HBO Max: A brand new half-off deal, motion pictures, exhibits, costs and the whole lot else to know


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HBO Max is the premium community’s subscription-only streaming service that features all the films and exhibits on common HBO, plus an additional streaming-only library of extra exhibits, motion pictures and originals. HBO Max has killed off its weeklong free trial, however — for 10 days solely — it is providing an aggressive half-off low cost for six months of the service. The low cost applies to HBO Max’s $15-a-month, ad-free premium tier, which is the one it is advisable to unlock same-day motion pictures.

Considered one of HBO Max’s largest attracts through the pandemic has been its determination to stream new, theatrically launched motion pictures at no additional cost on the identical time they hit theaters. The most recent is Cry Macho, the brand new film from director Clint Eastwood, in addition to Malignant, the latest horror movie from The Conjuring franchise’s creator, and Memory, a thriller thriller a couple of non-public investigator of recollections. 

Here is all the main points on that deal and the whole lot else to find out about HBO Max.  

What are the main points of the half-off promotion? 

HBO Max kicked off an aggressive, half-off deal Friday for its $15-a-month, ad-free tier. It is obtainable just for 10 days, by Sept. 26. It provides HBO Max’s ad-free tier — the tier that unlocks entry to same-day motion pictures like Cry Macho and Malignant proper now and Dune and the Matrix 4 later this yr — for $7.49 monthly for as much as six months. Clients can enroll at HBOMax.com or by Apple, Google, LG, Microsoft, Sony, Roku and Vizio.

The low cost is geared toward wooing again misplaced HBO members who had been paying by Amazon and have been primarily disconnected en masse earlier this week. HBO pulled out of the e-commerce big’s Amazon Channel providing Wednesday, chopping off entry to roughly 5 million accounts that have been subscribed to HBO by Amazon.

However deal is out there to anybody who indicators up for HBO Max, no matter whether or not you’re a new buyer, a returning buyer from Amazon or a returning member from every other supplier. 

How do I stream Cry Macho, Malignant and Memory? Are they ‘free’ to stream on HBO Max, or do they price additional?

Malignant and Memory, like all of the same-day motion pictures, are a part of the usual catalog for all subscribers to HBO Max’s ad-free, pricier plan. For these subscribers, all of the same-day movies can be found to stream at no added price — in different phrases, it looks like free when you’re already paying for the service anyway.

However when you’re on HBO Max’s cheaper tier with promoting, you may’t entry the same-day motion pictures; you may need to improve to unlock Malignant or Memory. 

Films like Malignant and the opposite same-day releases are additionally obtainable to subscribers who activate an HBO Max account as a part of a subscription to common HBO or with sure AT&T cell plans. If you have already got HBO from a TV supplier or a tech firm, you might be able to improve to Max at no added price. It relies upon whether or not HBO Max has struck a cope with your particular supplier, and at this stage, most suppliers have. And a few AT&T clients could get Max included as a part of their cell service plans. For extra particulars, see the part on “How do I get HBO Max if I already pay for HBO?” 

What different same-day motion pictures are streaming on — or coming quickly to — HBO Max? 

Warner Bros.’ 2021 motion pictures are set to hit theaters and HBO Max on the next launch dates: 

All these titles will probably be obtainable on HBO Max the identical day they hit theaters within the US. 

Typically, a lot of the new Warner Bros. motion pictures develop into obtainable to stream on Max at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET on the day of their launch. However the arrival timing for different motion pictures could differ, relying on when the primary cinematic screenings happen at theaters. Surprise Lady 1984, for instance, grew to become obtainable at 9 a.m. PT/midday ET on Dec. 25 as a result of that was the earliest theaters have been open that day. The Suicide Squad is in the identical boat, arriving on the service at an atypical time. 

All Warner Bros. motion pictures launched on this “hybrid” mannequin on HBO Max will probably be obtainable to observe in 4K Extremely HD decision and HDR picture high quality, despite the fact that these codecs aren’t but customary for the complete Max library.

