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HBO Max, after a bumpy launch a yr in the past, has been constructing momentum. In the Heights began streaming on Thursday, becoming a member of The Conjuring 3 as the newest movie to stream at the similar time it is in theaters. Its cheaper, $10-a-month subscription tier supported by adverts arrived final week, and the long-delayed Friends reunion landed the week earlier than that. 

HBO Max has additionally killed its weeklong free trial. That means in order for you watch completely everything — the Friends reunion, different Max originals and the new Warner Bros. motion pictures, together with Matrix 4 or Dune later this yr — you will both want to pay for a full-price Max subscription or work out in case your common HBO subscription features a free improve to a Max account. 

Here are solutions to the newest large questions on HBO Max. 

How can I stream In the Heights and The Conjuring 3? 

In the Heights and The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It at the moment are out there at no added price to subscribers to HBO Max’s $15-a-month ad-free tier. 

Anybody who’s a subscriber to the service’s new $10-a-month ad-supported tier cannot watch the In the Heights, The Conjuring 3 or any of the same-day motion pictures that’ll be on Max by way of the remainder of the yr. They’re the solely a part of the library unavailable to folks on the HBO Max with Ads tier. 

What different motion pictures hit HBO Max and theaters at the similar time? 

Warner Bros.’ 2021 motion pictures are set to hit theaters and HBO Max on the following launch dates: 

All these titles will likely be out there on HBO Max the similar day they hit theaters in the US. 

Any title listed with a “TBD” would not have a confirmed launch date but, but it surely’s positioned on the record in unfastened chronological order for when it is anticipated to come out. 

Several motion pictures have already come and gone, together with Mortal Kombat most lately. But all these Warner Bros. motion pictures will return to HBO Max to stream a couple of months after their launch. Wonder Woman 1984, for instance, is already again on HBO Max to stream, after it left the service in January throughout its theatrical window. 

But it appears to be like like 2021 will likely be the solely yr for this phenomenon of streaming new big-screen motion pictures on HBO Max as quickly as they hit theaters. Warner Bros.’ latest offers with theaters recommend this so-called “day-and-date” launch technique — when a film premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on the similar day — will not proceed into 2022. For instance, Warner Bros.’ cope with Regal Cinema’s mother or father firm organized for a 45-day theaters-only “window” beginning in 2022, which suggests theaters will get not less than a month and a half to display screen new motion pictures with none competitors from a streaming service.  

What time do new Warner Bros. motion pictures arrive? When do they disappear?

Generally, most of the new Warner Bros. motion pictures turn out to be out there to stream on Max at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET on the day of their launch. But the timing for different motion pictures could differ, relying on when the first cinematic screenings happen at theaters. Wonder Woman 1984, for instance, turned out there at 9 a.m. PT/midday ET on Dec. 25 as a result of that was the earliest theaters had been open that day. 

The motion pictures will likely be out there to stream on HBO Max for 31 days. They’re typically anticipated to be faraway from the service at 11:59 p.m. PT on that thirty first day. 

All Warner Bros. motion pictures launched on this “hybrid” mannequin on HBO Max will likely be out there to watch in 4K Ultra HD decision and HDR picture high quality, despite the fact that these codecs aren’t but commonplace for the full Max library.

Does it price further to watch these new theatrical motion pictures on HBO Max? 

No. Everything on Warner Bros.’ 2021 slate of latest motion pictures will likely be out there on HBO Max at no added price to subscribers — in different phrases, appears like free. Since HBO Max would not have a free trial, you will both want to join with a paying membership or improve an present HBO subscription to embrace Max. 

If you have already got HBO from a TV supplier or a tech firm, otherwise you paid for HBO Now, it’s possible you’ll give you the option to improve to Max at no added price — it relies upon whether or not HBO Max has struck a cope with your particular supplier. And some AT&T clients have offers to get Max included of their service plans. See the part on “How do I get HBO Max if I already pay for HBO?” for extra particulars. 

