What is HBO Max?
HBO Max is an on-demand streaming TV service from HBO, featuring all of the premium channel’s original series and a deep vault of shows and movies from HBO’s parent company, WarnerMedia. HBO Max also launched with six Max Original series, with more on the way later in 2020.
Is HBO Max good?
HBO Max is classic HBO with a mountain of extra content for the same $14.99 a month price—if you’re already an HBO fan, it doesn’t get any more “good” than that.
The “more shows/same cost” factor isn’t all HBO Max has up its sleeve. It’s also now the exclusive streaming home to non-HBO sitcom favorites The Big Bang Theory, Friends, and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. And if you absolutely have to relive The Bachelor, it’s there too.
On the other hand, HBO Max’s original programming isn’t all that just yet. Its much-hyped Friends reunion is still months away, and the fabled Zack Snyder cut of Justice League won’t drop until 2021. There are only a handful of Max Originals right now, as HBO Max is mostly leaving the heavy production lifting to HBO proper (considering HBO’s track record, smart move).
Overall, though HBO Max looks great in theory, there are a couple of availability problems that should have been resolved at launch that still haven’t been addressed. Roku and Amazon Fire TV users, pay attention.
HBO Max free trials and deals
You can try HBO Max free for seven days. Many existing HBO cable/satellite subscribers can get HBO Max at no extra charge, including customers of AT&T, DIRECTV, Spectrum, Verizon, Cox, and Xfinity—check with your provider or enter your zip code to see providers in your area.