Have you cut the cable cord or just need some new things to watch? Almost every streaming service has a free trial and some streaming services are just available for free in entirety! From the major streaming services to premium cable add-ons to niche services, here are 16 of them that you can utilize for free during the coronavirus outbreak:

Black Streaming Services

1. Urban Movie Channel

The AMC Networks-owned streaming service that was founded by BET founder Robert L. Johnson is the home of a lot of original programming as well as the streaming home to a lot of classics. You can get a 30-day free trial by using the code UMCFREE30,

Notable programming: All of Us, Harlem Nights, Black Love 

2. Brown Sugar

Brown Sugar is a niche streaming service featuring iconic blaxploitation films, classic Black movies and Bounce TV original programming. By signing up, you can get a 7-day free trial.

Notable programming: Foxy Brown, The Women of Brewster Place

3. BET+

Launched last year, BET+ includes original programming from BET, as well as original programming. It is also the exclusive streaming home to all works from Tyler Perry. New users get a 7-day free trial.

Notable programming: Bigger, First Wives Club, All of Tyler Perry’s stage plays, movies and television series.

Major Streamers

4. Netflix

New Netflix subscribers get 30 days for free, just be sure to cancel before those 30 days are over. The streaming service will remind you three days before the trial is over.

Notable new programming: On My Block season 3, Gentefied, Self Made: Inspired by the Life of Madam C.J. Walker 

5. Hulu

Not only new users, but some eligible returning users can get an entire month of Hulu free, with or without ads! If you decide to stay on longer, you can bundle it with Disney+ or ESPN.

Notable programming: Little Fires Everywhere, High Fidelity, Wu-Tang: An American Saga

6. Disney+

Disney+ doesn’t have a free trial available but there are eligible people who can get it for free. If you have a Verizon unlimited wireless plan or a FiOS subscriber, you can get an entire year of Disney+ for free.

Notable nostalgic programming: Smart Guy, That’s So Raven, Up, Up and Away

7. Apple TV+

If you’ve purchased a new Apple product, you can get an entire year of Apple TV+ for free. If that doesn’t apply to you, then there is still the 7-day free trial.

Notable programming: See, Amazing Stories, Visible: Out on Television

8. CBS All Access

Offering original content as well as content from the broadcast network, CBS All Access has a 7-day free trial available.

Notable programming: The Twilight Zone, The Good Fight; through CBS: God Friended Me, Evil, All Rise 

9. Quibi

Quibi doesn’t launch until April 6, but if you are interested, go ahead and sign up now and you’ll get 3 months free.

Notable upcoming programming: Punk’d, Elba vs. Block, #FreeRayShawn  

Premium Cablers

10. HBO Now

No cable needed! Check out everything on HBO by using HBO now with a 7-day free trial.

Notable programming: Watchmen, Euphoria, Native Son

11. Showtime

Showtime is actually offering a median in between the 7-day free trial and 30-day ones. The premium cable is has a 2-week free trial that you can cancel anytime.

Notable programming: The Chi, Black Monday 

Major Networks

12. The CW / The CW Seed

No tricks, this is free without any sort of subscription! The CW is known for having the most recent 5 episodes of all of its series available on its free app. CW Seed, which features all of the network’s vintage programming, is also free.

Notable programming: All of The CW’s current programming and older shows like Girlfriends, The Game 

Other alternatives

13. Kanopy

Stream classic works of cinema and indie films with Kanopy. It is completely free with a library card in many cities.

Notable films: 72 A24 films, including Moonlight

14. Sling TV

Sling TV is an alternative to conventional live television. You can use it to essentially build your own cable service with what you want to watch. There are several options to try sling for free, including if you are an Amazon Fire TV Stick user.

15. Vudu

Owned by Walmart, Vudu is a free streaming service that has all sorts of films and shows–and it is completely free with ads.

Notable films: Southside With You, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, Enough, Out of Time 

16. Tubi

Tubi has thousands of films and shows available to watch, completely for free!

Notable programming: Degrassi, In Too Deep, Jason’s Lyric



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