Halo TV series premiere now available for free on YouTube

Halo TV series
Halo TV series (Image credit: Paramount)

What you need to know

  • The first episode of the Halo TV series aired on March 24, 2022.
  • You can now watch the series premiere for free on YouTube if you're in the United States.
  • To watch the rest of the show, you'll need a subscription to Paramount Plus.

The Halo TV series premiere set viewership records on Paramount Plus. While you'll need a subscription to the streaming service to watch the entire of the show, you can now watch the first episode of the series for free on YouTube. Paramount Plus put the entire episode on its official YouTube channel, though you have to be in the United States to watch it.

This strategy is common in the streaming industry. Companies will frequently place the initial episode of a show online for free with the aim of convincing people to subscribe to a service to watch the rest of a series. CBS All Access, which has since been rebranded as Paramount Plus, used the same strategy with the Star Trek: Picard series.

The series premiere of the Halo TV series received mixed reviews, but its scores have crept up since it aired. The show once had a 61% critic score on Rotten Tomatoes, but it now has a score of 70%. The IMDb rating for the first episode has hovered around 7.6.

If you're an Xbox Game Pass subscriber, you can get a month of Paramount Plus for free. Our guide on how to watch the Halo TV series can help you out if you're in a region that doesn't have Paramount Plus.

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  • I'm disappointed with how little this show is available outside of the US. I live in Canada, and there are no internationally available apps to play this show directly on a smart TV or Xbox sX. I need to connect my Tab S7+ to my TV via HDMI, and play it from the Paramount Plus app. Yeah, not even the casting button is enabled. And now, even this free YouTube episode isn't available without a VPN. It looks like I have 0 reason to renew after my 30 days is up.
  • Only for US? Screw that.
  • They're sacrificing HALO for the sake of boosting P+ subscriptions.
    Yeah, right.
    It's like they never heard of churn.
    Fools. They should have left it on SHOWTIME with global coverage via streaming and cable.