HBO Pushing Free Episodes of Original Shows as “Recommended by Humans” Instead of an Algorithm

/Film | 8/6/2019 | Ethan Anderton
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Last summer, Netflix completely got rid of the user reviews that once populated their desktop website. That left the streaming service’s recommendation algorithm as the primary way for users to determine whether or not they would like a show that keeps popping up through the various Netflix access points. Now HBO is throwing some shade at Netflix’s lack of a personal touch by introducing a new promotional tool called “Recommended By Humans,” which features real people suggesting shows to watch in a candid and fun way. Plus, you can watch the first episode of nearly four dozen HBO original shows for free right now.

If you go to the “Recommended by Humans” website on a desktop computer or mobile browser, you can move around a seemingly endless array of tiles with video recommendations, quotes, tweets and plenty of praise for a wide variety of HBO shows, movies and documentaries that people have enjoyed. Here are all the HBO originals recommended by humans with the first episode (or an entire film in some cases) available to watch for free right now:



Most of the offerings are for HBO’s newer...
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