HBO freeloaders have just a few days left to binge-watch the premium programmer’s unprecedented batch of 500 hours of TV exhibits, films and documentaries — which it has made out there without spending a dime for the month of April.
The large trove of HBO content material, which has been free throughout a spread of platforms (solely within the U.S.), will probably be going again behind the paywall after April 30.
On April 3, HBO unlocked full seasons of 9 authentic collection — 490 episodes in all: “The Sopranos,” “The Wire,” “Veep,” “Succession,” “Silicon Valley,” “Six Ft Beneath,” “Ballers,” “Barry” and “True Blood.” Every week later, it added the 2 seasons of “Massive Little Lies” (14 episodes) to the combo.
On high of that, 20 Warner Bros. films in HBO’s present catalog are streaming without spending a dime together with “Pokémon Detective Pikachu,” “The Lego Film 2: The Second Half” and “Empire of the Solar”; in addition to 10 HBO documentary movies and docuseries together with “The Case In opposition to Adnan Syed.”
HBO’s free-streaming bounty — the most important single launch of free of charge content material in its historical past — comes in the course of the COVID-19 lockdowns which have saved People housebound. In asserting the promo, the premium cabler mentioned it’s supposed to “present some leisure aid for these doing their half to maintain everybody secure and wholesome on this time of social isolation.” However clearly, HBO is hoping the super-size sampler platter will snag it some incremental paying subscribers — and the free bonanza is a lead-in to the Could 27 debut of WarnerMedia’s HBO Max, to be stocked with a whopping 10,000 hours of fabric at launch.
HBO isn’t the one premium service that has dropped paywalls in the course of the coronavirus disaster, whereas streaming to the TV has boomed. That mentioned, analysts and trade execs aren’t positive whether or not at present’s freebies will yield a big income increase long term.
Click on right here for the total checklist of HBO TV exhibits, films and documentaries free-to-stream by April 30.
Till this Thursday, the free content material from HBO is out there on cell apps for HBO Now (for iOS and Android) and HBO Go (for iOS and Android), hbonow.com, hbogo.com, and thru third-party distribution companions together with Apple TV, the Roku Channel, and Amazon.
(Pictured above (l. to r.): Michael Ok. Williams in “The Wire”; James Gandolfini in “The Sopranos”; Julia Louis-Dreyfus in “Veep”)