We’re streaming more content than ever. A recent Nielsen report said that since the quarantine started in March 2020, streaming on televisions is up 85 percent, leading to an estimated grand total of 400 billion minutes of streamed TV minutes. (Oddly, people are streaming less music now that we’re home.) This means that you’ve likely exhausted most of the movies and shows that your current service, be it Netflix or Apple TV+, is offering, and you’re wondering what else is out there.
We’ve rounded up the most popular streaming services (including movies, shows and music) and what free trials they are currently offering. That way you can try something out without having to hand over your hard-earned dough.
Movies and Shows
The free trial: HBO no longer offers a free trial of HBO Max. That said, if you had an HBO Now subscription, there’s a good chance you’ll automatically get grandfathered into an HBO Max subscription for free. If you have an HBO subscription (or you get HBO Go) through AT&T, which owns WarnerMedia and HBO, there’s a small chance you can get either a one-month, three-month or one-year subscription for free; check your HBO subscription through the AT&T app (myAT&T). If you don’t get HBO through AT&T, there’s a strong likelihood that you’ll have to pay the full price for HBO Max.
Normal costs: A subscription to HBO Max costs $15/month. HBO recently launched a cheaper version of HBO Max, which costs $10/month, but it comes with ads and doesn't support 4K or offline downloads.
The free trial: Netflix currently offers a 1-month (30-day) free trial.
Normal costs: Netflix offers three different plans. The Basic Plan costs $9/month, allows one person to be signed on at a time, and it delivers up to an SD quality stream. The Standard plan costs $14/month, allows two people to be streaming at once, and delivers up to an HD quality stream. And the Premium plan costs $18/month, allows four people to be streaming at once, and delivers up to an Ultra HD quality stream.
The free trial: YouTube Premium offers a 1-month (30-day) free trial for first time subscribers.
Normal costs: YouTube Premium costs $12/month after the free trial is over. Subscribers get ad-free access to all YouTube and YouTube Music content.
The free trial: First-time subscribers get a 7-day free trial when they sign up for Discovery+.
Normal costs: There are two different tiers for paying Discovery+ subscribers. A $5/month subscription still comes with advertisements, while $7/month subscription is completely ad-free.
The free trial: Hulu offers a 1-month (30-day) free trial of its standard service or a 7-day free trial of its Hulu and Live TV package.
Normal costs: Hulu offers four different plans. Hulu Basic costs $6/month and gets you access to most of Hulu’s content, but there will be ads. Hulu Premium costs $12/month and gets subscribers ad-free content to most of Hulu’s content. Then you can bundle the Basic and Premium plans with Hulu’s Live TV package for $55/month and $61/month, respectively. You can bundle a subscription with ESPN+ and Disney+ for $13/month, here.
Amazon Prime Video
The free trial: If you’re an Amazon Prime subscriber, you get a free premium subscription of Amazon Prime Video.
Normal costs: If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, a subscription to Amazon Prime Video costs $9/month. (Amazon Prime costs $13/month or $6.50/month for students.)
The free trial: Disney+ offers a 7-day (30-day) free trial when you first sign up.
Normal costs: Disney+ costs $7/ month or $70/year. You can bundle a subscription with ESPN+ and Hulu for $13/month, here.
The free trial: You get a 1-year free trial of Apple TV+ when you buy a new Apple device. If you haven’t bought a new Apple device, you can get a 7-day free trial.
(Note: Apple extended its free trial period for people who first signed up for Apple TV+ until July 2021, meaning they actually get a 21-month free trial.)
Normal costs: Apple TV+ costs only $5/month or $50/year, and that includes Family Sharing.
Paramount Plus (Previously CBS All Access)
The free trial: Paramount Plus offers a 7-day free trial when you first sign up for a monthly plan.
Normal costs: Paramount Plus costs $5.99/month. It's an "ad-supported" plan that will still show you a limited amount of commercials.
NFL Game Pass
The free trial: NFL Game Pass offers a 7-day free trial.
Normal costs: NFL Game Pass costs $100 as a one-time payment, or $30 in four installments.
The free trial: ESPN+ used to have a free trial, but no longer offers it.
Normal costs: ESPN+ costs $6/month or $60/year. You can bundle a subscription with Hulu and Disney+ for $14/month, here.
The free trial: Spotify offers a 2-month (60-day) free trial of Spotify Premium, its ad-free service. However, if you sign up for PayPal, you can get a 3-month (90-day) free trial. If you’ve been a Spotify Premium subscriber in the past, you are ineligible for the free trial.
Normal costs: Spotify Premium currently costs $10/month for an individual play. A Duo plan, which is two Premium accounts that's designed for "a couple under one roof, costs $13/month. A Family plan, which includes up to six Premium accounts for "family members living under one roof," costs $16/month. There are $5/month plans for students, too.
The free trial: Apple Music offers a 3-month (90-day) free trial to first time subscribers, but you can actually get an extra month free if you buy through Best Buy.
Normal costs: Apple Music currently costs $10/month for individuals, $15/month for a family plan, or $5/month for college students.
The free trial: Tidal offers a 30-day free trial to new subscribers of its HiFi and Premium plans.
Normal costs: Tidal Premium normally costs $10/month and allows you to listen tracks in standard (320 Kbps) sound quality. Tidal HiFi is the more premium subscription that normally costs $20/month and allows subscribers to listen to tracks in true lossless (1,411 Kbps) sound quality.
Normal costs: Pandora Plus costs $5/month and users can skip unlimited songs and download some songs for offline listening. Pandora Premium costs $10/month and allows subscribers to have everything the Plus plan offers, but they can download unlimited songs and they can also create and share playlists.
Amazon Music Unlimited
The free trial: New subscribers to Amazon Music Unlimited get a 3-month free trial.
Normal costs: Amazon Music Unlimited costs $8/month for Prime members or $10/month for non-members.
The free trial: Deezer offers a 3-month (90-day) free trial of both its paid subscription plays: Deezer Premium and Deezer Hi-Fi.
Normal costs: Deezer offers two different paid subscription plays, Deezer Premium and Deezer HiFi, with the latter the one that allows you to listen to FLAC tracks in lossless quality. Deezer Premium costs $10/month and Deezer Hi-Fi costs $15/month.
The free trial: Qobuz offers a 30-day free trial for new users of its main subscription plan (called Studio Premier).
Normal costs: The subscription plan normally costs $15/month (or $150 annually), but Qobuz is offering a deal where if you subscribe now, the plan will cost you $12.49/month.