25 Streaming Services Offering Free Access Right Now

While we’ve been stuck inside during the coronavirus outbreak, a number of streaming services have responded by making their content more available than ever.

From extensive free trials to opening up their entire content libraries for a limited time, now’s a good time to enjoy movies, TV shows, and even stage productions.

Here are 25+ offers you won’t want to miss:

1. Sling TV is offering free live channels, movies right now.

Online streaming television provider Sling TV is offering a number of their live channels and programs to the public for no cost. The free programming includes live news coverage, family-friendly TV shows like Hell’s Kitchen and Third Rock From the Sun, and a number of movies. There’s no sign-up, but if you end up liking Sling, a subscription starts at $20/month.

Here’s what you do:

  • Download Sling TV on Roku, Amazon, or Android devices — or visit watch.sling.com on your Chrome, Safari, or Edge web browser
  • Follow the instructions on the welcome screen


Normally $18/mo or $199/yr, the NFL Game Pass is free now through May 31 — giving fans the ability to watch full broadcast replays, condensed games (around 45 minutes), audio broadcasts, and coaches’ films.

Here’s how you get it:

  1. Sign up for the free NFL Game Pass preview.
  2. After you’re signed in, visit gamepass.nfl.com.
  3. Pick between Games, NFL Originals, Film Session, or Search.


3. Redbox is streaming a bunch of free channels and movies.

Redbox’s website allows you to rent or buy movies online, but they’ve quietly started releasing free, ad-based live content — no credit card or account required. The programming includes access to TMZ, USA Today, Fail Army, Funny or Die and more — plus a bunch of movies.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to Redbox.com
  2. Click the Free Live TV link at the top of the page
  3. Start watching



4. Watch your kids’ favorite TV shows free for 7 days on Noggin.

Noggin is the only subscription service where learning is led by the trusted characters your kids know and love – brought to you by the experts with over 30 years of preschool edutainment experience.

Noggin has over 1,000 ad-free episodes and a huge library of some of the most popular and beloved preschool shows of all time— including PAW Patrol, Peppa Pig, Bubble Guppies, Dora the Explorer, and lots more. Cancel within 24 hours of the 7-day trial’s end; otherwise, it costs $7.99/month.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Head to Noggin.
  2. Click “Start 7-Day Free Trial”
  3. Create an account (credit card required)
  4. Start watching


5. Watch Hollywood hits and popular TV shows for free with IMDB TV.

Watch Hollywood hits and TV favorites free of charge on IMDb TV. This free, ad-supported streaming video channel is available in the United States on the IMDb app, the IMDb website via laptop or personal computer, the Amazon Prime Video app, and Amazon Fire TV devices.

IMDb TV enables customers to watch hit TV shows, top Hollywood hits, and more without purchasing a subscription (it’s always free).

Here’s what you do:

  1. Go to IMDb’s registration page
  2. Sign up for a free new account (no credit card required)
  3. Browse the shows and start watching


6. YouTube is offering free streaming movies.

You might not have known you can rent or buy movies from YouTube, or that the streaming video platform has 360 different free movies available for you to watch — with ads. These aren’t Oscar winners, but I was excited to see the Super Size Me documentary, Out of Time with Denzel Washington, and a bunch of animated films. They won’t even ask for your credit card number or make you create an account.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit the Free to Watch page on YouTube
  2. Pick a movie to watch


7. Watch the latest news free on the Roku Channel.

Roku Channel is making a ton of free streaming content available on its devices or through your preferred Web browser.

You’ll see ads about every 15 minutes while streaming TV stations like ABC News, NBC News, TMZ, and Fubo. Plus, there’s a category exclusively for kids.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit roku.com/whats-on/the-roku-channel
  2. Scroll down to “Free movies, TV and more”
  3. Start watching


The Hallmark Movies NOW streaming service features Hallmark Movies Now Originals as well as movies and series from Hallmark Channel, Hallmark Movies & Mysteries, and Hallmark Hall of Fame that you can’t see anywhere else. Set yourself a reminder to cancel; otherwise you’ll pay $59.99/year or $5.99/mo.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit hmnow.com
  2. Click “Start your free 1 month trial”
  3. Choose the annual or monthly plan
  4. Fill out your credit card info
  5. Click “start membership”


9. Showtime‘s streaming service is free for 30 days.

The Showtime service is regularly $10.99/month, but they’re offering 30 days free right now for access to its popular shows like Homeland, Shameless, and Billions, as well as featured films, documentaries, and sports programs.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit sho.com
  2. Click “start your free trial”
  3. Enter your email address and password
  4. Add your credit card information


10. Get the full library of Amazon Prime Video options for 30 days — or lots of kids programming until further notice.

If you’re not an Amazon Prime member, you can sign up to get a 30-day free trial. Not only will you get perks like Free Two-Day Shipping, but you’ll have access to the vast content available through Prime Video. From originals like The Marvelous Miss Maisel and The Boys to a library of hit movies, there’s lots to love. No other video service comes with these kinds of perks. If you want to keep your Prime membership after 30 days, it costs $12.99/month or $119/year.

