HBO Max guarantees quite a bit.

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HBO Max, the HBO-anchored streaming service  launching May 27, has quite a bit in frequent with its streaming-wars rivals like Disney PlusPeacock and Netflix. Like these, HBO Max may have a sprawling catalog of hit reveals and flicks, plus a big-budget slate of unique originals full of stars. 

One of many key variations: HBO Max is the costliest. 

HBO Max, from AT&T’s WarnerMedia, is ready to price $15 a month. That compares with $7 a month for Disney Plus and $9 a month for Netflix’s least expensive tier. Peacock will even have free restricted tier with promoting when it rolls out nationwide in July.

However a preorder low cost can lower that month-to-month worth by $Three for the primary yr. On the HBO Max web site, the service is providing $12 month-to-month subscriptions to HBO Max for the primary 12 months should you enroll earlier than its Might 27 launch date. 


HBO Max is providing discounted preorders should you enroll at earlier than launch on Might 27.

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The comparatively excessive worth of HBO Max matches the corporate’s worth for HBO Now and for HBO’s conventional channel on quite a lot of pay-TV suppliers. However HBO Max may have far more content material than HBO Now or the common channel — the corporate is investing billions of {dollars} within the service itself, in costly offers to stream fashionable reruns like Associates and The Massive Bang Concept, and in its budgets for unique programming. 

A teaser video for the service gave the primary (very transient) glimpses of the originals that’ll completely stream on the service. One snippet confirmed actress Anna Kendrick in Love Life, an anthology series produced by Kendrick and Paul Feig that follows one character per season via a brand new romantic relationship every episode. One other gave the impression to be from The Flight Attendant, a drama sequence by which a flight attendant wakes up in a lodge room with a lifeless man.

At launch, the service will stream six so-called Max Originals, together with Love Life; the documentary movie On the Document, which might be finest identified for being controversial sufficient that Oprah Winfrey and Apple pulled out of it; an underground ballroom dance competitors sequence referred to as Legendary; Craftopia, hosted by YouTuber LaurDIY; new Looney Tunes cartoons; and Sesame Workshop’s The Not Too Late Present with Elmo. (The Flight Attendant is coming later this yr, HBO Max stated. See extra within the part about reveals and flicks beneath.)

Down the road, WarnerMedia’s gigantic cope with director and producer J.J. Abrams will produce not less than three sequence for HBO Max: a show set in the Justice League Dark universe; Overlook, a thriller based mostly on Stephen King’s The Shining and set within the Overlook Resort; and a 1970s crime present referred to as Duster. And WarnerMedia additionally has large franchises and types to attract from: the DC universe and Game of Thrones specifically. HBO Max is even making an unscripted Friends reunion special with the unique forged.

However the slate of Max Originals has been disrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. 

Folks throughout the nation are confined to their properties and streaming far more, however the virus and its respiratory illness, COVID-19, have shut down tv productions globally. New providers launching this yr are particularly arduous hit as a result of they merely did not have as a lot unique programming completed but. Peacock has stated nearly all of its unique productions are on maintain, and it will have solely a handful of originals accessible for its nationwide launch in July. 

HBO Max hasn’t commented a lot on the influence of the virus instantly, nevertheless it’s sure to be in the identical boat. That Associates reunion particular, for instance? It’s delayed

HBO Max may have apps for each Android and Apple telephones, in addition to many different streaming units. Some individuals who have already got an HBO subscription will get Max included for no extra cost: virtually anybody who already pays for HBO through AT&T (HBO’s dad or mum firm), the AT&T satellite tv for pc service DirecTV, Charter and its Spectrum services, YouTube TV, Apple, Google or Hulu. 

However not each HBO buyer will get the automated improve. When you’ve got pay-TV with HBO via any supplier who is not listed above, then HBO Max hasn’t organized a deal for you but. If you wish to improve to HBO Max, you possibly can be pressured to decide on between both canceling your present HBO subscription or paying twice — one invoice for normal HBO and one other for HBO Max. 

