Cable and satellite distributors may not like this — but you won’t have to subscribe to their TV services, or even HBO, to watch Real Time With Bill Maher‘s specials during the Republican and Democratic conventions.
The HBO show will be live streamed on YouTube (youtube.com/RealTime). They’ll also appear on Maher’s Facebook page the day after they initially run.
This is the first time an HBO show has run concurrently on YouTube.
Maher will host four, half-hour shows for the Wednesday and Thursday of next week’s GOP gathering, and the Democratic confab the following week. They’ll run live at 11:00 PM ET/ 8:00 PM PT.
The comedian and commentator is already a familiar presence on YouTube. He supplements his weekly HBO show with Overtime, about 10 minutes of additional conversation with his guests that appears on Google’s video platform.