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Old 03-26-2020, 11:15 AM
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Quarantine Entertainment Freebies and Early Release Things


With the pretty much nation-wide(world-wide?) quarantine and social distancing going on, many entertainers and companies are releasing things early and putting stuff up free for all of us. What have you found or seen that has been cool?

Nine Inch Nails just released two new albums entirely free. It's that "Ghosts" stuff that isn't as good, but Reznor wrapped them up and gave them away for the quarantine. Note: his site has been down today due to traffic, but they are permanently free I believe, so no rush.

Audible has made many(all?) of their children's audiobooks freely stream for the next while. No downloading or owning them free, but many kids books are now streaming free of charge.

My personal favorite: Within Temptation, one of my favorite bands, did a live acoustic concert online. It's actually just two of them, but it is still really fun of them.

What is some of the better stuff you have seen be offered because of the quarantine?
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Good idea for a thread. Some movies, like Disney/Pixar's Onward, are going to streaming very soon after being in the theaters. Others, like Trolls: World Tour, are skipping the theaters entirely and going directly to streaming. Comcast claims it has a bunch of stuff available for free On Demand, but I don't know exactly what.
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Old 03-26-2020, 11:43 AM
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I watch A LOT of documentaries, and both Smithsonian and BBC Earth, which I normally don't have access to, seem to be extending their free trial periods considerably. Hooray!
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Old 03-26-2020, 12:02 PM
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Good idea for a thread. Some movies, like Disney/Pixar's Onward, are going to streaming very soon after being in the theaters. Others, like Trolls: World Tour, are skipping the theaters entirely and going directly to streaming. Comcast claims it has a bunch of stuff available for free On Demand, but I don't know exactly what.
Onward is for sale now, but is also hitting Disney+ for streaming April 3 I think. Insanely quick since it just came out.

My wife and I watched The Invisible Man, which also just hit theaters and went on TV super quickly.

It was actually quite good.
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Amazon Prime has a "In cinema now" section. I was able to watch "The Hunt" last week on it. (Not for free though)
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Movies and TV to watch free online. I'm not sure if this is available due to the quarantine, but it is a good freebie that might not be well-known.

https://www.imdb.com/tv/
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Burger King is giving two free kids meals to anyone who buys even $1 through the mobile app. My family ate BK dinner for very little cash the other day.
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Amazon Prime has a "In cinema now" section. I was able to watch "The Hunt" last week on it. (Not for free though)
At $19.95 to rent, I think I'll wait for these to stream on cable.
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Piled Higher and Deeper, AKA PhD Comics, is a webcomic about life (or the lack thereof) in grad school. The comic itself has been almost nonexistent lately, but a few years back, the creator actually made a couple of movies. They're now online for free.
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Burger King is giving two free kids meals to anyone who buys even $1 through the mobile app. My family ate BK dinner for very little cash the other day.
So did we, and stashed some applesauce and chocolate milk from the kids meals for the next day.
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In our house, we heard that Scholastic.com has offered their entire library of content for free during this mess. It's made daily lesson planning for a 4-year old about 1.5 hours shorter, which is a godsend.

We also purchased Onward (if you buy it on FandangoNow.com, use the code "HOME" for a 20% discount). My wife had been planning on taking the 4 year old to see it in the theaters, and that didn't happen - so we saved money, considering the price of tickets and popcorn these days.

CBS Access is free right now as well. I'll be checking out "Picard" soon.
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CBS Access is free right now as well. I'll be checking out "Picard" soon.
I believe Picard is going to be free for over a month and CBS Access for just awhile.
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The Metropolitan Opera is offering free streaming of one opera from its repertory each day, available starting at 7:30 pm through 3:30 pm the following day. They started Wagner's Ring on Tuesday, so it's Siegfried today, and Gotterdammerung tomorrow.

On the first day they offered this (last Monday, I think), their website and their Roku app were both overloaded, so we couldn't watch Carmen, but we have since seen La Boheme, La Fille du Regiment, and Tristan und Isolde.

