Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Check Out All The Free Entertainment Content Online

Companies like Pure Barre and Peloton are offering free access to fitness classes. Amazon is giving away book classics like “The Call of the Wild” and “Emma,” and MasterClass has experts offering their wisdom for nothing.

Free shows and films from the entertainment world are a warm blanket for the home-bound. HBO is making free streams of “The Sopranos,” “Veep,” “Succession,” “Six Feet Under” and “The Wire” on HBO Now.

Apple TV Plus is allowing free access to some of its original programs, including “Servant” from M. Night Shyamalan. The distributor FilmRise has the campy 1960s series “Batman” with Adam West — “Bam! Pow!” — and Showtime has extended its free trial period to 30 days. PBS is streaming “ Nature ” episodes and its “ Great Performances,” from Shakespeare to ”Kinky Boots,” and YouTube is making many of its original series available to anyone without a subscription.

“Tuesdays with Morrie” author Mitch Albom is going past a mere gesture. He’s writing a new serialized story “ Human Touch,” set in Michigan during these coronavirus days, with free chapters available every Friday and suggested donations to his charity SAY Detroit.

The free gesture works best when it aligns with the company’s core mission. The educational platform MasterClass has launched weekly free live streaming seminars with such luminaries as “The Da Vinci Code” author Dan Brown and designer Kelly Wearstler.

Companies hoping to get us off the couch also have deals: Nike has made online workouts free, Planet Fitness is streaming live workouts on Facebook and Gold’s Gym is offering free access to its app. The Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has online classes for the brave — or you can just soak in one of their ballets, all free.

Live theatrical venues like the Metropolitan Opera plans a streaming gala later this month, Cirque du Soleil has put out free 60-minute compilation specials every week and Andrew Lloyd Webber has new streaming broadcasts of his musicals each Friday for 48 hours on a dedicated YouTube channel.

Audible is making free dozens of narrated books, from “Harry Potter” to “Peter Rabbit.” Older kids can enjoy Lionsgate films free on its YouTube channel — “The Hunger Games, “La La Land,” and “Dirty Dancing.”

Apple TV Plus has also made some of its kids’ offering free, including the series “Snoopy in Space” featuring everyone’s favorite fictional beagle. Peanuts Worldwide is offering free online educational materials to boost the show’s learning.

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