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Netflix Kills Free Trials

Netflix has quietly axed its 30-day free trial offer in the US after ending it in Australia earlier this year.

The streaming giant has been phasing out the offer around the world, and has now finally ended it in its home country, according to a post in its Help section.

“Free trials are not available, but you can still sign up and take advantage of all Netflix has to offer. There are no contracts, no cancellation fees, and no commitments. You have the freedom to change your plan or cancel online at any time if you decide Netflix isn’t for you,” it says.

In place of the free trial offer, which ended in Australia this year, Netflix is offering new customers free upgrades: signups for the Basic plan will get thirty free days of Standard, and signups for Standard will get thirty free days of Premium. There is currently no offer for new Premium subscribers.

Additionally, Netflix has made a chunk of its original content free to watch on a rotating basis, including the films Bird Box and The Two Popes, and the first episodes of series such as Stranger Things, Grace and Frankie, and The Boss Baby: Back in Business.

Netflix Australia last month hiked the price of its Basic service, which includes standard-definition streaming of one stream at a time, from $9.99 to $10.99, while the standard plan, which offers two simultaneous streams in high definition and allows downloading to two devices, went from $13.99 to $15.99.

Free trials are still available for rival streaming services such as Stan and Amazon Prime Video (30 days), Binge (14 days), and Foxtel Now (10 days).

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