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We’ve been streaming more than ever, and the only thing better than watching a really good show (or even a brand-new movie) from the comfort and safety of your home — is doing that for free.

A bunch of streaming services want to get your attention, so they’re giving out long free trials, special perks, or in some cases, totally forever-free content.

Here are 20+ streaming channel offers you won’t want to miss:

A person's hand holding a TV remote pointing at a flat screen TV displaying the Disney+ app screen showing the different featured media on their streaming service, including Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic.

 

1. Sling TV is offering free live channels & movies right now.

Online streaming television provider Sling TV is offering a number of their live channels and programs to the public for no cost. The free programming includes live news coverage, lots of TV shows like Hell’s Kitchen, Flip or Flop, and a number of movies. There’s no sign-up, but if you end up wanting more, a Sling subscription starts at $35/month.

Here’s what you do:

  • Download Sling TV on Roku, Amazon, or Android devices — or visit watch.sling.com on your Chrome, Safari, or Edge web browser.
  • Follow the instructions on the welcome screen.

 

2. NBC’s Peacock service is TOTALLY FREE.

I mean, sort of. Peacock launched in 2020 and has three tiers — the totally free basic ad-supported version includes hit NBC shows like Parks & Recreation, Saturday Night Live, big-time movies like Fantastic 4, and access to NBC News and The Tonight Show. For $5 a month you can watch everything Peacock has to offer, but you’ll still have to deal with commercials. An ad-free (actually, fewer commercials) Peacock experience will cost you $10 a month.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Sign up for a free account at PeacockTV.com.
  2. Visit the Watch page.

 

3. Redbox is streaming a bunch of free channels and movies.

A screenshot of the Redbox website's Watch Free page displaying Featured content.

Redbox‘s website allows you to rent or buy movies online, but they’ve quietly started releasing free, ad-based live and on-demand content — no credit card or account required. The rotating monthly programming includes access to TMZ, USA Today, Fail Army, Funny or Die, and more — plus a bunch of movies.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to Redbox.com.
  2. Click the Watch Free link at the top of the page.
  3. Start watching.

 

4. Watch Hollywood hits and popular TV shows for free with IMDB TV.

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites free of charge on IMDb TV via Amazon Prime Video (no Prime membership needed). You can also watch this free, ad-supported streaming video channel on the IMDb app, the IMDb website via laptop or personal computer, the Amazon Prime Video app, and Amazon Fire TV devices. This streaming channel is only available in the United States.

IMDb TV enables customers to watch hit TV shows, top Hollywood hits, and more without purchasing a subscription (it’s always free).

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to IMDb’s registration page.
  2. Sign up for a free new account (no credit card required).
  3. Browse the shows and start watching.

 

5. Some wireless, internet, and/or TV customers get HBO Max for free.

HBO Max is a big deal. Not only do they have a ton of popular originals and blockbuster movies, but they’re now THE PLACE where WarnerMedia has been releasing new films at the same time as theatrical releases in 2021.

There’s no universal free trial right now, but some of AT&T’s customers straight-up get it free. For everyone else, the service costs $9.99/month with ads or $14.99/month without ads— on the higher end of these services, but compared to movie ticket prices, it’s a bargain.

Cricket Wireless gives customers on their $60/month plan access to HBO Max (with ads) for free.

 

 

6. YouTube is offering free streaming movies & TV shows.

You might not have known you can rent or buy movies from YouTube, or that the streaming video platform has 1,500 different free movies and more than 4,000 TV show episodes available for you to watch — with ads.

These aren’t Oscar winners, but I was excited to see their list includes Nacho Libre, Legally Blonde, the Super Size Me documentary, and a bunch of animated films. On the TV side, they’ve got Hell’s Kitchen, Heartland, and classics like The Commish and 21 Jump Street. They won’t even ask for your credit card number or make you create an account.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit the Movies & Shows page on YouTube.
  2. Pick Free to Watch Movies or Free to Watch TV Shows.
  3. Pick something to watch.

 

7. Showtime’s streaming service is free for 30 days — and includes Paramount Plus.

The Showtime service is regularly $10.99/month, but they’re offering 30 days free then a discount for 12 months right now for access to its popular shows like Homeland, Shameless, and Billions, as well as featured films, documentaries, and sports programs. After your trial you’ll pay only $8.99/month for 12 months, then the price returns to the normal $10.99/month.

Showtime also has bundled their service with Paramount+, so you get both services for $9.99 after the 30-day trial.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit showtime.com.
  2. Click “Start your free trial.”
  3. Enter your email address and password.
  4. Add your credit card information.

 

8. Watch the latest news free on the Roku Channel.

A box for Roku Ultra sitting on a Walmart shopping cart.

Roku Channel is making a ton of free streaming content available on Roku devices or Roku TVs, Amazon Fire TV, Android, Apple mobile devices, and Samsung smart TVs.

You’ll see ads about every 15 minutes while streaming TV stations like ABC News, NBC News, TMZ, and Fubo. Plus, there’s a category exclusively for kids.

