Money Hack: Stave off holiday boredom with free streaming trials

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

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School holidays are great. Keeping the kids entertained the whole time is not great. Add in the current situation in Australia due to COVID-19 and you're limited to largely keeping inside. That then narrows your choices right down to boardgames, toys, devices or TV streaming.

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 episode of Peppa Pig or Paw Patrol 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

Most of the major streaming services – Stan, Foxtel Now, Prime Video, hayu, 10 All Access – 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.)

Here's the rundown for how long you can enjoy each streaming service for free:

Note: Netflix doesn't currently offer a free trial period in Australia.


30 DAYS FREE: Sign up to Amazon Prime Video's kids free trial today

Prime Video's free 30-day trial gives you instant access to kids' shows and movies like Kung Fu Panda, Madagascar, Spongebob Squarepants and more. T&Cs apply.

10-day free trial of Foxtel Now

No installation and no lock-in contract. New customers only. Sign up now.

Try hayu free for 7 days

Stream over 6,000 episodes of reality TV, including Keeping up with the Kardashians, Below Deck and Real Housewives. Try hayu – subscription required, 7-day free trial, auto-renews to $6.99 per month after unless cancelled.

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