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HBO to offer 'Girls' and 'Veep' premiere episodes for free on YouTube and more

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HBO's upcoming series Veep and Girls will be available on YouTube,, and other sites the day after they premiere on HBO.


While HBO shows no signs of making all of its content available without a cable subscription, the premium network is trying out a new way to entice viewers to sign up. Veep (April 22nd) and Girls (April 15th) will premiere as usual on HBO, and the following day will be available to watch in full on, YouTube, and other free on-demand services. Both are brand new series, and while they may lack the impact of a new 'Game of Thrones' or 'Wire' season, they've got notable talent with Julia Louis-Dreyfus and In the Loop's Armando Iannucici (Veep) and Lena Dunham and Judd Apatow (Girls). Granted, it's still nowhere near an online subscription for HBO, but at least the network is seeing the value in making content available outside the claws of cable.