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Entertainment | 31 December 2020

At home for a bit? Make the most of these free TV trials

Let's face it, we're all going to be at home more one way or another for a while longer. So some decent home entertainment is going to be pretty essential.

There are plenty of free TV streaming trials that you can take advantage of right now.

Bear in mind, if you've had a trial with the service already, you probably won't get another one (but hey, you could get a friend or family member to sign up!) 😉

I've rounded up a bunch of trials below... 👇

Netflix: watch these shows for free

Sadly, the UK is one of the places where Netflix doesn't currently offer a freebie 😠

But Netflix has made a selection of films and shows available to watch for free. No need to sign up, you can just go to the site and hit play ▶

The free shows are only available on the web via a computer or on an Android device. And they're just the pilot episodes. So if you want to watch the whole shebang, you'll need to subscribe.

Here are a few of the titles currently on there...

🎬 Stranger Things
🎬 Murder Mystery
🎬 Boss Baby: Back in Business
🎬 Bird Box
🎬 Elite
🎬 When They See Us
🎬 Love Is Blind
🎬 The Two Popes
🎬 Grace and Frankie

Amazon Prime Video 30 day free trial

Amazon Prime continues to expand its offering. You can watch 1000s of shows and movies, including Amazon Originals. You can also watch live sport, including some Premier League games.

Here are a few of the titles...

🎬 The Boys
🎬 The Walking Dead: World Beyond
🎬 The Grand Tour
🎬 Jack Ryan
🎬 The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
🎬 Carnival Row

It's £7.99/month after the trial period, so make a note to cancel if you don't want to start paying.

Apple TV+ 7 day free trial

Okay, it's not the longest free trial in the world, but if you have a bit of free time, you might be able to binge quite a few box sets in a week!

The standard standalone trial is 7 days (it's £4.99/month after the trial period, so make a note to cancel if you don't want to start paying).

You can also get one year free if you buy certain Apple devices, or one month free if you're rolling it into an Apple One bundle of up to 5 other Apple services.

There are lots of Apple Originals to choose from. Here are a few of the titles...

🎬 Defending Jacob
🎬 Ted Lasso
🎬 Oprah's Book Club
🎬 Greyhound starring Tom Hanks
🎬 Tehran
🎬 Servant
🎬 Dickinson
🎬 See

BritBox 30 day free trial (plus 50% off for first 3 months)

Now's a good time to try BritBox. As well as a 30 day free trial, you can pay just £2.99/month for the first 3 months with the code NYSALE if you sign up before 10 Jan (it's £5.99/month after the promo period, so make a note to cancel if you don't want to start paying that).

Stream 100s of exclusive films and shows, plus British box sets, including...

🎬 Spitting Image
🎬 Downton Abbey
🎬 Spooks
🎬 Mum
🎬 Cold Courage
🎬 The Shadow Line
🎬 Broadchurch
🎬 Happy Valley

One tip: if you're mainly interested in one or two particular shows, just check they're not available for free elsewhere (e.g. iPlayer).

NOW TV: free 7 day trials

You can get free 7 day trials for all the NOW TV passes, except Sky Sports.

Here are the passes available...

🎬 Entertainment Pass (titles include I Hate Suzie, Euphoria, Watchmen) £9.99/month after the trial.
🎬 Sky Cinema Pass (titles include Trolls World Tour, Cats, Sonic The Hedgehog, LIttle Women £11.99/month after the trial.
🎬 Kids Pass (titles include Dawn of the Croods, Zog, The Cat in the Hat) £3.99/month after the trial.
🎬 hayu Pass (titles include Keeping Up With The Kardashians, Backyard Envy, Flipping Exes) £4.99/month after the trial BUT you can get a full 1 month trial if you subscribe direct (see below).

hayu 1 month free trial

Watch a range of reality TV shows from the US, including...

🎬 Keeping Up With The Kardashians
🎬 Love & Hip Hop: Atlanta
🎬 The Real Housewives of Salt Lake City
🎬 Snapped
🎬 Killer Siblings
🎬 The Bachelorette

You can get a free 1 month trial if you go direct (it's £4.99/month after the trial period, so make a note to cancel if you don't want to start paying). OR you can sign up through Amazon before 6 Jan to get the first 3 months for 99p!

Other free options

Remember, there are plenty of free TV choices already built into most smart TVs or available online, including...

🎬 Freeview
🎬 iPlayer
🎬 All 4
🎬 My5

So whatever you choose from the above, you'll hopefully have plenty of viewing options available!

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