No-Cost Streaming for a Year: Watch Netflix, Hulu, and More

365 Days, 39 Free Trials, 100% Binge-Worthy
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Recent Updates: More than 6 months
Since we published this story, two big events happened in the world of streaming television. One is that Netflix ended its free trial. We still highly recommend it but if you sign-up, know that you can't use it for free anymore. The other big news is that Quibi is not only shutting down their free trial, they are shutting down completely! A good alternative is the new HBO Max app.

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.

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Check out which services you should subscribe to for your full year of no-cost streaming in our Google Calendar below, or take a closer look at what we’ve laid out for each month: September-November | December-February | March-May | June-August

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.

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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

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Shudder Calendar Event

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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.

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Keep Track of Your Free Trials
To be clear: it’s your responsibility to handle all your streaming service accounts and payments. This calendar suggests start dates and reminds you when that respective free trial is expiring. Your potential payment plan may differ on your individual signup times and service options. (We can’t afford to pay for your forgotten subscriptions, sorry!)


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.

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Potential Savings
If you signed up for each of these streaming services (even with the cheaper plans), you could spend up to $5,765.40 in one year. Hopefully, with the no-cost streaming calendar, you can find the right streaming services for you and your budget without having to break the bank first.

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

365 Days of No-Cost Streaming
Streaming ServiceTrial LengthMonthly PriceSuggested Sign-up DateLearn More
NBC Peacock7 DaysFree, $4.99 with ads, or $9.99 ad-freeSeptember 1, 2020Start trial
Mubi7 Days$10.99September 8, 2020Start trial
Sling TV3 Days$30.00September 15, 2020Start trial
AT&T TV Now7 Days$55.00September 18, 2020Start trial
fubo TV7 Days$54.99September 24, 2020Start trial
Hulu + Live TV7 Days$54.99October 1, 2020Start trial
DC Universe7 Days$7.99October 8, 2020Start trial
VuduN/AFreeOctober 15, 2020Watch Now
Screambox7 Days$4.99October 18, 2020Start trial
Shudder7 Days$4.75October 25, 2020Start trial
Amazon Prime + Video30 Days$12.99November 1, 2020Start trial
Youtube TV7 Days$64.99November 30, 2020Start trial
Quibi14 Days$4.99December 7, 2020Start trial
Hallmark Movies Now7 Days$4.99December 21, 2020Start trial
BritBox7 Days$6.99December 28, 2020Start trial
EPIX7 Days$5.99January 4, 2021Start trial
Pluto TVN/AFreeJanuary 11, 2021Watch now
CBS All Access7 Days$5.99January 17, 2021Start trial
Sundance Now7 Days$4.99January 24, 2021Start trial
History Vault7 Days$4.99January 31, 2021Start trial
CrackleN/AFreeFebruary 7, 2021Watch now
Hulu30 Days$5.99February 17, 2021Start trial
Philo7 Days$20.00March 18, 2021Start trial
Frndly TV7 Days$5.99March 25, 2021Start trial
Netflix30 Days$8.99April 1, 2021Start trial
Broadway HD7 Days$8.99May 1, 2021Start trial
Apple TV+7 Days$4.99May 8, 2021Start trial
IMDb TVN/AFreeMay 15, 2021Watch now
STARZ7 Days$8.99May 29, 2021Start trial
Acorn TV7 Days$5.99June 5, 2021Start trial
SHOWTIME Now30 Days$10.99June 12, 2021Start trial
Boomerang7 Days$4.99June 19, 2021Start trial
Fandor14 Days$5.99June 26, 2021Start trial
Lifetime Movie Club7 Days$3.99July 10, 2021Start trial
HBO Max7 Days$14.99July 17, 2021Start trial
Tubi TVN/AFreeJuly 24, 2021Watch now
Crunchyroll14 Days$7.99July 31, 2021Start trial
Urban Movie Channel7 Days$4.99August 14, 2021Start trial
The Criterion Channel14 Days$10.99August 21, 2021Start trial

Streaming recommendations by month

September 2020 – November 2020

Calendar of September streaming recommendations
Streaming service recommendations for October
Streaming recommendations for November

December 2020 – February 2021

Streaming recommendations for December
Streaming recommendations for January

March 2021 – May 2021

Streaming recommendations for March
Streaming recommendations for April

June 2021 – August 2021

Streaming recommendations for June

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.