AT&T launched a posh breakdown of all its HBO Max promos. As deliberate, some will get it at no further price, whereas others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year full trial. (It is complicated.) And for everybody, HBO Max will add a tier with promoting that is cheaper, and even presumably free, someday within the service’s first yr. However the firm hasn’t supplied any agency particulars.

HBO Max would be the final entrant to reach within the roughly six-month interval known as the streaming wars, when tech and leisure giants are launching their very own streaming-video subscriptions to go up in opposition to Netflix. With greater than 167 million subscribers worldwide, Netflix has dominated the transition to streaming TV. 

How a lot will HBO Max price?

HBO Max shall be $15 a month at launch. A preorder low cost gives a $12 month-to-month charge for the primary yr should you enroll earlier than Might 27 at

Someday throughout the first yr, the service will broaden to incorporate one other tier that carries promoting. The corporate hasn’t specified the worth, launch date or catalog limitations on this tier, however it might presumably be cheaper, or free. 

HBO’s present standalone streaming service, HBO Now, additionally prices $15 a month. Although HBO Now will proceed to function, HBO Max will primarily exchange it. HBO Now subscribers are welcome to stay with that service, however they’re going to primarily be paying the identical quantity for much less content material. HBO Max may have all the identical reveals and flicks on HBO Now plus an enormous catalog of licensed programming and unique originals. 

In contrast with rival streaming providers launching earlier than HBO Max, that pricing might really feel steep to many customers. Disney Plus is $7 a month, and Apple TV Plus is $5. Each are providing offers that may lower the worth additional or offering alternatives for prolonged free intervals lasting as much as a yr. Apple, for instance, is making a gift of a yr’s subscription to anybody who’s bought an Apple machine since early September. And Disney arrange a cope with Verizon so any of the provider’s cell subscribers get a yr free. 

When will HBO Max launch?

HBO Max will launch Might 27 within the US. 

After that, HBO Max’s first worldwide expansions will prioritize Latin America and Europe. Latin America will get HBO Max in 2021, the corporate has stated. 

HBO Max’s US timing will put it close to the tip of the parade of streaming providers launching. After Disney Plus and Apple TV Plus each launched in November, April introduced Quibi, a cell streaming service from Hollywood big Jeffrey Katzenberg, which focuses on brief episodic originals viewable solely on phones. Additionally in April, Peacock launched a “sneak peek” at its service on Comcast; Peacock’s nationwide launch is ready for July 15 (although that date could also be pushed up).

What units can stream HBO Max?

HBO stated the Max service shall be accessible on a “very big range of units,” together with telephones, tablets, the net, related TVs and recreation consoles. 

Solely just lately has the corporate begun to specify actual machine help. 

Most Apple units that may stream video will help HBO Max — iPhone, iPad, iPod contact, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Nevertheless, clients 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 may have an app as nicely, and Android TV units, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in units will help HBO Max too. 

The place can I get HBO Max? And the way do I get Max if I have already got HBO? 

The best technique to get HBO Max is to join it instantly at You will additionally have the ability to watch and pay for HBO Max via AT&T, DirecTV, Constitution (also referred to as Spectrum), YouTube TV, Google, Apple and Hulu. 

By means of Apple, HBO Max an iOS app for iPhone and iPad, which can can help you enroll and pay via an in-app buy. Apple will even combine HBO Max into its personal TV app, which lets you congregate sure streaming channels to observe them in a single place. 

By means of Google, HBO Max may have 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 have the ability to stream HBO Max on Android TV, Chromebook and Google Chromecast. For those who already subscribe to HBO Now via Google Play, you may robotically have the ability to log in to HBO Max at launch at no further cost, and you may proceed to be billed via Google. And YouTube TV, the streaming pay-TV service operated by Google’s YouTube, will even carry HBO Max. 

