How to stream Watchmen online - watch for free this weekend

stream Watchmen online
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Now that the series has reached its (mind-blowing) conclusion, there's never been a better time to stream Watchmen online. Particularly because it's free to watch on HBO this weekend - no subscription required.

Because there aren't any strings attached, you can stream Watchmen online via HBO (opens in new tab) for nothing right now (as mentioned on the show's Twitter (opens in new tab) account, this is because it explores systemic racism in the US... which is obviously quite pertinent at the moment). All you need to do is hop over to their website and press play. 

The nine-episode series is based on the original graphic novel, and it's set in an alternate but contemporary America where superheroes are treated as outlaws. Some are beginning to coalesce around the idea of a resurgence, but others are attempting to stop their comeback. That's where the show begins. 

If you need to remind yourself of the graphic novel's story, our handy Watchmen recap (opens in new tab) is the best way to catch up before you stream Watchmen online.

Stream Watchmen online - US

HBO Max (opens in new tab)

HBO Max (opens in new tab)
It's easy to watch Watchmen online right now - just head over the HBO website and click 'play'. 

Want to watch via one of your TV apps? Well, you'll need to either pick up a HBO Max (opens in new tab) subscription or use HBO as part of an Amazon package ($14.99 per month (opens in new tab) after your trial). Once the free weekend is over, the latter will be the best-value offer.

Stream Watchmen online - Canada

HBO |  Free (opens in new tab)

HBO | Free (opens in new tab)
Want to stream Watchmen online in Canada? No worries - head over to the HBO website, select 'visit HBO.com' on the right-hand side, and away you go.

After the free weekend is over, you'll need to use Crave to stream Watchmen online. That service is available from $9.99 per month (opens in new tab), and it's easy to navigate.

Stream Watchmen online - UK

HBO |  Free (opens in new tab)

HBO | Free (opens in new tab)
For those wanting to watch Watchmen in the UK, now's your best shot - it's free on the official HBO website. You don't need anything fancy to access it, either; it doesn't seem region-specific. 

That'll change once the free weekend is over, unfortunately. Watchmen isn't available to stream anywhere else in the UK right now, so you'll need a VPN (opens in new tab) to utilise another region's services if you miss the boat.

Stream Watchmen online - Australia

HBO |  Free (opens in new tab)

HBO | Free (opens in new tab)
How do you stream Watchmen online in Australia? It's simple - you visit HBO's website. You can watch the entire series there for free this weekend, so be sure to take advantage of that before the show disappears again.

When it does, you'll be stuck with either Binge (opens in new tab) or Foxtel. Because the latter starts at $49 per month (opens in new tab) (ouch) it's not necessarily the best bang for buck - we'd recommend going with Binge instead, which you can subscribe to from $10 per month. Otherwise, you'll need a VPN (opens in new tab) to utilise another region's services.

How to stream Watchmen from anywhere

ExpressVPN |  From $6.67 / £5.50 per month (opens in new tab)

ExpressVPN | From $6.67 / £5.50 per month (opens in new tab)
For those who can't easily stream Watchmen online - or are lumbered with expensive, unappealing deals - a VPN is your best option. 

What is a VPN, though? It's a 'Virtual Private Network' that tricks your internet into thinking you're somewhere else. That gives you a way around region restrictions, letting you watch shows that aren't normally available where you are. We'd argue that ExpressVPN (opens in new tab) is the best and easiest one to go with.

There are three simple steps to follow:

1: Get a cheap VPN installed. There are plenty of options, but we'd point you in the direction of ExpressVPN. There's even an offer on right now where you can get an additional three months FREE on a 12-month package and save 49% (opens in new tab). Happily, ExpressVPN is also compatible with pretty much everything.

2: Connect to another region's server. Take a look at the different regional options offered above to decide which server you'll need. We'd recommend going with whichever one has a free trial.

3: Head over to your service of choice. Once you set your location, visit your service of choice, sign up for a free trail, and away you go.

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Benjamin Abbott
Tabletop & Merch Editor

As the site's Tabletop & Merch Editor, you'll find my grubby paws on everything from board game reviews to Lego buying guides. I have been writing about games in one form or another since 2012 and can normally be found cackling over some evil plan I've cooked up for my group's next Dungeons & Dragons campaign.