The LA Rams debut on HBO: Hard Knocks: LA on Tuesday, August 11. Here’s how to catch the show
The LA Rams join the LA Chargers for one of Home Box Office’s most unique and challenging seasons of their annual Hard Knocks series. In 2020, the producers at HBO have elected to feature both NFL teams planning to call Los Angeles’s SoFi Stadium home: The LA Rams and the LA Chargers. Featuring two NFL teams is a first for the NFL Training Camp television documentary. Per their press release:
"“HBO Sports, NFL Films and the two Los Angeles-based NFL franchises are teaming up for an unprecedented and unfiltered all-access look at what it takes to make it in the National Football League when HARD KNOCKS: LOS ANGELES kicks off its five-episode season this summer.One of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV, the 15th edition of the 18-time Sports Emmy®-winning series debuts TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (10:00-11:00 p.m. ET/PT), with other hour-long episodes of the first sports-based reality series debuting subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale.”-per Official Trailer Release – “Hard Knocks: Los Angeles via Patrick Byrne (HBO)"
Originally designed to be the most ambitious projects ever taken by the series, HBO had no way to know just how large of a project this year would transform into. But the road to this series covered plenty of Hard Knocks along the way.
Training camp means HBO’s Hard Knocks
The NFL and NFLPA have negotiated long and hard to develop the proper safeguards to protect NFL staff and players amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Those measures have already claimed OTAs and preseason games, as the risks inherent with both activities were too great to take without a firm process in place. But proper precautions were assembled in time to allow the Rams to begin training camp.
With the official opening of the Rams, the Rams now have the platform for the HBO film crew to begin work as well. All the while, the LA Rams are trying to make optimal use of what precious little time is available to turn 80 players into a 53-man active roster, and a 16-man practice squad. Time is not a friend this season.
Preview of LA Rams is a solid viewing
So what are you in for? Rather than tell you, why not just show you. After all, a picture is worth a thousand words.
So how do you get access to the show? Well if you already have it as part of your cable or dish package. If not? You still have time to subscribe. Prices for the channel(s) may vary based upon your provider, so be sure to check the cost before doing so.
If you don’t have cable or a dish, are you out of luck? Not entirely. A host of streaming options exist. You can obtain the APP directly from HBO by clicking on this link. That link will take you to the HBO website, and you will need to have your TV and streaming information at your fingertips to take advantage of their help. If you already have streaming services like HULU, Amazon Prime, YouTube TV, and more, you may add the HBO streaming service to your existing subscription.
Watch ’em sweat
Okay, so you’ve arranged to watch. So what is the streaming schedule?
Episode Broadcast date Channel/Stream
Episode 1 Aug. 11, 7:00 pm PT HBO, HBO MAX
Episode 2 Aug. 18, 7:00 pm PT HBO, HBO MAX
Episode 3 Aug. 25, 7:00 pm PT HBO, HBO MAX
Episode 4 Sep. 1, 7:00 pm PT HBO, HBO MAX
Episode 5 Sep. 8, 7:00 pm PT HBO, HBO MAX
The Rams have plenty of drama for this season’s episodes. There are three new coordinators helping to lead the team’s coaches this year. And of course, we’ve created our very own Top-10 List of things to watch for during this year’s Hard Knocks. We even have a special request to keep an eye on the running backs this year, because something feels like the Rams may surprise folks with the players who make the team this year.
And of course, there is always the chance of a pose-off between Aaron Donald and Donte Deayon.
It’s LA Rams football, and it’s back! Go Rams!