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HBO Max lets you watch everything on HBO, plus exclusive shows and new Warner Bros. movies — heres how to sign up

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  • HBO Max costs $15/month without ads or $10/month with ads.
  • The service offers everything on HBO’s cable channel, plus exclusive shows and additional films.
  • Warner Bros. movies, like “The Batman,” will hit HBO Max as soon as 45 days after they debut in theaters.

HBO Max is a


streaming

service that blends HBO’s library of original series with a huge catalog of blockbuster movies and TV shows provided by WarnerMedia.

The service costs $15 a month for ad-free streaming, or $10 a month for ad-supported streaming. Most people who already have HBO through cable automatically get access to


HBO Max

without having to pay extra.

Subscribers can stream HBO exclusives like “Succession” and “Euphoria” as soon as they premiere on TV, and the streaming service also includes classic shows like “Friends,” recent hits like “Rick and Morty,” and original series like “Peacemaker.” Brand-new Warner Bros. movies like “The Batman” are also set stream on HBO Max after 45 days in theaters.

With its large collection of programs and a growing slate of original titles, HBO Max is one of our favorite streaming services. To help you decide whether it’s right for your needs, we broke down everything you need to know about HBO Max.

Where can I sign up for HBO Max?

Zendaya as Chani in "Dune."

Zendaya as Chani in “Dune.”

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures


You can sign up for HBO Max through HBOMax.com. In addition to the website, you can sign up for an HBO Max subscription directly through select partner services, including AT&T, DirecTV, AT&T U-Verse, Spectrum, Hulu, and YouTube TV.

If you currently pay for HBO with your cable package, you likely already have access to HBO Max as part of your subscription. You can view a full list of qualifying HBO Max providers here.

How much does HBO Max cost?

HBO Max costs $15 a month for ad-free streaming or $10 a month for ad-supported streaming. Subscribers can save 16% by signing up for an annual subscription to either plan. An annual ad-free plan is $150 a year, and an annual ad-supported plan is $100 a year.

The ad-supported plan includes nearly everything you can watch with the more expensive plan. That said, the cheaper plan lacks the option to download content to view offline, and streaming is limited to HD quality. 

As mentioned above, most people who already subscribe to HBO are eligible to receive ad-free HBO Max at no extra cost to their current subscription fee.

Does HBO Max offer a free trial?

Though HBO Max initially offered a free trial period through its site, that promotion is no longer available. If you sign up for HBO Max as an add-on through Hulu, however, new members can still get a one-week trial. 

The differences between HBO Max, HBO Go, and HBO Now

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HBO


HBO Max is an on-demand streaming platform combining HBO’s iconic original programming with an even larger library of movies and shows from WarnerMedia. The service is essentially a replacement for HBO’s older streaming options: HBO Go and HBO Now. 

HBO Go was a streaming companion app for HBO cable subscribers, while HBO Now was a standalone streaming option for access to HBO without cable. In July 2020, HBO discontinued the HBO Go app. On that same day, HBO rebranded HBO Now to just “HBO.”

Most people who were using the HBO Go or HBO Now app can now simply use their same account information to sign in to HBO Max instead. You can see if your HBO subscription qualifies for HBO Max here

Ad-free HBO and HBO Max plans each cost $15 a month. Since HBO Max offers a larger streaming library than HBO, it’s clearly the better choice.

Where can I watch HBO Max?

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HBO Max can be streamed via its official website and the HBO Max app. You can find the app on Apple, Android, Roku, PlayStation, Xbox,


Amazon Fire TV

,


Chromecast

, and LG and Samsung smart TVs.

Those who sign up for HBO Max directly though a partnered service, like


Hulu

, will be able to access regular HBO content through the partner service’s app. To watch HBO Max exclusives, however, you need to use the separate HBO Max app.

What shows and movies are on HBO Max?

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Lin-Manuel Miranda’s musical “In The Heights” is on HBO Max.

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HBO Max features all of HBO’s original shows, from “The Wire” and “The Sopranos” to “Westworld and “Game of Thrones.” The library also includes the cable channel’s rotating lineup of movies. On top of all that, HBO Max offers additional titles from WarnerMedia’s catalog, as well as new exclusives.

During 2021, HBO Max was the streaming destination for brand-new movies from Warner Bros. the same day they were released in theaters. In 2022, Warner Bros. plans to stream new movies on HBO Max after an exclusive theater run, with movies like “The Batman” expected to appear on HBO Max after 45 days in theaters. 

HBO Max also features a handful of new original series, including the critically acclaimed show “The Flight Attendant,” the DC Comics live-action drama “Peacemaker,” and a new animated “Looney Tunes” show featuring Bugs Bunny and company.

Beyond original programs, the HBO Max catalog offers a wide range of TV series from DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Rooster Teeth, and Looney Tunes. The HBO Max movie catalog incorporates critically acclaimed films from the Criterion Collection and Studio Ghibli, alongside hundreds of blockbuster WarnerMedia movies. 

For additional streaming coverage, be sure to read our guides for the best streaming services and the best streaming sticks and devices.