For the first time in maybe forever, the whole country (if not the entire world) is being asked to stay home. This means that not only are parents trying to teach their kids their assigned at-home curriculum for 6 or 7 hours a day but trying to fit in an 8 or 9-hour work day as well. As ideal as it would be to accomplish all of this seamlessly in a day, it’s not realistic or sustainable. Many parents have been turning to TV or streaming services for at least part of the day to entertain their kids and help them unwind at night. To help make sure, you’ve got no shortage of programming, the following companies are offering their services either completely free of charge or with extended free trial offers.
Netflix – If you don’t have a subscription for Netflix but have been thinking about getting one, now is the time to act. Netflix is offering a special free trial offer that lasts for 30 days. After 30 days, you’ll be charged their normal monthly fee unless you cancel. With their free trial you can check out popular shows that everyone has been talking about like Love is Blind!
Hulu – Hulu is a variety lovers dream. Hulu is allowing new subscribers to try out their service for 30 days free of charge. During this 30-day period, you can watch as much of their original TV shows, re-watch some of your favorite TV shows or catch up on current TV shows. They also have a fair amount of movies that you can watch. If you love the service, you can keep it for $6 a month after the trial period ends.
Amazon Video – Normally only available to those with an Amazon Prime subscription, Amazon recently announced that they’ll be offering their Amazon Video service to anyone who sets up an Amazon.com account. By taking a few minutes to set up an account, you’ll get access to kid friendly Amazon original shows like Pete the Cat and Click, Clack, Moo, PBS Kids shows like Nature Cat as well as family friendly movies that everyone can enjoy.
Broadway – Broadway may be shut down for the time being but that doesn’t mean that you can’t catch a great show! For 7 days, you can stream all of the classic Broadway plays that you’ve always wanted to see. Some of their classics available to stream are Cats, Phantom of the Opera and The Sound of Music.
Showtime - Showtime announced recently that they’re offering a 30-day free trial to people who don’t currently subscribe to the network. Showtime is full of binge worthy shows like Dexter and Homeland as well as plenty of family friendly movies like Charlotte’s Web and The Babysitter’s Club.
Met Opera - The Met is another large venue that has closed its doors during the coronavirus pandemic. Until further notice all shows are cancelled, but you can still view some of their encore presentations for free while you’re stuck inside of the house.
Sling TV – Unlike some of the other streaming services, this Dish-owned TV streaming service is making some of it content available for everyone to view without any catches. You don’t need to give them your credit card number or set up an account. This content will include thousands of shows and movies for your viewing pleasure.
Vid Angel – Available for free use until March 30th, Vid Angel is great for family use because they’ve already filtered their content for things like nudity or inappropriate language. The one thing that you must agree to in order to use their service is a vow to practice social distancing during this time when we’re in an aggressive mode to stop the spread of this virus.