HBO Launches YouTube Channel To Help Boost Sluggish "In Treatment" Ratings

Critics like "In Treatment," HBO's psychotherapy serial, but viewers don't. It's one of the lowest-rated original series HBO has ever aired. HBO's mantra is that it cares about subscribers, not ratings, but that doesn't work if no one's watching.

Solution? Give the show away for free. Last week HBO started streaming the first 15 (of 43) half-hour episodes on its own web site. And now it's putting full-length episodes on its newly-launched YouTube channel. Also available on the site: Shorter clips of higher-rated fare, like Entourage, The Wire, and Flight of the Conchords.

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