HBO Documentaries are one of the signature programming elements that make the Home Box Office what it is today. It’s hard to find this kind of quality, non-fiction programming anywhere else on television (though some are attempting to duplicate HBO’s success). These days it’s easy to stream HBO Documentaries online as well. There are a few different ways to do that and we’ll go through them below.
Watch HBO Documentaries Live Streaming Online with DIRECTV NOW
If you want to watch an HBO Documentary live as it airs online you’ll need a service like DIRECTV NOW. It’s a streaming only package that includes tons of cable channels like ESPN, AMC and all the big network channels like NBC and ABC. HBO is a 5$ add-on but AT&T Unlimited customers get access for much less. Give their seven day free trial a go and you’ll be watching HBO Docs online in no time.
Watch HBO Documentaries Anytime Online with HBO Go or HBO Now
HBO Go and Now are two different apps but they serve essentially the same purpose. HBO Go is for people who have traditional cable but want access to their programming on the go. It’s free with your subscription. HBO Now is a stand alone app you can subscribe to for $15 a month (30 days free) without having to subscribe to Comcast or some other bloated cable package. Give HBO Now a try for 30 days and see how it works for you!
Streaming HBO Documentaries on Sling
Like DIRECTV NOW Sling is an online cable package without the cable! It’s actually extremely cheap at $25 per month and HBO is an extra fee to add on but you’ll get a basic cable package (streaming only) for a fraction of the cost of a traditional subscription. They also have a seven day free trial as well so try Sling and watch HBO Docs anytime.
Are HBO Documentaries on Netflix or Hulu?
No. HBO content is not on Netflix or any other streaming service that isn’t some sort of bundle like Sling and DIRECTV. You may be able to find some of them streaming online via Amazon but not most of them.
If All Else Fails You can Buy the DVD or Blu-Ray
Sometimes you just want to keep an HBO Documentary forever or easily share it with a friend. The easiest way to do this is by purchasing the HBO Documentary on DVD or Blu-Ray. Amazon has a ton of them so check out their selection.
Don’t Pirate HBO Documentaries Online
Okay, we all know you can just hop on your favorite torrent site and download an HBO Documentary but think of what you’re doing; you’re cheating the creators of that content. Not just HBO but the camera operators, directors and subject matters at hand. Think twice before stealing an HBO Documentary. Use one of the legal options above.