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How to Watch HBO for Free

If you’ve been feeling left out from your friends’ conversations about Game of Thrones or Westworld, you might be looking for ways to watch HBO. For years, HBO has been producing binge-worthy content that’s only accessible to paid subscribers and people who pay for TV packages.

While HBO doesn’t come free (at least by legitimate means), there are still several ways you can sign up (and even stack) free trials. Not to mention that you can still watch some HBO shows and movies online for free, and some services even offer a complimentary subscription to HBO.

Do you want to start watching HBO for free? Then read on to find out the many ways you can get a free trial to HBO, and other ways to get HBO free.

1. Sign Up for a Free Trial on HBO.com

HBO Free Trial HBO Website

HBO offers a seven-day free trial of HBO Now right on its website. That means one whole week of streaming free content to your phone, tablet, computer, or TV before you have to start paying $15/month.

If you don’t cancel your subscription at least 24 hours before your trial ends, HBO will charge you the price of the subscription. You should also keep in mind that the free trial is for new customers only, so you won’t get to start a trial twice.

Get: An HBO Now Free Trial on HBO.com

2. Get an HBO Free Trial on Hulu

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Already have Hulu? You’re in luck—Hulu offers a week-long HBO free trial for its subscribers.

Once you sign up for the trial, you can start watching HBO alongside all of your favorite shows on Hulu. When the trial ends, you’ll have to pay for the price of the Hulu subscription, as well as the $15/month HBO add-on.

Get: An HBO Free Trial on Hulu

3. Get an HBO Free Trial on Amazon Prime Video

Amazon Prime HBO Free Trial

Like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video also offers an HBO add-on for current subscribers. You can start a seven-day free trial of HBO through Amazon Prime, giving you access to HBO’s library of movies, TV shows, and documentaries.

If you decide to keep your HBO subscription, you’ll have to pay $15/month in addition to your Amazon Prime subscription. It’s also worth mentioning that Prime Video already comes with a handful of HBO shows that don’t require the Amazon Prime HBO add-on. That said, make sure you’ve exhausted the existing HBO options before starting the free trial.

Get: An HBO Free Trial on Amazon Prime

4. Get an HBO Free Trial on The Roku Channel

HBO Free Trial Roku Channel

Although The Roku Channel has tons of movies and TV shows available for free, you’ll have to pay to stream any HBO content. The only way to access HBO for free on Roku is with a seven-day free trial.

Once the trial ends, you’re subject to a monthly fee of $15. The free trial through Roku is the way to go if you don’t want to pay extra for Hulu or Amazon Prime, and if you want access to a library of hundreds of free content.

Get: An HBO Free Trial on The Roku Channel

5. Take Advantage of Free HBO Max With AT&T

Watch HBO Max AT&T

HBO is bundling its newest streaming service, HBO Max, with any AT&T plan. With HBO Max’s library of popular HBO shows, Max Originals, and other WarnerMedia content, HBO Max is set to become one of the best TV streaming services out there.

If you already have any of these AT&T services (or plan to get one), you can stream HBO Max free of charge:

  • DirecTV Premier
  • DirecTV Lo Maximo
  • AT&T TV Now Max
  • U400 and U450 TV
  • AT&T Unlimited Elite wireless plan
  • AT&T Internet 1000

To access your complimentary HBO Max subscription, simply sign into HBO Max with your AT&T login information. Without an AT&T plan, you’ll have to pay $15/month for an HBO Max subscription.

Get: HBO Max

6. Watch Free Episodes on the HBO Website

Watch Free Episodes HBO Website

There are a ton of amazing shows to watch on HBO. If you’re not ready to make the commitment (or just want to see what HBO has to offer), you can watch free episodes and documentaries on the HBO website.

Although the site gives you access to several full-length documentaries, most of the free episodes are just pilots—you’ll have to get a free trial or a paid HBO subscription if you want to see more. That aside, it’s still a great way to get a feel for some of HBO’s best series, such as The Wire, Game of Thrones, and The Sopranos.

