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HBO Max Review 2023
HBO Max is a newer streaming platform with 10,000 hours of content that everyone is going crazy for, such as The Last of Us. If you want to watch the newest movies fresh from the theaters, like The Menu, then look no further.
HBO Max is a combination of classic HBO series, WarnerMedia movies, as well as new Original content. Everyone in the family will have something to watch with its vast selection of drama, action, kids, and fantasy shows and movies.
You get all this for $10–15 per month! But read on to see if this is your next subscription.
How much does HBO Max cost?
HBO Max is well worth the price if you ask us. There is so much new, original, and exclusive content that there’s no chance you and your family will get bored.
So, $10–$16 a month for new release Warner Bros. movies, all older HBO content, and new HBO Max content? Yes. Yes, please.
And HBO Max recently launched their new limited ads service. You can save $6 per month by watching no more than four minutes of ads per hour. (But we think it's worth spending the extra $6 for no interruptions.)
A lot of services nowadays throw in HBO Max for free with your TV plan. You can get HBO Max for free for three months with DIRECTV STREAM and DIRECTV. If you're on the lookout for a cable TV provider, Optimum TV, Spectrum TV, and Cox TV include a complimentary subscription to HBO Max, as well.
Does HBO Max have a contract or fees?
No contract or fees at all. You can cancel whenever you’d like.
Which TV shows and movies does HBO Max have?
With HBO Max, you’ll get lots of excellent WarnerMedia shows and movies, a selection of other acquired series and films (like Friends), and new original content that everyone is raving about. (Jump down to the Original content in the section below.)
HBO Max's excellent on-demand library includes the following movies for winding down at night:
- Don't Worry Darling
- The Batman
- Fast & Furious 9
- Death on the Nile
- Black Adam
- The Last Airbender
- The King's Man
- West Side Story
HBO Max includes the following TV shows to watch while you're working from home or waiting in a long line:
- The Last of Us
- Abbot Elementary
- Gossip Girl
- The Climb
- Trixie Motel
- His Dark Materials
- Curb Your Enthusiasm
- Reno 911!
- Eastbound & Down
- Big Little Lies
- The Murders at Starved Rock
- The Wire
- Key and Peele
- South Park
What Original content does HBO Max have?
HBO Max is one-of-a-kind because it gives you access to newly-released Warner Bros. movies, but HBO Max is also getting attention for its Originals.
HBO Max’s Originals include the following:
- The Flight Attendant (with Kaley Cuoco and Michiel Huisman)
- The Gilded Age (with Christine Baranski)
- Euphoria (with Zendaya)
- Barry (with Bill Hader)
- The Survivor (with Ben Foster and Danny DeVito)
- Free Guy (with Ryan Reynolds and Dwayne Johnson)
- Mare of Easttown (with Kate Winslet)
How does HBO Max compare to other streaming services?
It's safe to say that HBO Max is one of the most expensive on-demand services on the market, but you get what you pay for.
Netflix is the same or more expensive (depending on which plan you choose), but it has close to 5,000 titles while HBO Max has 1,000.
But we dare say that HBO Max has more well-made, cinematic content than the services that are a little bit on the cheaper side like Peacock, Paramount+ or Hulu. If you'd like to know more, check out the top on-demand streaming services.
How does HBO Max compare to competitors?
Which devices are compatible with HBO Max?
You’re going to want to watch The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air on your road trip, or your kids are going to need to be entertained with Looney Tunes while you’re grocery shopping.
It’s no question we need our streaming services on the go.
HBO Max is available on most popular streaming devices. When HBO Max made its debut in May 2020, it was only compatible with a few devices. We're happy to see that's changed.
But HBO Max is available for the following devices:
- iPhone, iPad
- Android smartphones and tablets
- Apple TV (4th gen. and later)
- Android TV
- Amazon Fire tablets (4th gen. and later)
- Amazon Fire TV, Amazon Fire TV Stick, Amazon Fire TV Cube
- Mac and PC browsers
- PlayStation 4
- Xbox One
- Samsung TV (2016+)
Just open the HBO Max app, sign in, and you can start watching all the classic films and original series you want.
We should also mention that HBO Max suggests you have at least a 5 Mbps internet connection while using the app. If you are looking for a reliable internet provider, check out our favorite internet providers for streaming chosen by our internet expert, Catherine McNally.
Recap: Is HBO Max worth it?
When you subscribe to HBO Max, you’ll get all of HBO's older content (like Game of Thrones), HBO's new Originals, Warner Bros. movies, and other content (like Fresh Prince of Bel-Air). You get all this for $10–$16, or the price of two coffees.
Let's break down what you'll get with your new HBO Max subscription:
- The entire HBO service
- WarnerMedia shows and movies (including brand new releases)
- A selection of other acquired series and films like The Big Bang Theory, Friends, and Joker
- New original content like The Last of Us, Hacks, and The Not So Late Show with Elmo
You might have found the next streaming service for you and your family. But if you aren’t feeling the idea of becoming an HBO Max subscriber, check out our full reviews on Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.
Yes, you can cancel anytime through the website or mobile app. The subscription will auto-renew each month until you cancel so be sure to cancel a few days before the next billing cycle so you're not charged.
Yes, you can! HBO Max currently has a deal with the U.S. Soccer Federation. This means with HBO Max you can watch Women's and Men's National Team matches, among additional, supplementary sports programming.