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Get a Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48

Why wait for Black Friday? Best Buy is already offering a killer deal on this 5-star 4K streamer. Plus: games!

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Speaking of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, they always bring good deals on Roku streamers -- but why wait?

For a limited time, Best Buy has the Roku Streaming Stick Plus for $48 shipped (plus tax). It normally runs $70 and is expected to be on sale for $50 during the Black Friday-Cyber Monday bonanza. (Amazon just matched the price. But, really, do we have to buy everything from Amazon?)

Here's what's interesting about the Streaming Stick Plus: It may just be the best Roku ever. CNET awarded it a very rare five stars. Some 60 Best Buy customers collectively rated it 4.8 stars. Seems like everybody loves this stick of streaming goodness.

With good reason: It supports both 4K and HDR video (never mind that there's almost no 4K or HDR content to be had). It offers arguably the best UI of any streamer. It's lightning-fast. And it has by far the best remote.

That remote is notable not just for its push-button voice control, but also its TV-power and volume buttons -- meaning you can finally stop juggling two clickers. It also has shortcut buttons to take you directly to Netflix, Hulu, Sling and PlayStation Vue. (Sadly, the remote lacks a headphone jack, which only the Roku Ultra offers anymore.)

There's not much more to say. If you've been looking for a Roku upgrade or just want more/better/faster smarts than what's already built into your TV, the Streaming Stick Plus is a compelling buy at $48. It's not likely to show up any cheaper this year.

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Bonus deal: Game time! Get ready for a blast from the past: GOG is giving away copies of the classic third-person shooter MDK. (You'll need a GOG account, also free.) Regular price: $10.

My word, can this game really be 20 years old? That makes me... uh, never mind. I just remember loving MDK's freewheeling action and refreshing sense of humor. If you're not sure whether it's your cup of tea, check out GameSpot's review of MDK. (TL;DR: It's "frequently fun, sometimes frustrating, full of surprises, and visually stunning.")


For just $5, the Valve Steam Link stream's your PC game library to your TV. (Controller not included.)

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Bonus deal 2: Speaking of games, ever wish you could stream your PC's library to your big-screen TV? You can, thanks to the Valve Steam Link, which GameStop has on sale for just $4.99. Originally $50(!), this little box works best when connected to your home network via Ethernet -- but it does support wireless streaming as well. From there you can use just about any game-console controller.

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