Apple TV+ streams select originals free for a limited time


The free Apple TV+ promotion includes eight original programs, about a third of the streaming services current lineup.
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Apple followed various other streaming services Thursday, making a handful of its original Apple TV+ shows and movies available for free to anyone with an Apple ID.

Dickinson, Little America, Servant, For All Mankind, Snoopy in Space, Helpsters, Ghostwriter and The Elephant Queen are available now in the United States. In many other countries, the free Apple TV+ streaming begins April 11. It remains unknown how long the shows will be available at no charge.

With much of the world stuck at home down due to the coronavirus lockdown, streaming services started handing out freebies. Viewers can keep themselves entertained with thousands of hours of free streaming options.

Apple TV+ free for everyone

In Apple’s “Free for Everyone” promotion, the content becomes available through the Apple TV app on Mac, Apple TV, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Roku, Amazon Fire TV and select Samsung and LG smart televisions.

Popular Apple TV+ shows like The Morning Show and Amazing Stories are not included in the offer. For some reason, Apple chose to keep those programs available behind its premium paywall.

The new offer comes in addition to the seven-day free trial of Apple TV+ that Cupertino offered from the start. As always, buying certain Apple hardware lands you a free year of Apple TV+. And the company still tosses in its video service with a $4.99 monthly Apple Music Student subscription.

Other free streaming services

Apple TV+ joins various other streaming services offering free content and extended free trials during the coronavirus pandemic. Popular premium cable outlet HBO began offering almost 500 hours of free content last Friday through its HBO Now and HBO Go apps.

AMC Networks also currently offers a selection of free content. Shows usually accessible only with cable or a streaming subscription are being offered by AMC, BBC America, IFC, Sundance TV and streaming service Sundance Now.

Amazon Prime Video is extending a selection of kid-friendly content that is normally only available to Prime subscribers to all customers who have signed up for a free Amazon account. The company also offers a 30-day free trial of the full streaming service.


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