Netflix, Hulu, Disney+ and ALL streaming services should be made FREE to ‘boost spirits’, Senator says

NETFLIX, Hulu, Disney+ and more should offer their streaming services for free to "boost spirits" during the holidays, according to a Maine senator

Sen Angus King on Monday wrote a letter two six major streaming services urging them to offer the free entertainment to encourage people to stay home as Covid cases continue to spike.

The move, Sen King suggested, would be a "public service" to Americans who are feeling down about not being able to travel to see family – as Covid cases in the US recently surpassed 16million.

"As organizations around the country continue to respond to the spread of the novel coronavirus, or COVID-19, I am reaching out to discuss and consider the unique role that your companies play in providing content-based activities this holiday season," King wrote.

The letter was addressed to Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Disney+, Apple TV+, Hulu and HBO Max, according to NBC.

"Specifically, I encourage you to temporarily remove any cost considerations for use of your services for current non-subscribers as a public service to [those] who are seeking to remain safe and indoors this holiday season, as opposed to the risks involved as the nation sees a dramatic surge in pandemic cases," King's letter continues.

The Independent senator shared his letter on Twitter, adding, "these companies have an opportunity to encourage Americans to stay home – slowing the virus's spread – and boost national spirits during this festive time of year."

As of Monday afternoon, there had been no response regarding free content from any of the services.

Sen King also pointed to new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) guidelines regarding reducing the spread of Covid during the holiday season in his letter.

The CDC released guidelines last week urging people to avoid gathering in large groups as case numbers continue to rise across the US.

Even as the Pfizer Covid vaccine was granted emergency approval on Friday, the country has still continued to see dangerous spikes.

On Monday, the country hit another grim milestone: 300,000 deaths from the virus.

The CDC suggests celebrating the holidays virtually or with only family members who live in the same household.

For people who are still planning to gather with people from other households, the CDC suggests keeping the guest list small enough to make sure people are socially distanced, and holding any get-togethers in a well-ventilated area.

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