Free Trials for Streaming Services: How to Sample the Streamers

Free Trials for Streaming Services
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“Have you seen…?” “Did you watch…?” “Are you bingeing…?”

You can hardly have a conversation these days without a discussion about which shows you’re streaming. If you cut the cable for streaming — or plan to — you know that it’s still expensive to subscribe to all of those individual services. However, there are free trials for streaming services that let you get a sampling of each company’s best selections without spending a dime.

So which major streaming services offer free trials? Read on to find out.

Sling TV

Sling TV is a streaming cable alternative, which means it offers a basic package of live TV channels through your internet connection.

If you sign up for a brand new membership through a smart TV (not through your computer), you can get a 7-day free trial to begin your subscription. Additionally, you can get a 30-day free trial of Sling’s Premium Pass, which offers you premium networks like Showtime, EPIX, and Starz. Finally, you can sign up for Sling Free, which offers more than 5,000 movies and TV episodes at no cost. Just don’t expect to stream live sporting events or local networks on the free membership.

Basic plans for Sling TV begin at $35/month, which easily makes it one of the most affordable live TV services out there.

Hulu

One of the most esteemed names in the streaming arena, Hulu is the reigning king of bundle deals, which means you can wrap your Hulu subscription with a membership to ESPN+, Disney+ or even HBO Max. These premium networks don’t typically offer free trials, but for a limited time, you can get a week of free access to HBO Max if you sign-up through Hulu.

Hulu offers a 30-day free trial prior to a $6/month ad-supported plan, but the service also offers a live TV option that boasts its own 7-day free trial. You can get Hulu plus TV with no ads for $70.99/month.

Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime will get you a whole lot more than access their massive library of films, series, and original content. Prime members also get free two-day shipping on numerous Amazon items and access to tons of exclusive discounts.

Amazon offers a 30-day free trial to new members, and that covers Prime Video content as well as shopping benefits. After that, the cost of membership is $119/year. There is also a student rate at $6.49 per month.

HBO Max

This brave new streaming service combines the massive catalogs of HBO original programming, Warner Bros. movies and TV series, DC Comics properties, Turner Classic Movies, Studio Ghibli films, Sesame Workshop, Cartoon Network and much more. The cost is $15/month, though if you already subscribe to HBO through your cable provider, it’s free.

Unfortunately, HBO Max does not directly offer a free trial; however, as explained above, you can get a week of free access if you sign up through Hulu.

Netflix

The company that invented binge culture sadly no longer offers a free trial. They don’t have to. But the most basic membership plans begin at only $9/month.

FuboTV

Like Sling TV, FuboTV offers a lineup of live TV channels, with an emphasis on sports programming. A basic plan will get you about 122 channels for $65/month, though the breadth of channels offered will vary based on your geographic location. (That’s because local networks are more plentiful in certain areas).

FuboTV does offer a 7-day free trial if you want to check out the live TV experience.

CBS All Access (Soon to be Paramount+)

What began as an online extension of the CBS lineup is now a vast library of Viacom-owned content, including CBS originals, Nickelodeon, BET, and Comedy Central. And, later this year, CBS All Access will rebrand as Paramount+, which will bring even more film and TV options to the platform.

An ad-supported subscription costs $6/month, but $9.99/month for no ads. A year’s subscription, paid in advance, reduces that monthly cost. In all plans there is a 7-day trial.

Peacock

This new streaming platform from NBC gives you hours upon hours of classic network content, like The Office and SNL, in addition to programming from sister networks like Bravo and MSNBC.

Peacock has a free, ad-supported option, as well as a limited premium package that costs $5/month and the Peacock Premium Plus Plan, which costs $10/month. A 7-day free trial of the Premium Plan can be had before joining. Additionally, if you subscribe to cable through parent company Comcast, you can get a year of Peacock Premium for free. Reach out to them to find out how.

Disney+

Though Disney+ is one of the least expensive services, it provides a massive collection of classic Disney, Disney Channel, Pixar and Marvel entertainment, all for only $7/month.

Sadly there is no free trial, but you might be able to get a one-year free membership through a Verizon cell phone plan or a Verizon Fios cable or internet subscription. If it applies, reach out to Verizon to find out how you can get free access to the Wonderful World of Disney.

Free Trials for Streaming Services — Quick Links

Amazon Prime
Netflix
CBS All Access
Sling.TV
Fubo.TV
Hulu
Peacock TV
HBO Max
Disney+