These motion pictures can be found to stream on HBO Max for 31 days. Usually, they’re faraway from the service at 11:59 p.m. PT on the final day of availability.

However these Warner Bros. motion pictures additionally return to HBO Max comparatively shortly, normally about 5 months after their authentic premieres in theaters and on Max.

A number of motion pictures have already come and gone, together with Mortal Kombat and Godzilla vs. Kong. However all these Warner Bros. motion pictures will return to HBO Max to stream a number of months after their launch. Surprise Lady 1984, for instance, is again on HBO Max to stream, after it left the service in January throughout its theatrical window. 

However 2021 is deliberate to be the one yr for this phenomenon of streaming new big-screen motion pictures on HBO Max as quickly as they hit theaters. Warner Bros. has mentioned that 10 motion pictures produced by the studio will go on to HBO Max in 2022, however massive franchise motion pictures can have 45 days in theaters solely with none streaming possibility throughout that point beginning subsequent yr.

What different motion pictures can I watch on HBO Max? 

The best approach to peruse HBO Max’s film choice with out signing up is by shopping a third-party catalog-search service like Reelgood. 

Some current additions to HBO Max’s film choice embody 2021’s Mortal Kombat, which has returned to the service after its same-day run earlier this yr; 2015’s Mad Max: Fury Street; your entire Harry Potter movie franchise; the 1985 basic The Goonies, 2008’s monster film Cloverfield, and 2005’s King Kong. 

Does HBO Max have a free trial? 

Not anymore. HBO Max eradicated its customary one-week free trial in December. Nevertheless it does often provide promotions and bundling offers. (See the subsequent part.)

How a lot does HBO Max price?

HBO Max is $15 a month with out promoting or $10 a month supported by advertisements. It would not have a free trial, however the firm often provides reductions when you prepay for an prolonged time period. For instance, earlier than launch, individuals who preordered the service at HBOMax.com unlocked a reduction deal that lowered the value to $13 a month for the primary yr. Some clients also can hunt out specialised free trials, typically linked to the acquisition of a tv or different tech product. 

AT&T, the mum or dad firm of each HBO Max and Warner Bros., can also be providing an advanced matrix of promos for HBO Max for its personal clients. Some AT&T clients get Max at no additional price, whereas others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year free trial. Your greatest shot at determining whether or not you qualify is to test your account or the my AT&T app, however CNET additionally lists AT&T’s qualification phrases for its HBO Max promos

In contrast with rival streaming companies, HBO Max’s ad-free $15-a-month pricing could really feel steep. Disney Plus is $8 a month, and Apple TV Plus is $5, although it retains extending free trials for anybody who’s purchased a brand new Apple gadget. However HBO Max’s worth is near Netflix’s hottest plan, which is $14. 

How do I get HBO Max ‘free’ if I have already got common HBO? 

Some individuals who have already got an present subscription to HBO are capable of unlock HBO Max at no additional price, however not everybody. About 33,000 common HBO subscribers within the US nonetheless aren’t eligible for an HBO Max improve; all of it is determined by which firm supplies your common HBO subscription.

However many HBO Max distributors unlock an HBO Max improve at no additional price for present HBO and legacy HBO Now clients, because of offers HBO Max struck with them. You qualify for the HBO Max improve at no additional price when you already pay for HBO by the next: 

And there are lots of extra. HBO additionally has a full itemizing with extra suppliers that provide the improve to Max. 

If you happen to beforehand paid for an HBO streaming subscription by Roku (that’s, by The Roku Channel), it is advisable to cancel that subscription after which join HBO Max itself to have the ability to entry Max.  

What do I must find out about HBO Max with Advertisements? 

HBO Max with Advertisements is the inexpensive, ad-supported model of HBO Max. It launched within the US in June. This $10-a-month subscription is a $5 low cost month-to-month in contrast with ad-free Max; in alternate, you may see commercials with some programming and different ads elsewhere finally, like whenever you pause playback or on pages that curate collections of exhibits and flicks. 

