It’s not so difficult to stay at home during the coronavirus lockdown when there’s so much free entertainment to take advantage of. That seems to be the M.O. for many studios and streaming services, as they’ve made so many shows and movies available to the public for free. That said, they aren’t running charities here. These deals won’t last forever, so make sure to jump on board before it’s too late.

Not all deals are the same. Some, like HBO or Epix, are offering their content for free — without a need to subscribe. Others, like Showtime or Noggin, are offering extended free trials of their services. Whatever the case, there are plenty of ways to binge some excellent titles completely free of charge.

1. Acorn TV

If you like British television, Acorn TV is for you. The service is offering an extended free trial, up to 30 days from its usual seven. Use the FREE30 code when signing up. After the trial, it’s $5.99 per month unless canceled.

2. Adult Swim

The Cartoon Network’s adult-oriented programming channel, Adult Swim, is offering all episodes of its “Samurai Jack” series for free — to anyone. That’s five seasons, and you don’t even have to sign up for an account or free trial. You can watch them in the apps or on its website.

3. Amazon Prime Video

The company has made 40 kids’ and family shows free to watch, for anyone, not just Prime users. You will need a free Amazon account to watch them.

4. Apple TV Channels

The Epix channel is free until May 2, and you don’t even have to sign up for a trial. Just open the TV app, select “EPIX,” and watch whatever’s there.

Additionally, other premium channels that usually have seven-day trials have been bumped up to one-month trials, including A&E Crime Central, Acorn TV, Arrow Video Channel, CBS All Access, History Channel Vault, Lifetime Movie Club, PBS Living, Showtime, Shudder, Smithsonian Channel Plus, Sundance Now, and Urban Movie Channel. Noggin is even better with a two-month free trial. If you don’t see any trial offered at all for the above, it’s likely you already had one before.

5. CBS All Access

If you’ve been wanting to watch the new “Star Trek: Picard” show, now’s your chance. You can get a one-month free trial now using code GIFT or ALL (trials are usually seven days). With the first code, you have to sign up by April 23, but there’s no date attached to the latter. After the trial, it’s either $5.99 or $9.99 each month, depending on if you sign up for limited commercials or no commercials.

6. Epix

The premium movie channel is offering free access until May 2, with no need to subscribe, when you go through Apple’s TV app (not via any of Epix’s iOS apps). See Spectrum below for another Epix deal.

7. Focus Features

While the film studio doesn’t have a monthly subscription service, it is offering one free movie per week on Mondays throughout April on its Facebook page. The catch is that they’ll be livestreamed, so you have to hit the couch as soon as they start. The four films for “Focus Movie Mondays” are “Gosford Park” (8 p.m. EDT, April 6), “Moonrise Kingdom” (8 p.m. EDT, April 13), “Mallrats” (8 p.m. EDT, April 20), and “My Summer of Love” (8 p.m. EDT, April 27).

8. HBO

The big-name premium is making its original series Ballers, Barry, Six Feed Under, The Sopranos, Succession, True Blood, Veep, and The Wire all free on its HBO Now and HBO Go platforms, starting April 3. Select documentaries and feature films will also be available for free in the #StayHomeBoxOffice package.

9. History Channel Vault

The popular education network is offering its vault subscription service as a one-month free trial ($4.99 a month after) for those who can’t or don’t want to subscribe via Apple TV Channels.

10. Lifetime Movie Club

The famous TV channel is offering its movie club as a one-month free trial ($3.99 a month after) for those who can’t or don’t want to subscribe via Apple TV Channels.

11. NBA League Pass Premium

While the NBA season is on hiatus, the NBA and Turner Sports are giving a free preview of its subscription product (normally $124.99 annually) so that you can watch full-length games and replays of the season so far, as well as an archive of games and other content. The preview lasts until April 22.

12. Noggin

The education service is offering a 60-day free trial ($7.99 a month after) for those who can’t or don’t want to subscribe via Apple TV Channels.

13. Showtime

The premium channel is offering a one-month free trial for new subscribers ($10.99 a month after). It’s only two weeks free via Apple TV Channels. See Spectrum below for another Showtime deal.

14. Shudder

The horror-centric movie-streaming service is offering a 30-day free trial with promo code SHUTIN (free trials are normally seven days).

15. Sling TV

Sling is offering for a limited time what it calls “Stay in and Sling,” a free subscription plan that gets you ABC News Live, Fox News (and some Fox affiliates), as well as “thousands of movies and shows suitable for kids and families.” Paid users can also access the content free while the program’s up without any changes to their plan.

16. Spectrum

The TV and internet provider is offering both Epix and Showtime for free until April 19 for current Spectrum TV subscribers. You can access the content from the following apps.

17. Sundance Now

Normally, Sundance offers its streaming subscription service at $59.99 a year or $6.99 monthly with a seven-day free trial. Now, that trial’s been bumped up to 30 days. Use the SUNDANCENOW30 code when signing up.

18. T-Mobile

T-Mobile is offering customers on its unlimited plans two-months of YouTube Premium for free starting March 24. You need to claim the deal in the T-Mobile Tuesdays app by May 1 to qualify, and you will be charged if you don’t cancel before the two-month deadline.

19. Urban Movie Channel

UMC, founded by the creator of BET, is all about feature films, comedy specials, documentaries, music, and entertainment for African American and urban audiences. It usually has a seven-day free trial, but you can get 30 days free with code UMCFREE30. Then, it’s $4.99 per month thereafter.

Free deals aren’t the only offers worth checking out. Many studios are also making movies available to rent and purchase earlier than scheduled, including movies still in theaters. You’ll find titles from studios like NBCUniversal, Paramount, Sony Pictures, and Warner Bros., including films like “Trolls World Tour,” “Birds of Prey” and “Sonic: The Hedgehog.”

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