March 27, 2020
Verizon has joined a growing list of media distributors offering subscribers free access to content in the home as the country deals with the spread of the coronavirus pandemic.
As the COVID-19 pandemic causes millions to remain indoors, Verizon is giving subs learning tools from Quizlet, Epic and Chegg Study, as well as entertainment channels such as ViacomCBS’ Showtime and MGM’s Epix, among others.
“Connectivity is incredibly important during times of crisis, so we’re doing as much as we can to help meet the evolving needs of families at a time like this,” Ronan Dunne, CEO Verizon Consumer Group, said in a statement.
In April, Verizon wireless and Fios pay-TV subs will be able to experience up to 60 days of free access to education resources, tools and games at no cost, including: Quizlet: Students and teachers can get a Quizlet Plus account to study languages, science, math, history and more with engaging learning tools and flashcards.
Bookful: Children can bring books to life with hundreds of augmented reality and 3D interactive education books and games to improve comprehension.
Chegg: Students will have access to the new Chegg Study Pack with step-by-step textbook solutions, expert Q&A, practice tests, grammar and plagiarism checkers, and a step-by-step math solver.
Epic!: Parents and children will get access to Epic’s 40,000-book digital library, used by more than one million teachers.
Customers can visit Verizon.com or this link and follow instructions to access these services in April, as available.
Beginning April 1, Fios TV customers who don’t currently subscribe to select premium channels will get access to 30 days of free programming through their set top box, and with no extra sign-ups, including Showtime original series such as “Homeland” and “Billions,” as well as films and documentaries.
Epix original series, including “Godfather of Harlem” and “Belgravia,” premiering April 12, on Verizon. Gaiam TV Fit and Yoga instructional exercise videos, yoga, pilates and meditation.
Fios TV will give subs access to channels that may not currently be included in their subscription. Programmers offering expanded viewing of their content include news and entertainment outlets such as Fox News Channel, MSNBC, CNN, Discovery Family, BBC America and more. Customers will see additional channels available in their Fios TV listings on a rolling basis starting early next week.
Verizon is also pledging support to consumers impacted by COVID-19 through the launch of a weekly streaming music and entertainment series to support small businesses, waiving late fees and overage charges for residential and small business customers impacted by COVID-19, free international calling for consumer wireless and home voice customers to CDC level 3 countries, unlimited domestic calling for wireless consumers on limited-minute plans, waived activation fees on new wireless lines of service and upgrades, additional 15GB of high speed data automatically added for wireless consumer and small business customers, and a new Internet option for low-income households.