Watch: Free Episodes on HBO

7. Watch Clips from HBO Shows on YouTube

Watch HBO Clips Free on YouTube

Not comfortable getting an HBO free trial? Luckily, you can always watch clips and trailers of HBO shows and movies on YouTube. The short videos from shows like Westworld, Curb Your Enthusiasm, and Big Little Lies can help you decide whether you want to pay for a full-fledged HBO subscription or not.

For the largest collection of clips and trailers, head to HBO’s own YouTube channel. Otherwise, searching for videos of an HBO show or movie you’re interested in will yield tons of results from third-party channels.

Watch: HBO Clips on YouTube

8. Check With Your Cable or Satellite Company

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If you haven’t ditched cable yet, you might be able to get HBO for free or at a discounted price. Several popular cable companies like Verizon FiOS, DirectTV, Comcast, and Cox include HBO in certain packages.

For example, with the DirecTV Choice package, you’ll get HBO included with the price for one year, and that’s in addition to an HBO Max subscription. Even if your cable or satellite plan doesn’t include HBO, it doesn’t hurt to call up your service provider to see if they’re offering any special HBO deals or free trials.

The Best Ways to Watch HBO Free Online

Once you run out of free HBO trials, you’ll have to pay the price of the subscription. The monthly price of HBO isn’t cheap, so taking advantage of any introductory free trials, free HBO videos online, and special offers for cable customers is a good idea before you commit.

Now that so many TV shows and movies are available online, it’s the perfect time to consider getting rid of costly cable and satellite TV. And these awesome live TV streaming services might just convince you to cut the cord.

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Civilization VI Is Now Free on the Epic Games Store

You can now get Civilization VI for free from the Epic Games Store. One week after Epic gave GTA V away for free, Civilization VI is available. However, as with all of the free games Epic gives away on the Games Store, it’s only available for a limited time.

Since launch, Epic has given away dozens of games on the Games Store. However, the quality of titles in recent weeks has taken an uplift. And while Civilization VI may not be the cultural phenomenon that GTA V is, it’s still well worth playing.

How to Get Civilization VI for Free

To get your copy of Civilization VI for free, head to the Civilization VI page on the Epic Games Store and sign into your account. If you haven’t got an account yet, you can sign up for one for free. Civilization VI is free until May 28, 2020.

Civilization VI is a turn-based strategy 4X game. The idea is to expand your empire across the map, advance your culture, and build a civilization that will be remembered. There’s also several multiplayer modes allowing you to go up against your friends.

Civilization VI was released on Windows in 2016, and has since been released on PS4, Xbox One, and Nintendo Switch. However, despite its age, Civilization VI has aged well. And it’s still receiving new content, with a season pass available for some extra money.

If you’re new to the Epic Games Store, please be aware that you may need to enable two-factor authentication on your account in order to download free games. However, as you should enable 2FA on all of your online accounts, this is a positive thing.

Is Civilization VI the Best Version?

As you may have guessed from the number in the title, Civilization VI is just the latest game in the Civilization series. And while some people may think it’s the best version, others prefer the older titles. So, here’s every version of Civilization, compared.

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GTA V Is Now Free on the Epic Games Store

You can now get Grand Theft Auto V for free from the Epic Games Store. However, the offer is available for a limited time only, so you’ll have to be quick to grab a copy of the game. Still, even seven years after it was released, GTA V is well worth playing.

Since launching the Epic Games Store in 2018, Epic Games has given away dozens of games for free. However, none quite as big as GTA V, which is available to download for free until May 21st, 2020. And this is Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition, no less.

How to Get GTA V for Free

To grab a copy of GTA V for free, all you need is a Epic Games account, which is also completely free. Once you have set one up, sign in and head over to the Grand Theft Auto: Premium Edition page on the Epic Games Store, where it should be listed as Free.

Grand Theft Auto V: Premium Edition includes the Story mode, access to GTA Online, and “all existing gameplay upgrades and content including The Doomsday Heist, Gunrunning, Smuggler’s Run, Bikers.” You’ll also get the Criminal Enterprise Starter Pack.

GTA V may be seven years old (having been released on consoles in 2013) but it’s still a fantastic game. The story will take you hours to complete, while Grand Theft Auto Online adds even more ways to make money, spend money, and generally cause chaos.

