How to save money on your streaming services and still be entertained

Look, we know you’re probably watching a lot more television than usual. However, there are a lot of free sources of visual entertainment out there for you to take advantage of right now.

If financial pickings are really slim, cut back on at least one of those monthly streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, Disney Plus or Amazon Prime, and take advantage of some of the free entertainment and cultural offerings available.

Watch movies and TV for free

Check out any number of free (and legal) movie streaming services around the web. Vudu, Sony Crackle and Tubi are among the sites with free content available. Some are available through your local library, like Kanopy or Hoopla.

IMDb TV, a free streaming service, just added the first five seasons of Schitt’s Creek to its lineup of free content, and also has shows like Friday Night Lights and The Middle in their entirety. Amazon is now offering kids shows like Arthur, Caillou and The Dangerous Book for Boys free for streaming without an Amazon Prime account.

Give your regards to Broadway

A trip to New York City might be out of the question right now, but you can still enjoy much of what the Great White Way has to offer. Actors Fund has released a series of at-home concerts and interviews with top Broadway performers called Stars in the House. Broadway World is also offering free short Living Room Concerts with Broadway actors sharing their favorite show tunes. BroadwayHD is also offering a free week of access to its wide array recorded performance, from musicals to Shakespeare.

Virtually go to a concert

A number of Bangor artists are turning to online venues in order to perform. Beyond Maine, orchestras like the Seattle Symphony are offering free broadcasts via YouTube and Facebook. NPR maintains a running list of musicians who are hosting their own at-home concerts, taking them directly to fans via their social media platforms like Facebook, Instagram and YouTube. Fans of Americana, country, and folk can follow the “ Shut in & Sing” series, which broadcasts daily. Billboard livestreams concerts on its Facebook page, too.

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