HBO has announced that there will shortly be a third streaming service – alongside HBO Now and HBO Go – named HBO Max, which undoubtedly can compete with Netflix and Amazon Prime. What will be the HBO Max Price and when will release?
HBO Max is not launched yet, but here’s what we know so far about what to expect.
What is HBO Max?
HBO Max will be a single streaming platform that not only includes all of HBO’s original content – from shows such as Game of Thrones and Westworld to a number of films – but also new original material and content from other WarnerMedia services.
For example, we already know that Friends will leave US Netflix to drive over HBO Max, and that the other 90s favorite, The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, will also be on the platform.
HBO has already commissioned six new films, with plans for more films and TV shows, and uses HBO Max as an excuse to boost its original content ambitions, as well as an Anna Kendrick rom com anthology series titled Love Life.
When does start?
HBO has not yet announced a specific release date, but has announced that the service will start in 2020.
So it’ll be a while to wait until it’s available. In the meantime, there are already HBO Go and HBO Now – and we will discuss in more detail below how the services differ.
HBO Max Price?
Again, there are no prices. However, HBO Now costs $ 14.99 a month, and HBO Max is said to contain all of that content and more. So it’s a very safe bet that it gets even more expensive.
We would expect $ 19.99 a month, but we will certainly find it closer to the start.
Is HBO Max coming to the UK?
HBO has not announced any release outside of North America, but frankly we would be very surprised if HBO Max came to the UK.
Neither company offers other streaming services in the UK. Instead, lucrative agreements are being reached with Sky to make HBO content available on Sky Atlantic and Now TV. Due to these agreements, it is very unlikely that we will see Max here.
There are already several ways to see HBO from the UK, and most of them are still valid after the launch of HBO Max. So, there’s almost certainly some way to see HBO Max exclusives wherever you are.
HBO Max vs. HBO Now vs. HBO Go
There is one last possible confusion worth clarifying: the difference between HBO Now, HBO Go and HBO Max.
For the most prominent reasons, HBO currently operates two separate streaming services with nearly identical features and interfaces, with Max on the way.
The main difference is how you pay for them: HBO Now is a stand-alone service that allows anyone to sign up for $ 5 a month, while HBO Go is made available to existing HBO cable subscribers free of charge.
Outside the US
If you’re not in the US, you’re almost certainly not paying for HBO over cable, so you cannot sign up for HBO Go anyway.
However, if you’re an American cable customer living or staying overseas, you should be able to access HBO Go through a VPN, just as you can with HBO Now.
HBO Max will be closest to HBO Now because it is a standalone service that is not limited to existing cable customers.
However, as mentioned earlier, it also includes extra content not originally from HBO, as well as all new exclusive shows and movies.