You possibly can watch virtually the whole lot on HBO Max as an ad-supported subscriber, with one main exception: The cheaper tier would not have any of the brand new Warner Bros. motion pictures which can be streaming the identical day they hit theaters. If you wish to stream these movies through the 31 days they’re obtainable on Max throughout their preliminary theatrical runs, it’s important to subscribe to the pricier, ad-free degree.

Nevertheless, Warner Bros. motion pictures do find yourself on Max comparatively shortly after they’re executed in theaters. Surprise Lady 1984, for instance, was again on Max in Might, about 5 months after it first premiered. 

The cheaper tier means that you can watch the whole lot else on the service. 

HBO Max has dedicated to protecting the quantity of promoting low. The corporate says that its advert load — or the quantity of promoting you watch each hour — will probably be underneath 4 minutes on common. Totally different sorts of programming can have completely different advert hundreds, so the quantity you see could differ relying on what you watch. However HBO Max has mentioned it’s dedicated to protecting common advert load beneath 4 minutes in order that it is going to be the bottom within the streaming business, and it plans to watch person conduct and engagement to verify it retains beneath that threshold. 

HBO originals — that’s, applications created for the normal HBO networks — will not have industrial interruptions throughout playback. They could have brief promos for different HBO programming earlier than they begin, which is customary even for individuals who pay for ad-free HBO Max, however you will not see industrial breaks shoehorned into them. And it is attainable that a number of the nonconventional advert codecs, like pause advertisements, may present up with HBO originals, too. However HBO Max is not going to disrupt HBO originals with conventional advert breaks. 

Nevertheless, HBO Max originals — that’s, applications created for the service HBO Max however not for the normal community — could certainly have promoting breaks inserted within the exhibits. That would come with issues just like the Associates reunion particular, The Flight Attendant and others. 

And licensed exhibits like Associates and The Huge Bang Concept, which have been initially created with advert breaks, can have advertisements. However HBO Max could not insert promoting into each advert break, in accordance with Julian Franco, vp of product administration at HBO Max, who helped lead the tier’s product growth. 

How can I watch HBO Max on my TV? What units assist Max?

As a result of HBO Max is not a channel, it is advisable to have an internet-connected TV so as to watch it on the largest display in your home. However HBO Max has apps for quite a lot of units, each TVs and cell devices.

  • Most Apple units that may stream video assist HBO Max — iPhone, iPad, iPod Contact, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Nevertheless, clients with second- and third-generation Apple TV fashions might want to stream HBO Max content material from their iPhone or iPad to their TV with AirPlay.
  • Google’s Android working system for telephones and tablets has an app for Android TV units, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in units will assist HBO Max too. 
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 techniques can obtain the HBO Max app through the PlayStation Retailer. 
  • Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming consoles have the HBO Max app through the Microsoft Retailer.
  • Choose Samsung internet-connected good TVs — fashions from 2016 by 2020 — can obtain and buy HBO Max straight.
  • Amazon Hearth TV units and Hearth tablets have assist for HBO Max’s app.
  • Roku units assist HBO Max for streaming and for signing as much as the service as a brand new person.

How can I join HBO Max? 

The only approach to get HBO Max is to enroll in it straight at hbomax.com

On Apple units, HBO Max has an iOS app for iPhone and iPad, which lets you enroll and pay by an in-app buy. Apple additionally integrates HBO Max into its personal TV app, which lets you congregate sure streaming channels to observe them in a single place. 

By means of Google, HBO Max has an app for Android telephones and tablets within the Google Play retailer, and you can enroll contained in the app with an in-app buy. You will additionally be capable of stream HBO Max on Android TV, Chromebook and Google Chromecast. If you happen to beforehand subscribed to HBO Now by Google Play, you are mechanically capable of log in to HBO Max at no extra cost, and you may proceed to be billed by Google. And YouTube TV, the streaming pay-TV service operated by Google’s YouTube, can even carry HBO Max. 

