Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, HBO has unlocked almost 500 hours of programming and made it free to anyone who wants to watch the content without a subscription. The gesture from the premium cable network will allow anyone to stream for free (without ads) tons of movies and TV shows on HBO Now and HBO Go.
According to Variety, the WarnerMedia-owned network is dropping the paywall temporarily for programming that includes every episode of nine HBO series: Veep, The Sopranos, The Wire, Ballers, Barry, Succession, Six Feet Under, Silicon Valley, and True Blood.
Twenty Warner Bros. movies will also be available to view for free, including Crazy, Stupid, Love, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part, and Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Many HBO documentaries will also be available, including the recent story of the McDonald’s Monopoly game McMillion$ and The Case Against Adnan Syed.
HBO Series like Game of Thrones, Westworld, Chernobyl, Big Little Lies, and Euphoria will remain behind the paywall.
The network says that since the shelter-in-place orders started around the country in mid-March, their streaming numbers on HBO Now have increased more than 40 percent versus the same time last year.
The network is promoting the temporary free content on social media with the hashtag #StayHomeBoxOffice ahead of the launch of its newest streaming service, HBOMax, in May. The new platform will include everything on HBO, plus licensed content like Friends, original programming, and library titles. The cost of HBO Max will be $14.99 per month.
All these HBO shows are now free to stream https://t.co/9ZsQowtbuY
-Six Feet Under pic.twitter.com/d0Z1TmuhR4
— Variety (@Variety) April 3, 2020
The free content on HBO Now and HBO Go is available now, and it includes the following titles:
Ballers (5 Seasons)
Barry (2 Seasons)
Silicon Valley (6 Seasons)
Six Feet Under (5 Seasons)
The Sopranos (7 Seasons)
Succession (2 Seasons)
True Blood (7 Seasons
Veep (7 Seasons)
The Wire (5 Seasons)
Warner Bros. Movies
Arthur 2: On the Rocks
Blinded By the Light
The Bridges of Madison County
Crazy, Stupid, Love
Empire of the Sun
Happy Feet Two
Isn’t It Romantic?
The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part
My Dog Skip
Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase
Pokémon Detective Pikachu
Red Riding Hood
Docuseries and Documentaries
The Case Against Adnan Syed
Elvis Presley: The Searcher
I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter
The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley
Jane Fonda in Five Acts
True Justice: Bryan Stevenson’s Fight for Equality
We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest