While movies likeand Minions: The Rise of Gru might have people visiting the theater in droves, going the TV streaming route is still a great way to have fun. Although you may be considering a to cut down on expenses, this can also be a good time to try out a new service. But how can you save money without missing a TV show, sporting event, or new movie?
Many of these streaming platforms, including, , and Peacock are doing business. Some services are offering direct discounts to customers whether you are a new or recurring subscriber. Meanwhile, students get Hulu cheap and people who buy new get three months of HBO Max. Depending on the streaming platform you have your eye on, there could be a good deal out there.
Let’s break down the best streaming service deals available right now.
Amazon has sounded the alarm for a number of Prime Day deals ahead of its official July 12-13 launch, and that includes savings for Prime Video channels. Sign up to a streaming service like Paramount Plus, Showtime, Starz, Discovery Plus or Noggin for just 99 cents a month for up to two months.
Open to new and current Prime members, the limited-time offer expires July 13. For a complete list of each channel you can get with the special discount, visit Amazon’s Prime Video page.
Are you looking for a live TV streaming option? Sling is offering a discount on its three limited-time TV packages, giving viewers access to live channels and on-demand shows and movies.
New subscribers who sign up for Sling Orange ($35), Sling Blue ($35) or Sling Orange + Blue ($50) will receive 50% off their first month, reducing the price to $17.50 or $25. After the offer expires, you will be charged the normal rate of a monthly subscription, but you can always check out Sling Free.
Home to P-Valley, Outlander and Power, Starz is offering its subscription for $3 a month for six months. Streaming customers typically pay $9 monthly, resulting in a total savings of $36. This deal excludes the free trial, but new and past users of the Starz app can register on Starz.com. Viewers can watch the catalog of originals, TV shows and movies on demand, including Gaslit, Ghostbusters: Afterlife and, later this summer, Spider-Man: No Way Home.
Paramount Plus offers a 25% student discount on its $5 per month Essential Plan, valid for four years, regardless of whether you graduate early. Offer cannot be applied to your Premium Plan or to subscribers who were purchased on the now discontinued Commercial Limited plan.
The footprint? You must be enrolled in an accredited institution of higher education, Title IV. To apply, Paramount Plus will verify your student credentials through a third party. The discount is good for eligible students with new or existing accounts. Those with existing Premium Plan subscriptions have the option to cancel and switch to the Essential plan to receive the special offer.
Paramount Plus typically costs $10 a month for its commercial-free offering (and included on CBS Live), while its Essential plan costs $5 a month. Anyone’s one-year prepayment can effectively net you two months free, with the ad-free version costing $100 per year (a $20 savings) and the ad-supported tier costing $50 (a $50 savings). $10).
At $14 per month, the Disney package saves you $5 per month over the cost of separate subscriptions to Disney Plus, ESPN Plus, and Hulu, which is basically the same as getting ESPN Plus for free.
If you already have a Hulu or ESPN account, you will need to combine your accounts on your desktop.
If you have a Hulu plan that doesn’t include the Disney Bundle, you may be eligible to get Disney Plus for $3 a month. Hulu billing subscribers can select Disney Plus as an add-on to the reduced rate by visiting the account page.
This discount applies to the $7 ad-supported Hulu Basic plan and the $13 ad-free version. Check your account details to determine if you already have access to Disney Plus and to see if you are being billed by a third party. Go to the Manage Add-ons section of your account page and select Disney Plus. There is currently no expiration date for this offer.
If you were on the fence about trying out HBO Max and are in the market for a new streaming device, Google has a new deal for you. The search giant has a new bundle that combines its Chromecast with Google TV and three months of ad-free HBO Max for $65. With the device usually costing $50 on its own and ad-free HBO Max costing $15 per month, this deal saves you $30 — the equivalent of two free months of HBO Max.
The Google Store deal will be available until December 31, 2022, although you’ll need to be new to HBO Max to take advantage of it.
In addition to getting Hulu in the Verizon bundle, there are a few ways to save money on Disney’s other streaming service.
Students will want to check out Spotify’s Premium Student offer, which combines Spotify Premium, Hulu’s ad-supported plan, and Showtime for $5 a month. Altogether, the package would save you nearly $22 a month. You must be a student over 18 who is “enrolled in a US Title IV accredited college or university” to qualify, and Spotify works with a third party called SheerID to verify that you are eligible.
You will need to check eligibility every 12 months, with the offer available for a total of four years. Full details can be found on Spotify’s website.
College students who don’t want the Spotify and Showtime package can get ad-supported Hulu for $2 a month. Hulu also uses SheerID to verify eligibility, with more details available on the Hulu website.
Comcast, owner of Peacock and its parent company NBCUniversal, includes a $5 per month Peacock Premium subscription for all Xfinity Flex users, as well as its Xfinity X1 and Video customers who subscribe to at least Xfinity Internet or Internet Digital Starter TV and Television Packages. More details can be found on the Peacock website.
Cable company Cox is also giving away the $5 per month Peacock Premium subscription to those who have Cox Internet with a Contour TV Essential plan or higher. Those with Cox Internet and a Contour Stream Player or Contour TV Starter subscription can “enjoy a limited-time preview” of Peacock Premium “at no additional cost.” Full details can be found on the Cox website.
If you don’t have Cox or Comcast, you can get an annual Peacock subscription for $50 a year for ad-supported Premium or $100 a year for ad-free Premium Plus.
Like Comcast and Cox, Charter is giving some of its home TV users up to a year of Peacock Premium free. The cable company, which owns Spectrum, now includes the year of free service with “most” of its cable TV plans. (It says: “Offer availability and content availability may vary by region.”) Cord-cutters who only own Spectrum Internet can get 90 days free of Peacock Premium.
If you are already paying for Peacock Premium, you will need to un-bille your account and re-enroll by linking your Spectrum account. It’s also worth noting that after those 12 months, or 90 days for home internet users, you’ll automatically be billed at the streaming service’s regular $5 per month rate unless you cancel.