HBO makes some of its content streaming free amid lockdown
Category: #world  By Saipriya Iyer  Date: 2020-04-04
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HBO makes some of its content streaming free amid lockdown

With a major section of the world currently under lockdown, people are increasingly relying on quality video content and television series to pass their time in quarantine. As a result, several OTT platforms have started to offer free access to their flagship content for a limited duration.

Recently, HBO followed the same trend by making 500 hours of its programming free to watch for viewers. The entertainment company claims that this is an initiative to encourage social distancing by giving viewers a reason to sit inside their homes. Apparently, the company is leading this initiative under the campaign name #StayHomeBoxOffice.

As per reports, the promotion is scheduled to kick off on April 3rd and would include free content like "The Wire," "Veep", and "The Sopranos" along with an assortment of Warner Bros. movies and HBO documentaries.

A lot of these content like "Smallfoot," "The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part," and "Pokemon Detective Pikachu" are specifically targeted towards family audiences and kids. 

Other noteworthy series include "Barry," "Succession," "Ballers," "Silicon Valley," "Six Feet Under" and "True Blood." Evidently, these programs would be accessible without a subscription on HBO Go and HBO Now.

Meanwhile, other OTT platforms like Amazon Prime Video and Netflix have also taken a similar route. Amazon Prime, for instance, has made a lineup of family and kids content free for regular viewers. These free shows include titles like Lost Oz, Mystery City, If You Give A Mouse A Cookie, The Stinky Dirty Show, Mr. Bean, and Peppa Pig. 

As for Netflix, it is planning to offer a long list of quality and much-anticipated series and content. The company has recently revealed its April lineup, which includes shows like Money Heist: The Phenomenon, Coffee & Kareem, Season 3 of The House of Flowers, The Big Show Show, Season 3 of Fauda, Yours Sincerely, Kanan Gill and After Life: Season 2.

Source Credit: https://edition.cnn.com/2020/04/02/entertainment/hbo-free-streaming/index.html



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