Your Social Life Is Now Streaming. How Does It Sound?

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Steven Saftig

Global Head of Editorial

Fitness classes. Concerts. Happy hours. Religious services. School. It’s all streaming now. Here’s how to use Beam to experience your social life with the sound it deserves.

While it was once considered anti-social, screen time is now the best way to stay connected. You might not be able to spend time in person with your friends and extended family, but you can create greater closeness through shared experiences. And with the latest tentpole films, premium fitness classes, and performances by world-class musicians and artists all streaming to your home, there’s a lot to share. Our most versatile speaker, Beam is the easiest way to experience it all with brilliant sound.

Play shows and movies

There’s no lack of options when it comes to streaming quality content. We worked with Oscar- and Emmy-winning creators in the entertainment industry to fine-tune Beam so that when you watch your favorite movies and shows, you’re hearing them the way they were meant to be heard.

Play apps on your smart TV

From The Great Courses Plus to Beachbody, smart TVs offer so much more than your standard video streaming services. Learn, sweat, and more with high-definition sound.

Play music

While technically categorized as a “home theater speaker,” when it comes to music, Beam delivers. Choose from hundreds of stations on TuneIn or from more than 100 music streaming services. If you want music for cleaning, cooking, working, playing, or dancing, it’ll sound better with Beam.

Play games

Whether you’re playing a game with friends in a Discord call or watching on Twitch, Beam’s rich, room-filling sound is the best way to truly immerse yourself in your favorite online worlds.

Play from your phone

The connectivity our phones provide have become even more valuable. Now we can attend a yoga session in the morning, an online class in the afternoon, and a DJ set at night. To listen with brilliant sound, stream directly to Sonos from your iOS devices using Apple AirPlay 2. And when you need a moment to tune everything out, listen to your favorite YouTube videos (comedy, unboxing, or the music video you learned the entire dance to in junior high) out loud on Sonos.

Play from your computer

When you’re working from home or just watching videos your family sent you, you can use AirPlay 2 to stream directly from your Mac to Beam as well. That video of your niece’s first steps (and the family’s reaction) definitely deserves to be heard with brilliant sound.

Play with Alexa and Google Assistant

Beam has voice control built in. While Amazon Alexa and Google Assistant are good at helping you be productive, they’re also a great way for the family to have some screen-free fun. Try these:

“Alexa, let’s play a game”

“Hey Google, tell me a fun fact”

“Alexa, open Freeze Dancers”

“Hey Google, flip a coin”

“Alexa, play Would You Rather”

“Hey Google, tell me a joke”

“Alexa, open The Magic Door”

“Hey Google, tell me something interesting”

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Now, what to stream?

With so much incredible, free content out there (and more coming every day), there’s a lot to enjoy on Beam. We wanted to share a few of the things that have been keeping us entertained, amused, energized, and inspired.

For Music

What: COLORSXSTUDIOS is a unique aesthetic music platform showcasing exceptional talent from around the globe. They’re lending their YouTube page to artists from around the world who are at home and unable to tour.
When: Every day at 1 PM ET

What: Live Nation’s Live from Home. A steady stream of live performances from up-and-coming artists to powerhouses.
When: Varying days/times

For Sports

What: NFL Game Pass gives you free access to full broadcast replays, condensed games, and coach’s films.
When: Now until May 31, 2020
Where: NFL App, Website, and other supported devices.

What: NBA League Pass provides access to full-length and condensed replays of all games from the 2019-20 season, as well as an expansive archive of classic games and content.
When: Now until April 22
Where: NBA App on iPhone, iPad, Apple TV, Android mobile and tablet devices, Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, Roku, Xbox One, PlayStation 4 and other supported devices.

For Cooking

What: The Home Cooking podcast from Samin Nosrat (SALT FAT ACID HEAT) and Hrishikesh Hirway helps you figure out what to cook.
When: On demand
Where: and your favorite podcasting platform.

What: Easy Asian Home Cooking with Adam Liaw provides home cooking recipes, tips, and advice from Adam Liaw, Destination Flavour host and prolific cookbook author.
When: On demand

For Arts

What: Cirque du Soleil is offering a front-row seat to moments from KURIOS – Cabinet of Curiosities, O, and LUZIA, with never-before-seen angles that can only be experienced on your screen.
When: On demand

For Education

What: Class Central is a search engine and reviews site for free online courses popularly known as MOOCs, or Massive Open Online Courses. Ivy League schools are currently offering 450 courses for free right now.
When: On demand
Where: Various learning sites like Coursera, all compiled here:

For Fitness

What: Planet Fitness is offering free at home workouts called Home Work-Ins.
When: Daily at 7PM ET

What: CorePower Yoga is offering free yoga classes daily.
When: Daily at 7AM, 12PM, and 5PM ET

For Mindfulness

What: Headspace is offering free meditations that are part of a larger collection in the Headspace app called Weathering the Storm. It includes meditations, sleep, and movement exercises to help you out, however you’re feeling.
When: On demand

For Kids

What: Scholastic has curated a free digital hub designed to support virtual learning plans. Scholastic Learn At Home allows open access to daily learning journeys divided into four grade spans—Pre-K–K, Grades 1–2, Grades 3–5, and Grades 6–9+, covering ELA, STEM, Science, Social Studies, and Social-Emotional Learning.
When: On demand

What: Circle Round adapts carefully selected folktales from around the world into sound- and music-rich radio plays for kids ages 4 to 10. Each 10- to 20-minute episode explores important issues like kindness, persistence, and generosity, ending with an activity that inspires deeper conversations between children and adults.
When: On demand

We’ll continue to keep this page updated as more things become available to stream. And, we’d also love to know what you’re enjoying. Tag us on social with #athomewithsonos.

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