Stay in this Weekend with the Best Streaming Services with Free Trials

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When you buy a car, you get to take it out for a test drive. So why shouldn’t streaming services offer free trials so you can take a free cruise through all of the movies, TV shows and documentaries you’re considering paying for on a daily, weekly or monthly basis? Okay, so one investment is a little larger than the other, but with so many streaming services out there right now, you want to make sure that you’re adding valuable content to your library before committing to them all, right?

These days, with people cutting the cord and relying on more online content than ever, streaming services have evolved to include all kinds of content — including the stuff you get on regular old cable. They’re also injecting tons of cash into high-profile TV series, premiering big-budget films before they even hit theatres, and dropping buzzy documentaries that seem to get everyone talking. But with so many different services, you have to pick and choose; otherwise, you can rack up a car payment-sized bill.

Luckily, some of the best streaming services out there also offer free trials. We’ve rounded up the best streaming services that provide free trails below so that you can start your personalized viewing guide sooner rather than later.

  

Amazon Prime Video

BEST BUNDLE SERVICE

Prime Video’s 30-day free trial gives you access to Prime shows and select movies and TV series, so you can then decide whether it’s worth coughing up the extra $9 a month to access such titles. Or, you can subscribe to the overall Amazon Prime service for $15 a month or $139 a year (up starting February 18, from the previous $13 and $119, respectively) and get deals on shipping and returns, plus other subscriber perks. From there, you can also customize your Prime Video by subscribing to specialized Prime Channels (like Starz, Acorn TV and MLB.TV), which are easily accessible under the overall Prime Video hub.

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AppleTV+

BEST PRESTIGE TV

If you want to see what all of the Ted Lasso, For All Mankind, The Morning Show and Mythic Quest buzz is all about for yourself, you can access AppleTV+ content free for seven days or three months with the purchase of select Apple devices. If you’re in the market for a new phone or iPad, that may be the way to go. Sure, the content library of originals isn’t as expansive as some other services; however, Apple seems to be investing a lot into the shows it produces, so you know the overall quality is there.

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Discovery+

BEST LIFESTYLE

Discover the plethora of reality shows and lifestyle content that this newer streamer offers for free during a seven-day trial. Otherwise, you can fork over $5 a month for content with advertisements or $7 a month for the ad-free fare. Not too shabby when you consider the service offers programming from Discovery, TLC, Animal Planet, Food Network, HGTV, ID, A&E, History, Lifetime, OWN, Travel, Science Network and The Dodo, right?

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Disney+

BEST GENRE

If you want unlimited access to everything Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic, you’re going to want to subscribe to Disney+. The streaming service offered a free seven-day trial but has since stopped that and now only offers monthly subscriptions of $7.99 or $79.99 per year. However, some other services like Verizon and Amazon Music have inked deals with the Mouse House to give away free trials with the purchase of their products and services.

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ESPN+

FOR SPORTS LOVERS

If you want a service that will provide you with a plethora of live games, ESPN+ is where it’s at. The streamer offers MLB, NHL, NBA and MLS games throughout the year, as well as college sports, golf, boxing, tennis and pretty much every other sport you can think of as well. Unfortunately, it no longer offers a free trial and users need to pay $6.99 a month or $69.99 per year, but Verizon does offer some deals, so you can still snag a free ESPN+ subscription that way.

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HBO Max

FOR MOVIE BUFFS

The service wrapped its seven-day free trial in the US following the release of Wonder Woman 1984; however, if you currently have an HBO Now subscription, you may be able to get an HBO Max plan for free still. You can also snag a free subscription if you buy into Cricket Wireless’s unlimited monthly plan.

Otherwise, to get access, you’ll have to subscribe to HBO Max’s $9.99 a month or $14.99 a month ad-free plan. Grab one if you love big-budget originals, including Euphoria, Succession and The Righteous Gemstones, from the comfort of your own home.

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Hulu

FOR GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT LOVERS

Even though this streamer has been around longer than most newer players, it still offers a free 30-day trial for its standard service. Once you’re in there, you can play around and see which one works best for you, but either way, you’ll be able to access some of the service’s original series, including The Handmaid’s Tale, Nine Perfect Strangers and The Premise. Plans start at $6.99 a month and are surprisingly customizable thanks to bundles and easy to switch up.

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Netflix

BEST GENERAL ENTERTAINMENT

As of October 2020, the days of Netflix offering up its content for free are over. The thinking is that the service has been around since 2013 and is one of the oldest players on the block, so at this point, everyone who is going to grab a subscription probably already has. However, T-Mobile struck a deal to offer the service free with specific data plans, so it may not be free, but if you are a T-Mobile subscriber, it’s kind of like it’s free.

If you are looking into a new subscription, the streamer promises that you can easily cancel anytime, but you still need to cough up that original $9.99 per month for a basic plan.

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NFL Game Pass

BEST FOR FOOTBALL LOVERS

This streaming service is a must if you want access to all of the season’s games, live pre-season offerings, full replays, and live game audio. Football lovers typically get it all for a one-time payment of $100 (or four installments of $30), but you can still take it for a spin-free with the seven-day trial.

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Paramount Plus

BEST FOR YOUR OLD SCHOOL VIEWERS

Paramount Plus is basically the dream if you’re into the CBS crime dramas and reality shows. The service also offers edgier content that used to live under All-Access, like The Good Fight or Women Who Kill, and episodes and movies from BET, Comedy Central, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr. of course, Paramount Pictures, making it a pretty robust service. You can check it all out with a free seven-day trial and then switch to a monthly plan for either $4.99 a month with ads or $9.99 a month ad-free.

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Peacock

MOST COMFORT FARE

Here’s the good news: Peacock is always free since it’s an ad-supported streaming service. However, suppose you love the nostalgic reboots (Bel-Air and Saved By the Bell), gripping dramas (Dr. Death), and all the trashy reality TV you can handle (hello, Housewives) and want to watch it all with limited ads or totally ad-free. In that case, subscriptions will run you  $5 a month or $10 respectively.

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YouTube Premium

MOST USER-GENERATED CONTENT

If you’re into streaming videos and music but never quite got into the YouTube Red experience, you can now sign up for a free one-month trial. That way, you can see whether you want to stick around for the YouTube Originals and YouTube Music Premium, which will cost $11.99 a month from now on.

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