HBO Streams First Episode of The Newsroom on YouTube

Aaron Sorkin’s latest show, The Newsroom, aired its first episode on HBO Sunday night. If you didn’t get a chance to watch the show or don’t subscribe to HBO, you’re in luck. HBO is currently streaming the entire first episode on YouTube.

Unfortunately, it looks like this is a one-time thing as the main HBO Twitter account tweeted that it would only be airing the first episode on YouTube.

Still, the streaming of the show on YouTube, a free platform, should pacify some journalists, many of whom took to Twitter to complain they wouldn’t be able to watch the show since they can’t afford HBO.

The above tweet from Lauren Seabrook has been retweeted more than 230 times.

It’s still an interesting move from HBO, especially since the company has HBO Go, an app that lets subscribers watch its programs on a variety of different devices.

The Newsroom gives viewers a behind-the-scenes look at a fictional nightly cable news program. It stars Jeff Daniels, Emily Mortimer and Sam Waterston. So far, critics have generally panned the show although Dan Rather reviewed it for Gawker and liked it. Go figure. Poynter also has a pretty good overview of other reviews published since the show aired.

Note: if you live outside of North America, you aren’t going to be happy. The episode on YouTube will only air if you are in the United States or Canada.

Now that you can watch at least the first episode of this new series, what do you think? Were the negative reviews valid?