Also, Amazon recently made a number of its kids programs available without a Prime membership. Access is free, but you do have to create an Amazon sign-in (no credit card required).

Here’s what you do for the 30-day trial:

  1. Visit the Amazon signup page
  2. Fill in your contact info and credit card number
  3. Head over to Prime Video


11. Watch Netflix for a month at no cost.

If you aren’t yet a member of Netflix, now’s the time, right? And not just because you can watch Netflix with buddies while social distancing. You get 30 days free trial to check out a number of hit and original movies and TV shows. Then it costs $8.99 – $15.99/month depending on the plan you pick.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit netflix.com/signup
  2. Enter an email address and password
  3. Add your credit card information


12. It’s free to enjoy Hulu‘s library of movies and TV shows for 30 days.

Hulu is best known for its extensive library of TV shows, particularly those on the Fox networks. But lately, the service has added even more value by including a free, live news stream so viewers can keep up with the COVID-19 situation. The regular Hulu plan is $5.99/month after the trial, and the commercial-free version is $11.99/month.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit hulu.com/start
  2. Click “get one month free”
  3. Pick your plan
  4. Enter an email address and password
  5. Add your credit card information


13. History Channel’s History Vault offers a 30-day free trial.

Stream more than 2,000 History Channel documentaries with History Vault, including series about the American Revolution, Biography, Religion, The Civil War, World History, Crime and more. There are also History Channel series, including America’s Book of Secrets, Ancient Impossible, Cities of the Underworld and Hunting Hitler.

History Vault is offering a 30-day free trial; if you want to keep it, the service costs $4.99/month.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit historyvault.com
  2. Create account (credit card number required)
  3. Start watching commercial free


14. Lifetime movies are free for a month with Lifetime Movie Club.

Lifetime channel’s on-demand streaming service, Lifetime Movie Club, is offering a 30-day free trial, offering commercial-free new and classic Lifetime movies. After the trial, the service costs $3.99/month.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit Lifetimemovieclub.com
  2. Create your account (credit card required)
  3. Choose from the more than 2,000 titles and start watching


15. Crackle‘s movie classics are always free (but with lots of ads).

Sony-owned streaming service Crackle is always free, offering thousands of hours of TV shows and movies.

You can access Crackle from your computer, smartphone or smart TV/Roku to watch classic TV shows like 3rd Rock From The Sun, Barney Miller, Hell’s Kitchen, I Dream of Jeannie and more — and a ton of movies like Big Fish, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, Gattaca and more Sony-owned titles.

Be advised: There’s not much for kids here, and there are a lot of ads.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit Crackle.com, get the Crackle app or find the Crackle channel on your smart TV
  2. Create an account (not required, but helpful for watch history)
  3. Choose from the library


16. New mobile-only platform Quibi is free for 14 days.

We talked a whole lot about What Is Quibi, but the important thing to know is this: It’s the newest streaming service on the block, it’s mobile device-only, and after that, it’s just $4.99 a month if you want to keep watching.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Download the Quibi app.
  2. Sign up in the app
  3. Enter payment details (they’ll remind you before the 14 days are up)
  4. Start watching


17. The Criterion Channel is giving away its films for 14 days.

The only two-week free trial we’ve found comes from The Criterion Channel, a service that streams a mix of 1,000+ classic and contemporary films from Hollywood and around the world, as curated by the Criterion Collection organization. After the 2 weeks, Criterion costs just $10.99/month or $99.99/year.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit the Criterion Channel signup page
  2. Enter an email address and password
  3. Add your credit card information


18. MLB TV will be free again for T-Mobile customers.

Starting March 24, T-Mobile customers will get a free annual subscription to Major League Baseball’s MLB TV (reg. $121.99/yr).

There aren’t really any deals for anyone else yet, but you can get a week’s free trial when you sign up for MLB TV. Just make sure you cancel by that 7th day. Or you could just watch classic baseball games on YouTube for free.

RELATED: Free NBA League Pass, NFL Game Pass, & More During Quarantine


19. Free Pluto TV offers MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, and more.

ViacomCBS’s Pluto TV has always been free, but its 200+ channel offerings are as relevant as ever. Pluto TV offers a number of traditional TV channels live, including MTV, Nickelodeon, Comedy Central, Court TV, NASA TV, Sky News, and more.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Download Pluto TV on Chromecast, Roku, Amazon, or Android devices. You can also access Pluto TV by visiting www.pluto.tv on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Choose what looks good — easy as that!