Issues will get extra sophisticated if you have already got HBO and need to know what the launch of HBO Max means for you. Some individuals who have already got an current subscription to HBO will have the ability to unlock HBO Max at no further price, but not everyone

Subscribers to HBO Now can improve to HBO Max free, and HBO subscribers by way of AT&T can get it free too (that’s, HBO clients via DirecTV, U-verse, AT&T TV Now, AT&T TV and AT&T wi-fi customers who can add HBO with sure limitless plans). And thru an April cope with Constitution, all of Constitution’s current HBO subscribers, together with subscribers in its Spectrum Silver and Gold video packages, will robotically be given entry to HBO Max for no further cost.

But it surely’s unclear whether or not you will get HBO Max included should you get your HBO via one other pay-TV supplier, whether or not that is a standard supplier like Comcast or Dish Network, or an internet-based one like HuluAmazon Prime Video ChannelsApple TV Channels and The Roku Channel. When AT&T introduced HBO Max at a three-hour presentation in October, the corporate stated it was nonetheless in talks with different pay-TV suppliers about providing HBO Max to their conventional HBO subscribers. Since then, solely the Constitution partnership has emerged. 

AT&T can also be providing an advanced matrix of promos for HBO Max. Some clients will get it at no further price, whereas others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year full trial. Your finest shot at determining whether or not you qualify is to verify your account or the myAT&T app, however CNET additionally lists AT&T’s qualification phrases for its HBO Max promos

Exhibits and flicks: What is going to I have the ability to watch on HBO Max?

The HBO Max catalog is everywhere in the map. 

HBO Max will embrace all of the reveals and flicks on HBO, plus a choice of high-profile licensed content material, like Associates, The Massive Bang Concept, Rick & Morty and South Park. And it will layer exclusive original programming on high of that. At launch, HBO Max stated it is going to have 10,000 hours of content material to stream. 

Initially, HBO Max deliberate to have 31 originals in its first yr and amp that as much as 50 originals within the second yr. However these timelines might must be adjusted due to disruptions from the coronavirus. 

The best a part of the catalog to know is HBO itself. HBO Max will embrace every thing on common HBO, so meaning all of the theatrical films that come and go from the channel; new episodes from all HBO sequence, like Westworld, Final Week Tonight With John Oliver, Sesame Avenue and so forth; and the previous seasons of these applications in addition to the complete HBO again catalog, like Sport of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Veep, The Wire and so forth. Plus any of the HBO unique movies, documentaries and specials. 

Motion pictures shall be an important a part of the catalog too. And any film that is accessible to observe on the normal HBO community will even be accessible to stream on HBO Max. Highlights of the HBO Max movie catalog will embrace (however not essentially have accessible at launch):

  • The complete units of The Hobbit, The Lord of the Rings and The Matrix trilogies.
  • The Lego films.
  • DC movies like Joker, Surprise Girl, Suicide Squad, Shazam, Aquaman and each Batman and Superman film of the final 40 years.
  • Studio Ghibli anime movies which have by no means been launched for streaming within the US earlier than.
  • Traditional films like The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, Citizen Kane, The Shining, Singin’ within the Rain, 2001: A Area Odyssey, The Goonies and lots of others.
  • Newer hits like Loopy Wealthy Asians and A Star Is Born.

In the end, HBO Max may have greater than 18,000 films, the corporate has stated. 

On high of that, AT&T has been licensing exterior hit reveals to pad HBO Max’s catalog. Probably the most most eye-popping have been:

  • A reported $425 million deal to win the rights to all episodes of ’90s hit Friends, which has left Netflix to start out streaming on HBO Max at launch.
  • A reported $500 million deal to stream The Big Bang Theory.

It is also secured offers for previous seasons of Rick and Morty; 11 of the newest seasons of Doctor Who, plus one other three to return; CW dramas like Fairly Little Liars, Batwoman, and Riverdale spinoff Katy Keene in addition to extra upcoming CW sequence; The Contemporary Prince of Bel-Air; and The West Wing; amongst many others. 

