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Netflix offers a collection of original movies and shows for free

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Nathan Ingraham
August 31, 2020
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Over the last year, Netflix has faced increasing competition from streaming newcomers like Disney+, so the company is taking the somewhat surprising step of giving away some original content for free. Starting today, you can visit a “watch free” page without logging in to Netflix to watch shows and movies including Bird Box, Stranger Things, Grace and Frankie, The Two Popes and a handful of others.

In the past, Netflix has occasionally offered a movie or show for free as a preview — the hit rom-com To All the Boys I’ve Loved Before was available to anyone for about a month, and more recently the company put a bunch of documentaries out for free on its YouTube channel for educators and students. But this is one of the larger-scale releases of its content we’ve seen.

It’s worth noting that only the first episode of shows are available, so you won’t be able to binge-watch the first season of Stranger Things, but there’s enough high-profile material on this page to get people started. If you want to check it out, you’ll only be able to watch it in a browser on a computer or on an Android phone. The free material isn’t available through the Netflix mobile apps, and it doesn’t work on the iPhone’s browser either. But you can’t argue with the price.

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