No-Cost Streaming for a Year: Watch Netflix, Hulu, and More
There’s no doubt that the streaming wars have left everyone a little perplexed at which services to pick. We thought of an experiment:
What if you could try every streaming service available at the right time to catch popular shows and events—and without any cost?
We put together a Google Calendar that lets you know some of the best times to sign up for free trials for 39 different streaming services, and it’s up to you which services are worth keeping.
These streaming service trials can keep you entertained all the way until the end of August 2021—which should give you plenty of time to decide.
Update: Looking for the perfect streaming app? Check out our round-up of the best options right here.
365 Days of No-Cost Streaming Google Calendar
Adding the Google Calendar will alert you for streaming service sign-up suggestions, as well as let you know when a free trial is ending.
How do I add the Google Calendar?
Click this button at the bottom right-hand corner of the Google Calendar.
While our list is comprehensive, it can’t possibly cover everything. Think of this reminder calendar like a streaming guide for ideal times to test the waters for certain services.
For example, right around Halloween, you’ll get a reminder to sign up for Shudder during their scary movie marathon. The reminder will direct you to the streaming service’s website and show you the free trial length. There are also expiration reminders, but the calendar can’t subscribe or unsubscribe you.
Free-Trial Streaming October 2020
Shudder Calendar Event
Google Calendar reminder: Shudder’s Scary Movie Marathon
The expiration reminders are set for the day before your subscription renews. While your exact expiration times may vary, it’s a good rule of thumb to decide on renewing or canceling the day before the trial runs out. (Some services will let you continue using them until the free trial has ended even if you’ve chosen to unsubscribe.)
For example, if you sign up for a seven-day trial on a Sunday, your subscription will auto-renew the following Sunday. Thus, the reminder is set for the Saturday beforehand.
How else can I track free trials?
Subscribe to our Youtube channel for updates about this project, as well as other streaming service news. You can also see monthly reminders on our social media pages:
Why should I try 39 different free trials?
It may seem overwhelming, but you may find something you never thought you knew you wanted.
Our goal here is to showcase the abundance of streaming service options out there and how you can find all your favorite shows and events outside of cable or satellite TV—and you don’t have to pay anything up front to check out these services.
What if I already have Netflix (or another service) that works for me?
If you don’t need to add another bill to your budget but still want more TV, you have streaming options that don’t require a paid subscription.
Here are six streaming platforms that are available at no cost anytime:
Streaming service information and sign-up dates
|Streaming Service||Trial Length||Monthly Price||Suggested Sign-up Date||Learn More|
|NBC Peacock||7 Days||Free, $4.99 with ads, or $9.99 ad-free||September 1, 2020||Start trial|
|Mubi||7 Days||$10.99||September 8, 2020||Start trial|
|Sling TV||3 Days||$30.00||September 15, 2020||Start trial|
|AT&T TV Now||7 Days||$55.00||September 18, 2020||Start trial|
|fubo TV||7 Days||$54.99||September 24, 2020||Start trial|
|Hulu + Live TV||7 Days||$54.99||October 1, 2020||Start trial|
|DC Universe||7 Days||$7.99||October 8, 2020||Start trial|
|Vudu||N/A||Free||October 15, 2020||Watch Now|
|Screambox||7 Days||$4.99||October 18, 2020||Start trial|
|Shudder||7 Days||$4.75||October 25, 2020||Start trial|
|Amazon Prime + Video||30 Days||$12.99||November 1, 2020||Start trial|
|Youtube TV||7 Days||$64.99||November 30, 2020||Start trial|
|Quibi||14 Days||$4.99||December 7, 2020||Start trial|
|Hallmark Movies Now||7 Days||$4.99||December 21, 2020||Start trial|
|BritBox||7 Days||$6.99||December 28, 2020||Start trial|
|EPIX||7 Days||$5.99||January 4, 2021||Start trial|
|Pluto TV||N/A||Free||January 11, 2021||Watch now|
|CBS All Access||7 Days||$5.99||January 17, 2021||Start trial|
|Sundance Now||7 Days||$4.99||January 24, 2021||Start trial|
|History Vault||7 Days||$4.99||January 31, 2021||Start trial|
|Crackle||N/A||Free||February 7, 2021||Watch now|
|Hulu||30 Days||$5.99||February 17, 2021||Start trial|
|Philo||7 Days||$20.00||March 18, 2021||Start trial|
|Frndly TV||7 Days||$5.99||March 25, 2021||Start trial|
|Netflix||30 Days||$8.99||April 1, 2021||Start trial|
|Broadway HD||7 Days||$8.99||May 1, 2021||Start trial|
|Apple TV+||7 Days||$4.99||May 8, 2021||Start trial|
|IMDb TV||N/A||Free||May 15, 2021||Watch now|
|STARZ||7 Days||$8.99||May 29, 2021||Start trial|
|Acorn TV||7 Days||$5.99||June 5, 2021||Start trial|
|SHOWTIME Now||30 Days||$10.99||June 12, 2021||Start trial|
|Boomerang||7 Days||$4.99||June 19, 2021||Start trial|
|Fandor||14 Days||$5.99||June 26, 2021||Start trial|
|Lifetime Movie Club||7 Days||$3.99||July 10, 2021||Start trial|
|HBO Max||7 Days||$14.99||July 17, 2021||Start trial|
|Tubi TV||N/A||Free||July 24, 2021||Watch now|
|Crunchyroll||14 Days||$7.99||July 31, 2021||Start trial|
|Urban Movie Channel||7 Days||$4.99||August 14, 2021||Start trial|
|The Criterion Channel||14 Days||$10.99||August 21, 2021||Start trial|
Streaming recommendations by month
September 2020 – November 2020
December 2020 – February 2021
March 2021 – May 2021
June 2021 – August 2021
368 Days of Free Trials
We scoured the internet for all the information we could find on streaming, gathering 39 different services in total. From there, we suggested the best times in the upcoming year to use no-cost trial offers. After crafting our calendar, we made the information available on a Google Calendar for everyone to use.