Money Hack: Stave off holiday boredom with free streaming trials

Angus Kidman 30 December 2017

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Fancy a month of free streaming TV? Here's how to do it.

Summer holidays are great. Summer holiday TV is not great. You can't watch Big Bash 24 hours a day, and all the marquee broadcast shows like My Kitchen Rules are being held off until the official ratings season begins in late January.

It's especially challenging if you're trying to keep younger kids entertained over the school break. But there is a way to avoid a dystopian future with the same Peppa Pig DVD on endless repeat: sign up for a streaming TV service. The handy part is that you can do that without even having to pay.

The hack

All of the major streaming services – Netflix, Stan, Foxtel Now and Amazon Prime – offer a free trial when you first sign up. So you can pick any (or all) of those services and watch them without paying a red cent.

Just be sure to make a note on your calendar and cancel the service the day before the trial is due to expire, otherwise you'll end up paying. (You have to supply credit card details to sign up for any of these trials.)

Of particular note right now is Foxtel Now, which has extended its usual free trial from two weeks to a month. That gives you enough viewing to last through until Australia Day. The offer is running until 10 January, so get in quick if you want to give it a whirl and binge on a few shows before the new year really gets going.


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