The latest streaming service to be launched is HBO MAX. And it’s really just an improved version of the streaming service that has been around for many years.
Basically, HBO MAX takes everything HBO has, and everything under the WarnerMedia umbrella and puts it into one streaming service, at the same price as normal HBO. Which makes it a great bargain in its own right.
HBO MAX launched on May 27, at $ 14.99 per month.
What is HBO MAX?
As mentioned, the HBO MAX is an New service From AT&T combining all of HBO’s assets and the entire library from WarnerMedia. You might be surprised at how much content WarnerMedia has under its belt.
This came from the acquisition of Time Warner two years ago by AT&T. Combining all of this in one service makes sense. So you get the entire DC set, plus other hit TV shows like WarnerMedia The new Prince of Bel Air, And the The Big Bang TheoryFor example, but not limited. Also includes everything from TBS, TNT, CNN, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and select shows from Turner Classic Movies, and much more.
AT&T is also releasing plenty of the originals, although some have been put on hold due to the pandemic, which has stopped filming for a few months. Like Friends Reunion that was supposed to be available at launch – which it wasn’t.
What’s the difference between HBO MAX and HBO GO / NOW?
The biggest difference here is the addition of WarnerMedia content. HBO GO / NOW features only HBO content, so you’ll miss a bunch of movies and TV shows created by WarnerMedia.
HBO MAX is honestly better than HBO GO and HBO NOW, because you get a lot more content for the same price. So one might wonder why HBO GO and HBO NOW still exist. Well, we don’t have an answer for that, but we do expect AT&T to get rid of it at some point and stick to the HBO MAX only. Because that’s what AT&T wants you to use anyway.
It’s worth noting that if you sign up for the HBO MAX through your cable provider, as with regular HBO, you’ll only be able to access HBO content through their platform. You will still need to download a Implementation To access all the content available there.
Plus, if you already have HBO NOW, you’ll see an app to upgrade to HBO MAX. When you are all set, you are automatically transferred to the new service. If you don’t, you will need to terminate your HBO NOW subscription and then subscribe to HBO MAX. It’s baffling, but that’s the way things are now.
What assets are available to watch?
HBO MAX has been released with a number of originals. These include Craftopia, Legendary, Love Life, Looney Tunes Cartoons, Show That Was Not Late with Elmo And the On the record.
There are other originals coming throughout 2020, although the pandemic may have forced some of them to delay, as filming around the world was stopped for a few months while everyone else was in quarantine.
These include The host, Friends reunited, New season of Search party, Amy expected, The wolves raised him And more.
There will be a lot of originals in the future, too. Because AT&T invests a lot of money in the HBO MAX and its original content, to keep users on board.
How much does HBO MAX cost?
The cost of the HBO MAX is the same as the regular HBO, which is $ 14.99 per month. This makes it illogical to switch from HBO to HBO MAX. Since you pay the same price, you get a lot more content.
That’s the same price everywhere, whether you sign up through HBO MAX or through a third-party such as a cable / TV provider like YouTube TV. There are no additional fees for not paying directly through HBO MAX.
There is only one plan for HBO MAX, unlike Netflix. So you can’t choose to upgrade to a better resolution (there’s no 4K right now anyway). And you don’t get the option to upgrade to more screens. HBO MAX gives everyone three simultaneous streams. It is on par with other services. Disney + gives you four screens and Netflix gives you between one and four screens, depending on your plan.
Can I get it for free?
If you subscribe to AT&T, most likely.
Therefore, AT&T has determined who will get the free HBO MAX, the majority of its customers. Here’s how to break it down for different AT&T customers:
- If you have DirecTV Premier or Lo Maximo
- If you have a U-Verse U400, U450 or U450 Latino
- If you have the AT&T TV Choice, Xtra, Ultra or Optimo Mas packages
- If you have AT&T TV Now
- If you have DirecTV Choice, Xtra, Ultimate, Mas Ultra or Optimo Mas packages. (But you only get a year for free.)
- You may get other plans free for one month
- If you have an AT&T Unlimited Elite Wireless plan
These free HBO MAX offers range from month to year. So you won’t get it for free, forever, unfortunately. But that’s long enough to decide if you want to keep it. So there is this.
How can i watch HBO MAX?
There are many ways you can watch HBO MAX right now. It is available almost everywhere except for Roku and Amazon Fire TV.
Here is a list of the supported platforms now:
- Amazon Fire TV
- iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch running iOS 12.2 or later
- Android phones and tablets running Android 5 or later
- Computer running Windows 7 or later
- Mac with macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or later
- Google Chromebook
- Web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, and Safari)
- Android TV
- Apple TV (4th generation or later)
- Playstation 4
- Select Samsung Smart TVs
- Xbox One
As announced on November 16, 2020, HBO MAX will come to Fire TV on November 17th. Which means the only missing platform right now is Roku.
There are a few other things the service is missing right now. Including 4K HDR and Dolby Vision. WarnerMedia says these are on the roadmap, so we must see them come into service in the near future. But this was not a priority for launching the service by 27 May.
How is this different from many other streaming services offered by AT&T?
AT&T has a lot of streaming services. And we mean a lot.
Most companies have one service, maybe two, but AT&T once had seven. They have now filtered out some, but still quite a few. There’s AT&T TV, AT&T TV NOW, AT&T Watch TV, and now HBO MAX.
The first three are mostly TV services. AT&T TV is a lot like pay cable TV, but instead of requiring a cable box, it’s done online. AT&T still offers a box for everyone to use – based on Android TV. But it looks a lot like u-Verse.
Then there’s AT&T TV NOW, which is very similar in name and practice. Instead of needing an Android TV Box, you can stream to any device. It is very similar to YouTube TV. It is a DIRECTV NOW alternative.
Then there’s AT&T Watch TV which is the Slim Package, and that costs just $ 15 a month for 35 direct channels. It comes for free with many AT&T wireless plans.
HBO MAX is not very much a live streaming service, but just a TV streaming service. It is a service through which you can enjoy all kinds of content.
Not baffling at all? (Yes, that’s the mockery.)