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HBO To Stream 500 Hours of Free Programming; 'The Sopranos', 'Silicon Valley' Included

HBO is unlocking its biggest trove of free programming ever — in a goodwill gesture as people look for a diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

2020-04-02T21:32:00Z

Courtesy : Deadline

The coronavirus pandemic has certainly meant one thing for sure - increased amount of consuming content. TV shows and other presentations are the go-to thing to watch and binge on as everyone is locked down in their homes.

And now, HBO is unlocking its biggest trove of free programming ever — in a goodwill gesture as people look for a diversion during the COVID-19 pandemic.

The WarnerMedia-owned premium cabler is making almost 500 hours of programming available to stream for free for a limited time on HBO Now and HBO Go services without a subscription, starting this Friday, April 3.

The list of free programming includes every episode of nine HBO series: The Sopranos, Veep, Succession, Six Feet Under, The Wire, Ballers, Barry, Silicon Valley and True Blood.

Also streaming for free are 20 Warner Bros. movies in HBO’s current catalog including Pokémon Detective Pikachu, The Lego Movie 2: The Second Part and Crazy, Stupid, Love; and 10 HBO documentaries and docuseries including McMillion$ and The Case Against Adnan Syed.

Notably, however, HBO megahit Game of Thrones is absent from the free-streaming fiesta.

The move by HBO to put such a huge amount of original content in front of the paywall effectively serves as a major sampling strategy ahead of WarnerMedia’s scheduled launch of HBO Max in May. 

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