Mr. Robot. Breaking Bad. Game of Thrones. As people become more aware of their finances and, for many, staying in becomes the new going out, so TV is becoming the new film. Episodes of television shows are becoming more groundbreaking, more cinematic, more thought provoking than many films, especially when the multiplex schedules are crammed for years to come with Superhero movies and reboots.
However, the sites that stream these great shows cost money, and unless you’re loaded it’s not possible to subscribe to them all. Below, I will talk you through how to watch them all for free – legally I might add – and you’ll never miss out on a watercooler moment again!
A caveat – these sites will ask for your card details so they can bill you when your free trials end. Make sure you add a reminder to your phone or calendar to prompt you to cancel before the month is up! The majority of shows are released all at once instead of episode by episode, so don’t sign up to them all at once, spread them out to allow you time to binge watch the box sets!
Netflix is going from strength to strength with its original programming, including shows like Orange is the New Black, House of Cards and The Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt. You can get a free one month trial by signing up on their website.
Now TV gives you access to the majority of Sky channels, and you can choose which package you sign up to (Entertainment, Cinema, Kids or Sports) at varying prices. You can get a 14 day free trial of any of the packages from their website, and if you go through Quidco there are varying levels of cashback that could then pay for your first month’s paid subscription (with cashback sites always make sure you can afford the payment as your cashback is not 100% guaranteed and you won’t be paid it for a few months).
Amazon Prime’s original programmes include The Man in the High Castle, Mozart in the Jungle and their new fashion drama The Collection; you can also watch Mr Robot, The Walking Dead and loads more. You can sign up to a 30 day trial on their website, or if you’re a student with an @ac.uk email address you can get a 6 month membership free.
There are plenty of shows to be watched for free on YouTube and there’s are some great lists of some of the best over on the Telegraph‘s website and on Ranker.com. Personally we like it for shows like Battle for Dream Island and Muffalo Potato, both of which our son absolutely loves.
Hayu offers the freshest Reality shows express from the US, Box Sets and is the go to place for your reality TV fix. You can get a one month trial directly from their website. There is also £5 cashback available on Quidco but it’s unclear as to whether this will be paid out for just the free trial; however a monthly subscription is £3.99 so even taking it out for an additional month could put you in profit.