If your anything like the 20-something tech wizards featured in the new HBO series Silicon Valley you’ve probably already figured out a way hack into the VPN mainframe and download the corresponding codecs required to properly encode any episode of Silicon Valley you’d like. But for the rest of us we’ll need a little bit of assistance finding ways to watch Silicon Valley online. Let’s run through some of the possible ways you’ll be able to do it.
Can I watch Silicon Valley on Netflix or Hulu?
The short answer is: No. HBO pulled it’s programs from Netflix quite a while ago so Silicon Valley certainly won’t be on Netflix any time soon. Hulu is the same story. If you think about it does it make sense for an average $16 monthly subscription to HBO to be included in a package from Netflix or Hulu that costs $7? HBO didn’t think so either. So you won’t see Silicon Valley on Netflix, Hulu or any other streaming bundle service that isn’t HBO Go for the forseeable future.
Pay Per Episode Download
HBO does allow it’s content to be sold on services such as Amazon’s Instant Watch, Google’s Play and Apple’s iTunes. Episodes usually run right around three dollars which is an okay deal if you’re looking for instant access (although do too much of that and I don’t see why you wouldn’t just get cable for 40 bucks!) That’s the good news.
The bad news is that HBO normally doesn’t release episodes to these services until much later so you won’t get access to the shows as your friends all watch Silicon Valley on HBOGo or cable TV. You’ll just have to wait until the DVD or Blu-Ray comes out, which is about when they become available on these services.
DVD and Blu-Ray
This is a great option for people who don’t mind waiting. HBO typically waits until close to the release of the following season to put these out but who knows, maybe that will change in the future. The nice thing about this option is that you’ll get tons of extra features AND (since we’re talking about online here!) you’ll get codes to download the entire season via your favorite pay per episode service for free along with purchase of the discs. If you’re patient this is really the ultimate solution for you. And you’ll get something to hold in your hand, resell and pass on to your children and grandchildren (ha!).
You can’t even pre-order Silicon Valley on DVD or Blu-Ray just now and we have no solid date for a release. This will be the place to look, though when that happens.
Watch Silicon Valley Live with Sling
Another alternative is to use a service called Sling TV to subscribe to HBO and actually watch shows live. It’s only 20 a month with HBO as an extra add on. You can sign up or explore the service more here. There’s a 7-Day free trial so this might be a nice alternative if you just want to give it a chance.
Older HBO Shows are Streaming on Amazon Prime
If you’re an Amazon Prime member and you’re trying to watch an older HBO show like The Sopranos or Sex and the City stop what you’re doing and head over there now because older HBO shows stream free with a Prime subscription.
Using the HBOGo HBO Now Apps: The Best Solution
You’ve all probably seen or heard of the HBOGo app by now. It gives you access to almost all HBO programming going back in time and the really cool thing is that it also allows you to watch shows live, as they air on HBO proper! Silicon Valley would be no exception here. The app is available for all Android and iOS devices but the really cool thing is that HBO has made apps for game consoles, Chromecast compatibility, and you can get it on tons of other devices. Here’s our up to date list of those.
The catch is that none of these options are truly free. HBO Go requires a subscription to HBO, of course but maybe you’re able to share a login with someone who loves you very much? We suggest that you get your own so you’re not left stranded when they change your password (the horror!) but that’s up to you.
HBO Now has also just been launched; similar to the HBO Go app you can just sign up any time, without a cable subscription and stream anywhere online!
The other elephant in the room is pirating. HBO’s shows are some of the most stolen programs of all time and that probably won’t stop. Just be cautious when you do this because you open yourself up to viruses, crappy quality video and the guilt of having stolen from some of the greatest artists of our age.
We hope you find the solution that works best for you! Hopefully someday HBO will be available to all, without a cable provider and it will be more simple. But until then knowledge is power. Good luck watching Silicon Valley on HBO!