The online streaming service has launched a new trial to help boost customers – and it means you can watch Netflix Originals and selected TV shows without an account
New Netflix customers can now watch movies for free as part of a trial to boost subscribers.
The streaming giant has removed a paywall on several Netflix Originals, including Bird Box and Murder Mystery, meaning you can watch them online without paying a monthly fee.
As part of the trial, you won’t need an account, however you’ll only be able to watch the first episode of every TV show through it.
Shows and films on the offer include Stranger Things, Murder Mystery, Élite, Boss Baby: Back in Business, Bird Box, When They See Us, Love Is Blind, The Two Popes, Our Planet and Grace and Frankie.
Netflix is making its content freely available through the web browser page – although you won’t be able to watch on a Smart TV or via the Netflix app on your phone or tablet.
The free content will be available in more than 200 countries, including the UK.
It comes as the company hit 25.86 million subscribers during the pandemic, doubling its 2019 target.
The first episodes of series that Netflix will make available are sci-fi drama Stranger Things, teen drama Elite, animated comedy series Boss Baby, true crime drama series When They See Us, reality dating show Love is Blind, documentary series Our Planet, and US sitcom Grace and Frankie.
Meanwhile, films that will be free to watch are Adam Sandler and Jennifer Aniston’s hit comedy Murder Mystery, Sandra Bullock’s frightening thriller Bird Box, and Oscar-nominated drama The Two Popes, which stars Jonathan Pryce and Anthony Hopkins as two members of the Catholic clergy caught up in some serious and funny debating.
“We’re looking at different marketing promotions to attract new members and give them a great Netflix experience,” a Netflix spokesman said.
Netflix is hoping to give non-subscribers a change to get a taste of the content they offer in the hope they do subscribe.