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

Acorn TV has extended its free trial period from seven to 30 days. After that, the price is $5.99/month. Visit Acorn.tv and use code FREE30.

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.

CBS All Access has extended its free trial period from one week to one month. The service then costs $5.99/month or $9.99/month, depending on plan selected. Use code ALL at CBS.com/All-Access through May 10.

Film Movement Plus has extended its free trial period from 14 days to 30 days, and also offers 50% off the first month of its $5.99/month subscription. Visit FilmMovementPlus.com.

Free shows, no credit card required

YouTube has made 12 of its series completely free, including Impulse, Ryan Hansen Solves Crimes on Television* and Escape the Night. Visit The Savvy Screener’s recent article for a complete list and YouTube.com/Originals to stream.

Ryan Hansen, Impulse
(Above: ‘Ryan Hansen,’ Impulse’)

Multi-channels for free

Multi-channel subscription streamer Sling TV has made its Sling Blue package, normally $30 a month, free from 5 pm to midnight ET, no credit card or subscription required. Visit Sling.com/deals/happy-hour.

FilmOn TV, with some 600 channels of classic movies and TV, sports. music and international channels, as well as on-demand movies, offers 30 days for free. The service usually costs $19.95/month or $199/year. Enter code 30DaysFree at FilmOn.com.

Indie films for a dollar — or free

Mubi, which normally has a 30-day free trial, is offers three months completely free through a partnership with Brooklyn’s Stuart Cinema & Cafe. Just visit Mubi.com/stuartcinema. After three months, the service will cost $10.99/month.

¿Hablas español?

FlixLatino, a Spanish-language subscription streamer, offers 30 days free if you use code QUEDATEENCASA at FlixLatino.com by May 31. The service normally costs $2.99/month.

Stay in, stay curious

The documentary service CuriosityStream has slashed annual subscriptions from $69.99 to under $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.

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, through May, 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.)

Appreciate Nurses

Watch The American Nurse, a 2014 documentary profiling five nurses in diverse fields, free through May on Kino Now. Visit KinoNow.com/American-Nurse

Keep your dogs happy

DogTV, developed for pet satisfaction, offers 30 free days if you subscribe with code WECARE. Visit Dogtv.com or its RokuFire TVApple TViOS and Android apps.

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

Stressed out?

Wellbeing-focused streamer Grokker is free through May 31 (normal price: $14.99/month). Visit Grokker.com/individuals.

Many Body by Yoga workouts are now free, or you can get 30 days of the complete service, both options not requiring a credit card. 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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