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I believe Picard is going to be free for over a month and CBS Access for just awhile.
I signed up just the other day (a few hours after Stewart announced it) and double-checked that I won't be billed at all for CBS all-access until the 24th of next month.

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The e-mail I got from Comcast said you can find the free content by saying "free" into your voice remote. I checked out a lot of what they had available via that method. Some of it's not bad, but it's pretty much stuff you might find surfing around at random, like movies you might see on TBS or whatever. Still, that's probably pretty nice for someone who doesn't do the streaming services.
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The Detroit Symphony Orchestra replay is entirely free during the coronavirus situation.
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I believe Picard is going to be free for over a month and CBS Access for just awhile.
No. It's their entire library. This is the second time someone on this board said it was only Picard. I don't understand why?

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The month-long trial doesnít just give access to Picard, though; itíll give viewers free access to the entire CBS All Access catalog, which includes every Star Trek show ever made (including CBS All Access exclusive Star Trek: Discovery), Cheers, CSI, CSI: Miami, Frasier, The Good Wife, The Good Fight, all of the NCIS shows, Survivor, The Twilight Zone, Twin Peaks, and more. Youíll also get access to live CBS broadcasts from your local station.
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No. It's their entire library. This is the second time someone on this board said it was only Picard. I don't understand why?
Because as of earlier this week, it was just Picard. They only opened up the rest of Access on like Wednesday, I think.
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Right. In another thread someone linked to a space.com article about the Picard series freebie, which said, "On Twitter today, Stewart announced that Trek fans in the United States can now watch "Star Trek: Picard" for free on CBS All Access using the code "GIFT." The code is valid through April 23, so you'll have to act soon to binge the series.

CBS All Access is a subscription service that starts at $5.99 a month. In addition to the free "Picard" episodes, you can try CBS All Access for a week free here."

So the offer changed.
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Old 03-27-2020, 11:50 AM
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Because as of earlier this week, it was just Picard. They only opened up the rest of Access on like Wednesday, I think.
Ah, thank you. I had not heard they went free across the board for the month.
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Locast is free (really it's 'nag free' as it's sort of free in a crippled form before) but you have to send a request in to them explaining why you can't pony up the $5/month.
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I might be the only one who doesn't know about www.vudu.com. They have lots of free tv and movie content along with paid content. It will ask for your credit card when you sign up; you can skip that. It does have ads.
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Vudu is awesome. We use it all the time. It’s also the place we watch movies we’ve gotten digital codes for. Know those slips of paper inside DVD and Blu-ray boxes with a big code on them? Vudu is (one of) the place you can watch them on.
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The stage production of Oklahoma with Hugh Jackman is available to watch online:
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Disney+ also released Frozen II something like two or three months earlier than they were going to because of the virus.
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Old 03-29-2020, 12:23 PM
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Disney+ also released Frozen II something like two or three months earlier than they were going to because of the virus.
Yep, and Onward hits in a few days. It's Pixar's latest.
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All of Battlestar Galactica is now free on Syfy's web site.
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Lots of shows to stream from here, including Schitt's Creek and Gavin and Stacy (early James Corden). I've heard good things about House of Cards.
https://www.cwseed.com/shows/
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Lots of shows to stream from here, including Schitt's Creek and Gavin and Stacy (early James Corden). I've heard good things about House of Cards.
https://www.cwseed.com/shows/
If you don't mind commercials all their currently running shows are streaming on CW.com.
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The CBS All Access being free for a month is not new. That is always how it worked. When you join you get one free month and then they start billing you.
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YouTube TV is offering Epix channels (4 of them) free for a month.
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If you don't have enough to read, here is the National Emergency Library "a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed." Among other things available is Beau Geste (saw the movie, never read the book) the Architectural Digest from 1925.

