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In April 1986, a nuclear reactor core exploded at the Chernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in Pripyat, Ukraine. The aptly named Chernobyl disaster shook not only the still abandoned town where the incident occurred but the USSR itself.
Chernobyl will dramatize one of the worst man-made catastrophes in recent human history. It will also highlight a few of the real men and women who saved Eastern Europe from the brink of a full meltdown, including heroes who sacrificed their lives before the situation had been neutralized. Their stories will shed new light on the background of the breakdown.
Here’s everything you need to know to watch Chernobyl online for free.
Below is the cast of Chernobyl. Sam Troughton, Barry Keoghan, Ralph Ineson, Mark Lewis Jones, Fares Fares, and David Dencik will also be in the miniseries playing unspecified roles.
- Jared Harris as Valery Legasov
- Stellan Skarsgård as Borys Shcherbyna
- Emily Watson as Ulyana Khomyuk
- Paul Ritter as Anatoly Dyatlov
- Jessie Buckley as Lyudmila Ignatenko
- Adrian Rawlins as Nikolai Fomin
- Con O’Neill as Viktor Bryukhanov
- Adam Nagaitis as Vasily Ignatenko
- Billy Postlethwaite as Stolyarchuk
What channel is Chernobyl on?
Chernobyl will be available exclusively on HBO. The miniseries is slated to have five episodes.
When does Chernobyl air?
Chernobyl will air on Monday, May 6 at 6pm ET. Subsequent episodes will air on Mondays at the same time.
How to watch Chernobyl for free
Chernobyl is only available on HBO. But there are plenty of options to access the premium cable channel for free. Each of these services offers a one-week trial so you can catch the gripping new miniseries for free.
- Cost: $14.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) for HBO | $119 per year for Prime
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HBO is one of the best standalone channels available for purchase on Amazon Prime Video. If you’re a Prime member, it’s a convenient way to stream HBO hits like Veep, True Detective, and Game of Thrones. You’ll have access to live streaming and on-demand, so you can catch up on old episodes if you need to rewatch.
2) HBO Now
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If all you want is HBO, its proprietary on-demand service HBO Now will give you instant access to the channel’s entire history of his shows, movies, and documentaries, along with the ability to live stream new shows and specials. You’ll never run out of things to watch.
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- Local channels: ABC, CBS, Fox, NBC, the CW (check your local availability here)
Adding HBO to your Hulu account is easy. If you’re looking for an online cable package that comes with all that great Hulu on-demand content, Hulu with Live TV is a great offer at a great price. You’ll have almost 60 channels to flip through, including HGTV, a full suite of ESPN channels, Cartoon Network, FX, and even deep cuts like Nat Geo Wild and Syfy. Whichever Hulu package you choose, adding HBO will cost $14.99 a month after your free trial expires. (Here’s the complete list of Hulu Live TV channels.)
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- Cost: $44.99-$79.99 per month (after a 7-day free trial) | $14.99 per month for HBO
- PlayStation Vue devices: PlayStation 3 and 4, Roku, Amazon Fire, Google Chromecast, Kodi, iOS and Android devices
- Local channels: NBC, Fox, ABC, CBS (enter your ZIP code here to check your availability)
If you have a PS4 and are into the idea of having your gaming and streaming needs met in the same place, PlayStation Vue is made for you. Still, you don’t need a PS4 to enjoy this service. You can also use a Roku, Amazon Fire devices, and even Kodi. Plus, you’ll get awesome channels like AMC, BBC America, and Bravo in PlayStation Vue’s entry-level package. One subscription works with up to five devices, all with unlimited cloud DVR storage, which makes it one of the most binge-friendly solutions. (Here are all of PlayStation Vue channels.) HBO is one of several premium channels you can add to your subscription.
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Jaime Carillo is a writer for Pure Nintendo and a plucky YouTube cook. He specializes in writing about console gaming and kitchen gadgets. It comes naturally, considering he's either wielding a massive cleaver or Switch Pro controller at any given point. When he's not cruising through a drive-thru at 2am, he's baking shokupan or whipping up a big pot of Japanese curry. He enjoys retro gaming, geopolitics, and Vic Berger videos.