Netflix is to movie streaming what Spotify is to music streaming. And there is no doubting the significance of Netflix since it became mainstream with it being at the center of several memes.
Before now, non-members were given the option of a free trial to test Netflix out for a month before committing to a subscription plan but that has changed – probably since they don’t need to appeal to anybody to join them any longer.
There are several sites for streaming movies, series, documentaries, etc. free of charge. But that’s not the focus of today’s article. What we bring you today is a complete alphabetically-ordered list of the 10 best streaming platforms that you can test out before committing to a subscription.
1. ACORN TV
ACORN TV is an American-based streaming platform with most of its content hailing from the United Kingdom and others from Canada, Spain, Mexico, Australia, and Ireland.
It typically offers a free 7-day trial but due to the pandemic, that has been extended to a free 30-day trial.
2. Amazon Prime Video
Amazon Prime Video is among the best streaming services that you can jump on to start watching your favourite movies and TV shows. Just like Netflix, its collection spans different genres and they’re typically HD.
Amazon Prime Video offers a free 30-day trial after which it costs $7.99 per month or $79 per year.
3. Apple TV+
Apple TV+ is a streaming service that has most of its content produced exclusively by Apple. Its originals include several award-winning series, comedies, and documentaries among which are For All Mankind, Dickinson, Servant, and Mythic Quest. Apple TV+ is free for anyone who purchases a new Apple device. Without that, it offers a free 7-day trial after which the change is $5.99 per month.
Britboxoffers compelling lifestyle shows, comedies, mysteries, documentation, dramas, and classic movies.
These include Rev, The Office, and Prime Suspect. Britbox offers a free 7-day trial after which the cost is $6.99 per month or $6.99 per month.
5. HBO Max
HBO Max is WarnerMedia’s streaming service and it is among the most popular in the world today with titles such as The Big Bang Theory, Game of Thrones, Friends, and Lord of The Rings. It offers a free 7-day trial after which the cost is $14.99 per month.
Hulu was created by Disney to show popular TV shows, movies, and tons of sports events. It bundles Disney+ with ESPN+ for members in the United States.
Hulu offers three plans, Hulu without ads: 1 month free and then $11.99 per month; Hulu with ads: 1 month free and then $5.99 per month; and last but not the least, Hulu + Live TV: 1 week free and then $54.99 per month.
Showtime is a popular streaming service with over 20,000 hours of TV Shows, sports, movies, etc and it has one of the longest trial periods in this list. As a new member, it is available to try for 30 days free of charge after which it costs $10.99 per month.
Shudder is a streaming platform most known for its darker side of entertainment. It features an array of horror movies and a collection of sci-fi and thriller content. It offers one week of free trial after which it costs $5.99 per month or $56.99 per year.
9. Sundance Now
Sundance Now is a streaming platform owned by AMC. Its mission, according to Sundance, is to celebrate TV shows, documentaries, and movies with authentic storytelling from global perspectives. It offers a free 7-day trial after which you can choose to pay monthly or annually. It costs $6.99 per month or $4.99 per month when billed annually.
10. The Criterion Channel
The Criterion Channel is a streaming service loved for its collection of classic films and it is also home to movies with extra features such as interviews from the stars and commentaries. It offers a free 14-day trial after which it costs $10.99 per month or $99.99 per year.
All the platforms in our list feature a beautiful user interface, reliable customer service, and enough titles to enjoy your free time alone or with family and friends. Have fun!