Animated satire South Park won’t solely contribute its full again catalog to HBO Max but in addition stream new episodes. The most recent episodes of South Park will stream on HBO Max 24 hours after they air on Comedy Central for the following three seasons.

And HBO Max may have unique unique reveals and flicks, referred to as Max Originals. For essentially the most half, unique sequence on HBO Max will drop new episodes on a weekly foundation. 

At launch on Might 27, the originals will embrace: 

  • Love Life, the comedy with Kendrick
  • On the Document, the controversial documentary movie
  • Legendary, about underground ballroom dance 
  • Craftopia, the YouTuber-hosted craft sequence
  • New Looney Tunes cartoons
  • The Not Too Late Present with Elmo 

Then over the course of summer season and fall, HBO Max will add different originals, together with: 

  • The Flight Attendant, starring and govt produced by Kaley Cuoco based mostly on the novel by Chris Bohjalian
  • The Associates unscripted forged reunion particular
  • New unique episodes of the DC property Doom Patrol
  • A brand new season of thriller comedy Search Social gathering
  • Anticipating Amy, a three-part docuseries about comic Amy Schumer’s life on tour making a standup particular throughout her being pregnant
  • Sci-fi epic Raised by Wolves from director and govt producer Ridley Scott. The 10-episode sequence focuses on two androids elevating human kids on a mysterious planet. The present had already wrapped manufacturing in South Africa.
  • The grownup animated comedy Shut Sufficient, from J.G. Quintel that appears on the surreal lifetime of a millennial household residing with roommates
  • Journey Time: Distant Lands-BMO, which is the primary of 4 specials resurrecting Cartoon Community’s franchise Journey Time

HBO Max initially deliberate to have 31 unique sequence in its launch yr (which totals 69 sequence when mixed with HBO content material). Then in 2021, HBO Max deliberate to broaden Max Originals to a slate of 50 reveals. About half are focused at younger adults aged 16 to 34, and the remaining shall be divided between extra grownup fare and children and household content material exterior the HBO model. 

A number of the different highlights of the originals set for HBO Max embrace: 

  • New DC titles. A secretive Inexperienced Lantern sequence that producer Greg Berlanti (a young-adult TV guru behind Riverdale and Arrow) says will journey to house and “guarantees to be our largest DC present ever made.” Unusual Adventures, a one-hour drama anthology sequence additionally produced by Berlanti that explores the intersecting lives of mortals and superhumans. DC Tremendous Hero Excessive shall be a half-hour comedy from Elizabeth Banks, the producer and actress identified for the Starvation Video games movies and 30 Rock, that’ll give attention to a gaggle of adolescent college students at a boarding faculty for “gifted” children.
  • Initiatives by J.J. Abrams. Abrams, identified for a parade of tv and field workplace hits, signed a megadeal with AT&T and WarnerMedia to make initiatives for the corporate. On HBO Max, he’ll assist produce a show set in the Justice League Dark universe; Overlook, a thriller based mostly on Stephen King’s The Shining and set within the Overlook Resort; and a 1970s crime present referred to as Duster. 
  • A half-hour comedy from actress-producer Issa Rae. Rae’s Rap Sh*t explores the music enterprise in Miami via the eyes of three ladies: an upstart hip-hop duo and their hustling supervisor.
  • A half-hour comedy from actress/producer Mindy Kaling. Faculty Ladies (a working title) tracks three 18-year-old freshman roommates at Evermore Faculty in Vermont. 
  • The Boondocks animated sequence is getting “two reimagined seasons” together with a 50-minute particular initially deliberate for fall 2020. 
  • A brand new Jellystone animated sequence with the traditional Hanna-Barbera characters from Warner Bros. Animation. 
  • New animated sequence from Cartoon Community Studios referred to as The Fungies and Tig N’Search, in addition to a hybrid live-action/animated comedy, Tooned Out, from Oscar-winning director Robert Zemeckis.
  • Comedy specials from Conan O’Brien and the staff behind his TBS present. They’re going to be growing 5 stand-up specials for HBO Max: O’Brien will host two specials that function brief units from a number of up-and-coming comics and curate hour-long units from three comedians. That slate will be a part of one other one-hour particular from comic James Veitch.

