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Sling TV goes free every night. No strings attached


Free Sling TV every evening.
Sling TV launched a Happy Hour Across America with free service every evening. And for much longer than an hour.
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Sling TV streaming video service is now available during primetime at no charge. New customers can watch every night from 5 pm to midnight for free.

The company hopes this will help American families staying home during the COVID-19 crisis.

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.

Watch Epix movies and shows for free through Apple TV app


Epix is available through the Apple TV app.
Just open the Apple TV app to access Epix streaming content at no charge.
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All the streaming content of the cable channel Epix is reportedly free to Apple users until May 2. Original shows like Pennyworth and Godfather of Harlem as well a wide selection of movies are available from Epix through the Apple TV app.

Make the most of self-isolation with streamable documentaries [Deals]


Curiosity Stream All
Take a tour of our world and more with unlimited access to more than 2,000 documentary features and series.
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One of the few consolations of being cooped up is the time it gives us to catch up on streaming content. But reality TV and movies can only keep us busy for so long before our brains get hungry. With access to more than 2,000 documentaries, CuriosityStream offers some food for thought.

Surprise… NBC goes free with Peacock streaming service, but with ads


Peacock from NBCUniversal
NBCUniversal decided to call its streaming-video service Peacock. And the jokes practically write themselves.
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NBCUniversal’s streaming service Peacock will employ a distinctly different pricing strategy than Apple TV+, Netflix and other competitors. It’ll be free, but with advertisements.

Those willing to pay will have access to additional content, however.

Access a universe of mind-expanding documentaries [Deals]


Curiosity Stream All
Access two years of top quality documentary films and series.
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There’s no shortage of streaming video content to consume. But on most platforms, compared to TV shows and popular movies, there’s a shortage of quality educational and documentary content. To deliver the goods, Discovery Communications founder John Hendricks launched CuriosityStream.

Apple TV+’s $5 pricing lays the smackdown on Netflix and Disney [Opinion]


Apple TV+
Apple fires a $4.99 shot across the bow of rival streaming companies.
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It’s rare that the take-home message from an Apple keynote is, “Wow, that’s far more affordable than I expected.” But that’s exactly the reaction Apple prompted when it revealed the $5-a-month price tag for its new Apple TV+ streaming service.

In one fell swoop, Apple just threw down the gauntlet to its streaming rivals. Your move, Netflix!

Apple TV+ may allow episodes to be downloaded and watched offline


Apple TV+ could have 26 million paying subs by 2025; 2.6 million currently
Apple TV+ might allow subscribers to take a few shows with them offline.
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When it debuts this fall, Apple’s streaming video service will reportedly let viewers download episodes of shows to be watched without taking up their mobile data. Or even viewed when completely offline.

It’s not surprising — many rival services offer this capability. Today’s unconfirmed report is just evidence that Apple TV+ will have this feature too.

Netflix’s new $3 streaming plan probably won’t work for you


75% of Netflix users have no plans to jump ship to Apple TV+ (right away)
The cheapest Netflix subscription in the world is only for India’s 1.3 billion residents.
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A Netflix subscription that costs less than $3 a month sounds like a dream come true, but there are some caveats. Video can only be streamed to a single iPhone, iPad or other mobile device, and that device has to be in India.

This super-low tier was created to appeal to the huge potential market in that country.