEVC codec (required for 4K Ultra Netflix streaming)? If neither matters to you, then this might be the best name-brand 4K TV deal you see this Black Friday.

  • Samsung 55" 4K LED-Backlit LCD Smart Ultra HD Television with a $50 Gift Card for $1,198 at hhgregg
  • 4K fans will have a lot of options this Black Friday, so if you happen to miss the aforementioned deals at Amazon and Best Buy, hhgregg is offering the second-best 4K HDTV deal of the month. It'll cost you $299 more, but hhgregg throws in a $50 gift card with your purchase. (The $50 gift card applies to all hhgregg TV purchases of $799 or more.) Additionally, this TV supports HEVC decoding, which means it can stream 4K Netflix content.

  • Samsung 55" 4K Curved LED-Backlit LCD Smart Ultra HD Television for $1,278 at Sam's Club
  • If you don't mind paying a few hundred bucks more for the luxury of owning a curved 4K TV, Sam's Club offers this beauty for $1,278. It's the cheapest curved 4K HDTV we've seen in this size range by about $240. Just remember that Best Buy is offering a similar-sized Samsung 4K TV sans curved screen for $378 less (mentioned above).

  • Samsung 55" 4K Curved LED-Backlit LCD Smart Ultra HD Television with a $50 Gift Card for $1,298 at hhgregg
  • To date, Sam's Club has the best 4K Curved HDTV deal we've seen. However, if you're not a Sam's Club member, hhgregg comes in at a close second. It's offering this Samsung 55" Curved 4K HDTV for $1,298 with a $50 hhgregg gift card. That's just $20 over Sam's Club's price, but if you factor in the gift card it's actually $30 cheaper. Both deals are solid, so it really comes down to store preference.

  • Vizio 55" P-Series 240Hz 2160p 4K Ultra LED HDTV for $1,300 at Best Buy
  • Although it's a modest $50 off and you can find cheaper 55" 4K HDTVs elsewhere, few of them will pack the features and quality of Vizio's P-series. Serious A/V fans may want to give this TV, which got an overall respectable review from CNET, a good look before settling for any cheaper models.

  • LG 55" 120Hz 2160p 4K Ultra LED HDTV for $1,300 at Best Buy
  • Best Buy isn't releasing the precise model of this TV just yet, but it's priced on par with the above-mentioned Vizio offering 55" of 4K glory. Regardless of the model, at $1,300 it'll be the cheapest 55" LG 4K HDTV we've ever seen.

There are dozens of additional Black Friday HDTV deals, but these are the ones setting the bar in terms of pricing. Big-screen TVs (60"+) have yet to make a big splash. Best Buy had a number of name-brand 60" and 70" sets, but when compared to deals we've already seen this year, prices were on the high side (with the exception we included above). However, this could change as we approach Thanksgiving day.

Lastly, the number of name-brand and 4K HDTV deals we're seeing is taking even us by surprise. 4K TV deals are still a tricky proposition (in terms of whether your TV will support the latest 4K specs), so make sure to fully research any models you're interested in. Also, if name-brand 4K TVs have already hit $900, off-brand 4K TVs are likely to offer even greater savings in the coming days.

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Senior Features Writer

With over a decade of experience covering technology, Louis Ramirez has written for CNET, Laptop, Gizmodo, and various other publications. Follow him on Twitter at @louisramirez.
Please note that, although prices sometimes fluctuate or expire unexpectedly, all products and deals mentioned in this feature were available at the lowest total price we could find at the time of publication (unless otherwise specified).
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Here is a nice list of Amazon deals:
How do I get the 50" Amazon TV for $199? Any links?
I received an email on Thursday night (11-20-14) from Inside of this email was a "pre Black Friday" sale featuring loads of incredible deals valid from 11/21 -11/27 only and only while supplies lasted. One of those incredible deals was a 40 inch LED HD TV (brand varied by store) for an even lower price than that of Target. Walmart only wanted $115 for one. The sale started at 8 (11/21)am and lasted till the product sold out. My husband and I got really lucky and ended up with a TV at this price on Friday (11/21/14) and in our case walked out with an Element Electronics TV, 40 inches in size. We plugged it in that very day and so far have been 100% happy with our purchase. Of course we haven't had it long enough to give a proper review. We just couldn't believe the price and our luck in actually walking out having only paid that low price. Our local Walmart only had two in stock and we were lucky enough to be one of the two purchasers.
Here it is.The same Sony 55' 4K 3D for only $1299,Plus no Tax, and free Shippinghttp://...
Im in need of a second tv im gonna have to go with targets 48 inch for the fact they are offering online and instores im not gonna chance it for bestbuys like i did two years ago they got me waiting till midnight and i ended up not getting the tv i wanted spent another 120$ on a diff tv overall i was happy i had to get something atleast im sure that 50" will be very limited quantity 10 max maybe as i was really close to the front the last time and still had no luck
@Kamroz21 We haven't come across many (good) big-screen deals yet. (By big I mean screens 60"+). Retailers seem to be really honing in on 55" and smaller.

As for 4K -- the best 4K deals are all mentioned above (new ones will likely be added in the coming days).

This 65" LG 65UB9200 at hhgregg looks promising. ($1,998).

Especially since LG has it for $3,800. ( I'd be hesitant to spend that much on 4K though. You just know prices will keep coming down. It doesn't appear to support 3D either.
Can u guys post something about the best 4K 3D TV deals for Black Friday...I'm getting one for sure this month, but so far I only see the Sony 55' 4K 3D for $1500. But I might want a bigger screenPlease Dealnews, help me find the right TV
I'm actually disappointed in the TV deals. I was looking for a 55 or 60" brand name smart TV. Very lackluster in that area. Walmart's Vizio 65" Smart is close to being cheaper than any of the 55-60" Smart tvs advertised. Thought I'd see more of the sub $600 deals.