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HBO Offering 'The Pacific' Premiere for Free Online Streaming

by Jason Hughes, posted Mar 16th 2010 5:00PM
'The Pacific'
Reviews of the first installment of HBO's ten-part mini-series 'The Pacific' have been mixed -- I liked it, though -- and ratings figures aren't in yet. Nevertheless, the network has taken the bold step of putting that entire episode online for free viewing; you can catch it here. Is it a response to poor ratings -- even though we don't know those figures yet, the network likely does -- or just an attempt to lure people in who don't already have HBO?

The premiere was more style over substance, which is one of the major problems critics had with it, but it did offer some stunning visuals and established an atmosphere very different than 'Band of Brothers.' As a companion piece of sorts to the modern classic 'Brothers,' brought to us by the same production team including Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg, expectations were pretty high for 'The Pacific' coming out of the gate.

If it underperformed per HBO's expectations, making that entire first episode available to all potential viewers might just be the thing to convince at least some of them to upgrade their cable or satellite service. It's not the first time a premium cable network has streamed episodes of one of their shows online. Showtime did so with a season premiere of 'The L Word,' and HBO offered the first week of episodes for their own 'In Treatment' when it debuted.

In the case of 'In Treatment,' it was an attempt to bolster sagging ratings, though an analysis of whether or not the tactic worked is hard to come by. The series has gone on to subsequent success, but it had a lot of buzz and press covering it as well. 'The Pacific' hasn't received nearly as much attention as 'Band of Brothers' did in 2001, so HBO is putting their product where their mouth is with this marketing tactic. It's highly unlikely the second episode will show up on the site as well.

For now, you can click over and check it out for yourself. If you dig what you see, you have until Sunday at 9 PM ET to sign up for HBO so you won't miss the premiere of the second episode.

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happy independence day to all ntire human race freedom of xpression and free-will evry1 get so xcited they cant hide it.normal thing in a human being.yipaa yipee woo-hoo.

June 12 2010 at 9:44 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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happy independendece day to all ntire human race afreedom of expression afree-will every1 get so xcited cant hide it. anormal thing in ahuman being.

June 12 2010 at 9:40 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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and that leckie caught in the act by his mother that hes deeply madly fell nlove and while sid in waiting shed on sledge was it really nice suite sid it was. wasnt fake its all orig powerful wonderful and ilike the trumphet and the drum sounds good.and taste ever better and i saw lieutenant most wanted crime scenes in documentary hes in micheal persona cool dude and mr.hanks he ran soso fast'yes sargent'he does and hes a certfified runner. and hes truly a4ever young specie. right force?and the AI kid very small.and sir spielberge has a smiling face during the making of the pacific. like it its a proudly presents. its an interview whre in audience impact immediate respond and highy recommended .and thers no place like hbo.keep it up.

June 12 2010 at 9:24 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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this is real it. the pacific a most boombastic terrific ever series in solar system .even arround the globe . parting time ?i think theres more nowories theres always a reunion and memorabilia and the most xciting is that the kung fu sparing of peck new comer and leyden an xplosive big -bang in part 9 and the setting soso fine sorroundings a golden autum and a tandem of father n son sledge in part10 and i dont like medallion is there any way that john basilone backhome to lena's arms?cannot be.no way.thats the way it is in the script.and my golly mothers knows best leckie that u spy on vera ur apple of an eye no alibi.and feel the thrill when sledge divein mudpond with frightening creepy smiling skeleton and worms in it uh-oh where in trouble .very much impressive technique to defeat an unbeatable foe and its truly phenomenal.

June 05 2010 at 9:27 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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the pacific has a terrefic sequel endings.sledge laid down in the whole yellow brown grain w/tiny flower in his palm finger as he stand by and turned back there as he goes by .bye bye.

May 29 2010 at 10:56 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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nice taping .the scene .the location itself when sledge lying in brown yellow whole grains and a little thin flower in his hand w/the radiation of the sun .the view. nature lover. green n clean and finally snafu slap by a girl in train totottt a total face make over a slap of love? very naughty guy a cool manirism. the pacific is the undisputed. big winner. think big think the pacific

May 29 2010 at 8:38 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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there4 i conclude that the pacific is the most tremendous in the universe every1 should have it as a daily serving habit on screen and even mid.-hr snax to remind that fighting is not worth living aint pretty damn well good . the heart trending is that when sledge about to strike a gun bullet to a dying okinawa victim apparently died on his lap.and kid a japs kid killed by the new hired marine just right infron of sledge w/o defense mechanism and laugh out loud gag sneakpeak on snafus very vigilant by his xmas presence o-sha-la-la fresh from his tummy w/matching sounds effects 'ppruutt' and hamm w/double m new recruite plus burgie = hammburgie delicious and the finale of their home coming to town to recover live happily after all thnx there would be no warfreak and no battle field hephephooray!!!

May 29 2010 at 7:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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oopss i guess wrong spelling wrong .leyden not layden.people are not perfect try to correct. its leyden hit by hand grenade sledge hammr try 2protect him it was in part 7and the aircraft released rocket leyden hit again was it in part 9 if im not mistaken and oswalt not oswall its oswalt hit by the rifle dead on the spot .oswalt posseses good traits and right manners & conduct he shares h2o.it was 1 of my favourite part in the scene. it would be much nicer hbo airetime xclusively the pacific marathon mania for straight consecutive 10-hrs.part1 -10

May 23 2010 at 4:05 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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then again aint corny really funny sid n private sledge frends 4ever and leckie's slide in pourin rain and his beliefs that god created sleepin beauty and john basilone and his new well trained aspirants will slap the jap.and yellow skinetonned fling arround.snafu infected. his eyes bacame yellow w/c is nicer and safer than the red1 .beware of red eyes-sore-eyes snafu .and sledge hammer is pope-eye- as1 in -tobacco .and the saddest & the last thing ever happened that everything has come to an end mission shouldnt be aborted mission-vission accomplished.21 guns salute to all soldiers in k-35 w/c is a good set of example 2 all.sharin a little amount of h2o by oswall hes promoted but suddenly disgrace its aheart that carin a good human behaviour.when daniels became insane a.a haldane try 2 comfort their men infact all of them the 4 of them good leadership to follow their footsteps for the benefit of the majoriity to satisfy their wants n needs dear fellas and the rest eddie and ack ack haldane ,burgie a well being commander officer and alot more and also when snafu hit a little bit by air bomb sledge hammer rescued him and layden by granade twice the other 1 bomb.try too look after 1 and the other nice stuff.more complicated in part 9 soldiers of 4tune deffinitely cant detect either the civilian innocent pple or they just being trapped by the guerillas rebels. climax shoudnt missed .must see. keep watching.somthings r interesting.i assure u 101percent guranteed.

May 22 2010 at 8:57 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
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its not all bout tragedy its a comedy as well rolled into1 its a reality not fantasy its a haha ppy movie too a portrial role of ram malek best teaser ever to sledge hammr & a lesson learned from it that not only dog can bark also human being inthe land of living planet earth can do that thing .its amazing now iknow .and shake that big awesom jays butt ass while japs troops attacked him and a thick mud in leckies boots to foot.its the summer event ever. more hear from me

May 15 2010 at 7:43 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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