Amazon, Netflix, Hulu and other streaming TV providers have extended their free trials to 30 days. Here’s a roundup of the latest streaming TV deals and previews of what is new.
Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video has dozens of Amazon original series and movies, plus thousands of TV shows and movies, both recent and classic. You can get a 30-day free trial of Amazon Prime Video at:
Amazon Prime Video is free if you are an Amazon Prime member. For $12.99 a month or $119 a year get Amazon Prime membership, which gives you free shipping, free Prime Music, and free Prime Video. If you have an EBT or Medicaid card it is just $5.99 a month. Students pay just $6.49 a month, or $59 a year, and can get a free 6-month trial.
Here’s an overview of what was new to Amazon starting in May. You can find more previews at the Amazon Prime Video Youtube Channel.
Netflix is the world’s top streaming service with 158 million paid memberships in over 190 countries. Netflix has dozens or original series and movies, plus thousands of TV shows and movies, both recent and classic, American and international.
NetFlix offers several different plans: Basic $8.99 / month, Standard $12.99 a month, and Premium $15.99 a month. You get a 30-day free trial of Netflix at the link below.
30-day free trial: Netflix Free Trial
Here’s a preview of what’s on Netflix in June. You can find more previews at the Netflix Youtube Channel.
Hulu is a premium streaming service that offers up some of the top TV, movies and more. Get a one-month free trial, then pay $5.99 a month with ads, or $11.99 a month with no ads, plus live TV.
30-day free trial: Hulu.com
Here’s a preview of what’s new on Hulu in June. You can find more previews at the Hulu Youtube Channel.
Other Streaming Services
In addition to the big three streaming services – Amazon, Netlix and Hulu – more specialized providers also have free trials. Here they are, in alphabetic order.
Acorn TV specializes in British shows, particularly British mystery collections like The Best of Agatha Christie, the Poirot Collection, Vera, and Jericho of Scotland Yard. After the trial: $5.99 a month.
7-day free trial: acorn.tv
Here’s a preview of what’s new to Acorn. You can find more previews at the Acorn Youtube Channel.
Apple TV+ has a 7-day free trial, plus if you buy an Apple product, you get a free year of Apple TV+. After the free trial: $4.99 a month.
7-day free trial: apple.com/tv
CBS All Access
CBS offers original series like Star Trek Picard and Interrogation plus your favorite CBS shows. After the free trial: $5.99 a month with ads, $9.99 without.
7-day free trial: cbs.com/all-access.
Criterion offers many of the finest American and international classic films like Fellini’s 8 1/2, Chimes at Midnight, and Fanny and Alexander. After the free trial: $10.99 a month.
14-day free trial: criterionchannel.com
You can find previews like the one below at the Criterion Youtube Channel.
Disney+ is the exclusive home for many of your favorite movies and TV shows from Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, and National Geographic. Disney+ is $6.99 a month. Or get Disney+ with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99 a month.
For more details or to subscribe visit: Disney+
Disney+ has no free trial period.
Here’s a preview of what’s new on Disney+ in June. You can find more previews at the Walt Disney Studios Youtube Channel.
Epix is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. The channel’s programming consists of recent and older theatrically released motion pictures, original series, documentaries, and music and comedy specials. After the free trial: $5.99 a month.
7-day free trial: Epixnow.com
Here’s a preview of the Epix 2020 series, War of the Worlds. You can find more previews at the Epix Youtube Channel.
HBO Max is HBO’s premier online streaming service, priced at $14.99 per month. You can get a free trial at the link below. If you already subscribe to HBO via your cable or satellite TV provider, you may get HBO Max for free.
HBO Max gives you access to HBO’s original series such as Westworld, Succession, The Plot Against America, and Game of Thrones, plus many movies, recent and classic, and TV series such as Friends.
7-day free trial: https://www.hbomax.com/
Here’s a preview of Friends which is now available on HBO Max. You can find more previews at the HBO Max Youtube Channel.
Get online access to commercial-free, award-winning SHOWTIME original series, can’t-miss movies, groundbreaking documentaries, laugh-out-loud comedy specials, hard-hitting sports and much more. Watch live TV or catch up on-demand on your TV, tablet, phone or computer. Plus, you can download full episodes and movies to your favorite mobile devices and watch them offline, whenever and wherever.
After the free trial: $10.99 a month.
30-day free trial: Sho.com
Below is a preview of the new season of the Showtime series, Billions. You can find more previews at the Showtime Youtube Channel.
Shudder is a subscription service for the horror, thriller, and suspense genres. Get a 30-day free trial with the promo code below. After the trial: $4.99 a month
7-day free trial: Shudder.com
You can find Shudder previews at the Shudder Youtube Channel.
Known for true crime, thriller films and shows like John Le Carre’s The Little Drummer Girl. After the trial, $6.99 monthly or $4.99 a month with an annual membership.
7-day free trial: Sundancenow.com
You can find Sundance previews at the Sundance Youtube Channel.
Always-Free TV Streaming
In addition to the premier, fee-based TV streaming services there are several that are always free, though like regular TV, they are supported by advertising and you’ll have to suffer through commercials. Here they are.
Pluto TV, owned by
Pluto TV offers live TV channels plus on-demand movies and TV shows. Pluto TV is owned by ViacomCBS and was founded in 2013. As of March 2020 Pluto TV has deals with 170 content partners providing more than 250 channels worth of programming. Its content is available via its website and supported apps. As of March 2020, the service averages more than 20 million monthly active users.
Notable movie offerings include new and old classic movies like many of the James Bond movies, Terminator, Bull Durham, and In Harm’s Way. Also available are series TV shows like Midsomer Murders, Third Rock from the Son, Duck Dynasty, the Dick Van Dyke Show, the Adams Family and Anthony Bourdain’s No Reservations.
Free always: Pluto TV
Tubi is an ad-supported free steaming service owned by Fox. It offers over 20,000 older TV shows and movies to watch for free.
Notable movie offerings include popular movies like The Passion, Total Recall, Quigley Down Under, Zulu, Rio Lobo, and The Big Short. Also available are series TV shows like Alf, Dead Zone, 3rd Rock from the Sun and The Apprentice.
Free always: Tubitv.com