Top 10 Streaming Services with FREE Trials in the UK

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Even if the Netflix free trial UK has stopped, not all is lost. Lots of free streaming services are available in the UK either as a trial or in unlimited form. From big names like Amazon Prime to more niche options, you can find free streaming services and trials ranked in our Top 10 free streaming list below. Whether you are looking for the latest series or you're more of a film buff, you can stream for free.


Here we list the top 10 TV and movie streaming services that are free or have free trials, including how long the trial lasts and the price of the service afterwards (just in case you get hooked).

Top 10 Free Streaming Services and Trials

Take a look and find what catches your fancy from our exclusive Top 10 ranking for free streaming services and trials for your TV today. You will find some household names but also some lesser known services that are still well worth looking into.

Top 10 Free TV Streaming Options
Streaming Service Length of free trial Credit/debit
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Automatic renewal How do you cancel? More Info
Amazon Prime Free Trial 30 days     Manage Your Prime Membership → cancel/do not continue with subscription. Free for a year here
Rakuten TV Free Streaming Unlimited     Just need your email to open a free account → you only pay for paid rentals. Free rentals remain free Get it on your TV
Disney Plus UK Free Trial 7 days     Account → Billing Details → Cancel Subscription Get free trial
Apple TV+ 7 days
 
(connected to Apple ID)
  Users & Accounts → Account → Subscription → Manage Apple TV+ subscription → Cancel Get free trial
NOW 7 days     My Account → My Passes → Cancel Pass on the appropriate Pass (each Pass needs to cancelled separately) NOW guide
Britbox 30 days     Account → Subscription and Billing → Manage → Cancel Subscription Get free trial
Mubi 7 days     Account → Billing and Payment → Subscriptions → Cancel Subscription Get free trial!
Nebula app 7 days     Account → Billing → Cancel Subscription Check it out
TV Player One month     Account → Billing → Cancel Subscription Get free trial
Acorn TV 30 days     My Acorn TV → Manage Account → Cancel Get free trial

Prices and Details last updated on 29/04/2021. These prices and details are provided for illustrative purposes only. UPDATE 29/04/2021: Removed Quibi due to service closing, removed National Theatre At Home due to free offer ending. Added Rakuten TV, added Nebula.

Below you will be able to find out more about what you get out of each free streaming trial or option. This ranking will be kept updated as new offers and free streaming deals pop up.

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1. Amazon Prime Video Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? 30 days

Everyone knows they can get a 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime, but did you know that this includes Prime Video? Sign up for a free Prime trial and you automatically get free access to the thousands of movies and TV shows on Prime Video. This includes access to award-winning Amazon Originals, such as The Man in the High Castle and The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel - with 30 days, we are sure you binge-watch at least one!

After the 30 days, your membership will automatically renew at £7.99 a month, or you can opt for a year membership at £79. As well as Prime Video, this price includes all the other benefits that come with Amazon Prime, such as free shipping, fast delivery, and access to other Prime services e.g. Prime Music and the Kindle Lending Library. If you want the video streaming service without the added benefits of Prime, you can subscribe to just Prime Video for £5.99 a month.

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You can cancel your free trial before it ends and still access the services until the end of the 30 days, e.g. cancel it on day 15 and you still have access to the benefits until day 30! Cancellations are managed in your Amazon account under Manage your Prime Membership.

2. Rakuten TV Free Streaming

How long is the free trial period? Unlimited

Rakuten TV is a little different from the other streaming services on this list. Its main purpose is to let you rent films old and new on a one by one basis. Instead of paying for a monthly membership, you only pay for rentals that cost money.

Having said that, Rakuten TV also offers free rentals in its library and there's a surprising amount of them to choose from. To enjoy the free rentals, all you need to do is sign up for an account with your email. No credit card or monthly payments are needed, which is refreshing.

3. Disney Plus UK Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? 7 days

Launched in 2020 in the UK and Ireland, Disney+ is packed full of great entertainment. From old-school classics to new, original content, there is something for everyone, including the complete Star Wars and Marvel collections, live-action remakes of popular animated films, documentaries, Disney TV series and more.

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Create a Disney Plus account to get your 7 day free trial. After this, you can opt for a monthly subscription at £7.99 a month, or pay £79.99 for a full year’s access. The service can be watched on up to four devices at the same time, so no arguing about what to watch next!