The chances are most people have already played GTA V by now. However, so many people tried to grab a free copy of the game on Thursday (May 14) that the Epic Games Store suffered an eight-hour outage. Thankfully, it’s now up and running once again.

Is the Epic Games Store Better Than Steam?

For years Steam was the only digital storefront for PC gamers. However, Epic Games Store is now a serious contender, and giving away GTA V will only help it compete. With that in mind, be sure to read our article pitting Steam vs. the Epic Games Store.

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Plex Adds Crackle Content to Its Free Streaming Service

Plex has added Crackle content to its free streaming service. Which is the ad-supported Plex Free Movies and TV. This means that Plex users in the US suddenly have access to thousands more TV shows, movies, and documentaries for free.

In December 2019, Plex launched its own free streaming service. This is full of movies, TV shows, and documentaries, all of which are free to watch. However, Plex has partnered with Crackle to bring thousands more free titles to viewers in the US.

How to Watch Crackle Content on Plex

It should be noted that most of Crackle’s catalog is older movies and TV shows you’ve probably already seen. However, there are some big names, with movies including Captain Phillips and The Illusionist, and TV shows including Hell’s Kitchen and Roseanne.

As is the fashion these days, Crackle has already produced its own original content. This includes On Point, a docuseries following high school basketball players, and Yelawolf: A Slumerican Life, which takes you on tour with the hip-hop pioneer.

Plex claims that as a result of its partnership with Crackle, “Plex users in the US will now be able to stream more individual movies than you can stream on Netflix.” Which is a bold claim but an intriguing one for those who don’t mind watching ads.

To watch Crackle content on Plex, just open the Movies & TV section of the Plex app. There you’ll find all of the movies and TV shows offered by Crackle, organized in various different ways. Just click on a title and tap Play to start streaming it for free.

The Best TV Shows to Watch on Crackle

While Plex is only offering Crackle content in the US, the company claims to be “working on new partnerships to deliver even more free streaming content to all our friends around the world in the coming weeks.” Or you could just use a VPN instead.

This is a great deal for Plex users, who can now watch even more content for free just for putting up with the occasional commercial break. And if you’re new to Crackle and unsure where to start, we have listed the best free TV shows to watch on Crackle.

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You Can Now Watch Netflix Documentaries for Free on YouTube

Netflix has uploaded some of its best documentaries to YouTube. This means they’re available for anyone to watch for free, with or without a Netflix subscription. The documentaries on offer include Our Planet, as narrated by David Attenborough.

For several years, Netflix has allowed teachers to screen its documentaries in their classrooms. However, with schools around the world closed due to COVID-19, Netflix has uploaded a selection of documentaries for children (and adults) to watch at home instead.

How to Watch Netflix Documentaries on YouTube

The documentaries are all available on the Netflix YouTube channel. The streaming media giant has even put them all in a playlist to ensure they’re easily accessible. They’re all available in English, with subtitles in other languages being added later this week.

To watch some of the best Netflix documentaries on YouTube, just open the playlist, and scroll down until you find one you want to watch. A couple of the free documentaries are feature-length, while the others are episodic. In all, there are 34 videos to watch.

The highlight is probably the aforementioned Our Planet, as narrated by renowned naturalist, David Attenborough. Our Planet offers some fascinating insights into the natural world, as revealed across a beautifully filmed eight-part series.

Also available are Explained, a short-form series explaining various issues, 13th, a film all about the 13th Amendment to the Constitution, Abstract, which looks at the art of design, and Period. End of Sentence., which details the fight against the stigma of menstruation.

Where to Watch Even More Free Documentaries

Not only has Netflix made these documentaries available for free on YouTube, the company has also supplied educational resources for each one. These provide extra talking points and additional resources for anyone homeschooling their children.

There are certainly worse ways to educate your children than showing them a documentary. And if you have already watched all of these documentaries on Netflix and want even more to watch, here are the best places to watch free documentaries online.

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You Can Now Get Free PS4 Games From Sony

Sony has launched a new initiative called Play At Home. Which is a play on the Stay At Home message being pushed during the COVID-19 pandemic. And the first thing Sony is doing as part of this initiative is giving everyone two free games.

