SiriusXM and its most popular host, Howard Stern, announced Tuesday that the satellite radio provider "will start offering free access to its full lineup of Premier Streaming content to listeners in North America" through May 15 amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The company says that "anyone who is not already a SiriusXM subscriber can download the SiriusXM app or go to SiriusXM.com/streamfree, and start listening free of charge, with no credit card or commitment required."
FREE PREVIEW – Listen to @HowardStern and everything on the @SIRIUSXM app for free now until May 15! Tune into the LIVE #SternShow right now on #Howard100.https://t.co/DkVQCBWoo0 pic.twitter.com/TAcS0y3Wtt— Stern Show (@sternshow) March 31, 2020
The offer, which includes Stern's currently recorded-from-home show, comes as the coronavirus outbreak grips the nation, with the death toll exceeding 3,000 and many states ordering residents to stay home.
“With so many people asked to stay at home, we are making our full streaming lineup of music, entertainment, news and information easily accessible to everyone,” said SiriusXM CEO Jim Meyer. “In the days ahead, we hope it's a valuable source of information or diversion, a generous mix of fresh live content, and a source of companionship that comes from the hosts on our many shows and channels. And there was no better way to launch the Stream Free content than with Howard this morning.”
The overall offer from the New York-based company includes access to 300 channels of programming.
SiriusXM currently has 35 million paid subscribers.
Stern, 66, left terrestrial radio for SiriusXM in 2006.