Now that HBO Max — the third HBO streaming service — has officially established itself as the premier HBO platform following its launch in May 2020, let’s take a look at some of the differences between the three. The most recent offering from WarnerMedia is distinguishing itself as a major competitor in the space, with over 10,000 hours of programming and exclusive access to the beloved sitcom Friends, along with countless original titles and now Warner Bros. entire 2021 theatrical slate (due to the COVID-19 pandemic). Since HBO Max has all of HBO’s regular content in addition to its own catalogue, does it cost more than the original platform?
Curious about what shows and films are on HBO Max? Here’s a full list of everything.
If it seems confusing, or if you subscribe to one HBO service right now and are curious about HBO Max, we’re here to help. Here’s what you need to know about the new HBO Max.
Will HBO Go Become HBO Max?
Nah. Thus far, HBO Go — the HBO streaming service available to HBO cable subscribers — has not been absorbed into HBO Max. The service will remain the same, unaffected by HBO Max. HBO Go subscribers still have access to their HBO programming through the on demand platform.
Does HBO Max Replace HBO Now?
Also no! Although HBO Max is a new alternative to HBO Now, it will not be replaced. However, if you already subscribe to HBO Now through HBO, you’re in luck: along with their current HBO Now plan, new and existing subscribers will get access to HBO Max on May 27 at no additional cost. Just make sure you subscribe though HBONow.com and are billed through HBO (and not a third party), and you’re set to get your free HBO Max.
Does HBO Max Cost More Than HBO?
HBO Max will cost subscribers $14.99/month (the same price as HBO Now). HBO Now and Charter customers were upgraded to HBO Max for free at time of launch. For HBO cable subscribers who weren’t lucky enough to get access to the Max, it seems that most would benefit from removing the HBO add-on from their broadcast package and subscribing to the HBO Max streaming platform.
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