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Published on December 17th, 2017 | by Brad Gibson


Your best cheap holiday options on Apple TV right now (UPDATE)

For the unofficial start of the holiday buying season, we highlighted for Black Friday the best deals on Apple TV, albeit slim to none. But as we quickly move toward December 25th, here’s a last-minute update on the best ways that you can save money on an Apple TV this Christmas (but order NOW!).

The DirecTV Now offer

If you or someone you know is thinking about becoming one of the millions of cord-cutters, this is the perfect ‘twofer’ deal. As we reported November 17th, the live streaming service DirecTV Now is giving away a free 32GB version of the Apple TV 4K set-top box with a new, four-month prepaid subscription. Effectively, the offer is $140 for live TV and an Apple TV 4K…a $40 discount and no tax. This offer is valid for new subscribers only.

No, it might not be the 64 GB version, but what with it on deep backorder until late January, beggars can’t be choosers right now. Here’s a link to the offer and it goes through the end of the year.

Consider a new 4th-gen model or refurb

If you don’t have a 4K TV, a new, 32GB fourth-generation model Apple TV might be a fine option at $149.00 with free shipping direct from Apple.

If a just-as-good-as-new option doesn’t bother you, consider a refurbished fourth-generation Apple TV. Using a third-party company, Apple takes slightly used units, fixes them, cleans them up, and sells them ‘like new’ online.

Apple’s refurbished website has only 32GB models left after selling out of 64GB units just this past week, but at $129 with free shipping and free returns, it’s worth consideration for certain people who don’t need the bells-and-whistles of the fifth-gen model. The 32GB model should be enough for most users, especially if you’re mainly going to just stream media and games or hundreds of apps isn’t in your plans.

Apple TV 4th-gen refurbished screen imageA refurbished 4th-gen Apple TV could be just the answer for Christmas 2017.

Your only Apple TV 4K option

With the 64GB Apple TV 4K model virtually unavailable anywhere, including third-party retailers like BestBuy, you’re only other real option is the 32GB model. The good news…it’s available, but for how long with it being the only alternative in 4K is tough to say. The bad news…you’ll pay full retail – $179.00 – as we’ve found not one discount anywhere.

UPDATE: The best option for the 32GB Apple TV 4K? Get it with free shipping and pay no tax outside of New York state through B&H Photo.

For most people, a 32GB Apple TV has plenty of storage capability. 64GB might be overkill, so judge your needs carefully. If full retail for a 5th-gen doesn’t bother you, it’s worth considering, even if it’s really your only option.

Avoid Apple TV older than 4th-gen

We’re often asked if a third-generation Apple TV model – used or refurbished – would be worth buying for someone with simple streaming needs. At this point with so many apps being re-written for newer capabilities and newer versions of tvOS, our recommendation would be to steer clear of these older models despite the cheap price. They might a great option for a few years, but as 4K TVs and programming become more prevalent, even just a year from now you might wish you hadn’t bought it.

So, as we can see, there are options, but few. Consider your needs or those of your gift-person-to-be and choose wisely. None of the options we’ve described are bad, there’s just not a lot of discounted choices.

Found any other great deals on an Apple TV we didn’t list here? Drop a note in the comments and let everyone know.

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About the Author

Brad is co-founder and editor-in-chief of BESTAppleTV.com. He has been a technology reporter since the late 1980s having previously worked for MacUser, MacFormat, and iCreate magazines, as well as MacNN.com, MacObserver.com, MacCentral.com, MacMinute.com, and Macworld.com. He hosted and produced the MacFormat This Week podcast for three years. He was also a reporter, editor, and producer for the AOL, the BBC, Associated Press, and United Press International.

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