Streaming services unveil new content; group streaming for viewers hunkered down during COVID-19 outbreak

Streaming services are releasing new entertainment options in the wake of health officials encouraging people to limit contact with the outside world due to the coronavirus pandemic.

The Associated Press reports that Netflix will release for streaming new features and series from acclaimed directors, including “Jeffrey Eptein: Filthy Rich” by Lisa Bryant and Joe Berlinger and “David Attenborough: A Life on Our Planet.”

Netflix also announced "Netflix Party," a Google Chrome extension that lets you watch Netflix shows with your friends. The service also offers group messaging and synchronizes video playback (so you all will be watching the same part at the same time!).

The Walt Disney Co. announced Friday that it would make “Frozen II” available for streaming on Disney Plus over the weekend, three months ahead of originally planned. Indie Wire reports that while the company did not make a specific reference to the COVID-19 outbreak in its press release, the early release of the animated film was intended to help families “during these challenging times.”

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Meanwhile, Disney released the final film in the Skywalker Saga, “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” for purchase on various digital platforms like iTunes and Amazon, four days earlier than scheduled, according to Deadline.

HBO, meantime, released its high highly anticipated third season premiere of the popular science fiction series “Westworld” on its streaming platforms HBO Go and HBO Now.

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For baseball fans who are disappointed at the delay of the America’s past time this year, Rolling Stone reports that Public Broadcasting Service will offer viewers Ken Burns’ 1994 documentary series “Baseball” available to stream for free.


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