The days of gifting movies are waning. Even with the PS5 and Xbox Series X providing a “next-gen” player for 4K Blu-rays, fewer and fewer people are actually buying physical media each year.
The alternative? Streaming service subscriptions. Instead of gifting a curious movie-watcher in your life a disc of The Fifth Element, a year of NBCUniversal’s Peacock could do the same trick. Not as fun to wrap, but that’s life.
Knowing the appetite for streaming subs, many of the major services are offering Black Friday deals. Here are the ones to look out for.
Hulu on Black Friday: A $1.99/month deal
Between Thanksgiving (Nov. 26) and the unofficial digi-holiday known as Cyber Monday (Nov. 30), new and eligible returning subscribers canDespite the Disney connection, Disney Plus is not offering a deal for Black Friday.
Sling TV on Black Friday: A free month of streaming TV
Sling TV, a live TV streaming service, is offering . Sling Blue or Sling Orange, both $30, offer different channels and different streaming options, but the deal will get you a free month which ever way you go.
Netflix on Black Friday: Uh, buy a Chromecast
If you’re looking for a good deal on Netflix, you’re mostly out of luck. The monolithic service remains finicky about adjusting subscription rates (especially after the recent price hike), but there are glimmers of Black Friday hope. In the UK, there’s been a revival of the the free-trial period. In the U.S., prospective customers can pick up a new Chromecastfor $90 and get six free months of the Netflix Standard plan, which would normally cost you $84.
Peacock on Black Friday: 20% the Premium subscription
Prepare for the arrival of The Office to its new home with NBCU’s flashy Black Friday sale. New subscribers can get their first year, which unlocks the full slate of TV and movies. There’s also a deal , which gets rid of the ads. The offer expires on Nov. 29.
Apple TV Plus on Black Friday: Bundle it with a new Apple device
Apple’s premiere subscription service, which has secretly been doing great work with shows like Mythic Quest and Ted Lasso, is available for purchase as a $4.99/month standalone, but not on discount. If you want to use Black Friday energy to strike a deal, pick up a new Apple device this week, which gets you a free one-year subscription to the service. Instead of discounts, a $100 Apple gift cad when you buy anor or a $50 Apple gift card when you buy an , , . They’re very sly!
CBS All Access on Black Friday: One month free with the right code
New and former subscribers can check out the home of gems like The Good Fight and Evil with a Black Friday promo code. Enter “Turkey” or “Feast”— either the $5.99/month ad-supported level or $9.99/month ad-free tier — and you’ll get a month free.