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If you don't have enough to read, here is the National Emergency Library "a collection of books that supports emergency remote teaching, research activities, independent scholarship, and intellectual stimulation while universities, schools, training centers, and libraries are closed." Among other things available is Beau Geste (saw the movie, never read the book) the Architectural Digest from 1925.
Yargh, avast, ye mateys! The Internet Archive is filled to the brim with pirated material. I'm not complaining because I loves me some piracy, but for those who care, don't mistake them for the legit site they pretend to be. (Along with books, I also get pirated movies, manga, and anime from their archives.)
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Yargh, avast, ye mateys! The Internet Archive is filled to the brim with pirated material. I'm not complaining because I loves me some piracy, but for those who care, don't mistake them for the legit site they pretend to be. (Along with books, I also get pirated movies, manga, and anime from their archives.)
Hmm. I didn't look deeply, but all the stuff on the top of their first page looked way out of copyright. Never mind then.
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Ubisoft is now giving away a different game every few days in order to keep you at home.

Rayman Legends, a great game, is free-to-keep right now. Grab it!
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Hmm. I didn't look deeply, but all the stuff on the top of their first page looked way out of copyright. Never mind then.
You were sorting in the wrong order.
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The Metropolitan Opera is offering free streaming of one opera from its repertory each day, available starting at 7:30 pm through 3:30 pm the following day. They started Wagner's Ring on Tuesday, so it's Siegfried today, and Gotterdammerung tomorrow.

On the first day they offered this (last Monday, I think), their website and their Roku app were both overloaded, so we couldn't watch Carmen, but we have since seen La Boheme, La Fille du Regiment, and Tristan und Isolde.
It looks like they lengthened the window to 23 hours, the website now says "from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day".
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It looks like they lengthened the window to 23 hours, the website now says "from 7:30 p.m. EDT until 6:30 p.m. the following day".
Thanks for that update. It might prove useful at the weekend.
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HBO is streaming a lot of stuff for free

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At $19.95 to rent, I think I'll wait for these to stream on cable.
I just want to point out that it is a first run movie. The only reason it is streaming is because of the virus. Now, I'm not sure how much it is for a first run movie ticket where you are but around here that price may be a little high but competitive. Now, when you consider that everybody in your house can watch it, and you'll get access to it for 2 days like a regular rental - I have to say it seems reasonable to me. To the point that I hope these streaming first run movies do well enough that it becomes a regular thing in the future.
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And the musical version of "Stay The F*** At Home!"
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Hoopla has always been a free streaming service through your library. New for the Quarantine is that they have a "Bonus Borrow" section that has streaming content that does not count as one of your monthly borrows.

Most libraries, at least around me, have closed. Because of this, they actually have doubled the amount of borrows we get. Plenty of content to get.
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I just want to point out that it is a first run movie. The only reason it is streaming is because of the virus. Now, I'm not sure how much it is for a first run movie ticket where you are but around here that price may be a little high but competitive. Now, when you consider that everybody in your house can watch it, and you'll get access to it for 2 days like a regular rental - I have to say it seems reasonable to me. To the point that I hope these streaming first run movies do well enough that it becomes a regular thing in the future.
I can pretty much guarantee that that will not happen, unless the movie theater business is significantly altered as a result of the virus.

Theatrical release has always been Hollywood's largest source of income, and theaters have always insisted on a having an exclusive release "window" before any other platform: pay-per-view, airlines, cable, or broadcast. To be sure, those windows have been steadily shrinking, and if, after this crisis is over, a significant portion of the public never feels safe in a theater of any type again, the influence of multiplex exhibitors on this issue could be substantially reduced.

But assuming things go back more or less to normal sometime in the next year or so, we will not see any noticeable increase in home streaming of first-run movies.

(FYI, as is the case with so many things, if you have enough money, you can already stream first-run movies. Here is a story about a startup that was hoping last year to offer first-run films in home theaters for $2,500 a pop, on top of a $15,000 subscription. I suspect the virus may have put their plans on hold -- or maybe accelerated them -- but there are other similar services.)
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New Harry potter site setup for at home

https://www.wizardingworld.com/colle...potter-at-home

Also JK Rowling said it's ok to read the books over video for others. (normally would be a copyright problem)
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