HBO Max Review 2021

What's the hype behind HBO Max? Oh, we'll tell ya
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Overall Rating 4 out of 5
Lots of highly anticipated content
Not a standalone service

What is HBO Max? We’re so glad you asked.

It’s a new streaming platform with 10,000 hours of content that has a lot of content everyone is going crazy for (*and the crowd goes wild*). If you want to watch the newest movies that were supposed to be released in theaters, like Wonder Woman 1984, then look no further.

HBO Max is a combination of HBO, WarnerMedia shows and movies, as well as new original content. Everyone in the family will have something to watch with its vast selection of kids, drama, action, and fantasy shows and movies.

You get all this for $15 per month! But read on to see if this is your next subscription.


  • Lots of highly anticipated content
  • Access to newly released movies


  • Not a standalone service
  • Not available on Roku devices

What is HBO Max?

It’s a unique streaming service with old, new, and original content

HBO GO, HBO NOW, and HBO Max are all different. You won’t get HBO Max with your standard HBO service, but you may want HBO Max instead.

With HBO Max, you’ll get lots of excellent WarnerMedia shows and movies, a selection of other acquired series and films, and new original content that everyone is raving about. Honestly.

What really sets HBO Max apart at the moment is the fact that all of the new WarnerMedia Bros. movies will be available on this streaming service and the movie theaters. Warner Bros. announced they will be releasing all of its new 2021 movies on its respective release date on HBO Max for those who don’t want to attend the theater.

So grab the family, your homemade caramel popcorn, and throw on one of these new releases:

  • Wonder Woman 1984 (December 25, 2020)
  • The Little Things (January 29, 2021)
  • The Many Saints of Newark (March 12, 2021)
  • In the Heights (June 18, 2021)
  • The Suicide Squad (August 6, 2021)
  • Dune (October 1, 2021)
  • The Matrix 4 (December 21, 2021)

In between the new releases, check out HBO Max’s excellent on-demand library. HBO Max includes the following TV shows:

  • Friends
  • Euphoria
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • South Park
  • Lovecraft Country
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Titans
  • The Third Day
  • Rick and Morty
  • Key and Peele
  • We Are Who We Are
  • Young Sheldon
  • Pretty Little Liars
  • Reno 911!
HBO Max TV series

HBO Max includes the following movies:

  • Wonder Woman
  • Underwater
  • Crazy Rich Asians
  • The Hobbit Trilogy
  • Old School
  • The Lord of the Rings Trilogy
  • Scoob!
  • Birds of Prey
  • Emma
  • Happy Gilmore
  • Battleship
  • Matrix Trilogy
  • Joker
  • The Invisible Man

But HBO Max is mostly known for its new originals. So if you’re looking to have a binge marathon night, scroll down to HBO Max’s highlighted content.

How much does HBO Max cost?

It’s less than the price of an Uber Eats meal

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.

Keep in mind, it doesn’t count if you’re subscribed to HBO NOW through a third party, but it will count if you’re subscribed to standard HBO through AT&T TVAnd speaking of AT&T TV, if you sign up today, you’ll get HBO Max for free for one year!

So, $15 for both HBO Max and HBO NOW content? Yes. Yes, please.

How much is HBO Max?
ServiceMonthly priceDetails
HBO Max$14.99/mo.Free Trial

*Data effective 12/3/2020. Price and channel inclusion vary according to location.

Does HBO Max have a contract or fees?

No contract or fees at all. You can cancel whenever you’d like.

What other original content will HBO Max have?

Lots of highly anticipated TV shows and movies, both new and original

HBO Max is getting some attention because it will give you access to newly released Warner Bros. movies, but HBO Max is also getting attention from its originals.

HBO Max’s Originals include the following:

  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Reunion (with Will Smith)
  • Raised by Wolves (series about two androids raising human children)
  • Class Action Park (documentary about the most dangerous amusement park)
  • An American Pickle (with Seth Rogen)
  • The Flight Attendant (with Kaley Cuoco and Michiel Huisman)
  • Doom Patrol (with Brendan Fraser and Diane Guerrero)
  • Two Weeks to Live (with Maisie Williams)
  • Sesame Street (Five new 35-episode seasons as well as episodes from the past 50 years)
  • Lovecraft Country (a horror series executively produced by Jordan Peele)

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 of the popular devices, besides Roku. 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
  • Chromebooks
  • Chromecast
  • Mac and PC browsers
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Samsung TV (2016+)

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.

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Recap: Is HBO Max worth it?

HBO NOW and HBO Max combined into one streaming platform for $15 per month? Heck yes

Like we said above: subscribe to HBO Max and you’ll get everything this new streaming platform has to offer, as well as all of HBO NOW’s content. That’s $15 for two streaming services. So, get it.

For a refresher, here’s what you get with your 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 Flight Attendant, Raised by Wolves, and The Not So Late Show with Elmo

You might have found the next streaming service for you and your family. But if you haven’t, check out our full reviews on Netflix, Disney+, and Amazon Prime.

What do you think?

Are you going to get HBO Max or do you already have it? Or do you believe your current streaming service subscriptions are better? Drop us a comment below!