What do I would like to know about HBO Max with Ads? 

HBO Max with Ads is the inexpensive, ad-supported model of HBO Max. It launched in the US on Wednesday. This $10-a-month subscription is a $5 low cost month-to-month in contrast with ad-free Max; in alternate, you will see commercials with some programming and different commercials elsewhere finally, like whenever you pause playback or on pages that curate collections of exhibits and motion pictures. 

You can watch nearly everything on HBO Max as an ad-supported subscriber, with one main exception: The cheaper tier would not have any of the new Warner Bros. motion pictures which are streaming the similar day they hit theaters. If you need to stream these movies throughout the 31 days they’re out there on Max throughout their preliminary theatrical runs, you’ve gotten to subscribe to the pricier, ad-free stage.

However, Warner Bros. motion pictures do find yourself on Max comparatively shortly after they’re accomplished in theaters. Wonder Woman 1984, for instance, was again on Max in May, about 5 months after it first premiered. 

The cheaper tier permits you to watch everything else on the service. 

HBO Max has dedicated to preserving the quantity of promoting low. The firm says that its advert load — or the quantity of promoting you watch each hour — will likely be underneath 4 minutes on common. Different sorts of programming could have totally different advert hundreds, so the quantity you see could differ relying on what you watch. But HBO Max has stated it’s dedicated to preserving common advert load beneath 4 minutes in order that it is going to be the lowest in the streaming business, and it plans to monitor consumer habits and engagement to be sure it retains beneath that threshold. 

HBO originals — that’s, packages created for the conventional HBO networks — will not have industrial interruptions throughout playback. They could have brief promos for different HBO programming earlier than they begin, which is commonplace even for individuals who pay for ad-free HBO Max, however you will not see industrial breaks shoehorned into them. And it is attainable that a few of the nonconventional advert codecs, like pause adverts, might present up with HBO originals, too. But HBO Max is not going to disrupt HBO originals with conventional advert breaks. 

However, HBO Max originals — that’s, packages created for the service HBO Max however not for the conventional community — could certainly have promoting breaks inserted in the exhibits. That would come with issues like the Friends reunion particular, The Flight Attendant and others. 

And licensed exhibits like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, which had been initially created with advert breaks, could have adverts. But HBO Max could not insert promoting into each advert break, in accordance to the Julian Franco, vice chairman of product administration at HBO Max, who helped lead the tier’s product improvement. 

Does HBO Max have a free trial? 

Not anymore. HBO Max eradicated its commonplace one-week free trial in December. But it does sometimes supply promotions and bundling offers. (See the subsequent part.)

Do I get HBO Max ‘free’ if I have already got common HBO? 

Some individuals who have already got an present subscription to HBO are ready to unlock HBO Max at no further price, however not everybody. Nearly 200,000 common HBO subscribers in the US aren’t eligible for an HBO Max improve; all of it is determined by which firm gives your common HBO subscription.

But many HBO Max distributors unlock an HBO Max improve at no further price for present HBO and legacy HBO Now clients, thanks to offers HBO Max struck with them. You qualify for the HBO Max improve at no further price should you already pay for HBO by way of the following: 

If you beforehand paid for an HBO streaming subscription by way of Roku (that’s, by way of The Roku Channel), you want to cancel that subscription and then join HBO Max itself to give you the option to entry Max. 

How a lot does HBO Max price?

HBO Max is $15 a month with out promoting or $10 a month supported by adverts. It would not have a free trial, however the firm sometimes provides reductions should you prepay for an prolonged time period. For instance, earlier than launch, individuals who preordered the service at HBOMax.com unlocked a reduction deal that lowered the value to $13 a month for the first yr. Some clients may also hunt out specialised free trials, generally linked to the buy of a tv or different tech product. 

