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Watch HBO Documentaries Online & Streaming for Free

by Jacob Klein


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 AT&T TV NOW

If you want to watch an HBO Documentary live as it airs online you’ll need a service like AT&T TV 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.


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.

Streaming HBO Documentaries on Sling

Like AT&T TV NOW, Sling is an online cable package without the cable! It’s actually extremely cheap 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.

Try Sling


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

Add HBO to Hulu Live

Are HBO Documentaries on Netflix?

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.

Watch HBO with Prime

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.

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