Yes, you can get 8 months of free streaming – here’s how
Even though many services have dropped or halved their free trial period, you could still stream a good proportion of the year at no cost.
Of late, a lot of streaming services have made changes to their free trials.
All these changes mean that Aussies have lost about a quarter of free days available for streaming over the year.
Finder's analysis in 2022 showed its database had 345 days worth of free streaming trials. However, as of October 2023 that figure stands at 256 days, or roughly 8 months.
That means Australians have lost 89 days of streaming content for free.
Despite the drop though, things aren't as grim and you can still get 8 months of free streaming to paid services. Let's get into the how.
How to get free entertainment streaming right now
The most generous streaming free trials remain with Stan and Prime Video, with each giving 30 days to test out their service.
Foxtel Now has cut its 10-day free trial altogether.
Other general streaming services will give you a maximum of 7 days free.
|Service||Free Trial Period||Recent new releases|
|Prime Video||30 days||Gen V, The Continental|
|Stan||30 days||The Walking Dead: Daryl Dixon, C*A*U*G*H*T|
|BINGE||7 days||Our Flag Means Death season 2, Taskmaster (UK) season 16|
|Paramount Plus||7 days||Bargain, Louis Tomlinson: All Of Those Voices|
|Apple TV Plus||7 days||The Super Models, Morning Wars season 3|
|AMC Plus||7 days||Lodge 49, Cooper's Bar|
|MGM||7 days||Stanley & Iris, Back To School|
|Lionsgate Plus||7 days||St Vincent, Scream 4|
Free streaming days so far: 102
- Keep in mind Some streaming services such as MGM or Lionsgate Plus are only available as a Prime Video channel. You'll need to have an active Prime subscription to be able to access them.
Free trials for niche streaming services
General entertainment streaming services have TV shows and movies that cover most interests, but niche streaming services only focus on 1 style or genre of programming.
If that sounds right up your alley, then you'll be able to take advantage of even more free trials that'll last between 1-2 weeks.
Luckily, the services we're just about to mention haven't been impacted by recent changes to free trials.
|Service||Free Trial Period||Genre|
|Britbox||7 days||British TV and movies|
|Acorn TV||7 days||British TV and movies|
|Love Nature||7 days||Nature documentaries|
|Rialto||7 days||Indie film|
Free streaming days so far: 228
Free trials for sports streaming
Sports enthusiast have been hit hardest by changes to free trials.
NFL Game Pass used to have a regular free trial and even though they might bring it back as a special offer, it's no longer a constant feature.
Alongside that, some services such as Golf TV no longer exist in Australia.
Finder's database shows there are now only 4 sports streaming services that offer free trials and that too for just 7 days.
|Service||Free Trial Period||Sports/Leagues|
|beIN SPORTS CONNECT||7 days||Tennis, European football leagues|
|FITE Plus||7 days||Boxing, MMA, wrestling|
|AEW Plus||7 days||AEW|
|NBA League Pass||7 days||NBA|
Total free streaming days: 256
Check our our full guide to streaming free trials in Australia.