HBO free programming offers more incentive for people to stay home

Carla Harmon
April 4, 2020

Alternatively, HBO Max is set to arrive in May and offer all of the content you'll find on HBO Now and more for the same monthly price of $14.99.

Fans will be able to watch the full runs of several shows, including The Sopranos, The Wire, True Blood, Veep, Six Feet Under, Silicon Valley, Barry, Ballers and Succession.

You're in luck: HBO is encouraging folks to stay at home by offering 500 hours of free (and ad-free!) programming.

As of Friday, April 3, at 8:30 a.m. ET the mobile apps and websites for both HBO Now (the standalone streaming service) and HBO Go (for pay-TV subscribers) each display a new row that says, "Stream for Free: No Subscription Required".

You won't find all of HBO's content for free, and notably, recent series like Westworld, Game of Thrones, Euphoria, and The Leftovers are not included in the offer. "We see this as a great opportunity to open up HBO's powerful catalog of programming to provide people with some relief and distraction". HBO, Warner Bros. and CNN are all units of WarnerMedia. 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.

These include: The Apollo, The Case Against Adnan Syed, Elvis Presley: The Searcher, I Love You, Now Die: The Commonwealth v. Michelle Carter, The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley, Jane Fonda in Five Acts, McMillion$, True Justice: Bryan Stevenson's Fight for Equality, United Skates, and We Are the Dream: The Kids of the MLK Oakland Oratorical Fest.

Friday's launch comes at least a month ahead of the scheduled May debut of HBO Max, which is effectively a superset of what's now on HBO for the same $14.99 monthly price.

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