Downloads, DVDs and streaming – here are the best TV and movie deals to help you enjoy a cheap night in!
I’ve hunted out ongoing offers, the best prices to buy DVDs and any short-lived deals.
Cheap movie rental vouchers and offers
Here’s my guide to the cheapest ways to rent movies, including how to get them by post. Below are any current deals I spot.
Amazon Instant Video
You have a month to start watching rentals, and then 48 hours once you first press play.
£1.99 new releases for Prime members
Amazon often has new rentals for £1.99 if you’re with Prime. You’ve 30 days to start watching the film.
in 2019 Chili has had lots of offers, I assume to help build up a customer base. Rentals last for 28 days before expiring, or 48 hours once you start watching.
Money off codes
Most months, Chili has a code that’ll get you 50% off up to two rentals or purchases, or something similar. I’ll post here when I spot these.
Free rental via Snatch app (*May have ended)
If you are able to claim this offer still, please let me know as I since I’ve done it myself there’s no way to check it’s still active!
A game called Snatch, a bit like Pokemon Go, is giving away a free Chili rental when people sign up and go through “training”. It launched last week and I signed up to give it a go. It took a couple of minutes to download it to my phone, set it up and complete the tasks required. And once finished, and I opened my parcel, I had a £5.49 credit to use at Chili. You need to add it to your Chili account within a few days, but it remains valid on there until the of the year.
There’s the potential for more prizes, including additional free rentals if you then continue to play the game where you need to collect and then protect virtual parcels. These parcels open after six hours, and you’ll get your reward. However, having tried this for a week, and collected or snatched 73 parcels, I only got one other rental. And all the other offers I got were very poor indeed. So I’m not going to carry on. However, these could improve as time goes on, so let me know in the comments if you have any success.
Free credit on Vodafone
If you have Vodafone’s VeryMe loyalty app there is often a credit or offer for a rental or sometimes £10 to spend on a selection of movies. These have been less frequent since September. Here’s more about VeryMe and how anyone can get it.
Free rental every month with Times+
Subscribers to the Times newspaper’s digital service can get various freebies, including a free Rakuten rental every month. You actually get 350 points, worth £3.50, so that won’t fully cover HD movies and some new releases. There’s usually either a one month free or three months for £3 trial of Times+. Make sure you cancel before it renews at full price (be warned this has to be done on the phone and can take 10 minutes!).
Google Play offers are few and far between nowadays, but it’s worth keeping an eye on your account for special promos.
iTunes / Apple Video
If you choose to rent or buy via iTunes then check out the latest iTunes discount codes and offers.
Streaming deals and free trials
Good movie choices are pretty limited on, but Netflix in particular has some great TV. You can get a 30 day free trial for Netflix & Amazon Prime and a 14 day trial for NOW TV. I’ve compared the different services in my blogpost Nothing on TV? How to choose between Netflix, Amazon Prime and Now TV.
NOW TV deals
I love NOW TV, particularly if you want Sky Atlantic but don’t want Sky. There are often some great deals on its streaming packages.
There are three pricing options for Netflix: £5.99, £8.99 and £11.99. You can no longer get a free trial.
It’s harder to save with Netflix, but there are a few deals, which I’ve listed on this page.
Apple TV +
You can get a 7-day free trial of Apple TV +, and it’s then £4.99 a month. It might also be possible to get an annual subscription for £50 once you’ve finished your free trial.
On launch there won’t be full seasons to watch with episodes released every week. This means it’s best to wait until a season is fully available before signing up.
There’s also a free 12 month trial for people who buy a new iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Mac or Apple TV. These are all very expensive so only buy them if you were planning on anyway, not just to get the year of Apple TV +. You’ll have three months to activate the trial after purchase, or 1st November, whichever is later. I’ve got a new iPhone so I’m going to wait until the end of January to activate my membership and ensure I’ve more to watch and longer to watch it.
The new streaming service from ITV and the BBC costs £5.99 a month It’ll mainly have old programmes from these broadcasters though there will be some original programming too.
Six months free if you’re with EE
From March 13th 2020 anyone who has a pay monthly mobile or tablet SIM (so not PAYG) can claim six months of EE for free.
30 day free trial for all
Everyone else can try BritBox for free for 30-days.
Free 30 days of classic, cult, arthouse and European cinema
You can get a 30-day trial of each of these two new movie streaming services. Both have cult, classic and European cinema.
Eurosport streaming deals
It’s possible to watch Eurosport online without an annual subscription or service like Sky or Virgin.
Free 7-day trial with Amazon
There’s a free seven-day trial of the online Eurosport Player. To get this trial you also need to be an Amazon Prime member – but that too comes with a free-trial lasting 30-days.
Follow the links below to sign up.
Month pass for £6.99
If you don’t want to sign up for Amazon, you can buy a month pass direct with Eurosport. This costs £6.99. Cancel before it ends if you don’t want to carry on for another month.