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15 free streaming trials to try before you spend any money

When Netflix was the only game in town, times were easy. But now there are tons of streaming services with different price-tags and types of content. We’re here to cut through the confusion with a comprehensive list of the streaming services you can try right now.

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From Hulu to Xumo, there are lots of streaming services and many have deals that will surprise you. With sheltering in place being a temporary measure, there’s more than enough streaming content out there to keep you entertained. Let’s go over a list of free streaming trials you can take advantage of now.

Services offering free trials right now

The services listed here are offering free trials right now. There’s no guarantee that the free offers will be available later, so it’s best to test them out now.

Netflix – 30 days free

In the first quarter of this year alone, the undisputed streaming leader added nearly 16 million new subscribers. If you’re new to streaming, add Netflix to the top of your list. Try it free for 30 days, then cost ranges from $8.99 to $15.99. You’ll get a reminder to cancel three days before you’re charged.

Hulu – 30 days free

Catch your favorite shows, as well as new Hulu content for a whole month free. If you’re sampling its most popular ad-supported plan it will run you $5.99 a month. Hulu also offers an ad-free plan for $11.99 per month, as well as live TV services and optional premium add-ons.

Amazon Prime Video – 30 days free

Bundled in with Amazon Prime is Amazon Prime Video. But what you might not know is Amazon, for years, has been building up its library with impressive, critically-acclaimed content, like “The Boys” and “The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel.” Get Prime for $12.99 a month with all its bundled benefits or just the Prime Video service for $8.99 a month after your trial ends.

CBS All Access – 30 days free

For everything CBS, from “Twin Peaks” to “Stark Trek” and everything in-between, there’s CBS All Access. You can sample either the limited-commercials or no-commercials for a month, and then the service will run you $5.99 and $9.99 respectively.

HBO Now – 7 days free

HBO Now is one of HBO’s streaming services. You can get a free 7-day trial and after that, it costs $14.99 per month. It includes all of HBO’s original content like “Sopranos” “Game of Thrones” and more. HBO Max will debut later this year. Tap or click here for details on HBO Max.

Quibi – 90 days free

The idea of Quibi is simple: movie-quality shows made for your phone. With familiar celebrities and a high-production value, Quibi is making good on a promise to consumers. Plus, with a whole 3-months free before plans begin at $5.99, you’ll have more than enough time to decide if Quibi is the service for you.

Showtime Now – 30 days free

Perpetually in the shadow of big brother HBO, Showtime still manages to boast a robust catalog of watchable series, from the elegant “Masters of Sex” to the adventurous “Outlander” and more. Once your 30 days are up, Showtime Now will run you $10.99 a month for continued access, with no commercials.

Shudder – 7 days free

The aptly named Shudder offers a catalog of horror, thriller, and suspense movies, but the twist is that they have a mix of classic movies and new, premium content produced exclusively for the service. After your 7-day free trial ends, plans start at $4.75 a month and you can cancel anytime.

AppleTV+ – 7 days free

While Apple’s library right now may be small, it already has big shows on offer like “The Morning Show” as well as big-names like Spike Jonze producing content for the service. After your free trial expires, AppleTV+ will run you $4.99 a month.

Always free streaming services you can try right now

Premium streaming services aren’t the only way to access content online. There are many free services out there you can explore once you’ve you tired of your more well-worn sites.

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Formerly owned by Sony, this ad-supported streaming service has a library of popular movies and older TV shows, including the Star Trek films, “Lethal Weapon,” “Seinfeld” and “Walker, Texas Ranger.” Try it here.


Supported by libraries and universities, Kanopy offers thousands of classic films for free. Titles include “Moonlight,” “Bicycle Thieves” and more, all for free as long as you have an applicable public library card or university ID. Try it here.

Pluto TV

Pluto TV advertises 250+ channels and 1000s of movies to watch for free. Whether it’s the latest hit movie or your long-time favorite, chances are you can find it on Pluto TV. Try it here.

Tubi TV

Tubi partners with a variety of studios to offer popular films as well as newer releases, from “Snitch” to “Mission Impossible” and more. Plus, Tubi TV is available on almost every platform imaginable, from phones to smart TVs to your cable box. Try it here.


Vudu is the one-stop-shop you might not have heard of. On Vudu, users can rent or own various new releases, as well as browse through a collection of ad-supported free content. Free content on Vudu runs the gamut from popular movies and TV shows to cartoons, documentaries, and more. Try it here.


Xumo is a digital cable provider in a sense: Users can browse over 180 premium channels as well as pause, rewind and instantly hop to other videos. Check what’s streaming on your device of choice right now and start watching. Try it here.

Well, there you have it. A complete list of 15 streaming services offering free trials right now to help you get through these difficult times just a little bit easier. Enjoy!

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