With the alarming rate at which the coronavirus pandemic is growing, everyone is now urged to stay indoors to avoid getting infected with COVID-19, as well as to slow down the spread of the highly infectious disease.
Since isolation is now more common, games and streaming services are now hot commodities.
Gaming and Streaming Industries Rise
According to The Hollywood Reporter, gaming usage has seen a massive climb of up to 75% during the peak hours after the quarantine went in full effect last week.
Now, Nielsen has also predicted that streaming will also see a significant spike, reaching up to 60% amid the coronavirus pandemic. With that, several streaming services are already making deals to make people stay at home happily.
Streaming services like Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and Amazon Prime are believed to gain from the current situation significantly.
Here are streaming services that are now offering coronavirus discounts and free trials that everyone can try, care of Quartz.
So, get comfortable, make some popcorn, and stream the days away!
Acorn TV is a streaming service that is available in several countries in North and South America, Europe, New Zealand, Australia, and South Africa.
It offers a 30-day free trial for new members when they use the code FREE30 upon signing up. After your free trial, the monthly plan costs $6, or you can get it for $60 per year.
Acorn TV specializes in shows from the United Kingdom, including Midsomer Mysteries, which is a murder mystery series, as well as Doc Martin, which is a popular medical dramedy.
Sundance Now is owned by the AMC Networks and is an excellent source of various dramas and documentaries, such as the highly acclaimed miniseries entitled The Little Drummer Girl.
The streaming service is now extending its free trial for up to 30 days. New members only need to input the code SUNDANCENOW30 when signing up to avail it. After the free trial, the subscription is at $7 per month, or $5 per month when you upgrade to a yearly subscription.
Perfect for horror enthusiasts, AMC's Shudder is a streaming service filled with horror movies and series, including shows like NOS4A2, Eli Roth's History of Horror, and the well-received Creepshow.
However, the service is only available in the US, UK, Canada, and Ireland.
As with the first two services, Shudder also now offers a 30-day free trial for new members who use the code SHUTIN. After that, it's $5 per month.
Different from others, Sling TV is an internet TV service wherein a variety of channels are shown. For now, it's offering thousands of hours of programming for free, including ABC News Live, where people can stay tuned with the latest coronavirus updates.
Additionally, they offer free programs for children temporarily.
For existing subscribers, there is no need to change your subscription to access these free shows and channels. New members can sign up via their Roku, Amazon, or Android devices.