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.

The easiest way to watch this show is by subscribing to HBO Max:


Watch True Detective Live with Sling Premium

Sling TV is a cost-efficient streaming service to which you can add an HBO subscription for $14.99 a month. Via Sling TV, you can stream True Detective from your phone, tablet, or laptop.

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With Hulu Live, you can watch HBO online through your Hulu subscription for an additional $14.99 a month after a free first week.

Find out more by clicking the button below.

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By subscribing to AT&T’s streaming service, AT&T TV NOW, you’ll be able to view True Detective and other HBO shows as soon as they air. Subscribers of AT&T TV NOW can add an HBO subscription to their base package and watch a wide variety of HBO content online.

HBO is also included in both the AT&T TV NOW PLUS and MAX packages.



Those who are members of Amazon Prime and therefore have access to Amazon Prime Video can pay for an additional $14.99/mo HBO subscription. Those who subscribe to HBO through Amazon Prime can then access  HBO’s library of content.

Alternatively, viewers can purchase individual episodes or seasons of True Detective through Amazon Prime without an HBO subscription.

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True Detective and other HBO shows will never be available on streaming services such as Netflix.

Subscribe to HBO Max for HBO Programming & More

how-to-subscribe-to-hbo-max-300x278HBO Max serves as a one-stop streaming service where subscribers can access an array of fresh and familiar content that is sure to entertain, educate, and enlighten. As its slogan “Where HBO meets so much more” suggests, HBO Max represents the merging of HBO’s famously high-caliber content with a larger library of binge-worthy offerings for all ages. Those who subscribe to HBO Max can watch HBO’s vast library of quality content. Additionally, HBO Max, in partnership with WarnerMedia, offers exclusive access to films and television series that cannot be found on the HBO app or other competitive streaming services like Netflix.

Those who wish to subscribe to HBO Max can go to the streaming service’s website and make an account. For many HBO subscribers, access to HBO Max may be included in your plan at no additional cost. It is also possible to subscribe to HBO Max through Hulu, AT&T TV Now, YouTube TV, Apple, and Google Play.


An HBO Max subscription is $14.99 a month. Compared to other streaming services,  HBO Max may seem pricey. But remember that a subscription will grant you access to HBO’s library of acclaimed series, films, and documentaries plus a variety of additional content. In addition to being able to watch HBO’s programming, HBO Max subscribers will have access to original HBO Max content, “select favorites from WarnerMedia’s beloved brands and libraries,” and a wealth of curated films and television series.

Once you’ve subscribed, don’t forget to download the HBO Max app on your preferred device. The HBO Max app will allow you to stream shows and films on your phone or tablet.

To learn more about HBO Max, click here.

What About HBO Now & HBO Go?

HBONowHBOGo-300x174Up until the summer of 2020, the apps HBO Now and Go both offered access to HBO’s library of TV series, movies, and documentaries. With the debut of HBO’s comprehensive new streaming service, HBO Max, HBO is retiring the HBO Go app. Those who wish to stream HBO’s library of content online without gaining access to HBO Max’s diverse offerings can still subscribe to HBO Now under its new name— HBO. This app can be installed on an iPhone, iPad, or Android device. A subscription is only $15 per month.

Watch True Detective on DVD & Blu-Ray

Some of us love to actually own physical copies of our favorite shows.  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! Pick up all seasons on Amazon.


It’s tempting to turn to illegal online methods of obtaining stellar entertainment such as True Detective and other HBO shows. However, downloading or streaming pirated content can open you up to legal ramifications and a host of viruses. Moreover, behind your favorite HBO shows are numerous hard-working and talented individuals whose payment is not only well-deserved but needed if they are to continue bringing the stories we love to life.

Why take a risk when there are so many legal and convenient ways to view True Detective and your other favorite HBO shows online?

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!

Click here for more information on watching HBO shows online.

Still looking for other ways to subscribe to and watch HBO? Check out our detailed guide.