That’s right, Sony is giving two free games away to anyone with a PlayStation 4. And it doesn’t matter whether or not you’re a PlayStation Plus subscriber. And, unlike some of the games Sony has previously given away with PS Plus, these titles aren’t duds.

How to Get Two Free PS4 Games From Sony

As announced in a post on the PlayStation Blog, the Play At Home initiative has two components. One is aimed at gamers, and the other is aimed at independent developers. And both are designed to make life a little easier as we all tackle coronavirus.

First up are the aforementioned free games, with Sony giving away Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection and Journey for free to all PS4 owners. With the exception of China and Germany, where Knack 2 and Journey will be available for free.

The games will be available for free as digital downloads from 8pm PDT on April 15 through to 8pm PDT on May 5. Once you nab the games, they’re yours to keep. However, downloads may take longer than usual due to Sony’s traffic management efforts.

The second element of Play At Home is a $10 million fund earmarked for indie developers. This is an attempt to help Sony’s development partners make it through the current crisis without going bust. And Sony is promising to reveal more information soon.

More PlayStation 4 Games Worth Playing

Both Journey and Uncharted: The Nathan Drake Collection are excellent titles. However, if you’re stuck at home all day you’ll probably make light work of them both. In which case you should check out the best PS4 exclusives and the best PS4 games for kids too.

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You Can Now Watch Live TV for Free on Sling

Sling TV has launched what it’s calling Happy Hour Across America. This opens up Sling Blue to new Sling customers every night. Allowing you to watch dozens of live TV channels and thousands of on-demand titles, all for free, with no credit card required.

Sling TV Wants You to Stay in and Sling

People who have canceled their cable subscriptions now have a number of live streaming TV services to choose from. One of which is Sling TV. And with parts of the US in lockdown due to COVID-19, Sling TV has launched its Stay in and Sling initiative.

This provides free access to news and entertainment, with a 24/7 news channel providing updates, and a selection of movies and TV shows to keep families entertained. And now Sling TV has gone one step further with Happy Hour Across America.

How to Access Sling Blue for Free

Happy Hour Across America offers free access to Sling Blue every night from 5pm to Midnight ET. While you do have to register for an account, you don’t have to enter your credit card details. Which means not having to worry about cancelling at a later date.

Sling Blue, which normally costs $30/month, provides access to 32 live channels, including AMC, Discovery, and FX. You can also access thousands on on-demand titles, and use Sling’s free cloud DVR to record shows to watch in your own time.

This offer is only available in the US, and only to new Sling customers. And while Sling’s Happy Hour Across America is clearly going to be available for a limited time only, the company hasn’t yet said when it’s going to end. So make the most of it while you can.

To access Sling Blue for free, just follow the instructions on the Happy Hour website.

Other Live Streaming TV Services Are Available

This is a generous offer from Sling TV, especially as it has resisted the urge to ask everyone for their credit card details. Sure, Sling TV hopes that you’ll enjoy Sling Blue enough that you’ll sign up once this is all over, but there’s no obligation to do so.

And remember, Sling TV is just one of the best live TV streaming services for cord-cutters. So if you like the idea of cutting the cord in favor of streaming but don’t like the user interface or selection of channels, there are other options available.

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You Can Now Use Google Stadia for Free

Google is giving away Google Stadia for free to help keep people entertained through the coronavirus pandemic. The company is offering free access to Stadia Pro for two months, and once signed up, you’ll get instant access to nine games.

What Is Google Stadia?

For the uninitiated, Google Stadia is a cloud gaming service that lets you stream video games on a range of devices. And because Google’s data centers are doing the hard work behind the scenes, you don’t need powerful hardware to play triple-AAA title.

In March 2019, Google unveiled Stadia, and in November 2019, Google launched Stadia. In our review of Google Stadia, we described it as a “promising cloud gaming experience hampered by unreliable setup, a limited launch library, and missing features.”

How to Get Google Stadia for Free

In a post on The Keyword, Google explains that while social distancing is important, “staying home for long periods can be difficult and feel isolating.” However, “video games can be a valuable way to socialize with friends and family when you’re stuck at home.”

So, with that in mind, Google is “giving gamers in 14 countries free access to Stadia Pro for two months.” The games available for free include GRID, Destiny 2: The Collection, and SteamWorld Dig 2. You can also buy additional games to play on Stadia.

