If you missed the series premieres of HBO's newest comedies —"Ballers" and "The Brink"— on Sunday and aren't a HBO Go or HBO Now subscriber, then you're in luck. Starting today, the first full episode of both shows will be available to stream on Facebook for a limited time.
"Ballers" star and executive producer Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is hosting the episode right on his official Facebook page, which is a good move for trying to draw in the former wrestling star's passionate and large fan base. The series premiere of "The Brink" will be available through the show's official page.
By releasing these episodes on Facebook for free, HBO is trying to expand its reach and attract new customers. This is also probably an attempt to curb the piracy of the episodes, since they'll be available on a platform that almost any potential viewer has access to for free.
Starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson ("Furious 7"), "Ballers" is about a former football player who is trying to reinvent himself as financial manager in Miami, Florida. The series has drawn comparisons to "Entourage," because of it was created by one of the show's producers, Stephen Levinson, and because of its obviously geared toward guys interests. The half hour comedy debuted with 2.2 million viewers on Sunday and was HBO's most-watched comedy debut in six years.
"The Brink" stars Jack Black and Tim Robbins and follows right after "Ballers" on Sunday. Attempting to fill the void left by "Veep," this new comedy is a geopolitical satire about three desperate men (Black, Robbins, and c) trying to prevent World War Three. On its opening night, "The Brink" drew in 1.6 million viewers on its first airnig. While it did lose some of its lead-in from "Ballers," it did perform better than any other HBO comedy in the 10:30 spot.