For the first time in almost 13 years, Hard Knocks will return to the AT&T Stadium to follow the Dallas Cowboys. The five-hour-long episodes should help shed some light on what was going on behind the scenes during a relatively rough year for the team. Season 16 of Hard Knocks will premiere at 10 PM EST (7 PM PST) on August 10; read on to find out how you can stream every episode online.
Please don’t be tempted to try watching Hard Knocks via unofficial sources. Not only are these notoriously unreliable, they often only offer the bare minimum in terms of video quality. There are plenty of legitimate ways to watch, even outside of the US, and a little further down, we’ll be explaining how you can watch Hard Knocks season 16 for free. In other words, there are simply no benefits to using third-party streams!
The services showing Hard Knocks are all geo-blocked. If you’re traveling abroad and hoping to watch the show on your usual streaming platforms, you’ll need a Virtual Private Network (VPN).
How to stream Hard Knocks online from abroad
VPNs enhance your online privacy by encrypting your web traffic and hiding your true location. This latter feature also lets you access region-specific services from anywhere in the world. Best of all, these services are very easy to use.
Here’s how to watch Hard Knocks (Season 16) from anywhere:
- Before we begin, you’ll have to decide which VPN you’d like to use. We recommend NordVPN. That said, Surfshark and ExpressVPN are two top-tier alternatives.
- Once you’ve signed up, install the VPN app onto your preferred streaming device. It’s fine if you have a few; most providers let you secure around five at once.
- Choose one of the official broadcasters from the list below.
- Log into the VPN and select a server in the appropriate country. You’d use a US server for watching on HBO or a British one for unblocking Sky.
- Finally, try to play a video on your chosen service. If it fails to load, clearing your cookies and refreshing the page should fix most issues. Still struggling? You might want to contact your VPN’s support team for personalized, step-by-step assistance.
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How to watch Hard Knocks season 16 on US TV
New episodes of Hard Knocks will be added to HBO Max at the same time that they’re shown on traditional TV (10 PM EST every Tuesday). Currently, Hard Knocks: Los Angeles is also available, so you have something to watch while you count down the days each week.
HBO Max costs $9.99 USD per month with ads or $14.99 per month without, and unfortunately, there’s no free trial. However, if you’re already an HBO TV customer, you can just sign into HBO Max with your cable provider details instead.
Things are slightly more difficult if you’d like to watch live. HBO has slowly been removing its live channels from streaming services, and is now only available on YouTube TV. Of course, recently-aired episodes will be added to this platform’s on-demand library too, so don’t worry if you miss one. Normally, you’d have to pay $64.99 per month for YouTube TV, but it comes with a two-week free trial. In other words, if you can wait a few weeks after the premiere, you’ll be able to sign up, watch all five episodes, and cancel before your payment method is charged.
HBO Max and YouTube TV are both geo-restricted, so you’ll need a VPN to use them abroad. NordVPN includes a 30-day money-back guarantee, giving you the chance to try it completely risk-free. If you’re unimpressed, cancel within 30 days to claim a full refund, no questions asked.
Where else can I watch Hard Knocks online?
Even though football is primarily for an American audience, Hard Knocks has fans all over the world, and is being shown in several countries. Here’s everything we know about streaming Hard Knocks season 16 internationally:
The sixteenth season of Hard Knocks will be exclusive to DAZN. In fact, this service has most prior seasons (though a few from the earlier years are missing), making it the most complete collection that’s legally available for streaming anywhere. DAZN subscriptions cost $20 CAD per month, but your first month is free. If you’d like, you could always sign up, watch as much as you like, and cancel your account before you’re billed.
DAZN has different content for different countries. However, if you’re outside of Canada, you can still watch Hard Knocks with the help of a Canadian VPN server.
While we don’t have official confirmation just yet, historically, Hard Knocks has been released live on Sky Sports Arena and on-demand via NFL Game Pass. It’s possible to stream Sky Sports live online via Now TV, provided you have a Sports Membership (£33.99 per month). Alternatively, you could sign up for Game Pass for £147.99 annually (or £37 each quarter — there’s no monthly plan, unfortunately).
These services are both geo-restricted, so you’ll need a VPN if you’re outside of the UK.
There’s been no word on an Australian broadcast so far but last season was exclusively available on Kayo. Plans start at $25 AUD per month and come with a two-week free trial. Considering the new season only has five episodes, that’s more than long enough for you to stream the whole thing for free once it arrives.
Kayo is only available in Australia, so if you’re abroad, you’ll have to use a VPN to watch.
What can we expect from season 16 of Hard Knocks?
The official Hard Knocks trailer shows America’s Team running drills but any fan of the show (or football in general) knows that what happens on the field is only half the story. The real meat of Hard Knocks is the interpersonal drama: who’s trying to lead and who’s simply trying to stay afloat? We haven’t heard about any specific issues that’ll be addressed but given 2020 was arguably the Cowboys’ worst season in four years, it’s safe to say that not everything will be rosy in the team’s locker room.