Roku additionally permits folks to enroll in HBO Max straight on its units utilizing its cost system, Roku Pay. And other people with Samsung Good TVs that assist the HBO Max app can enroll straight there too. 

What different exhibits and flicks can I watch?

Typically, HBO Max contains all of the exhibits and flicks on HBO, plus a number of high-profile licensed content material, like Associates, The Huge Bang Concept, Rick & Morty and South Park. It layers unique authentic programming on prime of that. And all of Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical motion pictures will probably be launched on Max the identical day as they hit cinemas, obtainable to stream for 31 days at no additional price.

Once more, a straightforward approach to see what’s obtainable with out signing up is third-party catalog-search companies like Reelgood. 

The only a part of the catalog to grasp is HBO itself. HBO Max contains the whole lot on common HBO, so which means all of the theatrical motion pictures that come and go from the channel; new episodes from all HBO sequence, like Euphoria and Final Week Tonight with John Oliver; and the previous seasons of these applications in addition to the complete HBO again catalog, like Recreation of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Veep and The Wire; plus all of HBO’s authentic movies, documentaries and specials. 

Films are a vital a part of the catalog. And any film that is obtainable to observe on the normal HBO community can even be obtainable to stream on HBO Max. 

Past that, HBO Max has padded itself with extra content material than you may discover on common HBO, for mainly the identical worth. The service has been pouring billions of {dollars} into its budgets for authentic programming and into costly offers to stream titles from DC, Studio Ghibli and the Criterion Assortment, in addition to widespread exhibits like Associates, South Park, The Huge Bang Concept, Rick and Morty, Physician Who and new episodes of Journey Time. 

The service’s Max Originals additionally provide new, unique exhibits and flicks. A number of the hottest Max originals up to now: Justice League Snyder Minimize, which was launched in March; The Flight Attendant, a comedic thriller sequence starring Kaley Cuoco; Raised by Wolves, a sci-fi sequence from famed filmmaker Ridley Scott; and The Witches, a reboot of the basic Roald Dahl e-book and 1990 movie, starring Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway. 

HBO Max additionally has podcasts in its library linked to its programming, alongside the traces of final yr’s podcast companion to the miniseries Chernobyl. Raised by Wolves, for instance, has a podcast obtainable now on Max and different podcasting platforms. Max will probably be including authentic, unique podcasts later this yr, like a scripted Batman podcast within the fall. 

What international locations have HBO Max now? When does HBO Max launch internationally elsewhere?

HBO Max launched Might 27, 2020, within the US. 

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HBO Max brokered a reported $425 million deal for all episodes of ’90s hit Associates, which exited Netflix to start out streaming on HBO Max at launch.


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HBO Max’s first worldwide growth was into 39 territories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean in late June. These territories embody Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, B.V.I., Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay and Venezuela.

After that, HBO Max will launch in Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain and Andorra on Oct. 26, widening the streaming service into Europe. It’s going to transfer ahead to Central Europe, Japanese Europe and Portugal in 2022. 

What product options does HBO Max have? 

In a long-anticipated characteristic for anybody who beforehand used HBO Go, HBO Max has downloads for its cell apps. 

HBO Max means that you can stream to 3 completely different units concurrently. By comparability, Disney Plus permits 4 simultaneous streams, and Netflix permits between one and 4 relying on how a lot you pay every month. 

You too can create as much as 5 profiles to maintain suggestions separate for various members of the family, and it additionally has child accounts which can be unlocked by coming into a PIN. These parental controls enable mothers and dads to set the maturity ranges of the programming every youngsters’ profile can entry, primarily based on scores like PG and TV-14. 

One other lacking component: HBO Max would not provide 4K decision nor excessive dynamic vary picture high quality for many of its catalog. The exception is all of the theatrical motion pictures that Warner Bros. is releasing on HBO Max the identical day as cinemas; all these movies will probably be obtainable in 4K Extremely HD and HDR.


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