HBO’s True Detective took the world by storm becoming one of the network’s most watched premiere series in years. In fact it was so big that it crashed HBOGo on the night of the finale! Those of you with a home theater system and an HBO subscription most likely watched True Detective in HD, on the big screen in your home as opposed to online or on the go. But we know that just isn’t preferable or desirable for many fans out there so we’d love to give you some helpful hints on how to watch True Detective online.
Watch Live True Detective 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 True Detective, though and you’ll have to add $15 to that if you want to watch True Detective 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.
Try DirecTV Now for Free and Add HBO for $5
This is actually the cheapest way to get HBO and True Detective 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.
Can I Watch True Detective on Netflix? Hulu?
The short answer is: No. HBO doesn’t license its streaming rights out very often and particularly not to those they consider competitors. Netflix and HBO particularly have been accused of heated competition in the rapidly evolving space of online TV streaming. HBO would prefer you log in to HBOGo, it’s online streaming app, and utilize their services rather than find it on Netflix or Hulu.
Don’t hold your breath about this changing anytime soon either. True Detective will not be on Netflix or Hulu for the foreseeable future. Luckily there are other options.
Older HBO Shows are Streaming on Amazon Prime (but not True Detective)
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. True Detective isn’t there yet but it may be in the future. Use the banner below to get there or sign up for a free month.
Digital Pay Per Episode Options
HBO does allow companies such as Google, Amazon and Apple to allow downloads of their episodes online for a small fee. Usually you’re looking at $2-$3 per episode or $30-$35 per season depending on how old the season is. Unfortunately these aren’t made available until the season is released on Blu-Ray and DVD (see below). So on or around June 10th you’ll get that option for True Detective. We’ll link you to True Detective on iTunes, Google Play and Amazon Instant Watch once they’re live. Watch this space.
In fact: all HBO series work this way so be sure to keep that in mind if you’re using this option.
HBO Go & HBO Now: The Ultimate Way to Stream True Detective Online
Using HBOGo or HBO Now is really the best way to watch True Detective online. It’s available on all these devices and HBO has promised that list will grow indefinitely. There’s really no FREE option of downloading True Detective and watching online. No matter which option you choose you’ll need to pay something. Luckily HBO Go is free if you’re a subscriber so that shouldn’t be an issue for most HBO fans reading this. Download HBOGo or HBO Now to all the devices you own and the rest takes care of yourself.
We all hope that HBO some day allows users to subscribe to HBOGo without going through Comcast, Charter or some other megalithic cable company. Today IS that day! Luckily they’re trying to make it easier to subscribe so be sure to follow us for more news on the evolution of television as it heads more and more online.
Watch True Detective on DVD & Blu-Ray
Some of us love to actually own physical copies of our favorite shows. True Detective isn’t available until June 10th but you can certainly pre-order your copy now. The great thing about HBO’s DVD and Blu-Ray sets is that they come with BOTH versions of the show (DVD & BR) as well as multiple options for getting a digital download, included free with the discs! Sometimes it’s silly NOT to pick up the disc sets because they’re about the same price as the digital only versions or LESS if you can find a good sale.
Blu-Ray and DVD may not be the wave of the future but they have some great special features you can’t find anywhere else and HBO almost always allows a free digital version along with it. Not a bad deal at all!
We hope that one of these options appeals to you if you’re trying to stream, download or watch True Detective online. It isn’t easy for those on a budget or unable to subscribe to HBO to watch the shows live online but if you’re willing to wait a bit there are plenty of paid options to get the job done. And who’s to say HBO won’t open up even more in the future!