What’s the Cheapest Way to Go for HBO?

See if HBO Max or your TV plan is the cheapest way to get HBO.

Is there a cheaper way to get HBO?

Luckily for you, there are a few ways to get HBO at a cheaper price. And we’ve scoured the internet to find them so you don’t have to.

Cheapest HBO

  • HBO Max ($14.99/mo. or $9.99/mo. with ads)—cheapest HBO on demand
  • Cox Cable ($10.00/mo.)—cheapest HBO add-on

For most folks, we recommend HBO’s streaming HBO Max because it’s relatively cheap, has a month-to-month contract, and features more than just HBO Originals.

If you prefer to keep things simple with a single cable plan and no messy apps, Spectrum or Cox is the way to go.

But we get it: the devil is in the details. Keep reading for the best ways to get HBO without breaking the bank.

Cheaper HBO with cable

Nearly every cable TV provider allows customers to add on HBO to existing packages. This is probably the easiest way for most people to pick up HBO.

Some providers also offer promotional pricing or special deals to get HBO free for a certain period (usually a few months). Others offer HBO with upper-tier packages with no extra fee required.

For a lot of folks, adding on HBO to your existing package is the best way to get it. It’s simple to add it on to a package, you don’t have to worry about a separate bill, and it’s generally less of a hassle than other options.

Here’s the breakdown of each provider with prices and the packages we recommend to get the most bang for your buck.

  • HBO promo price: Free HBO Max for 3 mos.
  • HBO regular price: $15.00/mo.


DIRECTV STREAM isn’t a bad way to go for HBO. With select plans, you get three months of HBO Max free. Not too shabby, eh?

Just watch out for when the billing kicks in after the third month. AT&T and DIRECTV love doing that.


Cheapest HBO add-on

  • HBO promo price: None
  • HBO regular price: $10.00/mo.

Cheap HBO with Cox Cable

If you already have Cox Cable TV, you’re in luck. Cox boasts the cheapest HBO add-on out there at $10.00 per month.

We’re also a fan of Cox internet plans, which are pretty good for the price. If you have Cox or want to switch, we suggest bundling internet and TV and then adding on your HBO.

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  • HBO Max promo price: Free HBO Max for 3 mos.
  • HBO Max regular price: $14.99/mo.

Free HBO Max with DIRECTV

Hands down, DIRECTV has tons of promos. With select DIRECTV plans, you can get three months of live HBO and 12 months of HBO Max on-demand for free.

The only downsides to these promos are that HBO costs $3.00 more per month on DIRECTV after your promo ends, and you’ll be subject to a price hike during the second year of your contract.

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Pro tip: Looking for DISH? Unfortunately, you can’t get HBO through DISH. But you still can get HBO on demand with HBO Max.

  • HBO promo price: None
  • HBO regular price: $18.95/mo.

HBO with Mediacom

Unfortunately, Mediacom doesn’t offer any HBO promos, and its HBO add-on is pricier than other cable providers.

That’s why we recommend just getting HBO Max as a standalone service if you’re a Mediacom customer.

  • HBO promo price: None
  • HBO regular price: $14.99/mo.

HBO with Optimum

Optimum doesn’t have any deals on HBO, and its HBO add-on costs $14.99 per month.

If you want live HBO through Optimum, you won’t be overcharged. But you could always just subscribe to HBO Max for the same price if you’re cool with streaming on demand.

  • HBO promo price: None
  • HBO regular price: $15.95/mo.

HBO with Astound Broadband

Internet and TV from Astound Broadband are the cheapest around, but the cable provider will charge you a dollar extra per month for HBO.

Again, if you’re down with on-demand HBO, we say just sign up for HBO Max instead of adding regular HBO to your Astound Broadband cable plan.

Cheapest included HBO

  • HBO promo price: None
  • HBO regular price: $15.00/mo.

HBO with Spectrum

Spectrum’s Select TV package comes with over 125 channels, and you can add HBO (and HBO Max) to your plan for $15 per month. That’s not a steal compared to HBO Max’s basic price, but Spectrum’s HBO price is a decent deal if you want HBO through your cable TV provider.

  • HBO promo price: None
  • HBO regular price: $15.00/mo.

Included HBO with Xfinity

Like most cable and streaming services, Xfinity doesn’t offer a discount on HBO. But you can get HBO included when you sign up for the Digital Premier package for $104.99 per month.

Again, unless you’re a diehard HBO fan that loves watching live premieres, we recommend just going with HBO Max on demand.

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3. HBO Max for cheap HBO on demand

If you’re a cord-cutter or your cable company doesn’t offer HBO, HBO Max is a good, cheap option for getting all of HBO’s awesome content and more.

Plus, as a major bonus, HBO Max also includes movies and shows from Warner Brothers, Turner, CNN, Crunchyroll, Cartoon Network, adult swim, DC, and TNT.

That all adds up to around 10,000 hours of TV, with favorites like The Big Bang Theory, Wonder Woman, and Friends joining the already rich HBO landscape alongside Watchman and Westworld. And it’s all for $14.99 a month, with no contracts. There’s also a $9.99 a month option if you’re willing to put up with ads.

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Get cheap HBO that’s right for you

Getting HBO in your life doesn’t have to be as expensive as you think it’ll be. Overall, we recommend signing up for a standalone HBO Max subscription or getting HBO through Spectrum or Cox Cable.

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Does HBO offer a student discount?

HBO doesn’t currently offer any student discounts.

How much is HBO on Amazon Prime?

Amazon no longer carries HBO or HBO Max in its Prime Video Channels.

How much is HBO on Hulu?

You can add HBO Max, HBO’s streaming-only service, to your Hulu account for $15 a month. This give you access to all HBO content, as well as additional shows and movies available only through HBO Max. You can also try out HBO Max for free for seven days through Hulu, a trial period HBO Max doesn’t offer directly.

Is HBO Max cheaper with Hulu?

HBO Max costs the same through Hulu as it does as a standalone subscription: $15 a month.

What is the cheapest way to get HBO?

At $14.99 per month, HBO Max is the cheapest way to watch HBO without cable. Cox Cable has the cheapest HBO add-on at $10.00 per month.

Is HBO Max free?

No, HBO Max isn’t free, but the streaming service does offer seven-day free trial periods when subscribing through other services like Hulu and YouTube TV.

What’s the difference between HBO Max and HBO NOW?

HBO NOW no longer exists. It was HBO’s first standalone streaming service and cost $14.99 a month (the same as HBO Max). The main difference is that HBO NOW had only HBO content—none of the sweet extra network content that HBO Max carries.

How much internet speed do you need to stream HBO Max?

You’ll need about 15–25 Mbps internet speed to stream HBO Max content in HD. The New America Foundation indicates the average price for 15–20 Mbps internet speed is about $41.95 per month.

If your internet connection is on the slower end (think DSL), you might find that HBO Max will end up costing you more than $14.99 per month because you’ll need to upgrade your internet service to get a good streaming experience.

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