Hope you weren’t planning to watch Wonder Woman 1984 with an HBO Max free trial

It could also be time to pour one out for the streaming service trial. CNET stories that HBO Max is now not providing customers a free week of watching its content material, following each Disney Plus and Netflix’s examples earlier within the yr. This change, most likely not coincidentally, comes simply weeks earlier than December twenty fifth, when Wonder Woman 1984 is about to launch on the service (in addition to in theaters, however you ought to most likely keep residence). While it will possibly’t compete with free, the $14.99 you’ll now have to pay to see the film nonetheless compares favorably to the value of a theater ticket (and it’s a month of leisure as opposed to two-ish hours).

It’s not the primary streaming service to nix a free trial earlier than an enormous launch: Disney Plus did it only a few weeks earlier than it began streaming Hamilton. The logic is sound, if annoying: folks need to watch the Big New Thing, and if you provided a free trial, they may simply watch it and bounce. If they’ve to pay for it for a month, lots will, and so they may get hooked on one thing else whereas they’re trying round for different content material to justify their month-long subscription. Or, if you’re HBO Max, they may see absolutely the deluge of flicks coming to the service subsequent yr and resolve it’s price holding round.

A promotional picture of Wonder Woman 1984

Free trials don’t recoup a $200 million manufacturing finances.

So, if you had been hoping to use the free trial to watch Wonder Woman 1984, it’s not an possibility anymore. Is it price paying for a month of HBO Max? You’ll have to resolve, although whether or not or not you’re prepared to pay will most likely be decided by how most of the different streaming providers you pay for, as a result of there certain are a whole lot of them. As for me, I’m simply unhappy I’ve to cancel my plans of getting an unimaginable week of free film watching on the finish of subsequent yr.

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