How to watch Mr. Mercedes for free on DirecTV Now


Live Stream the new series Mr. Mercedes, based on a Stephen King novel

Looking for a way to watch Mr. Mercedes, the new series based on Stephen King’s novel, for free?

This short guide will give you a few options of how to watch Mr. Mercedes on DirecTV Now. You can easily catch the first episode of the 10-episode series for free. And there are some inexpensive options to catch the whole series, too.

The first episode of Mr. Mercedes just aired almost a week ago (on Aug. 9) at 8 p.m. on the Audience Network, a channel exclusive to AT&T. But you catch up on the first episode of Mr. Mercedes through DirecTV Now’s on-demand, and keep watching the rest of series until its 10th and final episode.

DirecTV Now has a 7-day free trial, and the Audience Network is on all four channel bundles. Just go online and cancel before your trial ends if you don’t want to keep going with the service.

You can live stream DirecTV Now on a Roku, Amazon Fire TV devices and other major streaming devices. 

Audience Network is now producing exclusive shows, but it’s a little known network in the world of streaming. “Mr. Mercedes” and some of their other exclusive shows aim to change that.

The strategy to attract viewers with original, exclusive shows is similar to what other networks like Epix is doing. Epix, owned by MGM studios, just released a series loosely based on the Leonard Elmore novel “Get Shorty.”

What’s Mr. Mercedes about?

Two years after retiring, homicide detective Bill Hodges just wants to rest and forget about his work. But one case still haunts him.

A driver that plowed a stolen Mercedes into a line of people waiting for a job fair was never caught. Brady Hartsfield killed eight people, and wounded many more. And he’s loves taunting Hodges about never getting caught as he takes on an even more ambitious plan of mass murder.

Deciding to act, Hodges undertakes a secret crusade to stop Hartsfield’s latest plan and bring the killer to justice.

Harry Treadaway stars as Brady Hartsfield in the new series “Mr. Mercedes”.

Stephen King describes “Mr. Mercedes” as his first hard-boiled detective tale. The novel was published by Scribner in June 2014 and became an immediate No. 1 New York Times Bestseller upon its release. Shortly after the novel was published, King announced that “Mr. Mercedes” was the first of a projected trilogy. The second novel, “Finders Keepers,” was published by Scribner in June 2015, and the third novel, “End of Watch,” was published by Scribner in June 2016.

David E. Kelley wrote and adapted King’s novel for television. You may recognize Kelley’s name because of his network hits like “Boston Legal” and “Ally McBeal.”

Kelley has had some big hits with shows made exclusively for premium networks. He created the HBO miniseries “Big Little Lies” and the excellent series “Goliath” for Amazon Video.

Who is in the Mr. Mercedes series?

It’s pretty much an all-star cast.

“Mr. Mercedes” stars Brendan Gleeson as Detective Bill Hodges. Harry Treadaway plays Brady Hartsfield. Kelly Lynch stars as Deborah Hartsfield. Jharrel Jerome (“Moonlight”) plays Jerome Robinson. Scott Lawrence (“Avatar”) is Detective Peter Dixon.

You’ll recognize many more stars once you start watching the series. Even if you’ve never read the novel, it’s a great series to watch.

How to stream Mr. Mercedes for free

The Audience Network is exclusive to AT&T. So that means if you subscribe to DirecTV, AT&T U-verse or DirecTV Now you can get the channel. If you’re a wireless customer of AT&T Unlimited, you can get the Audience Network through AT&T Watch. 

I’d recommend trying out a free 7-day trial of DirecTV Now if you want to watch the first episode of Mr. Mercedes without paying anything. You can simply cancel before the free trial to avoid being billed.

Can I binge watch Mr. Mercedes?

If you wanted to binge watch the entire Mr. Mercedes series for free, you could probably just wait for all the episodes to air. Then just go to the on-demand section of the Audience Network and stream each one. I checked with my DirecTV Now subscription and you can already find Episode 1 of the series there.

How is DirecTV Now compared to Sling TV, PlayStation Vue?

I’ve used DirecTV Now and I can tell you that they will be a top contender against Sling TV and PlayStation Vue.

Parent company AT&T just announced beta testing for a Cloud DVR feature on DirecTV Now, and 4K video quality is expected to come in 2018. The entry-level channel bundle on DirecTV Now is $35 per month for 60+ channels. There are popular networks that you’ll recognize like A&E, HGTV, ESPN and Viceland.

Read my comparison piece DirecTV Now vs PlayStation Vue: the definitive guide for more information.

DirecTV Now has been aggressively pushing into the live streaming market by adding local channels and regional sports networks (RSNs) across the U.S. You can check out what local channels and RSNs are offered in your area with the DTVN search engine. Just enter your zip code to see what local channels are in your region.

Audience Network has a growing roster of critically acclaimed original series that you might want to check out. The MMA drama “KINGDOM,” starring Frank Grillo and Nick Jonas, has been getting some buzz.

The crime drama “ICE,” and suspense-drama “ROGUE” has also been getting a lot of attention lately.

To check out Mr. Mercedes, take advantage of the free 7-day trial. See if does the novel any justice. 

Have you watched Mr. Mercedes? Let fellow readers know what you think of the series in the comments below.

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