And remember that failed streaming service Quibi? Roku Channel bought up all Quibi’s original shows like the money-giveaway reality show, Thanks a Million with Jennifer Lopez and Chrissy’s Court (think Judge Judy style show, but with Chrissy Teigen on the bench).

Here’s what you do:

  1. Get a Roku streaming device (if you don’t already have one).
  2. Scroll down to “Free movies, TV, and more.”
  3. Start watching.

If you get lost, here’s more about how to get free content on Roku.

 

 

9. Get the full library of Amazon Prime Video options for 30 days — or lots of kids’ programming until further notice.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up to get a 30-day free trial. Not only will you get perks like Free Two-Day Shipping, but you’ll have access to the vast content available through Prime Video.

From originals like The Marvelous Miss Maisel and The Boys to a library of hit movies, there’s lots to love. And they just scored a major broadcast deal with the NFL for exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football. If you want to keep your Prime membership after 30 days, it costs $14.99/month or $139/year.

Also, Amazon has made a number of kids’ programs available without a Prime membership (but with commercials). Access is free, but you do have to create an Amazon sign-in — no credit card required.

Here’s what you do for the 30-day trial:

  1. Visit the Amazon sign-up page.
  2. Fill in your contact info and credit card number.
  3. Head over to Prime Video.
  4. Pick your show.

 

10. T-Mobile gives certain plans free Netflix accounts.

T-Mobile‘s program, Netflix On Us, gives customers who have two or more lines of any type of Magenta or at least one line of Magenta MAX on their account free Netflix!

The Magenta and Magenta Military plans (2+ lines) qualify for Netflix Basic: standard definition streaming to one screen at a time, an $8.99/month value. (Pay an extra $9/month if you want Netflix Premium — up to four screens.)

Magenta MAX (1+ lines) accounts get Netflix Standard: HD streaming to two screens at once, a $13.99/month value. (Pay an extra $4/month if you want Netflix Premium.)

 

11. Enjoy Hulu’s library of movies and TV shows for 30 days, absolutely free.

Hulu is best known for its extensive library of TV shows, particularly those on the Fox networks. The regular Hulu plan is $6.99/month after the trial, and the commercial-free version is $12.99/month.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit hulu.com/start.
  2. Click “Sign up now.”
  3. Pick your plan.
  4. Enter an email address and password.
  5. Add your credit card information.

Note: After the free trial, you’re able to bundle Hulu with Disney+ and ESPN+ starting at $13.99/month — saving you about $84/year!

 

12. Crackle’s movie classics are always free (but with lots of ads).

Sony-owned streaming service Crackle is always free, offering thousands of hours of TV shows and movies.

You can access Crackle from your computer, smartphone, or smart TV/Roku to watch classic TV shows like The Lucy Show, Barney Miller, Iron Chef, Starsky and Hutch, and more — and a ton of movies like The Illusionist, Serendipity, Maya The Bee Movie, Spy Kids, and more Sony-owned titles.

Be advised: There’s not much for kids here, and there are a lot of ads.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit Crackle.com, get the Crackle app, or find the Crackle channel on your smart TV.
  2. Create an account (not required, but helpful for watch history).
  3. Choose from the library.

 

13. The Criterion Channel is giving away its films for 14 days.

The only two-week free trial we’ve found comes from The Criterion Channel, a service that streams a mix of 1,000+ classic and contemporary films from Hollywood and around the world, as curated by the Criterion Collection organization. After the two weeks, Criterion costs just $10.99/month or $99.99/year (24% savings).

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit the Criterion Channel sign-up page.
  2. Enter an email address and password.
  3. Add your credit card information.

 

14. Get your anime fix for free with Crunchyroll.

If you love anime, manga and dorama shows, Crunchyroll is the one-stop shop. They not only have top anime programs like Naruto, Demon Slayer and Attack on Titan, but they have a bunch of original shows, too. And you can enjoy their more than 1,200 shows free (with ads). If you want to try their ad-free premium plans ($7.99 to $14.99/month), they have a free 14-day trial.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit the signup page at Crunchyroll.com
  2. Enter your email address, username/password, and birthday
  3. Start watching — or, if you want to try premium, click the option to begin the 14-day trial (credit card required)

 

15. Free Pluto TV offers MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and more.

A laptop open on a table displaying a web page that features Nickelodeon shows. Sitting next to the laptop is a notebook and pen, a cellphone, and a small mug.

Viacom CBS’s Pluto TV has always been free, but their 200+ channel offerings are as relevant as ever. Pluto TV offers on-demand content and a number of traditional TV channels live, including MTV, Nick and Nick Jr., Comedy Central, Court TV, Sky News, and more. Just know that when you go to Pluto TV, it will automatically start playing programming with sound, so don’t be alarmed!

Here’s what you do:

  1. Download Pluto TV on Chromecast, Roku, Amazon, or Android devices — or visit www.pluto.tv on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Choose what looks good — easy as that!

 

 

16. Verizon customers get Disney+ six months for free.

Certain Verizon Wireless plans will give customers six months of Disney Plus for free. These will ensure you’re up to speed on all the new Marvel shows like WandaVision, What If…?, Loki, and more.

