When HBO launches a new series everyone takes notice. Especially when that series, called The Leftovers, is being created by the same man who brought us one of the most iconic TV series of all time: LOST. The series is sure to become a major draw as everyone becomes obsessed (on an off the screen) with finding out just what happened on October 14th when two percent of the world’s population vanishes. This will inevitably bring people to search engines looking for ways to watch The Leftovers online so they’re not driving themselves nuts wondering what happens next. Okay, well we can’t promise that watching a new episode of The Leftovers will cure your insanity but HBO does offer several ways to view the show online. Let’s go through some of them.
Try DirecTV Now for Free and Add HBO for $5
This is actually the cheapest way to get HBO online that we know of. You subscribe to DirecTV’s new service for about $35 which gives you tons of channels (almost all cable channels you could think of) and then for $5 more you can add HBO. Usually it’s about $15 anywhere else. Give it a shot! There’s a 7-Day free trial so it can’t hurt to give it a try.
UPDATE: DIRECTV NOW is offering a $25 per month discount on the service for anyone who has AT&T Unlimited (AT&T is the parent company of DIRECTV. They’re also throwing in HBO for free which is pretty amazing. This is the best deal in town, folks.
Watch Live The Leftovers with Sling Premium
Sling is a cable alternative that doesn’t require much more than $20 a month to get most of your favorite channels. This doesn’t include HBO or The Leftovers, though and you’ll have to add $15 to that if you want to watch The Leftovers live that way.
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. The Leftovers isn’t there yet but 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.
The Leftovers Streaming on Netflix, Hulu or Amazon Prime
As with all of HBO’s shows, you won’t find The Leftovers on Netflix or Hulu anytime soon. There have been tensions in the past between Netflix and HBO in particular that make that reality very unlikely any time in the next decade or so. You can, however expect to see The Leftovers on Amazon Prime but not for about three years. Amazon recently signed a major deal with HBO allowing them to stream all of their older episodes to Amazon Prime members so be sure to check that out. HBO series, in the USA at least, are not typically available on any other streaming platform either.
The Leftovers on DVD & Blu-Ray
HBO has not yet released The Leftovers on DVD or Blu-Ray as the series has just started. Typically seasons will be released on physical and digital download for purchase just before the NEXT season is released. So in this case we’d expect The Leftovers season 1 to become available on DVD and Blu-Ray in Summer of 2015. I know, a long wait indeed. We’ll update this information as we get an exact release date but that is our best guess at this time.
Is there a Leftovers Live Stream?
HBO doesn’t have an official live stream for any of their shows, including The Leftovers but you can watch it on HBO Go or HBO Now at the same time it’s released on traditional TV. I suppose you could call that a Leftovers live stream. The cool part is you can do that on EST time so if you’re on the west coast you can actually watch it a bit early.
Download Full Episodes of The Leftovers Online
HBO releases episodes to pay-per-episode providers such as Google Play, Amazon Instant and iTunes around the same time as their DVD releases. Recently, they’ve been releasing the digital versions MUCH earlier, as in 2 months or so after the season concludes on the air. So be on the lookout at your favorite digital download streaming service and we’ll be sure to report on that news as well.
HBO Go is the Best Way to Watch The Leftovers Online
Ultimately, the best way to watch The Leftovers online or any HBO series for that matter is to get set up with HBO Go. Currently HBO Go requires an HBO subscription through a cable provider such as Comcast or Time Warner Cable. You’ll just log in from almost any device and be streaming The Leftovers anywhere! Pretty cool, right? This might not be a perfect solution for international or monetarily challenged individuals but it is by far the easiest way to watch The Leftovers at your convenience. How do YOU watch The Leftovers? Live? Streaming? Leave us a comment below with your method of choice.