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Free Apple TV+ – many shows go free for limited time

In a bid to support people stuck at home during the current pandemic, Apple has made a handful of its original TV+ shows completely free to stream for the time being.

Apple’s flagship The Morning Show still sits behind a paywall, along with a bunch of others. But close to half of its relatively small library is now available free. Specifically: Dickinson, Ghost Writer, Helpsters, For All Mankind, Servant, Snoopy in Space, The Elephant Queen, Little America.

Those are (mostly) some big shows! If you’ve been curious about one of these but reluctant to subscribe, now’s your chance to binge. It’s good to see some child-oriented fare included in the free package for those stuck at home trying to occupy the kids.

Many who recently bought a new Apple device already qualified for a free year of TV+, but for everyone else, this is a welcome change. You’ll still need an Apple ID to watch, but it’s worth noting that this is available on other devices like smart TVs, not just Apple kit.

There’s no precise time frame on the promotion, but we assume Apple will keep these shows free until things get better and not so many people are self-isolating.

Meanwhile, plenty of other streaming providers have made similar moves. HBO and others have also made select shows free – here’s a full list – while we all try to cope in these strange and difficult times.