HBO and AMC offer free feeds for people stuck inside


Hello and welcome in Monday’s edition of The Monitor, WIRED’s entertainment news summary. Today, we have news from Jay-Z and Meek Mill, a surprising second act for the South by Southwest film festival, and free content from HBO and AMC. Let’s go.

HBO and AMC offer free streams for people trapped at home

Look forward, everyone looking for new content to watch! HBO and AMC now offer tons of content for free. Starting on Friday, HBO began offering nearly 500 hours of programming – from Veep at The Sopranos at Six feet Under ground—Available for free via its HBO Now and HBO Go apps. (Notably, it does not offer Game of Thrones.) He also offers twenty Warner Bros. films, such as The Lego 2 movie: part two and Crazy, stupid, love. (The full list of free programming is here.) The move aims to give people something to watch while they are under home control during the coronavirus pandemic.

Likewise, AMC Networks announced a campaign on Friday allowing viewers to watch the first half of the tenth season of The Walking Dead on the AMC website for free until May 1. It also makes a series of BBC America documentaries free to watch, as well as the IFC Spoils series from Babylon and the Baroness von Sketch Show. (See full lineup here.) “We want to partner with our talent and respond to this moment in the best possible way for entertainment companies, that is, to entertain people,” said Sarah Barnett, head of the entertainment group AMC Networks. declaration. “We also wanted to make our great content available to more viewers at a time when we are all looking for fantastic things to watch.”

SXSW Film Festival Now Heads to Amazon

As you may have noticed, South By Southwest did not happen this year. But that doesn’t mean you won’t be able to see the films for its festival programming. Amazon announced last week that the company is working with the annual Austin Festival to release the films originally scheduled for this year’s event, which was canceled due to a coronavirus. The organizers have not yet announced a date, but once the online film festival has started, filmmakers who choose to have their films screened will be able to offer them for free on Amazon Prime for 10 days, so even people who don’t are not Prime members will be able to watch them. These filmmakers will also receive projection fees for their film. “We were thrilled when Amazon Prime Video offered to host an online film festival, and we jumped at the chance to connect their audiences with our filmmakers,” said SXSW Film Director Janet Pierson in a statement. “We are inspired by the adaptability and resilience of the film community as it searches for creative solutions in this unprecedented crisis. “

Jay-Z and Meek Mill’s organization donates masks to prisons

The Reform Alliance, the criminal justice organization co-founded by Jay-Z and Meek Mill, announced over the weekend that it would send 100,000 surgical masks to prisons and prisons across the United States. Covid-19 presents an increased risk to inmates and correctional facility workers and masks are intended to help them prevent an epidemic. According to the organization, 40,000 masks will go to the Tennessee Department of Corrections, 5,000 will go to the Mississippi State Penitentiary in Parchman, 50,000 will go to Rikers Island Prison in New York and 2,500 others will go to a facility. Rikers medical. . “This is a very vulnerable population,” Reform Advocate Jessica Jackson said to CBS News. “We are really worried about the number of people entering and leaving the [facilities], the fact that the people who live there could be ducks sitting during this pandemic. “

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