HBO Max: Films, exhibits, streaming ‘free’ and every little thing else to know

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HBO Max, after a bumpy launch, has been constructing momentum. This 12 months, all 12 months, HBO Max is streaming new, theatrically launched motion pictures at no further cost the identical day every movie hits US cinemas (simply not Quick and Livid 9, this weekend’s massive theatrical launch). Within the Heights is the newest theatrical film streaming there, and HBO Max additionally just lately launched its long-delayed Mates reunion and launched a cheaper, $10-a-month subscription tier supported by advertisements. Do not come to HBO Max on the lookout for new episodes of Rick and Morty, although. 

HBO Max has killed its weeklong free trial, and people same-day motion pictures, like Within the Heights, can be found solely on its higher-priced tier. Which means if you wish to watch completely every little thing on HBO Max, together with same-day Warner Bros. motion pictures like Matrix 4 or Dune later this 12 months — you will both must pay for a full-price Max subscription or work out in case your common HBO subscription features a free improve to a Max account. 

Listed here are solutions to the newest massive questions on HBO Max. 

Is Quick and Livid 9 accessible to stream on HBO Max? 

No, not anytime quickly. 

Quick and Livid 9 is distributed by Common, not Warner Bros., so F9 is not going to be accessible on HBO Max on the identical time it is in theaters. 

However F9 will probably be on HBO Max ultimately. HBO has what’s often called a pay-one licensing cope with Common, which implies that HBO is the primary place Common’s motion pictures are proven on TV or streaming companies. However F9 will not attain HBO and HBO Max till after the movie has already been accessible first in theaters, then as an internet rental and eventually on Blu-ray and DVD on the market. Common hasn’t confirmed the Blu-ray/DVD launch date but, however it is not anticipated till October on the earliest. After which F9’s streaming availability would wait till after that. 

Primarily, meaning HBO Max will get F9 to stream first earlier than every other companies, however the flick will not turn into accessible to stream there for months. 

Is Rick and Morty’s season 5 on HBO Max? 

No, at the very least not but. 

Rick and Morty season 5 premiered Sunday on Cartoon Community throughout its Grownup Swim programming block. Cartoon Community is owned by the identical firm that operates HBO Max, and HBO Max does stream previous seasons of Rick and Morty. 

However new episodes in Rick and Morty’s fifth season aren’t on HBO Max to stream. As a result of sophisticated nature of licensing, it is attainable that HBO Max will not get the fifth season of Rick and Morty till a while after the season finale. 

On the intense aspect, Grownup Swim put your entire episode of Rick and Morty’s season 5 premiere on YouTube to stream free. It is extremely unlikely that any subsequent episodes will probably be posted free there, however it’s an sudden freebie for anybody to look at.

How lengthy is Within the Heights on HBO Max? 

Within the Heights will probably be accessible to stream by 11:59 p.m. PT on July 11. 

What different motion pictures hit HBO Max and theaters on the identical time? 

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

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

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

But it surely seems to be like 2021 would be the solely 12 months for this phenomenon of streaming new big-screen motion pictures on HBO Max as quickly as they hit theaters. Warner Bros.’ current offers with theaters recommend this so-called “day-and-date” launch technique — when a film premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on the identical day — will not proceed into 2022. For instance, Warner Bros.’ cope with Regal Cinema’s guardian firm organized for a 45-day theaters-only “window” beginning in 2022, which suggests theaters will get at the very least a month and a half to display new motion pictures with none competitors from a streaming service.  

What time do new Warner Bros. motion pictures arrive? When do they disappear?

Typically, many of the new Warner Bros. motion pictures turn into accessible to stream on Max at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET on the day of their launch. However the timing for different motion pictures might differ, relying on when the primary cinematic screenings happen at theaters. Surprise Lady 1984, for instance, turned accessible at 9 a.m. PT/midday ET on Dec. 25 as a result of that was the earliest theaters had been open that day. 

The films will probably be accessible to stream on HBO Max for 31 days. They’re usually anticipated to be faraway from the service at 11:59 p.m. PT on that thirty first day. 

All Warner Bros. motion pictures launched on this “hybrid” mannequin on HBO Max will probably be accessible to look at in 4K Extremely HD decision and HDR picture high quality, although these codecs aren’t but normal for the total Max library.

Does it value further to look at these new theatrical motion pictures on HBO Max? 

No. Every part on Warner Bros.’ 2021 slate of recent motion pictures will probably be accessible on HBO Max at no added value to subscribers — in different phrases, appears like free. Since HBO Max would not have a free trial, you will both want to enroll with a paying membership or improve an current HBO subscription to incorporate Max. 

If you have already got HBO from a TV supplier or a tech firm, otherwise you paid for HBO Now, you might be able to improve to Max at no added value — it relies upon whether or not HBO Max has struck a cope with your particular supplier. And a few AT&T prospects have offers to get Max included of their service plans. See the part on “How do I get HBO Max if I already pay for HBO?” for extra particulars. 

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

HBO Max with Adverts 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 change, you will see commercials with some programming and different commercials elsewhere ultimately, like if you pause playback or on pages that curate collections of exhibits and films. 

You’ll be able to watch virtually every little thing 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 might be streaming the identical day they hit theaters. If you wish to stream these movies through the 31 days they’re accessible 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 accomplished in theaters. Surprise Lady 1984, for instance, was again on Max in Could, about 5 months after it first premiered. 

