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Shudder Free Trial: How Long You Get And Your Options

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Shudder offers all new subscribers the option to watch for free before having to pay for a subscription. While free trials like this are a great way to test out a service, they are becoming less available as streaming becomes more mainstream. Of the services that still do offer a free trial, the length of time available to watch for free can vary greatly. For those specifically interested in Shudder, however, there’s more than one way to snag a free trial.

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Shudder is far more of a niche streaming service than many others, which does mean that it is unlikely to be as appealing to as many homes. However, for those that do find it appealing, specifically those interested in watching more horrors and thrillers, Shudder can be a good service to have access to, and especially when considering that a subscription isn’t super expensive.

The standard cost of a Shudder monthly subscription is $5.99 per month and Shudder offers all new subscribers a 7-day free trial. Similar to other services, the free trial does require the user to sign up and provide a payment method first. This can be done via the Shudder website or through one of the various platform apps. Once signed up, the subscriber will have unlimited access to the streaming service for seven days for free.

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It is worth noting that Shudder also has an annual plan, which can be a great way to save on the cost of a subscription over 12 months. Similar to the monthly plan, Shudder’s annual plan also comes with the same 7-day free trial. Regardless of whether signing up on a monthly or annual basis, automatically billing is in effect. In other words, new subscribers will automatically be charged the first month (or year) as soon as the free trial has come to an end.

Other ways to get a Shudder free trial

While signing up to Shudder directly through the website is just about the easiest and best way to start a horror subscription, it is not the only option, and some homes may find some of the alternatives to be a better choice overall. For example, AMC Plus is a separate subscription that costs $8.99 per month, and unlocks access to Shudder.

AMC Plus with Shudder
AMC Plus includes Shudder

Households going the AMC Plus route won’t get the full Shudder experience, but with access to additional AMC, IFC, and Sundance Now content, in addition to Shudder videos, it might be a better option for those wanting more of a varied selection of movies and shows to stream.

Another option is to sign up to Shudder through one of the various third-party platforms that provide access to different subscriptions. For example, Amazon’s Prime Video Channels service also offers Shudder subscriptions, making it quick and easy for Prime Members to sign up without leaving the Prime Video app. Prime Video Channels also offers AMC Plus subscriptions too, and both AMC Plus and Shudder are available with the same 7-day free trials when signing up through Amazon.

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Shudder free trial: summary

Shudder offers all new subscribers a standard 7-day free trial. While this might not be as long as some other subscription services, it still is a good way to test-run a service before having to make the first payment. Not only can homes sign up to Shudder and watch for free for seven days, but they can also sign up to AMC Plus or through a third-party provider like Amazon as well. If opting to sign up through AMC Plus or Amazon, subscribers will still get the same 7-day free trial.

Regardless of which way a home decides to sign up to Shudder, it is important to keep in mind that the free trial will automatically become a paid subscription once the free period has come to an end. The only way to avoid this happening is to cancel the subscription, via the same service it what was created with, before the end of the free period. For those that have already taken advantage of one of the free trials mentioned above, it may still be possible to sign up through one of the others and get another free trial.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingbetter.com or on Twitter

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