Discounts and freebies from streaming services

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Get a big discount on Paramount+

CBS All Access is getting rebranded as Paramount+ on March 4, and there is currently a 50% discount if you sign up for 12 months. That drops the price to $30/year, which is the lowest price of any major streaming service.

When signing up online, use the code PARAMOUNTPLUS to get your discount.


Apple TV+ extends its free access period

If you bought an Apple product in the past year, there’s a good chance it came with a free period for the Apple TV+ streaming service. For most people, that was due to expire in February.

Good news … Apple extended this service for free until July. With the service priced at $5/month, that’s a $50 value to you.

To find out if this applies to you, use your iPhone or iPad that has the same user ID as your Apple TV+ service. On the mobile device go to Settings > Your Name > Subscriptions and you’ll see the new end date.


IMDb TV app on Roku has free movies and shows

Amazon owns the IMDb TV service and has it tightly wound into Amazon Prime Video. It’s a challenge to find the IMDb content … until now.

The new IMDb TV app on Roku devices now offers quick and free access to many popular movies and shows that can’t be found anywhere else. These include full seasons of LOST, Mad Men, Unsolved Mysteries, and many more. Here’s a full list.

To find the app on your Roku, go to Search or browse through Streaming Channels.


Other on-going deals

  • Disney + / Hulu Live / ESPN + bundle for $13/month
  • Amazon Video is included with an annual Amazon Prime membership. That’s a $13 value.
  • HMO Max is $70 for 6 months when you pre-pay. That’s about 20% off.
  • Hulu (without live) is $6/month. This is a great deal if you just want access to the original shows on Hulu.


Free Trial Periods

There are free trial periods for just about any streaming service that last from a week to a month. (Though not for Netflix!) Simply sign up, mark your calendar for the end date of the trial period, and then watch the service. If you like it, keep it. If not, simply cancel online. There’s no hassle to cancel. It’s more like pausing the service. They’ll welcome you back when you want to watch the service again.

Free Services (ad-supported)

There are many free, ad-supported services that feature all kinds of programming … live tv, movies, series, originals, you name it. But they all differ, so it’s worth experimenting. Here are some of the most popular.


Older Apple TV devices will drop YouTube

If you have an older Apple TV, the YouTube app will stop working starting in March. (Note, this is the YouTube app, not the YouTube TV app, which has never worked on these older devices because they don’t have the App store.)

This applies to the Apple TV model with the silver remote, also known as the 3rd generation models released in 2012.

Currently, Apple TVs show this message :

Starting early March, the YouTube app will no longer be available on Apple TV (3rd generation). You can still watch YouTube on Apple TV 4K, Apple TV HD, iPhone, or iPad. With AirPlay, you can also stream YouTube from your iOS device directly to any Apple TV (3rd generation or later).