Star Trek: Picard star Patrick Stewart announces a free month of CBS All Access

The offer comes as millions of Americans are stuck at home during the COVID-19 pandemic

Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard
Patrick Stewart in Star Trek: Picard

CBS All Access is offering a free one-month subscription.

Patrick Stewart, the star of the CBS All Access series Star Trek: Picard, took to Twitter and Instagram on Tuesday to announce that fans in the U.S. can watch the sci-fi series and other CBS shows on the streaming service free of charge starting that day until April 23rd.

To take advantage of the offer, users need to use the code “GIFT” when signing up. The code will work for both the limited commercials ($5.99 per month) and commercial-free ($9.99 per month) plans of the service.

The free offer comes as millions of Americans are stuck at home during the coronavirus pandemic — and just as Star Trek: Picard reaches its Season 1 finale, which arrives on the service this Thursday.

Besides Star Trek: Picard, CBS All Access is also the exclusive home to Star Trek: Discovery, starring Sonequa Martin-Green, and Star Trek: Short Treks, which tells a stand-alone Star Trek story each episode. Outside the Star Trek franchise, CBS All Access also streams Jordan Peele’s Twilight Zone remake, The Good Wife spinoff The Good Fight, and other premium programming, including CBSN, CBS News’24/7 live-streaming news service.

CBS All Access usually offers a 7-day free trial for new users, so this free 30-day offer makes the streaming service the latest entertainment company to adjust its free-trial policies during the global health crisis. Showtime and the horror streaming service Shudder have similar deals in place, offering month-long trials instead of the standard week-long free period.

Other streamers, on the other hand, are releasing new content earlier than expected. For instance, Disney dropped Frozen 2 on Disney+ three months ahead of schedule. The latest Pixar release, Onward, is also set to arrive on the streamer on April 3rd — just a month following its U.S. theatrical release.

Sources: CBS News, Polygon
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