Guide to Streaming Deals

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Stuck at home and looking for streaming bargains or freebies? Here’s a rundown of some options.  

Extended trial periods

Sister services Acorn TV (Brit-centered), Shudder (mostly horror) and Sundance Now (dramas/true crime) have extended their free trials  from seven to 30 days. After that, prices start at $5.99/month. Visit SundanceNow.com and use code SUNDANCENOW30, Acorn.tv and code FREE30, and/or Shudder.com and code SHUTIN.

Sister services CONtv (genre/fandom) and The Dove Channel (faith-based/family) now offer 60-day free trials. To take advantage, visit ConTV.com/offers/contv2020 and/or Dovechannel.com/offers/dove2020. ConTV subscriptions normally come with a one-month trial and then cost  $7.99/month. Dove Channel subscriptions normally cost $4.99/month with no free trial.

Showtime has upped its free trial period from seven days to 30 days for orders received before May 3.The service will then cost its usual $10.99/month. Visit Showtime.com or Showtime apps to sign up.

Arts streamer Marquee TV has extended its free trial period from 14 days to 30 days. The service then costs $8.99/month or $69.99 annually, a reduced price off the usual $89.99. Visit Marquee.com to sign up.

Hallmark Movies Now has extended its free trial period from seven days to 30 days. The service then costs $5.99/month. Visit hmnow.com/sign-up.

MyOutdoorTV has extended its free trial period from seven days to 30 days through April 15. The service then costs $9.99/month. Use code STAYHOME at MyOutdoorTV.com.

Sling’s freebies

Multi-channel subscription streamer Sling TV has launched “Stay in and Sling,” offering free news, TV shows and movies. The content includes ABC News Live and Fox News. Sling TV is also making its Sling Blue package, normally $30 a month, free through April 5, no credit card or subscription required. Visit Sling.com (Chrome, Safari and Edge browsers only) or download the Sling TV app for Roku, Amazon or Android.

Indie films for a dollar — or free

Mubi, which normally has a 30-day free trial, is now offering a $1 deal for three months at Mubi.com. Or save the dollar and get the three months completely free through a partnership with Brooklyn’s Stuart Cinema & Cafe. Just visit Mubi.com/stuartcinema.

Stay in, stay curious

The documentary service CuriosityStream has slashed annual subscriptions from $69.99 to $12 and launched a “Kids Mode,” which filters out content like violence in historical recreations and explicit sexual content in nature films. Visit CuriosityStream.com/kids.

Learn a craft

How-to streamer Bluprint, at MyBluprint.com, offers free classes through April 9, no credit card required. The service normally costs $7.99/month or $39.99 annually.

Travel the World

Through April 30, MHz Choice offers three subtitled freebies: the first seasons of A French Village and Murder In… from France, and 34 episodes of Detective Montalbano from Italy. Visit watch.mhzchoice.com/watch-for-free.

Through April 30, Brit-centered documentary channel True Royalty TV offers half-price deals on three-month, six-month andy annual subscriptions, which now cost $8.99, $14.99 and $29.99 respectively. You can also get the service at its regular $5.99/month rate, with a seven-day free trial. Visit TrueRoyalty.tv.

Go to the library — online

Some local libraries offer access to Kanopy, a streaming service with a vast catalog of contemporary and classic films. There’s usually a limit to how many titles you can stream per month. However, Kanopy is now allowing unlimited streaming of certain titles. Kanopy is also providing free access to Kanopy Kids, with titles including Sesame Street and Arthur. To see if your library participates, visit Kanopy.com/signup and click on “Find Your Library.”

(Editor’s note: A reader, Marilyn, also notified us that another service, Hoopla, has extended its lending limits, at least at certain participating libraries. Its catalog includes not only films and shows, but books, comics and other content. To see if your library participates, go to Hoopladigital.com to set up a free account.)

Keep your dogs happy

DogTV, developed for pet satisfaction, is free through March 30. The service normally has a 14-day free trial and then costs $9.99/month. You can now also get 30 free days if you subscribe by using code WECARE. Visit Dogtv.com or its RokuFire TVApple TViOS and Android apps.

Get the rhythm

Stingray Qello (concert films/music documentaries) and Stingray Classica (classical music performances and docs) will be free for one month, through April 18. Stingray Quello (normally $11.99/month) is available at Qello.com or through apps for iOS, Android, Amazon and Roku. For access to Stingray Classica (normally $9.99/month), visit Stingray.com/freemonthclassica and use the code freeview.

Watch local TV

Locast, the non-profit that streams local broadcast stations at Locast.org, offers 30 days of uninterrupted service to anyone who can’t afford its usual minimum voluntary donation of $5/month. To take advantage, email your request to admin@locast.org.

You can also watch 24/7 COVID-19 News from local stations across the country free at sbtv.com/live/16793/covid-19.

Missing church?

Minno, a recently launched faith-based children’s service that starts at $6.99/month, has launched a free Church at Home resource featuring songs, Bible stories and more. Just visit GoMinno.com/lp/church-at-home.

Missing baseball?

PBS now offers free streaming of Ken Burns’ entire nine-part, Emmy-winning Baseball series from 1994. Visit PBS.org/show/baseball.

Missing hockey?

HockeyTV, normally $24.99 a month, is free through April 6. More than 100,000 archived games, mostly from amateur leagues, are available at HockeyTV.com.

Stressed out?

As we previously reported, wellbeing-focused streamer Grokker will be free through at least April (normal price: $14.99/month). Visit Grokker.com/individuals.

All Body by Yoga workouts are now free, no credit card required. The service normally comes with a 14-day free trial, followed by a minimum $39 three-month subscription, Visit Bodybyyoga.training/free.

Did we miss anything?

We hope to update the above list regularly in the days ahead. If you represent a subscription streaming service with an ongoing special deal and we’ve left you out, please send details to editors@thesavvyscreener.com. Thanks!

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