HBO Max Review 2023

HBO Max
HBO max
4 out of 5 stars
4
  • pro
    HBO series and WarnerMedia movies
  • pro
    Lots of highly-anticipated content
  • con
    Not a standalone service
Chantel Buchi
Sr. Staff Writer, TV & Streaming
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January 17, 2023
4 min read

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YouTubeTV
YouTube TV
4.5 out of 5 stars
4.5
  • pro
    Unlimited DVR storage
  • pro
    Offers all major sports channels
  • con
    Doesn't have the Tennis or HISTORY channels
Plan
Monthly price
TV channel count
Details
YouTubeTV$64.99/mo.*85+
Spanish Plan$34.99/mo.28+
Data as of 12/14/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
* Compatible device and internet connection required. Offers and availability may vary by location and are subject to change.
No long term contract. Cancel anytime.

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.

pro
Pros
pro HBO Max has lots of highly-anticipated content
pro You'll get access to newly released Warner Bros. movies
pro HBO Max now streams live sports
con
Cons
con HBO Max is not a standalone service
con It's about the same price as Netflix, but with less total 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.

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.

How much is HBO Max a month?

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?

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

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:

  • Elvis
  • Don't Worry Darling
  • Amsterdam
  • The Batman
  • Barbarian
  • Fast & Furious 9
  • Death on the Nile
  • Moonshot
  • Dune
  • Black Adam
  • High-Rise
  • The Last Airbender
  • Hugo
  • The King's Man
  • West Side Story
  • Beetlejuice
  • Caddyshack
HBO Max popular movies screenshot

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
  • Friends
  • Velma
  • The Climb
  • Trixie Motel
  • Insecure
  • His Dark Materials
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Succession
  • Reno 911!
  • Eastbound & Down
  • Fringe
  • Big Little Lies
  • The Murders at Starved Rock
  • The Wire
  • Key and Peele
  • South Park
  • Veep

What Original content does HBO Max have?

Lots of anxiously-awaited TV shows and movies, both new and Original

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?

Service
Price
Details
HBO Max$9.99–$15.99
Netflix$6.99$19.99
Disney Plus$7.99$109.99
Hulu$7.99$14.99
Paramount+$4.99/mo.$9.99/mo.
Data as of 12/14/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.
Data as of 12/14/22. Offers and availability vary by location and are subject to change.

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
  • Chromebooks
  • Chromecast
  • Mac and PC browsers
  • PlayStation 4
  • Roku
  • 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.

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Recap: Is HBO Max worth it?

For new movies and fanastic series straight to your TV? Of course it is.

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.

FAQs

Can I cancel my HBO Max subscription anytime?

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. 

Can I watch live sports on HBO Max?

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. 

Chantel Buchi
Written by
Chantel Buchi
Chantel is all about finding the best tv or streaming service to watch as many football games as possible to keep her Fantasy Football team in check. Prior to being a TV and Streaming Tech Reporter for Reviews.org, she worked for NFL Network and The Alliance of American Football. Before that, she received a B.A. of Communication at the University of Utah and an M.S. in Sports Journalism at USC. Go Utes and Fight On. Contact her at chantel@reviews.org

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