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HBO Max review 2020: What we know so far

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A hodgepodge of entertainment in yet another HBO streaming service — but with a twist.

As a WarnerMedia platform, HBO Max licenses a strong variety of networks that carry popular TV shows and movies from the past and today. It joins the streaming world as a quilt of digital libraries that you can access from the comfort of your home, and with a device you already watch content from.

Details

Service typeOn-demand streaming
Free trialNo
Pricing starts at$14.99
Lock-in contractNo

Pros and cons

Pros

  • 10,000+ hours of content. With iconic sitcoms, Max originals and a vast selection of movies, HBO and WarnerMedia combine to create the HBO Max streaming library.
  • Pit of content. Programs currently on Hulu or Netflix —like Rick and Morty and Adventure Time — move to the HBO Max library.
  • No ads. Like HBO Go and HBO Now, this new service won’t make you sit through commercial interruptions.

Cons

  • No free trial — yet. We don’t see mention of try-before-you-buy.
  • Lacks sports content. Live sports are among the few genres HBO Max isn’t offering right away — though it plans to offer them in the future.

When is HBO Max coming out?

HBO Max is set to release in May 2020, when it will be available to everyone.

What features does HBO Max offer?

HBO Max’s main perk is combining various streaming libraries into one, creating a mosaic of TV shows and movies. We’ll have to wait to learn more about its exact features as the launch approaches.

Focus on the untraditional

HBO isn’t known for its selection of children’s entertainment. But expected to launch by 2021 are 50 Max Original titles focused on children as well as millennials and adult women. This represents an overall shift in original content.

AT&T bundle

If you’re already an AT&T customer with an HBO subscription, you can access HBO Max for free. For AT&T customers with a premium account, HBO Max is offered at no extra charge within a bundle.

Note about signing up

As far as we can tell from the limited advertising, HBO Max won’t be available as a free add-on for third-party services like Hulu or Roku. Expect more details after the launch date.

What devices is HBO Max compatible with?

We won’t know for sure until after its release, but HBO Max claims it will be compatible with popular mobile, streaming and gaming devices. We’ll update this page as soon as it’s confirmed.

How much does HBO Max cost?

A standard subscription with HBO Max is $14.99 a month. There’s no mention of a free trial online, but that could change closer to the release date.

What can I watch with HBO Max?

An impressive selection of licenses across Warner’s properties — like Adult Swim, TBS and Cartoon Network as well as HBO — means you can expect a well-mixed streaming library.

Expected networks
  • HBO
  • Adult Swim
  • TBS
  • Cartoon Network
  • CNN
  • Crunchyroll
  • DC
  • Max Originals
  • Tru TV
  • TNT
HBO Max seems to focus on TV series, but many movies are expected to make themselves known within the streaming library as well, including beloved streaming favorites like Friends after being taken off of Netflix. Whether moving to or sprouting from HBO Max, here’s what to expect.

TV series
  • Friends
  • Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • South Park
  • Adventure Time
  • Rick and Morty
  • Sesame Street
  • Euphoria
  • Insecure
  • Game of Thrones
Max Originals
  • The Flight Attendant
  • Gossip Girl (Reboot)
  • Tokyo Vice
  • Made for Love
  • Legendary
  • Grease: Rydell High
Movies
  • A Star Is Born
  • Joker
  • Casablanca
  • Happy Feet
  • Wonder Woman
  • Spirited Away
  • The Matrix
  • Lord of the Rings trilogy

What Internet speeds does HBO Max recommend?

We don’t yet know. Other HBO streaming platforms recommend a connection of at least 5Mbps. We’ll update this page as soon as we learn about ideal speeds.

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Alex Shea was a tech and telco writer for Finder.

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Out of every HBO streaming platform released so far, HBO Max sounds like the best to invest in. The price is on par with streaming services like Netflix for a mashup of content from everywhere. You can watch Adventure Time and Game of Thrones with the same service and still have time to watch anime and classic movies like Casablanca. Sports are missing from this streaming service’s launch, which means you might also need ESPN+ to bridge the gap.

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