We're several weeks into the #StayAtHome social distancing measures imposed by the government to slow the spread of COVID-19, and it's fair to say that boredom and cabin fever is an issue for many of us.
If you want some entertainment there are lots of ways to get free TV and movies streamed into your own home, whether it's free-to-view options that can be watched on your TV, phone or tablet, or free trials of subscription services like Disney+, NOW TV, Britbox and more.
Here's our guide to getting free TV and movie streaming at home:
Amazon Prime Video: Free Family Shows For All Amazon Customers
If you don't want to sign up for the 30 day free trial of Amazon Prime Video (see below) you can still watch selected family-friendly TV shows for free. To access the free content on Prime Video, you don’t need a Prime membership, just an Amazon account.
A selection of children and family titles are now available free to watch on Prime Video for all Amazon customers, including Amazon Original children shows such as Just Add Magic, Wishenpoof, and Lost in Oz, as well as popular shows including Peppa Pig, Fireman Sam and In The Night Garden.
You can watch Prime Video on compatible smart TVs, Fire TV cube, Fire TV stick, Apple TV, Virgin V6 boxes, TalkTalk, BT, game consoles and mobile devices and tablets.
Amazon Prime Video: 30 Day Free Trial
Amazon Prime Video* have one of the best free trial offers, as you get to try it out for a full 30 days with no charge. After that it will auto-renew at a charge of £7.99 per month, and you can cancel at any time.
You can watch anywhere with your phone, tablet, games consoles, or smart TVs, and it includes thousands of popular TV shows, movies, and new original and exclusive programmes that you can't see anywhere else.
The 30 day Amazon Prime Video trial is part of the Amazon Prime 30 day trial package, so you get all the other benefits at the same time, like one-day delivery on selected items, ad-free music with Amazon Music Unlimited and more.
Britbox: 30 Day Free Trial/ 6 Months FREE for EE customers
If you want to watch the best of British TV the new streaming service Britbox*offers box sets from both the BBC and ITV, with new and classic content. You can sign up for a free 30 day trial, and then charges are £5.99 per month, with no contact, no ads, and you can cancel at any time.
If you are an EE pay monthly customer you can enjoy six months of BritBox for FREE. EE will even cover the cost of the data you use to watch it. After six months is up, the price is just £5.99 a month and you can cancel at any time.
You can get this freebie if you’re on any of the following EE plans: pay monthly, 12-month SIM only, tablet or data SIM plan. You can opt in online via your My EE account, within the free My EE app or by sending a text to 150. It is not available fo business plans. Find out more here*.
Disney +: Free 7 Day Trial / 6 Months Free For O2 Customers
If you're after exclusive Disney content, with classic and new movies and TV shows, Disney+ launched a few days ago in the UK.
If you're lucky enough to be on o2 you could get six months of Disney+ for free if you are a new of upgrading customer. If you’re not ready to upgrade your current O2 plan then there is an option to add it to your current plan for £5.99 a month, and O2 will deduct £2 from your bill each month.
Not with o2? Disney+ are offering a FREE 7 Day Trial, and after than you pay £5.99 per month, or you can get a full 12 month subscription for £59.99 (making it the equivalent of £4.99 per month.)
NOW TV: Free 7 Day Trial
If you don't have NOW TV* yet, or were thinking of an upgrade to the basic package, you could take up one of the free trials that give you 7 days free access to different content. After your 7 day trial you can cancel at any time to avoid subscription charges. Choose from:
- Watch TV series online with Entertainment Pass*: 7 day free trial then Entertainment Pass auto-renews at £8.99 a month, unless cancelled. Cancel anytime.
- Watch movies online with Sky Cinema Pass*: 7 day free trial, then Sky Cinema Pass auto-renews at £11.99 a month unless cancelled. Cancel anytime.
- Watch Kids TV online with NOW TV Kids Pass*: 7 day free trial then Kids Pass auto-renews at £3.99 a month, unless cancelled.
- Stream US reality shows with your NOW TV hayu Pass*: 7 day free trial then hayu Pass auto-renews at £3.99 a month, unless cancelled.
Free To View Catch-Up TV Streaming
As well as free trials of the paid subscription services, there are also lots of streaming services that are permanently free to use to catch-up with recent TV shows. Get the best of the BBC from the last month with BBC iPlayer, use itv Hub to watch ITV's finest or check out the dedicated catch-up services from 4, Channel 5 and more. Most can be watched on a variety or devices, from phones and tablets to smart TVs and laptops.
- Click here to watch BBC iPlayer*
- Click here for itv Hub*
- Click here for All4*
- Click here for My5*
- Click here for UKTV Play*