HBO Max has arrived. Combining the huge content material empire of AT&T’s WarnerMedia — HBO, Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, DC Entertainment, TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, The CW, Crunchyroll, and Adult Swim — right into a single streaming service already provides HBO Max one of many broadest streaming catalogs round.
Additional licensed content material, together with the works of Studio Ghibli, titles from the Criterion Collection, reveals from the BBC, and well-liked sequence like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, make it one of the vital high-profile streaming companies but. And that’s as well as to authentic reveals and films that might be unique to HBO Max.
But HBO Max can be one of the vital costly streaming companies round, costing $14.99 per thirty days — vastly greater than Netflix, Hulu, or Disney Plus.
Interested in making an attempt it out? Here’s all the things you want to learn about getting began with HBO Max
How a lot does HBO Max value?
HBO Max prices $14.99 a month, making it one of the vital costly streaming companies round. That worth is similar month-to-month value as HBO Now, nevertheless — and HBO Max gives all of the content material that had been accessible on HBO Now, plus all that WarnerMedia stuff.
There’s additionally a free seven-day trial for anybody trying to give it a shot earlier than they pay up, together with plans for a less expensive, ad-supported model of HBO Max set to launch someday in 2021.
What’s the distinction between HBO Max and HBO / Go / Now?
WarnerMedia’s streaming choices have grown… sophisticated, to say the least, with the addition of HBO Max. Here’s how issues break down throughout all the varied companies:
- HBO: the premium, paid cable TV channel. Purchased via your TV supplier as an add-on to your current TV bundle, prices differ by subscriber.
- HBO Go: the web streaming app and web site that allows you to entry HBO content material if you happen to pay for the HBO channel. Included free with HBO (the cable TV channel).
- HBO Now: the standalone streaming service that prices $14.99 per thirty days that lets individuals who don’t pay for cable get entry to HBO. Offers the identical content material that HBO Go does, though they’re completely different apps throughout all platforms. In idea, HBO Now ought to be out of date with the introduction of HBO Max, though that’s not fairly the case but.
- HBO Max: The new WarnerMedia service that mixes the prevailing HBO Go / Now library — all of HBO — with extra content material, together with Warner Bros. blockbusters, well-liked TV reveals like Friends, Cartoon Network reveals, traditional movies, Studio Ghibli titles, and new, unique originals.
Will I get HBO Max without spending a dime if I already pay for HBO or HBO Now?
This is the place issues begin to get slightly tough. Depending on the place you get your present HBO or HBO Now subscription — or which AT&T cellphone plan you could have — you may already be getting free HBO Max.
For current HBO prospects: If you subscribe to HBO via a cable or web TV supplier, there’s an excellent likelihood that you just’ll have entry to HBO Max already. Major suppliers like AT&T TV, Cox, DirecTV, Hulu, Optimum, Spectrum, Verizon Fios, and Comcast Xfinity are all supporting HBO Max — if you have already got HBO via a type of suppliers, try to be ready to log in utilizing your traditional credentials. A full listing of supported suppliers is on the market right here.
For current HBO Now prospects: If you pay for HBO Now via HBO Now immediately or via Apple, Google Play, Samsung, Optimum, Verizon Fios, Consolidated Communications, or Liberty Cablevision of Puerto Rico, then your account might be transformed to an HBO Max account.
AT&T prospects: Some of AT&T’s wi-fi, web, and TV plans additionally embody free HBO Max, together with AT&T’s Unlimited Elite wi-fi plan and AT&T Fiber’s 1 Gig plan.
If you pay for HBO Now via one other supplier, although — like, say, Amazon — you then received’t have entry to HBO Max, even if you happen to log in on one other, non-Amazon gadget. If that’s the case, you’ll have to wait till WarnerMedia works out a cope with your supplier or swap your HBO Now subscription over to a unique firm (or simply subscribe immediately via WarnerMedia).
What can I watch on HBO Max?
HBO Max consists of HBO’s whole content material library, together with reveals like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Succession, and extra. But that’s simply the beginning: it’ll additionally embody an enormous quantity of traditional and trendy Warner Bros. movies, just like the Harry Potter sequence, DC’s superhero motion pictures (together with the upcoming Zack Snyder reduce of Justice League deliberate for 2021), and all the Studio Ghibli catalog (besides Grave of the Fireflies for some purpose). Major well-liked TV sequence, like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, may also be accessible.
But like all main streaming companies, HBO Max may also have unique content material that received’t be accessible wherever else, together with Love Life (out now), the forthcoming Adventure Time: Distant Lands (a by-product from the favored animated sequence), and An American Pickle. HBO Max additionally has quite a few authentic reveals and films in manufacturing for the long run, together with a Gossip Girl reboot, Dune: The Sisterhood, a Green Lantern sequence, Grease: Rydell High, Station Eleven, and extra.
Where is HBO Max accessible?
Right now, HBO Max is barely accessible within the United States at launch, however WarnerMedia is trying to develop the service internationally — together with Latin America and Europe — sooner or later.
What units can I watch HBO Max on?
HBO Max is on the market on Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, and Samsung sensible TV platforms (from 2016 and onward — in reality, the “new” app is definitely simply an replace to the prevailing HBO Now apps on these platforms). There’s additionally a desktop net participant for streaming on Mac, Windows, and Chromebook units.
Notably lacking from that listing: Amazon’s Fire TV and Roku, neither of which may entry HBO Max. (Both platforms do provide HBO Now apps, however they haven’t been up to date to HBO Max and may’t entry the extra content material).
Can I share an HBO Max account with family and friends?
HBO Max could be streamed on up to three completely different units concurrently, so you possibly can share an account with family and friends members. The service additionally permits for a number of person profiles to be created, with choices for parentally managed “Kid” profiles on which oldsters can set content material rankings limits.
Can you watch HBO Max reveals offline?
HBO Max content material could be downloaded domestically, however there are a number of limitations: customers get a complete of 30 downloads per account throughout all units and person profiles. Unwatched downloads additionally expire after 30 days or after 48 hours when you’ve began watching it. Users might be ready to renew expired downloads, though it’s not clear if there’s a restrict as to how typically you’ll give you the chance to accomplish that. Additionally, solely 5 copies of a present or film could be downloaded without delay throughout your varied units.
HBO Max additionally gives two completely different obtain choices: “highest quality,” a bigger file that can take longer to obtain, and a “fastest download” possibility that gives a smaller file that can obtain quicker.
How do I join?
HBO Max could be signed up for in quite a lot of methods: prospects can go to HBO Max’s web site and subscribe immediately via WarnerMedia or buy a subscription via a supported TV or web service (see the total listing right here).