4. Apple TV+ Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? 7 days

As the name suggests, Apple TV+ is Apple’s contribution to worldwide streaming services. Unlike other popular streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video, Apple TV+ only shows original series and films. This does mean the choice is more limited right now, but it has partnered up with some big Hollywood names, such as Oprah Winfrey and Steven Speilberg, to ensure top-quality entertainment is created.

The service is available through the Apple TV app, smart TVs and Amazon Fire, as well as online at tv.apple.com. When you sign up, you get a 7 day free trial before the service costs £4.99 a month.

Apple TV+ comes free for a year when you purchase a new Apple device (e.g. Mac, iPhone, iPad), and comes free of charge with the Apple Student Music Plan.

5. NOW Free Trials

How long is the free trial period? 7 days

A streaming platform offering a lot content from Sky, NOW gives you access to live TV, movies and on-demand box sets, including Sky original content and US shows. With 4 main subscriptions to choose from, you can mix and match to create a plan that best suits your TV tastes.

Customers get a 7 day free trial of three of the main TV Passes (Entertainment Pass, Cinema Pass, Kids Pass), and the extra reality TV Pass (hayu Pass), before committing to a monthly subscription. The trials can be taken out all at once or one Pass at a time.

After the free trial, the plan(s) will automatically renew at £3.99 for the Kids and hayu Pass, £11.99 for the Cinema Pass and £8.99 for the Entertainment Pass. Cancellations are managed in the Passes & Vouchers section of your NOW TV account. You will need to set up an account to access the trials. It's worth noting that the Sports pass does not have a free trial but one-day passes instead.

All free trials are also available to existing customers who do not have the given pass e.g. customers on the Entertainment Pass can get a free trial of the Cinema and Kids Pass, and Sport Pass members can access the free trials for all other Passes.

6. Britbox Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? 30 days

Britbox boasts the largest collection of British TV all in one place, so this is the place for fans of British drama, comedy and mystery series! The service is brought to life as a joint venture between the BBC and ITV, including programmes from both channels, as well as content from Channel 4 and Channel 5, and the aim to produce new programmes too.

New customers get a generous one-month free trial (30 days) before being charged £5.99 per month. If you don’t want to continue with your subscription, make sure you cancel it at least 24 hours before the end of your free trial to ensure you don’t get charged.

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7. Mubi Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? 7 days

Mubi is the closest thing to an online cinema: every day a new film becomes available and stays on the site for 30 days. This means it has a constant stream of new films so you can never run out of content to watch. The film serving is incredibly varied, including films from all over the world, indie films, cult classics and award-winning titles; every movie is carefully handpicked by the Mubi curators.

A 7 day free trial is offered to new customers, followed by a monthly subscription of £9.99. As well as watching films online, the service allows you to download films to watch on the go.

8. Nebula App Free Trial

If you like high quality long form content from established YouTube creators, then Nebula might be the streaming service for you. To check out what they have on offer, Nebula has a 7 day free trial.

On Nebula, you can find some pretty unique content like:

  1. TV series lore and backstory deep dives from Alt Shift X.
  2. Documentaries about abandoned theme parks and malls from Bright Sun Films.
  3. Science and engineering advances in plain English thanks to Mustard.

It's something that's arguably a little off the beaten path but well worth trying out, especially if you're prone to falling into YouTube rabbit holes!

9. TV player Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? One month

TV player is slightly different to other streaming services as it gives you access to live TV across more than 40 different channels - including the BBC and ITV channels, Channel 4, Channel 5, E4, Film 4 and the Discovery channel - as well as exclusive on-demand and catch-up TV for certain channels.

The basic plan (which only allows you to watch live TV) is free, while the premium plan (which grants access to more live channels and on-demand options), starts with a one month free trial before costing £6.99 a month.

You will need to have a TV license to watch any of the live TV offered on TV Player, even if you are watching from a laptop, mobile or tablet.

10. Acorn TV Free Trial

How long is the free trial period? 30 days

Acorn TV is a popular streaming service in the USA that launched last year in the UK. It includes a large array of British period drama, comedy, drama and mystery programmes, as well as popular Scandinavian, Australian and Irish shows all in one place. There is also the promise of some original series.

New shows will be added on a weekly basis so you will always have a new series to start. When the service comes to the UK (April 29th), customers will get a full 30 days of free streaming to test the waters. After this, it will cost £4.99 a month or £49.99 for a full year.

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