In a move to grab viewers who aren’t subscribers, HBO plans to make two new comedies available online for free, reports Bill Carter in The New York Times’ Media Decoder.
"The shows are the coming comedies ‘Girls’ and ‘Veep,’ both of which have been riding a wave of advance publicity — especially ‘Girls.’ Even before it has been exposed to the public, ‘Girls’ has been among the most talked-about new shows on television," Carter notes.
After each show has its first run on HBO, the debut episodes will be placed online at free sites including YouTube, DailyMotion, TV.com and HBO.com, the story notes.
"Girls" tracks the rocky personal relationships of a group of single young women in New York, while "Veep" stars Julia Louis-Dreyfus as the first female vice president. The former debuts Sunday at 10:30 p.m., while the latter will premiere April 22 at 10 p.m.