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How to Watch HBO’s Silicon Valley Online

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.

You get a free month when you sign up so there’s really no excuse not to when you factor in the free shipping on Amazon stuff as well as the large streaming video library. Give it a try.


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!

  • Xerocky

    hbo sucks

  • Rik Hemsley
    • robrecord

      It costs ££

  • Betsy Morris

    You or at least I can now borrow season 1 on dvd from my library (once the other 7 people ahead of me clear out).

  • Oscar Morales Guevara

    Have you ever heard of torrents bitches?

    • travib

      Greedy corporations are the reason that torrents flourish. I am downloading the full first season now.

    • Ben the Cable Guy

      Yeah, torrents all the way bitch!

  • You’re going to go out of business with this crap.

    • Miguel Molina


  • Pat

    Currently not on Telus hbo Canada app

  • Lakritz

    Replace it’s with its.

  • Kira Banks

    Can anyone link me to Silicon Valley episodes on iTunes? I can’t seem to find the 2014 Season 1..

  • Alan DeRossett

    I might watch if on Netflix or Hulu, Do not want or need Time Warner Cable only provider here monitoring my Net activity just to watch HBO

    • Steve Johns

      Right because other providers totally don’t do that.

    • Ben the Cable Guy

      Time Warner Cable installer here, can confirm!

      • Ben the Cable Guy

        Correction: Ex Time Warner Cable installer

  • askew2

    Well, that’s too bad. I miss sports and a few HBO shows, but still on net cable is barely worth it if free.

  • HR


  • ubiq

    bish you said you had a solution.

  • Krusty

    Goodness, get HBO, end o’ story. For those in Europe, well…don’t know to say.

  • Bert

    Conclusion: there’s no way to watch individual episodes in Europe #cutthecrap

  • nitpicker

    Its not it’s. okay? got it?

  • Jack Sparrow

    If hbo put it on netflix and Hulu, many more people would watch it, many fewer people would pirate it, and they would get as much or more revenue.

    HBO is greedy and stupid. If they watched their own movies, they would recognize that greedy+stupid=failure.

    • erp617

      I guess the people running HBO aren’t students of history. Netflix and Amazon are amazingly prosperous and inventive while HBO and AOL and remember Lotus123 limited access to their product to the degree that they’re history and HBO won’t be far behind them.

  • ab

    What a useless article

    • Patrick

      Let’s see you do better then, bitch.

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