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Hard Knocks FAQ

Posted Aug 11, 2015

Frequently asked questions about the HBO 'Hard Knocks' series.

The Houston Texans will be featured on the 10th season of “Hard Knocks”.

But what exactly does that mean, and what can we expect?

“Hard Knocks” is a sports-based reality documentary series produced by NFL Films and HBO which details the daily lives and routines, both personal and professional, of players, coaches and staff of an NFL team during its training camp and preseason.

The show offers a behind-the-scenes look at how a team prepares for an NFL season with a 30-person crew that shoots well over 1,500 hours of footage and has access to all aspects of the organization and its facilities, including team meetings, training rooms, living spaces, practice fields, offices and more.

“Hard Knocks” debuted in 2001 with the Baltimore Ravens and has featured seven teams in its brief history, including the Ravens (2001), the Dallas Cowboys (2002, 2008), the Kansas City Chiefs (2007), the Cincinnati Bengals (2009, 2013), the New York Jets (2010), the Miami Dolphins (2012), and the Atlanta Falcons (2014).

The series, which has won 12 Sports Emmy Awards, and will feature five one-hour-long episodes.

Below are a few frequently asked questions about the series.

1. When time is each episode?
Episode #1
Debut: TUESDAY, AUG. 11 (9:00-10:00 p.m. CT)
Other hour-long episodes of the first sports-based reality series – and one of the fastest-turnaround programs on TV – debut subsequent Tuesdays at the same time, culminating in the Sept. 8 season finale. Each episode replays Wednesday at 11:00 p.m.
2. Other than live on HBO, where else can I watch 'Hard Knocks'?
Each episode available on HBO GO & HBO NOW the next morning.
No. of NFL FILMS production staff assigned to HARD KNOCKS – 115
No. of crew that will be living with the team at training camp in Houston, TX – 30
No. of cameras assigned to shoot training camp – 14 (6 manned cameras; 8 robotic stationary cameras)
No. of hours expected to shoot – Over 1500 hours (300 per episode)
No. of consecutive days crew will work on the series – 46 (July 24 to Sept. 7)

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