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HBO, HBO Go & HBO Now
HBO (Home Box Office) offers premium television programming—original series, theatrical films, and live sports—in the United States, Canada (where it's available through Crave), and select countries in Europe, Latin America, and Asia.
HBO Go (which ceased operations in the U.S. in 2020) is a streaming service that lets you stream HBO free if you have an HBO cable TV subscription.
It’s also been possible to watch HBO online without cable by subscribing to its standalone streaming service, HBO Now. HBO Now has now renamed to simply HBO.
The latest streaming service from the company is HBO Max, offering a premium selection of programs. Most HBO Go and HBO Now customers can switch over to HBO Max without additional cost.
What is HBO Max?
Launched in 2020, HBO Max is HBO’s premium online streaming service. In addition to the full catalogue of HBO series and movies, HBO Max brings together 10,000 hours of content from companies under WarnerMedia, including Warner Bros., CNN, Adult Swim, TBS, Cartoon Network, HBO, and TNT. Its lineup includes full series of several classic sitcom hits, new DC Entertainment series, the complete library of Studio Ghibli films, and plenty of original programming featuring big-name actors and producers.
HBO Max has also become the global go-to for blockbuster movies, with streaming of all Warner Bros. movies on HBO Max shortly after movie theatre premieres. Previously, all movie titles—from Oscar bait, to superhero flicks, to kid-friendly fare—were available to stream on HBO Max for 30 days from theatrical release. While this has ceased, HBO Max is still the first place to stream many blockbusters. HBO Max has also introduced two payment tiers, with both an ad-supported subscription price, and a slightly more expensive ad-free subscription option.
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HBO Max and Discovery Plus Merger: Max
On May 23, 2023, HBO Max and Discovery Plus will merge to form a new streaming service dubbed Max.
The new streaming service will be home to the HBO Max movies and series that you’re already familiar with. That means all your favorite HBO, DC, Harry Potter, and Cartoon Network titles will be available. All of Discovery Plus’s content will also be available in Max’s catalog, although Discovery Plus will also continue to operate as a standalone service with Discovery-only content and the same (lower) subscription fees.
On May 23, HBO Max users will have their profiles migrated to Max, and HBO Max will cease to exist. Existing subscribers will have their app automatically updated to the Max app, though some will be prompted to download the new app. The HBO cable channel will continue as-is.
If you are an existing HBO Max or Discovery+ subscriber or have considered subscribing to either, here’s all you need to know about the streaming service Max.
HBO Max and Discovery Plus merger date
HBO Max and Discovery Plus will merge on May 23, 2023, in the U.S., with a gradual worldwide Max rollout happening over the next year. Here’s when to expect the launch of Max in your region:
United States: May 23, 2023
Latin America: 2023
How much will Max cost?
As of May 2023, Max will introduce three price plans:
Max Ad-Lite: $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year (two concurrent streams).
Max Ad Free: $15.99 a month, or $149.99 a year (two concurrent streams).
Max Ad Free Ultimate: $19.99 a month, or $199.99 a year (four concurrent streams with 4K UHD content).
While “Max Ad-Lite” and “Max Ad Free” plans are priced the same as existing HBO Max plans, they come with different benefits. Namely, fewer concurrent streams and the loss of 4K content.
Discovery Plus subscribers looking to keep Discovery Plus will not see their price plans revised. However, there’s no word if subscribers looking to jump to Max will be offered a discount for doing so.
FAQ: HBO VPN
Does ExpressVPN work with HBO?
ExpressVPN has a fast, optimized network of servers that work with streaming services like HBO Max, HBO Now, and HBO Go to deliver high-quality video content without compromising security or privacy.
If your ISP throttles your streaming traffic, or if your school network or public Wi-Fi operator blocks access to streaming apps, using ExpressVPN will allow you to get around these restrictions and start watching HBO again.
Does ExpressVPN come with an HBO account?
ExpressVPN does not come with an HBO account. To stream HBO with a VPN, you need to first sign up for an HBO account.
After you have an account with HBO, you can use ExpressVPN to help you watch HBO privately and securely.
What happens to my HBO Max subscription after the Discovery+ merger?
Existing HBO Max subscriptions will be automatically migrated to the new Max service, with users’ profiles, settings, watchlists, and shows they’re currently watching remaining intact.
Pricing remains the same, though Max will offer a more premium “Max Ultimate Ad Free” tier for 20 USD a month.
HBO Now vs. HBO Go vs. HBO Max: What’s the difference?
HBO Go is the app that comes with your cable TV subscription if you have a plan that includes HBO. HBO Now is the standalone service that doesn’t require a separate TV package. Both offer the same HBO streaming content. HBO Max has everything available on HBO Go or HBO Now, plus a wide array of additional shows and movies, including a full slate of Warner Bros. movies released on the same day they premiere in theatres.
What devices can I watch HBO on?
HBO is available on a wide range of devices, including:
Smartphones and tablets, including iOS and Android
Computers, including Mac, Windows, and Linux
Game consoles, including PlayStation and Xbox
ExpressVPN has easy-to-use apps for many of these devices and covers up to eight devices simultaneously with a single subscription. But even if your device cannot install ExpressVPN directly, you can still enjoy full VPN benefits by connecting it to a router running ExpressVPN.
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Can I watch HBO shows in another country?
Will using a VPN affect HBO video quality?
Usually, no. All VPNs have the potential to slow down your connection, but ExpressVPN is extremely fast, and most users don’t see any buffering issues.
In some cases, using a VPN to watch HBO can actually improve your video quality, especially if your ISP has been throttling bandwidth on streaming services.
Can I stream HBO live?
Almost. All the HBO online services make new episodes of original HBO programming and theatrical films available at the same time they premiere on HBO. Programs that air live on HBO, such as news or sports, are delayed but usually appear online within a few hours.
How do I watch HBO on Hulu?
Can I stream HBO free?
HBO is a pay TV service. If you already subscribe to HBO through cable, streaming via HBO Go is probably free for you. Otherwise, you may be able to access HBO free trials through HBO Now, Hulu, or Amazon Prime. In 2021, HBO also introduced two-tier pricing for HBO Max, with both ad-supported and ad-free subscription plans available.
Can I use a free proxy for HBO?
We don’t recommend using a free proxy for HBO. Free services rarely operate as advertised, and some may even sell your activity to third parties for a profit.
Why can’t I access HBO Go / HBO Now / HBO Max?
HBO Now, HBO Go, and HBO Max work best when you use the U.S. server location nearest to your actual location. If you’re using a U.S. location and still can’t access an HBO app, contact ExpressVPN Support.
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