In this period of confinement, if it is obviously not advisable to stay sprawled all day on the sofa, programs, films and series are nonetheless a good way to have fun.
And this is obviously not what is missing between television and video-on-demand services. It is also good to underline that certain actors of the sector decided to make a gesture in this difficult period…
Canal +, Orange, SFR and Free offer channels
A small gift from the Canal Plus Group to the millions of French people stranded at home, the 4th goes unencrypted on all boxes. Access to the Cinema, Series, Youth and Documentary channels will also be offered to Canal + subscribers.
Orange has also decided to make a gesture for its customers. From March 17, and until March 31 at least, subscribers of the first French operator can enjoy free of charge four OCSTV channels as well as five youth channels: Boomerang, Tiji for the little ones and Boing, Toonami Canal J for the more great.
Faced with this surge of solidarity, SFR has finally decided to follow the movement and has offered since March 18 two bouquets usually paid to its subscribers: “More youth” and “Entertainment & Discovery”.
There is therefore, there too, for the whole family, which is not entirely the case with Free, which shows itself especially in solidarity with children and with overwhelmed parents, offering until the end of March, several youth channels including Canal J, TiJi, Boomerang, Boing and TV Pitchoun.
Educational programs on France 4 and France 5
Because millions of students are also stranded at home, France Télévisions channels have changed their programming to include more content to help parents keep them occupied, but also and above all to ensure continuity. home lessons.
This is particularly the case of France 5, which has been offering a daily magazine since 23 March at the end of the morning. “Support the revision of 8-12 year olds” : The Lumni House, to remind of course the new educational platform of the public audiovisual Lumni.
This 52-minute magazine offers content “Developed in conjunction with the Ministry of National Education”.
We are also mobilizing on the side of France 4, which gives priority to “A fun and educational program that alternates educational content with more entertaining programs”.
Not everyone has the chance to live as a couple, and the containment measures put in place obviously risk complicating dating for singles.
They can nevertheless count on the support of adult sites to get through this difficult period. Many have decided to make access to their content free, starting with Pornhub.
The firm has indeed announced that it has decided “To expand Free Pornhub Premium for this month” in France.
Marc Dorcel has decided to do the same and goes even further since the studio offers not only its VOD and TV, but also 5000 sex toys with the code “PLEASURE” to enter at the time of payment on the sites concerned.
A little less generous, but united all the same, Jacquie et Michel will offer several films on the months of March and April. A calendar has been published on Twitter.
Netflix, Disney +, OCS … sVoD services
No gifts for the moment from subscription video on demand (sVoD) services, which are still the best way to stock up on movies and series without breaking the bank.
Especially since many offer a trial period for new subscribers.
This is no longer the case for Netflix, arguably the most popular of these sVoD services with some 167 million subscribers claimed at the end of 2019.
He will have to pay at home from the first day of subscription to take advantage of his extensive catalog of films, series, documentaries and other programs, which the service also updates monthly.
Three formulas are offered with us: from 7.99 to 15.99 euros / month to enjoy 4K and broadcasting on 4 screens simultaneously.
Amazon Prime Video
Facing him, the giant Amazon offers with its unique Prime offer, which also allows you to take advantage of advantages on its online store, access to a catalog there again very vast – but nevertheless misleading, certain content requiring additional subscriptions – from three screens simultaneously for 5.99 euros / month or 49 euros / year.
4K streaming is also automatically included for compatible content, and a 30-day trial offer is offered to new subscribers.
In addition to this American duo, the Walt Disney Company with its Disney + service.
Already available in English-speaking countries, as well as in the Netherlands, it was launched in France on March 24 and offers for 6.99 euros / month or 69.90 euros / year, a rich catalog that cuts across the different universe of the group (Disney, Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars, National Geographic) within known and unpublished content. More information in our dedicated file.
OCS on demand
Of course, let's finish this overview of sVoD services with French players.
Orange, first of all, offers an OCS on demand offer including the channels mentioned earlier, but also direct access to the content that is broadcast there, in streaming or in download, for 9.99 euros / month or 11.99 euros / month as needed (2 or 3 screens simultaneously).
The first month is also offered to new subscribers. A special offer also allows you to take advantage of the most expensive formula for 4.99 euros / month for 4 months.
Canal + Series and Cinema Series
The Canal Plus Group also offers sVoD, with two offers to choose from.
Canal + Séries, from 6.99 euros / month, offers original series produced around the world, while the “Canal + and the Ciné Séries pack” offer includes the same offer and adds access to Netflix, OCS and Disney Cinema for 49.90 euros / month.
Note that the first month is free for any new subscription to Canal + Series, while the most complete formula of the Canal Plus Group is the subject of a promotion currently bringing the monthly rate to 36.90 euros / month.
VoD offers without subscription
There are obviously also many video on demand services without subscription. Most ISPs have one, and one could also add the Google Play Store and so many others to the list.
They make it possible to buy or rent films and seasons of the series individually, at prices often quite high or at least much less attractive than the price of a sVoD subscription given the number of contents accessible with these.
However, it is often possible to find the latest productions there soon after their removal from dark rooms, which Netflix et al. Cannot offer. If you haven't had time to go to the movies in the past few months, why not let yourself be tempted …
A directory of 1150 films completely free online
Why pay when hundreds of films are offered free on the Internet?
It is still necessary to find them, but this is no longer a problem thanks to the enormous work of Open Culture which offers a page where are listed some 1150 of these generally not very recent productions since they fell for many in the field public.
Classic and independent films, short films, documentaries… The presentation is a bit sketchy, since they are all listed on the same page, but Open Culture still made the effort to put them into categories to facilitate research.