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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.

Movies and Shows to Stream on HBO Max

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.

Stream blockbuster movies on the same day they premiere in theatres on HBO Max

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.

Max is The One to Watch

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

  • Europe: 2024

  • Asia: 2024

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.


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