Here Are Microsoft’s Best Xbox Deals for Black Friday

With all of the companies getting in on the Black Friday craze, it’s now time for Microsoft to get into the mix.

The company’s resident gaming guru Major Nelson on Thursday announced a variety of Black Friday gaming deals aimed at helping Xbox One owners save some cash not only on games, but also its hardware. And in a move that might appeal to current Xbox One owners, Microsoft is giving those who subscribe to its Xbox Live Gold online gameplay subscription an early start on the deals.

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Here’s a look at some of the better offers Microsoft is delivering on both games and hardware for Black Friday. And remember: if you’re already an Xbox Live Gold subscriber, you can access the deals now through the Xbox One’s onboard digital shop.

Hardware

  • If you aren’t so keen on buying the new $500 Xbox One X, you can pick up the Xbox One S for just $189 on Black Friday. That’s the cheapest Microsoft has ever sold the console for, and it should deliver to you outstanding gameplay experiences at an affordable price.

10 Best Xbox One Video Game Deals

Microsoft is offering discounts on a slew of titles. And if you want to see them all, click here. But if you want a handy list of great deals on outstanding games, here’s your best bet:

  • Assassin’s Creed Origins is getting a 20% discount on Black Friday. But if you’re an Xbox Live Gold member who buys the game digitally, you’ll get a 30% discount.
  • Call of Duty: WWII will be available at a 5% discount, though Xbox Live Gold users will get a 10% discount.
  • The hit Destiny 2 will benefit from a 17% discount on Black Friday, or a 25% price drop for Xbox Live Gold users.
  • Sport lover? Microsoft is offering the EA Sports FIFA 18 & NHL 18 bundle for 40% off for Xbox Live Gold subscribers. Other Xbox owners can get it at a 30% discount.
  • Final Fantasy XV will be offered at up to a 60% discount on Black Friday.
  • Halo 5: Guardians is getting the Black Friday treatment with up to a 50% discount on the big holiday shopping day.
  • Want to play Madden NFL 18? Get on Black Friday for up to 50% off.
  • Basketball fans will be able to get NBA 2K18 for up to 30% off.
  • Quantum Break will get a steep discount of 40% for non-Xbox Live Gold users and 50% for those who are on the subscription gaming service.
  • Wolfenstein II: The New Colossus is tallying up to a 50% discount on Black Friday.

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General Electric Market Cap Down $240 Billion Last 10 Years

General Electric (NYSE:GE) has gotten absolutely crushed over the last two days, falling 15% from $20.50 down to $17.50. GE’s peak of the current bull market for the S&P 500 came on July 20th of last year, but since then it’s down 47%. Even more shocking is that at $17.50, GE’s share price is trading at the same level it was at 20 years ago in early 1997. Of course there have been dividends paid, but it’s not a good look for a company when share price is unchanged on a 20-year basis.

General Electric now has a market cap of $153.6 billion. That’s still larger than 93% of the stocks in the S&P 500, but it ranks 33rd from the top at this point. Ten years ago, GE was the second-largest company in the S&P 500 behind only Exxon Mobil (NYSE:XOM). Since then, GE has lost $240.7 billion in market cap.

Below is a look at the 40 largest stocks in the S&P 500 at the moment. While GE has lost $240 billion over the last ten years, three of the four largest stocks right now have each added more than $500 billion (AAPL, GOOGL, AMZN). Facebook (NASDAQ:FB) has added $500+ billion in market cap as well, given that it wasn’t even public ten years ago and it now has a market cap of $521 billion.

Had someone told you in 2007 that the S&P 500 would be up 80% ten years from now, you would have certainly expected GE to add to its market cap instead of subtract $240 billion. When it comes to long-term projections, it just goes to show you – expect the unexpected.

