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Top Streaming Platform Trials To Check Out

With the recent circumstances, many of us have found ourselves with a lot more time on our hands. Whether it be shopping, gardening or gaming, after a busy day we all love to sit down at some point and chill in front of the tv. Bearing that in mind, I have put together a small list of trials for streaming platforms you might want to check out. Whether you are into anime, horror or period dramas, there will be something for all.

This list will include both big-name platforms that you may have heard of before, such as Netflix. And smaller, lesser-known platforms that you might just be coming across for the first time. If there are any (non-pornographic) channels or platforms, you think others might like, please drop them in a comment below.

7 Day Trials

Disney Plus - Disney Plus (aka Disney +) is a Disney owned and operated streaming platform that has content from not only Disney but also Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and National Geographic in the form of documentaries, tv-series and films. One thing to be aware of is even though they have some aspects of say, Marvel, there are still big chunks of said franchise missing, such as the Spiderman films, as the rights to these are currently owned by other streaming platforms or companies.

You can check the trial out here.

Hulu + Live TV - In addition to the Hulu description below, there is a second package called Hulu + Live TV that grants you access to everything listed below. But also over sixty live and on-demand tv channels, the ability to record live tv and many other perks.

You can check the trial out here.

Now TV - Comprised of three separate packages, all of which are available to trial for 7 days, Now TV is composed of films, tv-series and a dedicated kids pass too - containing cartoons and entertainment geared more towards a younger audience. Some of the boasting points from the Now TV platform are their 300 on-demand box-sets, 11 live tv channels and the rights to stream channels such as Cartoon Network, Nickelodeon, Sky Atlantic and Sky One to name but a few.

You can check the trial out here.

14 Day Trials

Crunchyroll - With a mix of the original audio, English audio and dubbed anime, Crunchyroll is an anime fanatic's heaven with a vast catalogue of shows, from Attack on Titan to Fairy Tail. Girl May Kill to Devils' Lane. Crunchyroll also boasts a simulpub (simultaneously published) system where it has new anime episodes available to stream only one hour after they have been aired in Japan.

You can check the trial out here.

Funimation - Available as an add-on for Amazon Prime Video or as a direct subscription, Funimation is a competitor for Crunchyroll and hosts a vast catalogue of anime that has to be seen to be believed. One of the main differences between the Amazon Prime Video add-on though, and the direct subscription is when comparing the two, the direct subscription not only has a lot more content available. But the episodes are also up to date (whereas some countries may find a direct subscription and Amazon Prime Video subscription are missing episodes. For example, in the UK, only 77 of the 88 My Hero Academia season 04 episodes have been released on Amazon to date). As with Crunchyroll, Funimation also boasts an array of simuldub series that are translated into English and published quicker than other streaming platforms - to western viewers. Once they have been released in Japan.

You can check the trial out here.

30 Day Trials

Amazon Prime Video - Having taken over and expanded on the success of Lovefilm, Amazon Prime Video is a vast assortment of tv series, films and documentaries from multiple genres. In addition to what they have on offer as part of their package, you can also pre-order the latest release films (paid for separately) and even stream new cinema releases like Bloodshot.

You can check the trial out here.

Hulu - Hulu would be best described as an up and coming rival to both Amazon Prime Video and Netflix when taking into account the sheer scope of content available, from tv series to films from multiple different genres. In addition to the inclusive content, it also has additional ‘add-ons’ which are channels you can pay for alongside your initial subscription after the trial expires. These include things like Cinemax, Showtime, Starz and HBO.

You can check the trial out here.

Netflix - Netflix will need little to no introduction as one of the largest streaming platforms for content from all genres. Whether it be a documentary from South America, a Korean zombie action horror drama or the latest episode of Stranger Things, Netflix has you covered.

You can check the trial out here.

Shudder - Available as an add-on for Amazon Prime Video or as a direct subscription, Shudder has been described as an over-the-top one-stop shop for all things horror. Whether it be new and old horror films, indie horror series or documentaries on the development of the horror genre - it is a horror fan's fantasy land of blood, guts, gore and things that go bump in the night.

You can check the trial out here.

Starz - Available as an add-on for Amazon Prime Video or as a direct subscription, Starz is a streaming platform that boasts an exceptional array of content, from exclusive series like Pennyworth: DC Origins, High Town and Vida.To popular movies (like Venom, The Equalizer 2 and Zombieland Double Tap) and tv series.

You can check the trial out here.

Thank you very much for taking the time to read this far, and I hope that you find something that piqued your interest. For now, though, I am off to go partake of some anime myself, so have a great day.


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