Hard Knocks follows an NFL team (a different one is chosen each year) as they go through pre-season training. This may sound boring but it’s really anything but. Rookies get cut, stars give it their all and a team comes together before the first big game. You’ll also be watching them on Sunday Night Football late on and you’ll actually recognize them!
There are a few different options for streaming HBO’s Hard Knocks online so let’s get to them. The weird thing here is that HBO’s Hard Knocks is usually NOT live on HBO Now. So you’ll need to use a different option unless you’re fine waiting until the day after.
Try DIRECTV NOW for Free and Add Hard Knocks and HBO for $5
DIRECTV is one of the leading streaming-only cable packages around. They offer most cable channels you can name for a very low fee and you can add HBO for five bucks. That’s the cheapest price for HBO we can find. Give them a seven day free trial:
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 Hard Knocks Live with Sling Premium
Sling is similar to DIRECTV NOW. The channel lineup varies a bit so you should compare the two and Sling actually starts cheaper at $20.
There’s a 7-Day free trial so if streaming Hard Knocks live tonight means a lot to you, give it a go.
Is Hard Knocks Streaming on Netflix or Hulu?
No. In fact no HBO program is on Netflix or Hulu at the moment. HBO’s Hard Knocks will probably never be on Netflix or Hulu because they’d need to square that deal with both the Home Box Office (a rival of both of those streaming services) as well as the NFL.
Watch Hard Knocks Online with HBO Go or HBO Now
In season’s past HBO and the NFL have not been able to come to terms with how to stream Hard Knocks online. This means that you needed a full cable subscription to watch Hard Knocks. And you couldn’t even live stream on HBO Go! But for the first time ever, in 2015 Hard Knocks will be made available on HBO Now! Here’s what the show’s producer had to say about the subject:
“A lot of people ask ‘do I have to have HBO to watch Hard Knocks,’ and the answer to that question is yes, but there are multiple ways to see the show. We would love for everyone to tune in for the premiere, starting Tuesday night, August 11th at 9:00 PM central. You can also watch on demand at HBO On Demand, or on your mobile device on HBO GO, and for the first time this year you can watch on HBO NOW, which is a streaming on demand service that does not require a cable subscription. There’s many ways to watch, and we hope everybody will.”
This is probably your best bet, then! So head on over to HBO Now and subscribe before the big show. You get a 30 day free trial so if this is the only show you care about, give it a go.
Pirating Hard Knocks
We can’t recommend trying this because most of the HBO live streams are simply bogus. Not only are you bombarded with ads, you’re very likely to catch a virus when trying to pirate the Hard Knocks. All on a tiny screen with no High Definition, fuzzy sound and a sinking feeling in your stomach that you just stole a product you love.
Do yourself a favor and subscribe to HBO Now so that you’ll get the show in glorious HD. It really is the best, free solution for watching Hard Knocks online. No excuses this year, Pirates! It’s available and easy to watch without cable.
Can you hear the theme music in your head? GET IN THE GAME!