Netflix ends free trials in the US after years of giving away first month

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Try it free? Not anymore, apparently.


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Netflix has ended free trials for new customers in the US, after years of giving away the first month of its service free. The streaming service’s US sign-up page said trials are no longer available, with Netflix instead touting how it lets you cancel anytime at no cost. Newer rivals tend to offer shorter free-trial periods, though some of Netflix’s biggest, longstanding competitors still offer an introductory month free. 

“We’re looking at different marketing promotions in the United States to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience,” a Netflix spokeswoman said Tuesday. The end of free trials in the US was reported earlier Tuesday by TV Answer Man. 

Netflix, the world’s biggest subscription video service with more than 192 million paying members, was increasingly an outlier among its rivals by offering a month-long free trial. As a raft of new rival services have launched in the last year, many set their free trial periods at a single week, including HBO Max and NBCUniversal’s Peacock. And Disney Plus, as strong growth lifted its number of subscribers above its initial projections way earlier than expected, stopped offering free trials altogether in June. 

Other established apps like CBS All Access and Starzlimit their free trials to seven days too. Hulu Showtime and Amazon Prime, however, still offer a month free to new subscribers. (Note: CBS All Access and Showtime are owned by ViacomCBS, the parent company of CNET.)

Even Netflix itself had already begun phasing out free trials elsewhere in the world, starting in Mexico two years ago. Netflix free trials are still available in some select markets. 

PlayStation Store will reportedly stop selling PS3, PSP and Vita games this month

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The PS5 consoles are set to appear next month.


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The PlayStation 5 is scheduled to arrive in the US in November, and in anticipation of the event, Sony will stop selling PlayStation 3, PSP or Vita games in the web and mobile PlayStation Store, EuroGamer reported Friday.

According to the report, Sony has notified its development partners that the web and mobile versions of the PlayStation Store will stop selling PlayStation 3, PSP or Vita games timed with a relaunch of the store on Oct. 19 and ahead of the PS5 launch in November.

Among the items Sony will remove are PlayStation 3 games and add-ons, PSP games and add-ons, PlayStation Vita games and add-ons, apps, themes and avatars. The items will still be available in the PlayStation store you access directly from a PS3 or PS Vita, EuroGamer said.

The online store will reportedly turn over Oct. 19, with the mobile store changing Oct. 28.

Sony didn’t respond to a request to comment.

Preorders for the PS5 consoles have been selling out, but we already know which games will be available on day one when the console arrives Nov. 12.

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Worms Rumble, A Real-Time Battle Royale, Announces Upcoming Beta And Release Month

A new trailer for Worms Rumble, the upcoming real-time Worms spin-off, has arrived. It doesn’t just contain new footage, though–it also announces a beta date and release window. Worms Rumble will be available on PS5, PS4, and PC in December 2020.

The game, which features 32-player Battle Royale matches and a Team Deathmatch mode, will be playable on PS4 and PC during an open beta beginning November 6. During this time, anyone can download the beta and test out the game’s online multiplayer.

You can check the trailer out below. The game’s visual style is closer to the 3D models of Worms Battlegrounds than the more-recent Worms W.M.D.

The game has previously run a closed beta, but now more players will be able to experience the game.

Worms Rumble is very different from previous games in the series, which has always been turn-based. The game, and the beta, will be cross-play across all systems the game is available on.

In GameSpot’s review of Worms W.M.D., reviewer Jason D’Aprile gave the game an 8/10 and called it “easily the best game in the Worms series in several years.”

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The PlayStation Store is reportedly getting an update later this month

If you prefer buying older PlayStation games over the web or on mobile, you may not be able to do that for much longer. Sony has informed developers that it plans to revamp its digital storefront for those versions later this month, removing users’ options to purchase games and DLC released initially on the PS3, PSP, and Vita from a mobile device or PC, Planète Vita reports.

Effective October 19th, the PlayStation web store will remove that option, according to Planète Vita and the mobile app’s update will be available on October 28th. Users will still be allowed to make new purchases for PlayStation legacy titles, but they will have to purchase them directly from PS3, PSP, Vita, or PS4 gaming consoles. However, it is important to note that this only applies to new purchases, and any previous purchases for any legacy PlayStation titles and downloadable content will remain accessible through your PlayStation account.

Sony reportedly will also remove the ability to download apps, themes, and avatars for PS4 on both web and mobile, but they can still be downloaded on the console. The PlayStation Store’s wish list feature is also being discontinued, so any wish list items you have on there will be removed from your account.

Sony did not immediately reply to a request for comment.

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Netflix’s First Christmas Movies Drop This Month! See All the Holiday Programming

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The holidays are right around the corner, and Netflix is about to drop some new, festive must-see shows and movies to help get you in the spirit!

Netflix’s jam-packed holiday programming begins no later than Oct. 28, with the streamer’s first release, Holidate, followed by Operation Christmas Drop on Nov. 5.

The latter stars Kat Graham, who also appeared in 2018’s Netflix Christmas rom-com The Holiday Calendar. She recently told PEOPLE that she loved the “humanitarian aspect” of this particular script.

“I love the fact that it was about a real mission that the Air Force does every year,” Graham said. “I loved that I was playing a congresswoman’s aide, [working] to shut down the mission. In a lot of ways it was the opposite to our last film, as this character was a bit of a Grinch. It was so much fun to read, and even more fun to shoot. It’s the most fun I have ever had on a set.”

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Check out the full list of titles and premiere dates below.

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New Movies:

Oct. 28: Holidate

Nov. 5: Operation Christmas Drop

Nov. 13: Jingle Jangle: A Christmas Journey

Nov. 19: The Princess Switch: Switched Again

Nov. 20: Alien Xmas

Nov. 22: Dolly Parton’s Christmas on the Square

Nov. 25: The Christmas Chronicles: Part Two

Nov. 27: Dance Dreams: Hot Chocolate Nutcracker

Dec. 1: <Angela’s Christmas Wish

Dec. 3: Just Another Christmas / Tudo Bem No Natal Que Vem

RELATED: First Look at Netflix’s Operation Christmas Drop (Shot on a Military Base!) Starring Kat Graham

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