20. Disney+ has a 7-day free trial, in which time you could watch Frozen 2 or Onward.

With everyone at home, Disney bumped up the digital release of the animated sequel three months early. Sign up for the free 7-day trial, which includes Disney, Pixar, Marvel, and Star Wars Films. If you don’t want to pay the $6.99/month for the service, just cancel before the 7 days are up.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit https://www.disneyplus.com/sign-up
  2. Enter an email address and password
  3. Add credit card information and enter to site
  4. Enjoy Frozen II and Onward

Note: Verizon Wireless customers get a year of Disney+ for free.


21. Documentary hub DOX is free for 7 days.

From True Crime to UFOs to Sports to Biographies, DOX has a documentary for just about everything. If you forget to stop your free 7-day trial, don’t freak out; it’s just $2.99/month or $14.99/year.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit doxchannel.com/signup
  2. Enter an email address and password
  3. Add credit card information and enter site


22. Broadway HD lets you watch plays and musicals for 7 days, free.

Broadway HD, which shows filmed stage adaptations of Broadway plays and musicals, introduced a free 7-day trial in the midst of coronavirus quarantine. The service has much-loved shows like Phantom of the Opera, Cats, and Les Miserables. If you want to keep it after 7 days, Broadway HD costs $8.99/month or $99.99/year.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit broadwayhd.com and click “subscribe now”
  2. Enter your email address, password, and billing information
  3. Begin watching musicals on your computer, smartphone, or streaming device (Roku, FireTV, etc.)


23. Tubi offers free access to 20,000 movies.

Another free, ad-supported service, Tubi carries thousands of movies and TV shows from Paramount Pictures, MGM, Lionsgate, Warner Bros., and Universal Pictures. From blockbusters like Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles to cult classics like The Naked Gun, there’s a lot to choose from.

Here’s what to do:

  1. Download Tubi on Playstation 3, Playstation 4, Xbox One, Chromecast, Roku, Amazon, or Android devices. You can also access Tubi by visiting tubitv.com on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Pick a show and start watching.


New York’s The Metropolitan Opera has canceled the rest of its season in light of coronavirus, but opera fans will still have access to stream performances every night via the Met’s website. Carmen, La Boheme, Tristan and Isolde, and many more have been on the schedule.

The Met also has a subscription service called Met Opera On Demand, which offers access to their entire library of recorded operas for $4.99/month (with a 7-day free trial).

Here’s what you do:

  1. Visit www.metopera.org
  2. Scroll until you find the “Nightly Opera Stream”
  3. Click “Watch Now” on the current offering


25. PBS shows and documentaries are always free.

The PBS video app is free public TV that can be downloaded to any device. From hit PBS Kids shows to a library of award-winning Ken Burns documentaries, there’s plenty of valuable free content to consume here.

Here’s what you do:

  1. Download PBS on Ruku, Amazon, Apple, Chromecast, or Android devices. You can also access PBS by visiting pbs.org on Chrome, Safari, or Firefox.
  2. Choose what looks good, easy as that!


Other 7-day trials worth mentioning:

  • Apple TV+ offers original programming: $4.99/month after trial
  • Starz has popular shows including Outlander, High Town, and Boss, as well as movies: $8.99/month after trial
  • CBS All Access offers broadcast and original shows: $5.99/month after trial
  • AMC Premiere has The Walking Dead, Better Call Saul, and other hit shows: $4.99/month after trial.
  • Starz has premium original content: $8.99/month after trial
  • Epix has thousands of hours of movies and TV: $5.99/month after trial
  • Sundance Now has indie films, documentaries and more: $6.99/month after trial
  • Urban Movie Channel offers Black-oriented films & TV: $4.99/month after trial
  • A&E Crime Central has classic crime serries and specials: $4.99/month after trial
  • PureFlix has faith-based, family-friendly content: $12.99/month after trial
  • Acorn TV streams British TV shows: $6/month after trial
  • Shudder is a horror-only streamer: $4.75/month after trial
  • Fubo offers live sports and TV channels: $54.99/month after trial
  • YouTube TV also has local and cable channels: $49.99/month after trial
  • Philo offers live and on-demand movies and TV: $20/month after trial
  • Smithsonian Channel Plus has a vast library of documentaries: $4.99/month after trial
  • Cinemax offers 7 days free via Hulu, Apple TV and Amazon: $9.99/month after trial


BONUS: Look out for NBC’s Peacock service is going live July 15.

NBCUniversal has given Comcast cable customers a sneak peek of its streaming service, Peacock, but for the rest of us, it’s going to be a three-month wait. Peacock was originally going to kick off April 15, but now is going live July 15.

The ad-supported content will be free to all users, and will include hit NBC shows like Parks & Recreation, big-time movies like Jurassic Park, access to NBC News and The Tonight Show, and a bunch of new original shows.

There is an ad-free tier for $4.99/month, but if commercials don’t bug you, enjoy the offerings.

HBO Max is coming at the end of May.