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Sunday Savings Series: Streaming Services With Free Trials

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Many people are not leaving home right now because of Coronavirus. That’s smart, that is the best way to keep from getting sick or giving it to others. Staying home for many people means watching more TV than usual. There are countless streaming services out there right now, but how do you know which one or ones are right for you?

Most of the streaming services that I have seen offer free trials. That will give you a chance to try a service and see if you like it. Make sure you read the contract before signing up so that you will know when to cancel. Write the dates down, and if you aren’t interested, cancel before the date so that you won’t get charged.

Since we have no idea how long the current situation will last, you might want to only sign up for one service at a time. Binge watch, and then decide whether or not you want to keep it. If you cancel, then sign up for the next one. You’ll have plenty to watch, without having to pay.

Here’s a list of streaming services that might interest you, along with the cost and how long the free trial is for. I’ll also let you know if I have experience with the service. The information here is as up to date as I could find. Many services could be offering special deals that I was not aware of. Sometimes you can also receive extra discounts that are not widely publicized, so if you use a site like Swagbucks or Bing you might find an even better deal. This list is also not complete, because there are so many streaming services out there. 

Disney+ 

I can’t recommend Disney+ enough. I have the service free for a year through the Verizon deal, and there is more to watch than I will ever get to. This is the home for not only Disney, but also Star Wars, Marvel, National Geographic, and even 30 years of The Simpsons. New titles are added often, and it looks like they could be adding even more during this crisis. You can enjoy a free seven day trial, and then the cost is $6.99 a month. You can bundle with Hulu and ESPN+ for $12.99. 

Hulu 

I don’t know much about ESPN+, but I can tell you a little bit about Hulu. I’ve been a subscriber for years. Hulu has movies in all genres, and entire TV series. There is also a decent amount of original programming. The basic plan starts at $5.99 a month, and the first month is free. This is the plan that I have. You can watch commercial-free for $11.99 a month.

Netflix 

Another service with a little bit of everything is Netflix. You’ll find movies, TV shows, and originals like Stranger Things and Fuller House. You can receive a free month of Netflix, and after that it starts at $8.99 a month. I have that plan. If you want to watch on more than one device at a time, it costs extra.

Amazon Prime Video 

Amazon Prime is a service that I highly recommend. There are so many benefits that I have only recently paid attention to Prime Video. There are tons of movies and originals included with the service. If you only want Prime Video it’s $8.99 a month, after a 30 day free trial. The full Amazon Prime service costs $12.99 a month, or $119 a year. If you want to include plenty to read with your binge watching, go for the full Prime Membership. There are also discounts for students and customers with an EBT or Medicare card.

Pure Flix 

Pure Flix is a company that features Christian entertainment. Faith based movies have come a long way in the past few years. The acting used to be wooden and the scripts very much by the numbers. Now, Christian movies often feature well known actors, and the stories have more twists and turns. I do not currently subscribe to Pure Flix, but I probably will before this is over. You can receive one month for free. After that you can pay $83.33 for the rest of the year, or $12.99 a month. You can change your plan during the trial.

Apple TV+ 

Apple TV+ is a brand new service that I do not subscribe to. That said, I know people who love it! The major difference with Apple TV+ is that all of the programming is original. If you have bought a qualifying Apple device the service is free for a year. Otherwise, it’s $4.99 a month, with a free seven day trial.