After those six months, your Disney Plus subscription will cost you $7.99/month, charged to your Verizon account.

If you have the 5G Play More Unlimited or 5G Get More Unlimited Verizon plans, you’ll get free access to Disney Plus, Hulu, and ESPN Plus (a $13.99/month value).

Otherwise, you can sign up for the Disney+ free 7-day trial, which includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars Films, plus National Geographic. If you don’t want to pay the $7.99/month for the service (or $79.99/yr, 16.6% savings), just cancel before the 7 days are up.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit https://www.disneyplus.com/sign-up.
  2. Enter an email address and password.
  3. Add credit card information and enter the site.
  4. Enjoy Frozen II and Onward.

 

17. Tubi offers free access to 20,000 movies.

Another free, ad-supported service, Tubi carries thousands of movies and TV shows from Paramount Pictures, MGM, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and Universal Pictures.

From blockbusters like Sweet Home Alabama, The Sixth Sense, Elf, Hunt for the Wilderpeople to cult classics like The Fly, Weekend at Bernie’s, and Secondhand Lions, there’s a lot to choose from. You can browse their massive collection before signing up, which is a nice touch.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Download Tubi on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon, or Android devices — or access Tubi by visiting tubitv.com on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Pick a show and start watching.

 

18. PBS shows and documentaries are always free.

A close up of an iPhone sitting on a table displaying the PBS KIDS Video app in the App Store.

The PBS video app is free public TV that can be downloaded to any device. From hit PBS Kids shows to a library of award-winning Ken Burns documentaries, there’s plenty of valuable free content to consume here. It will also show you local/themed programs on your local PBS station.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Download PBS on Ruku, Amazon, Apple, Chromecast, or Android devices. You can also access PBS by visiting pbs.org on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Choose what looks good, easy as that!

 

19. In the spring, MLB TV will be free again for T-Mobile customers.

Baseball fans, rejoice. For seven years running, T-Mobile, Spring and Metro wireless customers get a free annual subscription to Major League Baseball’s MLB TV (reg. $129.99/yr). The subscription kicks off a few days before Opening Day (in 2022 that was on April 5, two days before the season began).

To get the deal, open the T-Mobile Tuesdays page There’s a short window to claim the offer (April 5-12, 2022).

Not a T-Mobile subscriber? College students also get free access closer to the playoffs. There aren’t really any deals for anyone else yet, but you can get a week’s free trial when you sign up for MLB TV. Just make sure you cancel by that seventh day. Or you could just watch classic baseball games on YouTube for free.

 

20. Nick Junior’s Noggin offers a 30-day free trial.

Noggin by Nick Jr. has over 1,000 of the most beloved preschool shows of all time. Right now you can get 30 days free then $7.99/month after.

 

 

Some more 7-day free trials worth mentioning:

  • A&E Crime Central has classic crime series and specials: $4.99/month or $49.99/year (16% savings) after trial.
  • Acorn TV streams British TV shows: $5.99/month after trial.
  • ALLBLK offers Black-oriented films & TV: $4.99/month after trial.
  • AMC+ has The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and other hit shows: $6.99/month after trial.
  • Apple TV+ offers original programming: $4.99/month after trial.
  • Broadway HD lets you watch plays and musicals for seven days, free: $11.99/month or $129.99/year (10% savings) after trial.
  • Cinemax offers 7 days free via Hulu: $9.99/month after trial.
  • CuriosityStream offers a massive library of documentaries and educational content. Get a free 7-day trial through Amazon Prime: $2.99/month after trial.
  • DOX offers another big library of documentaries: $2.99/month or $29.99/year (16% savings) after trial.
  • Epix has thousands of hours of movies and TV. Get a 7-day trial through Amazon Prime: $5.99/month after trial.
  • Fubo offers live sports and TV channels: $64.99/month after trial.
  • Hallmark Movies NOW features Hallmark Movies, including some you can’t see anywhere else: $5.99/month or $59.99/year (16% savings) after trial.
  • History Vault by the History Channel streams more than 2,000 History Channel documentaries: $4.99/month or $49.99/year (16% savings) after trial.
  • The History Channel also offers a couple of shows for free, without signing in, including all episodes of Pawn Stars.
  • Lifetime Movie Club offers commercial-free new and classic Lifetime movies: $3.99/month or $39.99/year (16% savings) after trial.
  • MHz Choice is the #1 Streaming Service for foreign and international content: $7.99/month or $89.99/year (6% savings) after trial.
  • NFL Game Pass offers full broadcast replays, condensed games, and more: $9.99/month or $99.99/year (16% savings) after your 7-day trial.
  • Paramount Plus has movies, TV shows, CBS/MTV, originals, and live sports: $4.99/month after trial.
  • Philo offers live and on-demand movies and TV: $25/month after trial.
  • PureFlix has faith-based, family-friendly content: $12.99/month or $69.99/year (55% savings) after trial.
  • Shudder is a horror-only streamer: $4.75/month after trial.
  • Sundance Now has indie films, documentaries, and more: $6.99/month after trial or $59.99/year (28.5% savings).
20 Streaming Services Offering Free Access Right Now