To access Stadia Pro for free, go to Stadia.com and sign up. Download the Stadia app on Android or iOS. Then play one of the nine games available for free on any of the supported devices. NB: You will need either a keyboard and mouse or a USB controller.

This is rolling out gradually, so it’s possible that the free version is not yet available in your region. If that’s the case, check the Stadia website again in 24 hours. And if you’re already a Stadia Pro subscriber, you won’t be charged for the next two months.

The Best Cloud Gaming Services

Google Stadia has garnered mixed reviews to this point. However, as it’s now free for two months, this is the perfect time to try it out for yourself. And even if you don’t like Google Stadia, here are the best cloud gaming services to stream video games.

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The First Harry Potter Audiobook Is Now Available for Free

You can now listen to the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook for free. This is part of a wider initiative called Harry Potter at Home, which is designed to provide entertainment for adults and kids alike while we’re all stuck at home due to COVID-19.

J.K. Rowling has built a whole Wizarding World around Harry Potter, with books, films, merchandise, and a website meaning you can’t get away from her creation. And now, via a post on Wizarding World, the author has launched Harry Potter at Home.

How to Listen to The Philosopher’s Stone for Free

Harry Potter at Home gives people a number of resources to explore while at home. And the timing is obviously due to the coronavirus pandemic which has led governments around the world to enact stay-at-home orders in order to slow the spread of the illness.

The headline feature of Harry Potter at home is the audiobook of Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone. Which is now free to listen to on Audible. Just head to Audible Stories to listen to the English version, as read by Stephen Fry, for free.

If you have a library card, you can also read the ebook yourself via OverDrive. Rowling has also granted teachers a temporary open license allowing them to post videos of themselves reading from any of the books in the series. Click here for guidelines.

This is billed as just the start of what’s going to be offered through the initiative. So fans should bookmark the Harry Potter at Home hub to be the first to find out about other Potter-themed activities as they’re revealed.

The Best Harry Potter Apps for Your Smartphone

Harry Potter at Home is a nice gesture, and should help people while away the hours in lockdown. However, J.K. Rowling also knows that this will help a new generation of youngsters discover her Wizarding World, which benefits her in the longterm.

Regardless, putting the cynicism aside for a moment, the Harry Potter and the Philosopher’s Stone audiobook is well worth listening to, especially for free. And if you want more, here are the best Harry Potter apps for Android and iOS.

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You Can Now Watch HBO Shows for Free

HBO is giving away some of its best TV shows for free. It’s also throwing in a handful of movies and documentaries, again for free. This programming is all available for a limited time only on HBO NOW and HBO GO, and all without the need for a subscription.

How to Watch HBO Shows for Free

Starting from April 3, you can watch some HBO shows, movies, and documentaries for free through HBO NOW or HBO GO. In all, HBO is giving away almost 500 hours of programming “for a limited time,” but at least until the end of April.

You’ll be able to stream this content without an HBO subscription on HBONOW.com or HBOGO.com, or by downloading the HBO NOW or HBO GO apps. It will also be made available via “participating distribution partners’ platforms” in the coming days.

The TV shows on offer include The Wire, The Sopranos, Six Feet Under, Silicon Valley, Veep, and Ballers. There are multiple seasons available for each show, which means it’s possible to binge-watch the entire run of some of the best shows ever made.

The movies on offer include Isn’t It Romantic?, Crazy, Stupid, Love, The LEGO Movie 2: The Second Part, and Pokemon Detective Pikachu. Documentaries include McMillion$, The Apollo, The Case Against Adnan Syed, and The Inventor: Out for Blood in Silicon Valley.

Download: HBO NOW on Android | iOS
Download: HBO GO on Android | iOS

Beware Free Netflix Subscription Scams

This free HBO content is only available in the US, at least officially. However, if you use a VPN to mask your location you should be able to access HBO from wherever you are in the world, and, as a consequence, stream these TV shows and movies for free.

HBO is far from the only company giving stuff away for free due to the coronavirus crisis we’re all living through. In a similar vein you can now watch Live TV for free on Plex. However, despite what that email claimed, Netflix isn’t offering free subscriptions.

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