COVID-19 is altering the world in additional methods than one. Along with forcing nations to shut borders each outdoors and inside, additionally it is forcing individuals to reorganize their lives across the Web whereas confined at home. Unsurprisingly, that has prompted many content material distributors to ramp up their choices to maintain their clients from going insane. The newest to comply with that pattern are giving subscribers and customers extra free content material to eat within the days forward.
Comcast is giving Xfinity X1 and Flex clients a brand new serving of free content material from its premium networks and subscription VOD catalog. However as an alternative of simply pushing extra issues to maintain you entertained, its collection of movies from CuriosityStream, HISTORY Vault, and The Studying Nook can be supposed to maintain you educated. Clients can merely say “Free” to their voice distant to see what’s accessible now with extra content material promised to come back quickly.
Verizon’s “More at Home… on Us” program is making an identical supply however with some caveats. Its lineup of instructional content material from Quizlet, Bookful, and Epic! might be free for Verizon and Fios clients solely for 60 days beginning April. Fios TV clients who don’t subscribe to premium channels will get 30 days of free SHOWTIME and Epix for 30 days solely beginning April as properly.
Plex might be higher identified for being a media middle platform than a streaming service nevertheless it does have some things to offer throughout these darkish occasions. Past providing Stay TV for free and not using a Plex Go till the tip of June, additionally it is informing customers how Plex can be utilized as a streaming platform for on-line courses. Oh, and it has an unofficial coloring e book, too.
It’s positively encouraging to see these corporations step as much as problem of attractive individuals to only keep at home and assist flatten the curve. However whereas the offers are free, it isn’t with out its penalties. As extra and extra individuals depend on the Web to maintain them distracted, entertained, and even educated, the pressure on community infrastructures and methods might also have an adversarial impact on necessary makes use of of the Web as properly.