During the coronavirus quarantine, HBO is doing its part to save millions of bored Americans from re-watching “The Office” for the 18th time. The premium television network has made almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free in the United States on HBO Now and HBO Go.
The promotion started on Friday, April 3, and will run through the end of April. At the current rate, 500 hours might be enough to last us until the end of April. HBO’s free content includes 10 documentaries, 20 movies, and some notable series including:
- The Sopranos
- Six Feet Under
- The Wire
Unfortunately, “Game of Thrones” and “Westworld” are not on the freebie list. A shame!
According to their press release, HBO’s intention was “to provide some entertainment relief for those doing their part to keep everyone safe and healthy in this time of social isolation.” But don’t be fooled by all of the apparent generosity.
HBO will profit handsomely from the move, which serves to give viewers a taste of their content so they’ll pay the $14.99 monthly subscription for HBO Max, which is set to launch in May.
Of course, $14.99 sounds mighty tempting when you’ve finished Netflix, but still have four seasons left in your new favorite HBO show.