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 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 service offers you won’t want to miss:

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, family-friendly TV shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Third Rock From the Sun, and a number of movies. There’s no sign-up, but if you end up liking it, a Sling subscription starts at $20/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. Paramount+ lets you watch free for a whole month.

The streaming service formerly known as CBS All Access has movies, TV shows, originals and live sports. And the $6/month service went from giving just a 7-day trial to a whopping 30-day trial.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit paramountplus.com.
  2. Click “try it free.”
  3. Pick your plan (limited commercials or commercial-free).
  4. Create an account (credit card info is required).


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

Redbox’s website allows you to rent or buy movies online, but they’ve quietly started releasing free, ad-based live content — no credit card or account required. The 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 Free Live TV link at the top of the page.
  3. Start watching.



4. NBC’s Peacock service is TOTALLY FREE.

I mean, sort of. Peacock launched last summer and has two tiers — an ad-supported version that’s totally free, and includes hit NBC shows like Parks & Recreation, big-time movies like Jurassic Park and access to NBC News and The Tonight Show. The paid/ad-free ($5/month) version offers all that and a bunch of new original shows, with no commercials.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Sign up for a free account at Peacock.tv.
  2. Visit the Watch page.

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

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites free of charge on IMDb TV. This free, ad-supported streaming video channel is available in the United States on the IMDb app, the IMDb website via laptop or personal computer, the Amazon Prime Video app, and Amazon Fire TV devices.

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.


6. AT&T wireless, internet and/or TV customers get HBO Max 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 will release new films at the same time as theatrical releases.

There’s no universal free trial right now, but AT&T’s customers straight-up get it free. For everyone else, the service costs $14.99/month — on the higher end of these services, but compared to movie ticket prices, it’s a bargain.

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7. YouTube is offering free streaming movies.

You might not have known you can rent or buy movies from YouTube, or that the streaming video platform has 360 different free movies available for you to watch — with ads. These aren’t Oscar winners, but I was excited to see their list includes Slumdog Millionaire, the Super Size Me documentary, and a bunch of animated films. They won’t even ask for your credit card number or make you create an account.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit the Free to Watch page on YouTube.
  2. Pick a movie to watch.


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

Roku Channel is making a ton of free streaming content available on Roku devices or Roku 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.

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.


9. Showtime‘s streaming service is free for 30 days.

The Showtime service is regularly $10.99/month, but they’re offering 30 days free right now for access to its popular shows like Homeland, Shameless, and Billions, as well as featured films, documentaries, and sports programs.

Here’s what you do:

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


10. 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 NFL for exclusive rights to Thursday Night Football. If you want to keep your Prime membership after 30 days, it costs $12.99/month or $119/year.

Also, Amazon recently made a number of its kids programs available without a Prime membership. 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 signup page.
  2. Fill in your contact info and credit card number.
  3. Head over to Prime Video.
  4. Pick your show.


11. Watch Netflix for a month at no cost.

If you aren’t yet a member of Netflix, you get the first 30 days free to check out a number of hit and original movies and TV shows. Then it costs $8.99 – $15.99/month depending on the plan you pick.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit netflix.com/signup.
  2. Enter an email address and password.
  3. Add your credit card information.

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12. It’s free to enjoy Hulu‘s library of movies and TV shows for 30 days.

Hulu is best known for its extensive library of TV shows, particularly those on the Fox networks. But lately, the service has added even more value by including a free, live news stream so viewers can keep up with the COVID-19 situation. The regular Hulu plan is $5.99/month after the trial, and the commercial-free version is $11.99/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.


13. 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 3rd Rock From The Sun, Barney Miller, Hell’s Kitchen, I Dream of Jeannie and more — and a ton of movies like Big Fish, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gattaca 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.


14. 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 2 weeks, Criterion costs just $10.99/month or $99.99/year.

Here’s what you do:

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


15. MLB TV will be free again for T-Mobile customers.

Starting April 1, T-Mobile customers will get a free annual subscription to Major League Baseball’s MLB TV (reg. $121.99/yr).

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 7th day. Or you could just watch classic baseball games on YouTube for free.


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

ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV has always been free, but its 200+ channel offerings are as relevant as ever. Pluto TV offers a number of traditional TV channels live, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Court TV, NASA TV, Sky News, and more.

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!


17. Verizon is giving customers a year of free Disney+.

Verizon Wireless customers get a year of Disney+ for free. Which will ensure you’re up to speed on all the new Marvel shows like WandaVision, Falcon & the Winter Soldier, Loki and more.

Otherwise, you can sign up for the Disney+ free 7-day trial, which includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars Films. If you don’t want to pay the $8/month for the service, 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 to site.
  4. Enjoy Frozen II and Onward.


18. 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 Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to cult classics like The Naked Gun, there’s a lot to choose from.

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.


19. PBS shows and documentaries are always free.

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.

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!


20. Buy a new Roku device to get 30 days free of Starz.

While you could technically stack 7-day trials on multiple services (Amazon, Hulu, Starz.com), it’s easier to just get a monthlong trial, courtesy of Roku.

Access Starz on your new Roku device within 30 days of purchase to qualify for the 30-day free trial. You will need to put in a credit card, and if you don’t cancel before the end of the trial, it’ll cost you $9/month ($5/month for 6 months for first-time subscribers).


Other 7-day trials worth mentioning:

  • Apple TV+ offers original programming: $4.99/month after trial.
  • AMC Premiere has The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and other hit shows: $4.99/month after trial.
  • Epix has thousands of hours of movies and TV: $5.99/month after trial.
  • Sundance Now has indie films, documentaries and more: $6.99/month after trial.
  • Urban Movie Channel offers Black-oriented films & TV: $4.99/month after trial.
  • A&E Crime Central has classic crime series and specials: $4.99/month after trial.
  • PureFlix has faith-based, family-friendly content: $12.99/month after trial.
  • Acorn TV streams British TV shows: $6/month after trial.
  • Shudder is a horror-only streamer: $4.75/month after trial.
  • Fubo offers live sports and TV channels: $54.99/month after trial.
  • YouTube TV also has local and cable channels: $49.99/month after trial.
  • Philo offers live and on-demand movies and TV: $20/month after trial.
  • Smithsonian Channel Plus has a vast library of documentaries: $4.99/month after trial.
  • Cinemax offers 7 days free via Hulu, Apple TV and Amazon: $9.99/month after trial.
  • DOX offers a big library of documentaries: $2.99/month or $14.99/year after trial.
  • Broadway HD lets you watch plays and musicals for 7 days, free: $8.99/month or $99.99/year after trial.
  • NFL Game Pass offers full broadcast replays, condensed games and more: $18/mo or $199/year after trial.
  • Hallmark Movies NOW features Hallmark Movies, including some you can’t see anywhere else: $59.99/year or $5.99/mo after trial.
  • Noggin by Nick Jr. has over 1,000 of the most beloved preschool shows of all time: $7.99/month after trial.
  • History Channel’s History Vault streams more than 2,000 History Channel documentaries: $4.99/month after trial.
  • Lifetime Movie Club offers commercial-free new and classic Lifetime movies: $3.99/month after trial.


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