Petition calls for free streaming services amid pandemic
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Tens of thousands of people have signed an online petition calling for major streaming platforms to offer 60 days of free service to people isolated amid social distancing measures during the coronavirus pandemic.

“Many people are turning to their streaming services to alleviate their monotony,” Philip Kolas, who started the petition, wrote in its description, adding that boredom in isolation has been linked to increased risk of depression.

“The problem with this is that many people cannot afford these membership fees, especially in a time like now when many people's economic livelihood is already strained."


“[I]f people can watch as much as they want, whenever they want, this will help alleviate the stress of home isolation, as well as encourage people to stay home. This is a responsible community health strategy,” the petition states.

The document has accrued more than 45,000 signatures as of Wednesday afternoon.

The petition is directed to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO and Amazon Prime, but some unmentioned networks or services, including Showtime and CBS All Access, have offered a free month of access in recent weeks.

The Hill has reached out to Netflix, YouTube, Hulu, HBO and Amazon for comment.