Where would we be without our Netflix subscriptions? The almighty streaming platform is a content-rich playground of movies, TV shows, stand-up specials, and award-winning original content. While there’s no end to the cinema and quality programming, the sky is also the limit when it comes to the price you pay for the streaming service. Netflix premiums have been steadily increasing every few years. Right now, a high-def plan will run you $13.99/month with 4K streaming available for $17.99/month.
Compared to other content hubs (Hulu, Disney+, Apple TV+), Netflix is one of the most expensive streaming services. Is there a way to cut down on the cost of your Netflix bill? Technically, yes. In this how-to guide, we’ll reveal a few tips and tricks of our own that’ll help you enjoy Netflix content for free (for a while, at least).
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Netflix’s low-cost monthly plan goes for $8.99. For what little you’ll pay with this subscription, you lose out on a few key perks. For one, all the movies and shows you watch will only be in standard definition. Secondly, you can only watch content on one screen at a time. This is where the love of your friends and family comes into play. Hopefully, you’ve been kind to those you hold dear, for if your in-laws are paying for Netflix, there’s a way to share their subscription at no additional cost to you.
Chances are most folks are shelling out at least $13.99/month for their Netflix package. The middle-of-the-road plan lets you watch Netflix on more than one screen, and the $17.99 UHD plan allows for viewing on up to four devices. What we’re getting at is as long as your in-laws share their Netflix login with you, and they’re not watching Netflix on more than one of their own devices, you can use their second (third, or fourth) device for yourself. Better yet, Netflix allows you to create up to five different user profiles, which means on top of free Netflix viewing, you also get your own watchlist and recommendations. Make sure your mother-in-law feels the love next Christmas.
Take advantage of free content
If you’re on the fence about signing up for Netflix, or you want a better idea of exactly what kinds of content the streaming platform offers, Netflix programmers have got you covered. Several Netflix movies and shows are available for free. This benefit only applies to select movies and episodes of TV shows, but it’ll give you a good idea of what Netflix has to offer.
In order to take advantage of the perk, you’ll need access to a computer or Android device. Currently, there’s no iOS browser support for free viewing. The best part about this little gateway into Netflix is that there’s no subscription required. Simply go to netflix.com/watch-free, select a movie or TV episode, and start watching right away.
Make your ISP or carrier work for you
If you’re in the market for a new cell phone plan or internet/cable provider, many providers will offer Netflix for free (for a limited time) to new customers. While you’re technically not getting Netflix for free, as you’re still paying the provider for whatever service they offer, this is still an advantageous way to nab several months of free streaming.
T-Mobile is one such carrier that offers a Netflix perk for new and existing customers. Under the Magenta, Magenta One, and One plan options, T-Mobile will cover a portion of your Netflix bill or the entire cost of your monthly subscription, depending on the tier of cell service you select.
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