HBO Gives All Audiences a Chance to See the First Episode of 'The Newsroom' Free of Charge

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June 25th, 2012

via press note:

Beginning today, HBO is giving all audiences, including non-subscribers, a chance to watch the first episode of THE NEWSROOM, the new Aaron Sorkin drama series, free of charge on multiple platforms.


Following its June 24 debut on HBO, the pilot of THE NEWSROOM will go live on, YouTube, DailyMotion, and multiple distributors’ Free On Demand platforms. The sampling opportunity will be promoted on HBO’s Facebook and Twitter profiles and will run from today through July 23. The episode will also be available as a free podcast on iTunes during the sampling period.


Created by Aaron Sorkin (Oscar® winner for writing “The Social Network,” executive producer and writer of the multiple Emmy® winner “The West Wing”), the new HBO drama series follows a news team on its quixotic mission to reclaim the legacy of Murrow and Cronkite in the face of a fickle audience, corporate mandates and tangled personal relationships. The series is executive produced by Sorkin, Scott Rudin (the Oscar® winner “No Country for Old Men”) and Alan Poul (HBO's multiple Emmy® winner “Six Feet Under”). Jeff Daniels (Golden Globe nominee for “The Squid and the Whale,” “Something Wild” and “The Purple Rose of Cairo”) stars as Will McAvoy and Emily Mortimer (“Hugo,” “Shutter Island”) stars as MacKenzie McHale.


  • Colin

    When can we expect a press release about the ratings? Next 2 hours?

  • Joel

    hmmm is this a sign that HBO was underwhelmed with the ratings? (i know i know HBO doesn’t care about total live viewers) but still why not before it aired?

  • SteveO

    This isn’t totally out of the ordinary for new shows. Also, this aired after True Blood (correct?), so it should have had a solid start. Although, as we all know, retention doesn’t really matter.

  • Silvio

    Actually it’s not all audiences . To me it says:
    We’re sorry. This video is not available in your region.

  • Freyja

    I really liked The Newsroom it was amazing last night, were as True Blood seems to be falling apart IMO… It’s not as good as in the first two seasons.

  • Denan Mark

    Haven’t seen “The Newsroom” yet – looks highly derivative to me. But I found it interesting that what’s her name, Emily something or other was bashing American’s ignorance and complaining about living for 10 years (!) under Bush whom she called ‘the other guy’ and while referring to Obama as ‘the guy we have now’ said it is like he’s ‘standing on a postage stamp in the middle of the ocean surrounded by sharks…

    Good thing she can act because basic intellect obviously is not her cup of tea.

  • john dudley

    this may come as a surprise to you, but the actress, the great Emily Mortimer, does not write her own lines. She reads a script.
    the show was amazing. It was really exciting at times. Quite surprising. I am excited about the next week. Makes waiting for “Boardwalk” possible.

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