These are difficult times with many tightening their belts, yet at the same time finding themselves with more free time. But even if you are on a strict budget there are many ways to enjoy Star Trek without actually spending any money, including some new limited time free offers from companies looking to help during the pandemic that is keeping so many of us under quarantine. So, we have put together a number of ways Star Trek fans can watch, read, listen, and more without leaving home or spending any money at all.
Stream all Star Trek TV shows at CBS All Access free for a month
If you missed our report two weeks ago, then you should know that right now CBS All Access is offering a free month of the streaming service for new subscribers. CBS All Access has the entire library of Star Trek televisions shows as well as their exclusive originals Star Trek: Discovery, Star Trek: Short Treks and Star Trek: Picard. The free month offer is available until April 23rd. To take advantage: CLICK HERE to try CBS All Access FREE for 1 month. Use code ALL to redeem.
Both Hulu and Netflix currently offer free 7-day trial periods and have the Star Trek television library (with the exception of the the CBS All Access exclusives). If you are an Amazon Prime customer, then the Trek TV library is also available via Amazon Prime Video.
Stream (many) Star Trek movies with Hulu free trial and more
Access for streaming the thirteen Star Trek feature films gets more complex as they tend to move around from service to service as rights deals kick in and lapse. CBS All Access currently has Star Trek: Nemesis, which is also available on the ad-supported Crackle streaming service, along with Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home. Hulu (who offers a free week trial) has all the TOS movies with the exception of Star Trek IV, and they also have Insurrection. Amazon Prime Video also has most of the TOS and TNG era films. As for streaming the Kelvin films for free, the only one on a streaming service with a free 7-day trial is the 2009 Star Trek film on Fubo. If you already are a cable subscriber, some of the films are available on demand if you have Epix, Syfy or FX.
If you’re trying to figure out what’s where, try the JustWatch app, which allows you to search for individual titles and then tells you where to find them, both for free and at various price points.
Star Trek audiobooks and ebooks available free for a month with Scribd
Another service that is offering a free month currently is Scribd. The subscription site offers unlimited ebooks and audiobooks including a number of Star Trek titles. Scribd’s Star Trek collection includes many of the latest releases as well.
Books and movies also available digitally at your local library
Of course the streaming subscription services above are only offering free access for limited periods and to continue to enjoy them you will need to pay to subscribe. However, a great resource for free digital media that many people overlook is your local library. Most libraries these days, have a wide variety of ebooks, audiobooks and comic books to borrow. Many also offer access to streaming video services for film and television. As most physical libraries are closed during the pandemic, many are making it easy to get digital library cards online, providing access to their digital catalogs without leaving home. Some libraries are also waiving late fees to make it easier to rejoin and start borrowing again. For books and audiobooks most libraries offer their collections via the app Libby, with Hoopla being the most popular service libraries use for video. The apps are entirely free and available via a number of platforms. Availability for each library varies, with the bigger cities offering more selection.
Reruns available free over the air with Heroes and Icons
You can also get your Star Trek TV the old-fashioned way, right over the airwaves, and entirely for free. Heroes & Icons is a digital broadcast television network that mostly airs reruns of classic television. Their weekday and Sunday schedules include a five-hour block of Trek shows: Star Trek: The Original Series, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Star Trek: Deep Space Nine, Star Trek: Voyager, and Star Trek: Enterprise. To catch H&I TV you will need an antenna, which can be picked up for less than $20. You can find out where to tune in for your city at handitv.com. The network is also available via a number of pay TV services, with the channel listings available at that same link. If you do have a pay TV package, BBC America also airs re-runs of Star Trek: The Next Generation and Star Trek: Deep Space Nine.
Star Trek Online and mobile Star Trek games are ‘free to play’
If gaming is your thing, you can always check out the massive multiplayer game Star Trek Online which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. The MMO is always releasing new content and you can start playing the game for free. However, the game does include a number of in-game purchase opportunities which are geared to making your play easier and more fun. But if you are a frugal Trekkie, there are still hours of Star Trek gaming you can enjoy without paying for anything. Star Trek Online is available on PCs as well as Playstation 4 and XBox One. To get started visit the official site.
If you are looking for mobile Star Trek gaming fun for your Apple or Android phone or tablet there are currently three main options to check out. Perhaps the most popular these days is Star Trek: Fleet Command, a strategy game set in the Kelvin universe. Star Trek: Timelines is a strategy roleplaying game that spans the prime universe eras. And Star Trek Trexels II is a ship management game with an 8-bit animation style. While free to download and play, each of these games also offers in-game purchasing.
Free Chief O’Brien at Work coloring book
As a way to help his fellow fans during this time, cartoonist Jon Adams (see our 2017 interview) has created a free downloadable 300-page coloring book based on his popular web-comic Chief O’Brien at Work. You can download it by CLICKING HERE.
How are you Star Trekking on a budget?
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