Blizzard 2015 is hitting the East Coast hard and there's still a ways to go, so anyone stuck at home might as well sit back and enjoy being indoors and toasty warm. (That's right, grownups get snow days too!) Apple has come up with a handy Snowmaggedon survival and binge-watching guide to help you pass the time; plus you'll be up-to-date on the current TV and movie zeitgeist when you return to the office. So sit back, grab your iPhone, iPad, or Apple TV, relax, and make some popcorn!
1. Feed Your Game of Thrones Addiction
Get caught up or start a new obsession before the April 12 premiere. You can watch or re-watch all of Seasons 1 to 4.
2. Get Hooked on The Americans Starring Keri Russell Binge on Seasons 1 and 2, just in time for the Season 3 premiere this week (watch the free sneak peek). This snowstorm couldn't have come at a better time.
3. All Downton Abbey All the Time
Starting Jan.27, you can get the season pass for Downton Abbey Season 5 which will give you access to all the remaining unaired episodes on iTunes; plus, re-watch Seasons 1 through 4.
4. Catch up on New Releases
Also be sure to check out the iTunes Store's new weekly content. Some notables include: The Wire's complete series, Nightcrawler, and Two Night Stand, a film starring Miles Teller and Analeigh Tipton that couldn’t be more fitting for this week (it is about a one-night stand extended due to a N.Y.C. snowstorm). Perfect!
5. Prepare for Oscar Season
Get ready for the Academy Awards (which takes place in less than a month) with these films which are up for statues: Boyhood, Grand Budapest Hotel, Gone Girl The Judge Finding Vivian Maier, The Boxtrolls, How to Train Your Dragon 2, and Ida.
6. Travel to a Warmer Climate
Escape from the snow with these beach-centric films. Head up to the Hamptons in Something’s Gotta Give, take a trip to Hawaii with Forgetting Sarah Marshall, or travel across the country to the vineyards in Napa with Sideways.
7. Take a Breather
And when you need a little break from the TV, check out What We’re Reading This Week on iBooks; weekly pics include The First Bad Man by Miranda July, The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins, Still Alice by Lisa Genova (now an Oscar nominated film starring Julianne Moore), and Ghost Boy by Martin Pistorius.