HBO makes programming available free as part of #StayHomeBoxOffice

Brenda Watkins
April 4, 2020

Everything is available to stream from today on HBO Now and HBO Go, and no, you don't need a subscription. For many of us-though obviously not all of us-that time is now.

HBO, Warner Brothers and CNN are all part of Warner Media. You can also watch the free content online, at HBONOW.com or HBOGO.com. But even if the selection doesn't include some of HBO's most talked-about originals, and does include some items viewers probably weren't clamoring for, there are some classic series and outstanding documentaries. The network is also making new Warner Brothers features and documentaries available, including The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, Pokemon Detective Pikachu, Empire of the Sun, and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

"This is the first time HBO has made this volume of programming available outside of the paywall on HBO NOW & HBO GO", the statement added.

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As more people are confined to their homes, streaming usage has shot up across platforms.

With millions of people staying home, HBO has announced the premium channel is making nearly 500 hours of programming available for free, beginning Friday, April 3.

I suspect WarnerMedia, which owns HBO, is looking ahead to the May launch of its new streaming service, HBO Max. Last week, WarnerMedia Entertainment and direct-to-consumer chief research officer Cheryl Idell said viewership on the standalone streaming service HBO Now had surged 40%, and that viewership of shows like The Wire had tripled, while The Sopranos' viewership had doubled.

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