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.
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.
Try DirecTV Now for Free and Add HBO for $5
This is actually the cheapest way to get HBO and Silicon Valley streaming online. 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 and Cinemax. 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.
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.
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.
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!