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Exclusive: Amazon scraps bundled video service – sources

NEW YORK/LOS ANGELES (Reuters) – Amazon.com Inc (AMZN.O) has scrapped plans to launch an online streaming service bundling popular U.S. broadcast and cable networks because it believes it cannot make enough money on such a service, people familiar with the matter told Reuters.

The logo of the web service Amazon is pictured in this June 8, 2017 illustration photo. REUTERS/Carlos Jasso/Illustration

The world’s largest online retailer has also been unable to convince key broadcast and basic cable networks to break with decades-old business models and join its a la carte Amazon Channels service, the sources said and has backed away from talks with them.

The reversals come a month after the abrupt departure of Roy Price from his job as head of Amazon Studios, the company’s high-profile television production division, following an allegation of sexual harassment, which he has contested.

They show how difficult it is for Amazon to change entrenched habits in the U.S. entertainment business in the same way that it has done in retail, cloud computing and other areas.

An Amazon spokeswoman declined to comment.

Video has become an important tool for Amazon in generating subscriptions for its U.S. $99-a-year Prime membership service. It is on track to spend some $4.5 billion or more on video programming this year, analysts estimate.

On Monday it made waves in the entertainment world with the purchase of global television rights to “The Lord of the Rings,” planning a multi-season series to draw more viewers to Prime.

At the same time, Amazon is looking to offer a wide variety of television channels through Prime. It originally aimed to offer a limited bundle of key broadcast and cable networks for a set fee, similar to offerings from Alphabet Inc’s (GOOGL.O) YouTube and Hulu.

Such an offering, known in the industry as a “skinny bundle,” is a way of capturing younger viewers who are dropping traditional, expensive cable or satellite TV packages in favor of channels watchable on smartphones and tablets.

But in recent weeks, Amazon decided not to move ahead with a service on the grounds that it would yield too low a profit margin and did not necessarily indicate the direction the TV business will eventually go, the sources told Reuters.

Amazon could still decide to change course and introduce a skinny bundle, but the talks are over, the sources said.

TALKS STALL

Instead, Amazon has decided to focus on building out its Amazon Channels service, where Prime customers can subscribe to HBO, Showtime, Starz and other networks on an a la carte basis, according to the sources.

Those networks have standalone subscription services, but the advantage of Amazon Channels is that it groups together separate subscriptions and makes them available through the Amazon Video app.

Amazon has built up Amazon Channels to include more than 140 television and digital-only networks in the United States, but its efforts to get the most-watched TV channels have stalled, the sources told Reuters.

Sources familiar with the talks said Amazon has run up against the same obstacle that has stymied firms such as Apple Inc (AAPL.O) and Verizon Communications Inc (VZ.N) in their efforts to launch TV services: the traditional cable bundle.

Twenty-First Century Fox Inc (FOXA.O), Viacom Inc (VIAB.O) and other media firms typically require cable companies or other partners to take their weaker channels along with their stronger ones, to prevent the weaker ones withering on the vine.

Amazon did not want to do that. It also asked networks for provisions that are foreign to the entertainment business, including discounts based on the volume of subscribers it brings in. “That might be standard in selling, but it is not how it works with content,” said one industry source.

The Seattle-based company, known for taking a long-term view of businesses, is willing to wait, sources told Reuters. It is working on the assumption that as pay-TV subscriptions decline over time, more TV networks will be tempted to go direct to consumers online and therefore be available for Amazon Channels, they said.

TV executives say Amazon is a top-notch marketer of video programming and could eventually help their bottom lines.

“They market our theatrical library better than we have because they have the data,” said an executive at one premium channel, who declined to be named.

Some programmers, including Discovery Communications Inc (DISCA.O), are already using Amazon to test their own streaming services before selling them to the public.

“They are an excellent petri dish,” said Paul Guyardo, chief commercial officer of Discovery.

Reporting By Jessica Toonkel in New York, Lisa Richwine in Los Angeles and Jeffrey Dastin in San Francisco; Editing by Jonathan Weber and Bill Rigby

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