AT&T, the mother or father firm of each HBO Max and Warner Bros., can also be providing an advanced matrix of promos for HBO Max for its personal clients. Some AT&T clients get Max at no further price, whereas others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year free trial. Your greatest shot at determining whether or not you qualify is to examine your account or the my AT&T app, however CNET additionally lists AT&T’s qualification phrases for its HBO Max promos

Compared with rival streaming companies, HBO Max’s ad-free $15-a-month pricing could really feel steep. Disney Plus is $8 a month, and Apple TV Plus is $5, although it retains extending free trials for anybody who’s purchased a brand new Apple gadget. But HBO Max’s value is shut to Netflix’s hottest plan, which is $14. 

How do I watch the Friends reunion particular?

The Friends two-hour reunion particular is simply out there to watch by streaming it on HBO Max, which requires a subscription to entry. 

If you are not already a subscriber, see the part beneath for information on how to join and whether or not you qualify for Max at no added price as half your common HBO subscription. 

If you are already a member, the particular is straightforward to discover on Max — it is getting heavy promotion inside the app. But if for some motive you do not see it plastered throughout your private interface, merely seek for Friends and faucet on Friends: The Reunion. 

What channel is the Friends reunion particular on? 

It’s… not on a channel. The Friends reunion is simply on HBO Max, which is a streaming service that does not have any channel on common TV or cable. 

However, HBO Max’s proprietor, WarnerMedia, is experimenting with placing another HBO Max originals on channels like TBS and TNT over the summer time, a technique it is calling Front Row. The Friends Reunion Special is not amongst them, and WarnerMedia hasn’t even hinted that the Friends reunion would widen to common TV on this means (or in every other means). But Front Row does set some precedent for different HBO Max exclusives widening to common TV channels. 

How can I watch HBO Max on my TV? What gadgets assist Max?

Because HBO Max is not a channel, you want to have an internet-connected TV so as to watch it on the greatest display screen in your home. But HBO Max has apps for quite a lot of gadgets, each TVs and cell devices.

  • Most Apple gadgets that may stream video assist HBO Max — iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. However, clients with second- and third-generation Apple TV fashions will want to stream HBO Max content material from their iPhone or iPad to their TV with AirPlay.
  • Google’s Android working system for telephones and tablets has an app for Android TV gadgets, Chromebooks, Google Chromecast and Chromecast built-in gadgets will assist HBO Max too. 
  • Sony’s PlayStation 4 programs can obtain the HBO Max app through the PlayStation Store. 
  • Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming consoles have the HBO Max app through the Microsoft Store.
  • Select Samsung internet-connected good TVs — fashions from 2016 by way of 2020 — can obtain and buy HBO Max instantly.
  • Amazon Fire TV gadgets and Fire tablets have assist for HBO Max’s app.
  • Roku gadgets assist HBO Max for streaming and for signing up to the service as a brand new consumer.

How lengthy is the Friends reunion out there on HBO Max? 

The Friends reunion particular will likely be out there to stream on Max indefinitely. In different phrases, you do not want to fear about lacking it. As a so-called Max Original, it is supposed to persist on HBO Max for the foreseeable future. 

It’s straightforward to get confused, although. The “same-day” motion pictures that hit Max and theaters concurrently are solely out there to stream for 31 days. But that is distinctive to the Warner Bros. new film releases in 2021. The Friends reunion is not topic to the similar limitation. 

How can I join HBO Max? 

The easiest way to get HBO Max is to join it instantly at hbomax.com

On Apple gadgets, HBO Max has an iOS app for iPhone and iPad, which permits you to join and pay by way of an in-app buy. Apple additionally integrates HBO Max into its personal TV app, which permits you to congregate sure streaming channels to watch them in a single place. 

Through Google, HBO Max has an app for Android telephones and tablets in the Google Play retailer, and you will give you the option to join inside the app with an in-app buy. You’ll additionally give you the option to stream HBO Max on Android TV, Chromebook and Google Chromecast. If you beforehand subscribed to HBO Now by way of Google Play, you are robotically ready to log in to HBO Max at no further cost, and you will proceed to be billed by way of Google. And YouTube TV, the streaming pay-TV service operated by Google’s YouTube, may also carry HBO Max. 