The cheaper tier permits you to watch every little thing else on the service. 

HBO Max has dedicated to holding the quantity of promoting low. The corporate says that its advert load — or the quantity of promoting you watch each hour — will probably be below 4 minutes on common. Totally different sorts of programming could have totally different advert hundreds, so the quantity you see might differ relying on what you watch. However HBO Max has mentioned it’s dedicated to holding common advert load beneath 4 minutes in order that it will likely be the bottom within the streaming trade, and it plans to observe consumer habits and engagement to ensure it retains beneath that threshold. 

HBO originals — that’s, applications created for the normal HBO networks — will not have business interruptions throughout playback. They could have quick promos for different HBO programming earlier than they begin, which is normal even for individuals who pay for ad-free HBO Max, however you will not see business breaks shoehorned into them. And it is attainable that among 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 — might certainly have promoting breaks inserted within the exhibits. That would come with issues just like the Mates reunion particular, The Flight Attendant and others. 

And licensed exhibits like Mates and The Large Bang Principle, which had been initially created with advert breaks, could have advertisements. However HBO Max might not insert promoting into each advert break, in response to the Julian Franco, vp of product administration at HBO Max, who helped lead the tier’s product growth. 

Does HBO Max have a free trial? 

Not anymore. HBO Max eradicated its normal one-week free trial in December. But it surely does often supply promotions and bundling offers. (See the following part.)

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

Some individuals who have already got an current subscription to HBO are in a position to unlock HBO Max at no further value, however not everybody. Practically 200,000 common HBO subscribers within the US aren’t eligible for an HBO Max improve; all of it relies on which firm supplies your common HBO subscription.

However many HBO Max distributors unlock an HBO Max improve at no further value for present HBO and legacy HBO Now prospects, due to offers HBO Max struck with them. You qualify for the HBO Max improve at no further value should you already pay for HBO by the next: 

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

How a lot does HBO Max value?

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 presents reductions should you prepay for an prolonged time period. For instance, earlier than launch, individuals who preordered the service at unlocked a reduction deal that lowered the worth to $13 a month for the primary 12 months. Some prospects may hunt out specialised free trials, generally linked to the acquisition of a tv or different tech product. 

AT&T, the guardian firm of each HBO Max and Warner Bros., can also be providing an advanced matrix of promos for HBO Max for its personal prospects. Some AT&T prospects get Max at no further value, whereas others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year free trial. Your finest 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 might 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 can I watch HBO Max on my TV? What gadgets assist Max?

As a result of HBO Max is not a channel, it’s good to have an internet-connected TV to be able to watch it on the largest display in your own home. However HBO Max has apps for quite a lot of gadgets, each TVs and cell devices.

  • Most Apple gadgets that may stream video assist HBO Max — iPhone, iPad, iPod Contact, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Nevertheless, prospects 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 gadgets, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in gadgets will assist HBO Max too. 
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 methods can obtain the HBO Max app by way of the PlayStation Retailer. 
  • Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming consoles have the HBO Max app by way of the Microsoft Retailer.
  • Choose Samsung internet-connected sensible TVs — fashions from 2016 by 2020 — can obtain and buy HBO Max straight.
  • Amazon Fireplace TV gadgets and Fireplace tablets have assist for HBO Max’s app.
  • Roku gadgets assist HBO Max for streaming and for signing as much as the service as a brand new consumer.

How can I join HBO Max? 

The only method to get HBO Max is to join it straight at

On Apple gadgets, 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 look at them in a single place. 

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

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

Exhibits and films: What else can I watch?

Typically, HBO Max consists of all of the exhibits and films on HBO, plus a number of high-profile licensed content material, like Mates, The Large Bang Principle, 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, accessible to stream for 31 days at no further value.

Now that the service is reside, a simple method to see what’s accessible with out signing up is third-party catalog search companies like Reelgood. 

The only a part of the catalog to know is HBO itself. HBO Max consists of every little thing on common HBO, so meaning 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 total 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 accessible to look at on the normal HBO community may also be accessible to stream on HBO Max. 

Past that, HBO Max has padded itself with extra content material than you will 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 standard exhibits like Mates, South Park, The Large Bang Principle, Rick and Morty, Physician Who and new episodes of Journey Time. 

The service’s Max Originals additionally supply new, unique exhibits and films. A few of the hottest Max originals to date: Justice League Snyder Reduce, 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 traditional 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 strains of final 12 months’s podcast companion to the miniseries Chernobyl. Raised by Wolves, for instance, has a podcast accessible now on Max.

When will HBO Max launch elsewhere?

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


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


HBO Max’s first worldwide enlargement is about for June 29 with 39 territories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. These territories embrace 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, the HBO-branded streaming companies in Europe — together with the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, and Portugal — are scheduled to be upgraded to HBO Max later this 12 months. 

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 permits you to stream to 3 totally different gadgets 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 may as well create as much as 5 profiles to maintain suggestions separate for various members of the family, and it additionally has child accounts which might be unlocked by getting into a PIN. These parental controls permit mothers and dads to set the maturity ranges of the programming every youngsters’ profile can entry, based mostly on rankings like PG and TV-14. 

One other lacking factor: HBO Max would not supply 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 accessible in 4K Extremely HD and HDR.

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