Best Prime Day 2020 TV deals: Save $1,000 on 65-inch Sony OLED, over $100 on Roku TVs

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 is here, and will run through to Wednesday, Oct.14. If you’re looking to score a great price on a new TV, the two-day shopping event includes big discounts on big screens from big brands such as Sony and Samsung, as well as lesser-known brands including Element and Westinghouse. For now, however, the best deals on TVs aren’t at Amazon at all, but instead at Best BuyWalmart, Target and Sam’s Club. That may change as Prime Day continues but for now, you don’t need to be a Prime member — or shop at Amazon — to get the best TV deals.

We’ll keep updating this story with the latest Prime Day deals in this category as more

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Google TV is the new Android TV. Watch out Roku and Amazon Fire TV

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Streaming device shoppers now have another way to watch Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, Disney Plus and thousands of other apps on their TVs. It’s called Google TV, and it’s coming first to the aptly named Chromecast with Google TV, available now for $50 (£60, AU$99). 

Google TV is the successor to Android TV, a streaming platform that’s significantly less popular than Roku and Amazon Fire TV, which together made up 70% of all the streaming devices installed in the US last year. Android TV is found today on a handful of devices in the US — namely the Nvidia ShieldTiVo Stream 4K and smart TVs from Sony, Hisense and TCL — but in terms of popularity and reviews, it lags far behind its rivals.

Read more: Chromecast with Google TV review: Finally a worthy competitor to Roku and Fire

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Roku is bringing its Roku Channel to Amazon Fire TV, which makes sense

The Roku Channel, Roku’s free streaming service that offers more than 100,000 ad-supported titles and 115 live TV channels, is now available to Amazon Fire TV users, the company announced today. And while it may seem odd that The Roku Channel would live on Fire TV devices — Amazon and Roku are direct competitors in set-top-box hardware — it might actually make a lot of sense.

Neither Amazon nor Roku truly rely on hardware sales to boost their TV brands. Amazon’s gadgets have always been a gateway to Amazon’s services, and the company may just need more content to offer its Fire TV on top of its existing channels. Meanwhile, Roku makes the majority of its revenue through advertising and subscriptions, which is a big part of why it took so long for NBCUniversal’s Peacock to roll out on Roku. It makes sense that the company would want to make

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Roku Soars After Agreeing to Carry Comcast’s Peacock Stream

Roku  (ROKU) – Get Report soared Monday after the streaming platform announced a deal to carry NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service on its devices.

NBCUniversal is owned by Comcast  (CMCSA) – Get Report.

Analysts reacted positively to the news for both Roku and Comcast. Roku will receive “top-end premium inventory and subsequent pricing leverage on its [connected TV] premium ad bundles,” in addition to negotiating power with other major networks, said Rosenblatt Securities.

The firm has a buy rating and $195 price target on shares of Roku.

Analysts at Benchmark said the deal could help Peacock. Benchmark has a buy rating and $54 price target on Comcast.

Roku recently traded at $183.98, up 14.65%, and has climbed 37% this year. Comcast recently traded at $43.69, down 3.47%, and has slid 3% year to date.

Peacock provides access to more than 20,000 hours of on-demand movies and

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NBCUniversal’s Peacock streaming service is now available on Roku

After months of negotiations leading to a public showdown last week between NBCUniversal and Roku, NBCUniversal’s streaming service, Peacock, is now on Roku.

Peacock, which offers a combination of entertainment, news, and sports, launched nationwide in July. It was available to stream on a number of different set-top boxes and video game consoles, but it was absent from Roku. Neither NBCUniversal nor Roku could come to an agreement over a split in advertising revenue, leading to a standoff between the two companies. Tedd Cittadine, vice president of content acquisition at Roku, called the newfound agreement a “very positive and mutually beneficial partnership” in a statement to The Verge.

“We are excited by the opportunities to integrate NBC content within The Roku Channel while we also work together with Peacock on the development of a significant and meaningful advertising and ad tech partnership,” Cittadine said.

(Disclosure: Comcast, which owns

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