Roku additionally permits folks to join HBO Max instantly on its gadgets utilizing its fee system, Roku Pay. And folks with Samsung Smart TVs that assist the HBO Max app can join instantly there too. 

Shows and motion pictures: What else can I watch?

Generally, HBO Max consists of all the exhibits and motion pictures on HBO, plus a collection of high-profile licensed content material, like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, Rick & Morty and South Park. It layers unique unique programming on high of that. And all of Warner Bros. 2021 theatrical motion pictures will likely be launched on Max the similar day as they hit cinemas, out there to stream for 31 days at no further price.

Now that the service is dwell, a simple means to see what’s out there with out signing up is third-party catalog search companies like Reelgood

The easiest a part of the catalog to perceive is HBO itself. HBO Max consists of everything on common HBO, so which means all the theatrical motion pictures that come and go from the channel; new episodes from all HBO sequence, like Euphoria and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver; and the previous seasons of these packages in addition to the full HBO again catalog, like Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Veep and The Wire; plus all of HBO’s unique movies, documentaries and specials. 

Movies are an important a part of the catalog. And any film that is out there to watch on the conventional HBO community may also be out there to stream on HBO Max. 

Beyond that, HBO Max has padded itself with extra content material than you will discover on common HBO, for mainly the similar value. The service has been pouring billions of {dollars} into its budgets for unique programming and into costly offers to stream titles from DCStudio Ghibli and the Criterion Collection, in addition to in style exhibits like FriendsSouth ParkThe Big Bang TheoryRick and MortyDoctor Who and new episodes of Adventure Time

The service’s Max Originals additionally supply new, unique exhibits and motion pictures. Some of the hottest Max originals to date: Justice League Snyder Cut, which was launched in March; The Flight Attendant, a comedic thriller sequence starring Kaley Cuoco; Raised by Wolves, a sci-fi sequence from famed filmmaker Ridley Scott; and The Witches, a reboot of the basic Roald Dahl e book and 1990 movie, starring Octavia Spencer and Anne Hathaway. 

HBO Max additionally has podcasts in its library linked to its programming, alongside the strains of final yr’s podcast companion to the miniseries Chernobyl. Raised by Wolves, for instance, has a podcast out there now on Max.

When will HBO Max launch elsewhere?

HBO Max launched May 27, 2020, in the US. 

Friends

HBO Max brokered a reported $425 million deal for all episodes of ’90s hit Friends, which exited Netflix to begin streaming on HBO Max at launch.


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HBO Max’s first worldwide growth is ready for June 29 with 39 territories throughout Latin America and the Caribbean. Those territories embrace Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, B.V.I., Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay and Venezuela.

After that, the HBO-branded streaming companies in Europe — together with the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, and Portugal — are scheduled to be upgraded to HBO Max later this yr. 

What product options does HBO Max have? 

In a long-anticipated function for anybody who beforehand used HBO Go, HBO Max has downloads for its cell apps. 

HBO Max permits you to stream to three totally different gadgets concurrently. By comparability, Disney Plus permits 4 simultaneous streams, and Netflix permits between one and 4 relying on how a lot you pay every month. 

You may also create up to 5 profiles to preserve suggestions separate for various members of the family, and it additionally has child accounts which are unlocked by coming into a PIN. These parental controls enable mothers and dads to set the maturity ranges of the programming every youngsters’ profile can entry, based mostly on scores like PG and TV-14. 

Another lacking factor: HBO Max would not supply 4K decision nor excessive dynamic vary picture high quality for many of its catalog. The exception is all the theatrical motion pictures that Warner Bros. is releasing on HBO Max the similar day as cinemas; all these movies will likely be out there in 4K Ultra HD and HDR.

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