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.

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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. There’s a seven day free trial of Sling so you have nothing to lose:

Try Sling with HBO Free for 7 Days

DIRECTV Now has HBO and Silicon Valley for $5

DIRECTV NOW actually has HBO for only five bucks as an addon. Their packages start a bit higher at $35 but you get a few more channels than Sling and if you’re an AT&T Unlimited customer you save even more. Give them a seven day trial as well.

Try DIRECTV NOW Free for 7 Days

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.

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DVD and Blu-Ray

Want to own the series forever in a soon to be outdated format? (just kidding!) Amazon has all seasons on Blu-Ray and DVD for pretty fair prices.

 

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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!