HBO Max is out now in the US, bringing with it around 10,000 hours worth of TV shows and films to suit everyone. There's popular classics such as all ten seasons of Friends and The Lord Of The Rings trilogy, as well as exciting new exclusives in the future such as all the new 2021 films from Warner Bros.
HBO Max currently costs $14.99 per month on a rolling contract at the time of writing. However, there are some offers and discounts available to save on the old purse strings. Keep on reading if you’d like to find out more.
Get HBO Max through AT&T or your cable provider
There’s no better discount off HBO Max than getting it for free, and if you’re an AT&T customer then you may be able to do just that. AT&T is throwing in HBO Max for no extra charge with select accounts - you can check if yours qualifies for this in the table below:
If your account falls into the ‘other’ category with AT&T, then you may still be eligible for a free trial, which will still save you some money. The length of this will depend on the type of account you have, which you can check on the AT&T website.
But it’s not just HBO cable subscribers who are also eligible for free HBO Max. Select third part providers also qualify - here's a list of those that can give you HBO Max for free:
- Charter's Spectrum
- YouTube TV
- Altice (Optimum and SuddenLink)
- Cox Communications
- NCTC (WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN, Grande Communications & Wave, and MCTV)
The sign up process will differ depending on who your account is with, so check with your provider for more details.
Switch from HBO Now to HBO Max for free
Another freebie for existing subscribers of HBO Now. You’ll also be able to upgrade to HBO Max without any additional charge. However, this deal only applies to those who are directly billed by HBO. If you subscribe to HBO Now through the likes of Amazon Prime Video or Roku, then at this point you won’t be able to upgrade.
If you’d like to know whether you should make the switch to HBO Max, then take a look at our comparison of HBO Max, HBO Now and HBO Go. If you’re watching from the UK (or anywhere else outside of America for that matter) you can watch both of these streaming services with the help of a VPN such as NordVPN or ExpressVPN - find more detailed instructions in our guide to watching HBO Max in the UK.
Sign up for the cheaper ad-supported subscription
If the $14.99 subscription sounds a bit much, then you'll be pleased to hear that there's now a cheaper, ad-supported version of HBO Max available.
The HBO Max with Ads subscription costs $9.99 per month and is the first time that HBO has delivered advertisements to its customers, though it promises to have "the lightest ad load in the streaming industry."
However, the ad-supported subscription has another big drawback: it won't include same-day theatrical releases such as Dune, The Suicide Squad and The Matrix 4. You can also only stream up to 1080p picture quality, whereas the full subscription includes 4K content.