Netflix to offer free 2-day trial in December, with a catch

Stranger Things - Credit: Netflix
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Netflix is offering a free 2-day trail with no strings attached, but there is a catch

Ever since Netflix did away with their 30 day free trial, accessing the streaming giant without an account is a challenge. (Assuming you’re not using your former college roommate’s account, of course) Now, Netflix will offer consumers a free 2-day trial during their StreamFest event, but there are possible limitations to who will be able to access the promotion.

According to Cord Cutters News, Netflix is rolling out a trial of their services during the StreamFest event beginning December 4. During this trial period, viewers will be able to access anything and everything from the Netflix library and there is no need to enter credit card information. It’s not often that you can get a free trial that’s actually free.

The catch comes in the fine print, or, in this case, the coding. After examining the code used in the app, there could be geographic limitations to accessing the free trial, and there’s even a line of code that says “Netflix StreamFest is at capacity,” signaling the possibility that there will be a finite number of users able to access the trial.

This is all very interesting news given the spate of Netflix original programs being cancelled in recent weeks. The streamer is even becoming known for a two season curse, where shows are given the ax after two seasons despite success for the first two seasons. While many of those cancellations are due to production challenges amid the pandemic, there’s no question that the rise of competitors like Disney+ are making it difficult for Netflix to continue its supremacy.

A free trial allows users who might be on the fence about the service to try it out without feeling pressured or tricked into buying something, and then they can decide whether or not to continue.

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It’s still early, but stay tuned for more information about StreamFest and other Netflix offerings during the event.