Although Hearties are happy they’re getting a new “When Calls the Heart” spinoff series, “When Hope Calls,” to enjoy during the original show’s offseason, many aren’t too excited about the fact that it will be on Hallmark’s paid streaming service, Hallmark Movies Now, instead of on Hallmark Channel, which is where “WCTH” airs.

Fans who aren’t so sure they want to pay for the service but want to watch the show shouldn’t get too discouraged, though, because Hallmark has a way to stream the episodes for free.

“When Hope Calls” follows sisters Grace (Jocelyn Hudon) and Lillian (Morgan Kohan), both of whom were first introduced in the 2018 “When Calls the Heart” Christmas special, as they set up and run a new orphanage in the 1916 western town of Brookfield. They’ll find friends, love and some struggles along the way.

The first two episodes, originally scheduled to release on Hallmark Movies Now tomorrow (Aug. 30), are up early and available to stream online, which means viewers will need to figure out their subscription plans soon if they plan on watching the period drama with everyone else.

For those who are already members, great, you’re all set to watch the show! For those not already signed up, you can watch the first two episodes of “When Hope Calls” without paying a dime by signing up for a seven-day free trial. Simply head over to the website, click the option for the trial, enter your credit card information, and you’re ready to go.

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“When Hope Calls,” starring Jocelyn Hudon and Morgan Kohan, premieres on Hallmark Movies Now on Friday. Crown Media / Shane Mahood

Even though you won’t be paying anything for the trial, you will be charged the price of a subscription after the trial ends, unless you cancel before the week is over. It’s important to remember to cancel before time is up if you don’t want to be charged, or simply do nothing if you’ve fallen in love with the service, want to keep watching new “When Hope Calls” episodes (and other shows and movies on the platform), and you’ll be seamlessly moved over to a paid subscription account.

There are two Hallmark Movies Now plans to choose from — annual and monthly. The first one costs $4.99 per month and is billed annually at $59.99, while the second is $5.99 per month, billed monthly and can be canceled at any time.

In total, Hearties have three options when it comes to watching “When Hope Calls” on Hallmark Movies Now. They can go ahead and sign up for a subscription without plans to cancel it and enjoy all that the streaming platform has to offer, they can sign up for the seven-day trial on Friday to enjoy the first two episodes for free and then decide to continue on with the paid subscription, or they can wait until all episodes are released and then get a free trial to binge all of the episodes without paying.

The final option is the completely free way, but it also means there’s the chance of getting spoiled about what happens throughout the season and means those waiting to watch won’t be able to join in on any weekly episode fan and cast discussions online.

Hearties still have a little bit of time to make their decisions, even though the first two episodes of “When Hope Calls” are now up on Hallmark Movies Now, because the platform’s “Tweet Up Watch Party” on Twitter doesn’t start until 8 p.m. EDT on Friday.