Stay at home! This free TV list will make your quarantine cozy

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Binging on TV is now a healthy choice.
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If staying at home saves lives during the coronavirus pandemic, then binging on TV is your civic duty.

Networks and streaming services are stepping up to help us sacrifice, offering loads of free programming for any device while we wait out stay-at-home orders. Much of what we’re about to tell you in this guide to free streaming is available on a variety of platforms, from Apple TV to the iPhone, iPad, Macs and smart TVs. Chances are good you’ve already got everything you need to take advantage of these freebies.

Amazing Stories continues its hot streak with ‘Dynoman and the Volt’ [Review]

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Robert Forster, left, and Tyler Crumley appear in Amazing Stories episode
Robert Forster, left, and Tyler Crumley appear in Amazing Stories, the veteran character actor's last work.
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The Apple TV+ reboot of Amazing Stories started with a warning most viewers likely heeded: The show is going to be maudlin, and it will broadcast its emotional and dramatic beats from a mile away. Thankfully, having thrown down that gauntlet, the threat turned into a promise worth keeping. Each episode has been an improvement on the pilot.

“Dynoman and the Volt,” the third episode of the series, has quite a lot to recommend it. Enough, in fact, that it becomes easy to overlook its obvious storytelling and only half-earned poignancy.

Apple TV+ lands SNL’s Cecily Strong for musical comedy

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Giving Apple TV+ a Strong comedy lineup.
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Saturday Night Live’s Cecily Strong is bringing her comedy chops to Apple TV+ for a musical series about a couple who discover a strange town while backpacking.

Apple is reportedly nearing a series order for the comedy, created by Cinco Paul and Ken Daurio, writers known for the Despicable Me franchise.

Ex-Netflix exec thinks Apple TV+ will have no problem competing

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Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently
Former Hulu and Netflix executive thinks Apple TV+ is making all the right moves.
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A former Netflix and Hulu executive thinks that Apple TV+ has a good shot at holding its own against its streaming TV rivals.

Despite the increasingly crowded streaming landscape, Simon Gallagher said that Apple is making all the right moves for success.

Spectrum TV brings 60 channels to your Apple TV for $15

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You’ll be able to watch Spectrum TV Essentials through Charter’s iOS app.
You’ll be able to watch Spectrum TV Essentials through Charter’s iOS app.
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Charter Communications, the US’s second largest cable company, is launching an inexpensive streaming TV service. For just $14.99 a month, subscribers will be able to watch 60+ live channels on an Apple TV, iOS device, Mac, or other computer.

Spectrum TV Essentials is scheduled to go live in March, when it will have to compete with similar services, like Sling TV and YouTube TV.

Best apps for streaming NFL on Apple devices

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Score these apps to stream NFL games, starting with preseason matchups this Thursday.
Score these apps to stream NFL games, starting with preseason matchups this Thursday.
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By Chris Brantner

During the fall and winter, football fans across the United States devote entire Sundays to diligently following all the NFL action. But you don’t need to wait: The football action gets underway Thursday when the NFL preseason games begin.

If you’re one of the many people who love both football and Apple devices, you’re in luck. You can easily combine the two to stream NFL games during the entire season, whether you have cable or not. A bunch of different apps let you watch the NFL on Apple devices, so let’s take a look at some of the best ones out there.

How to watch the NHL playoffs on any Apple device

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How to watch NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs 2017
Ready to watch the NHL playoffs 2017? Here's how.
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By Chris Brantner, guest blogger

Catching every game of the NHL playoffs can seem slightly complicated — especially for cord cutters. Coverage is shared across multiple networks, including NBC, NBCSN, USA, CNBC and NHL Network.

If you’re reading this article, odds are you’re in the Apple ecosystem and you’re wondering how to watch the Stanley Cup games online. Luckily, plenty of options for watching the NHL playoffs exist, many of which work great on Apple TV, iPhone, iPad and Mac.

Think Netflix has the biggest online entertainment library? Guess again. [Deals]

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Dig into the deepest vaults anywhere for TV shows old and new, movies, radio stations, live events, and more.
Dig into the deepest vaults anywhere for TV shows old and new, movies, radio stations, live events, and more.
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Who even has a video library anymore? With streaming services offering any media you can imagine, there’s no reason to film up your house with what’s just a click away anyway. It’s easy to think that flagship services like Netflix and Hulu boast the biggest media-bearing clouds, but SelectTV offers both cable and web-based streaming backed up by the deepest media coffers around. And right now you can get a full year of access for just $19, or get three years for $49.

More evidence of Apple’s frustrating fight to build TV service

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The streaming TV service is still on the way, but not without some bumps in the road.
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John Skipper, president of ESPN, talked quite a bit in an interview about the future of Apple TV and in particular, Apple’s plans for a streaming television service that may or may not include ESPN. He revealed that Apple is apparently having a hard time sorting out the details with programmers.

“We have ongoing conversations,” Skipper told The Wall Street Journal. “They have been frustrated by their ability to construct something which works for them with programmers. We continue to try to work with them.”