The service may have a smaller slate of unique movies, between 5 and 10 per yr based on the unique plan. Early highlights on the unique film slate embrace: 

  • A two-picture cope with Reese Witherspoon’s Hey Sunshine. 
  • A documentary about Anthony Bourdain.
  • A four-picture cope with Berlanti, together with Unpregnant, about two teenage girls who go on a street journey to New Mexico after one finds out she’s pregnant, based mostly on the younger grownup novel by Jenni Hendriks and Ted Caplan.
  • Tremendous Intelligence, a comedy starring Melissa McCarthy a couple of girl whose romantic life is chosen for remark by synthetic intelligence.
  • Bobbie Sue, a comedy function starring Jane the Virgin’s Gina Rodriguez as an up-and-coming younger lawyer who joins a stuffy Boston legislation agency.

CNET has an inventory of all the shows and movies set for HBO Max thus far.

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How does HBO Max slot in with HBO Go and HBO Now?

HBO Max shall be just like HBO Go and HBO Now however with further programming. 

Usually talking, HBO Now and HBO Go are almost the identical product. The primary distinction is who makes use of them: Anybody can join HBO Now for $15 a month, whereas HBO Go is the app for individuals who have already got an HBO subscription via a live-TV supplier like cable or satellite tv for pc. Each HBO Now and HBO Go stream all of the programming accessible on WarnerMedia’s conventional HBO community. 

Individuals who have already got HBO Now can change over to HBO Max for no further price. For HBO Go customers, it’s more complicated. HBO Go is unlocked by a pay-TV subscription, and HBO Max will not unlock for all pay-TV clients. For now, solely individuals who pay for HBO via an AT&T, DirecTV or Constitution service can get HBO Max included with their present subscription. (Pop again as much as our “How a lot will HBO Max price?” part for full particulars.) Except WarnerMedia can strike extra offers, everybody else who at present pays for HBO will nonetheless must pay an additional $15 a month if they need HBO Max too. 

How is HBO Max totally different than all the remainder of AT&T’s streaming providers?

Yep, AT&T has much more streaming providers. 

AT&T TV is just like a cable or satellite tv for pc pay-TV service, besides it is delivered over the web. AT&T TV consists of reside channels, DVR and video on demand that cable subscribers are aware of, plus the flexibility to stream from apps like Netflix and Pandora. To observe on TVs, AT&T TV has its personal proprietary streaming field that AT&T requires you employ, and subscribers can watch every thing on cell units with an app too. Proper now, it begins at $50 a month for the most cost effective tier’s first yr; the worth jumps to $93 a month within the second yr. 

AT&T TV Now, however, is a live-TV streaming service alongside the strains of Sling TV or YouTube TV.  For those who had been aware of DirecTV Now, AT&T TV Now is simply the renamed model of that service. Reasonably than requiring a selected field, it lets subscribers stream reside channels to Rokus, Apple TVs, Hearth TVs and extra, and the channels can be found on a cell app as nicely. It additionally has a cloud DVR. Providers like this are typically referred to as skinny-bundle streaming providers, however AT&T TV Now’s least expensive package deal is not significantly skinny — $55 a month for greater than 45 reside channels (not together with HBO). Nonetheless, it is not fairly as strong as AT&T TV, which is supposed to copy the large cable packages of conventional TV. 

Lastly, AT&T Watch TV is nearer to a standard skinny bundle. It gives greater than 35 reside channels, together with AT&T-owned TBS, TNT and CNN. AT&T Watch TV is a free perk included with sure limitless AT&T wi-fi knowledge plans, however anybody can join it for $15 a month. It was designed as a mobile-first service, however you’ll be able to stream AT&T Watch TV to televisions with a couple of packing containers, together with Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, however others aren’t supported, like Roku packing containers.

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