Since its launch in 1972, Home Box Office (HBO) has thrived as one of the topmost paying television in the world. Not only does the paying television service operate every day for 24-hours, but HBO also has a collection of original, licensed, and high-quality television content. Today, HBO services are now available in over 50 countries and have been able to reach more than 35 million subscribers.
However, Warner Media (HBO parent company), announced in 2018 that it will be launching a streaming service in late 2019. It was said that the streaming service will feature content from its entertainment brand. But it was later said that the streaming service will be launched in the spring of 2020 and it will be known as HBO Max.
In this read, we will be looking at all that you need to know about HBO Max. Without wasting time let’s get down to it
What is HBO Max?
HBO Max is a subscription video-on-demand streaming service owned by AT&T Inc., an American multinational conglomerate holding company. Since its launch on May 27, 2020, HBO Max has served as a content hub for all Warner Media’s television content. This factor alone has made it possible for HBO Max to offer a vast collection of original library contents and programs straight from the Warner Media company. As of December 2020, HBO is said to have a total of 28.7 million premium subscribers and 12.6 million active subscribers.
When you subscribe to the HBO premium service, you will have access to all the premium content available on the streaming website. HBO stressed this more as it stated that premium subscribers will have access to more than 10,000 hours of content. If you ask me, I’d say that has to be a lot of content.
With that said, you access the streaming service on phones, computers, and all other kinds of devices. Also, anyone can find their way through HBO without any hassle whatsoever, all you need to get started is to subscribe to the premium service, select the content you wish to stream, and watch it. It is as easy as that.
What is the Cost of HBO Max?
The HBO Max goes for $14.99 per month; this is the same price point as HBO Now. If you are familiar with the pricing of all other streaming services like Disney Plus and Netflix, you’d know that HBO Max is much more expensive. However, the streaming service has more contents to offer its subscribers.
Since late 2020, Warner Media has scrapped the 7-days free trial period that used to be effective. Consequently, that means you can’t have a taste before investing in the streaming service. But HBO Max is now offering a 22% discount to all subscribers (Both frequent and new subscribers). However, this discount is only effective if you prepay at $69.99 biannually.
Can Subscribers Enjoy the 4K Streaming Feature on HBO Max?
One of the major limitations of HBO Max was that it is not compatible with other devices like Fire TV, which has a support system with Android TV platforms. But now subscribers can now enjoy HBO with most streaming devices like Fire TV, Android devices, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, Xbox One, Roku, and 4K.
When HBO Max was launched in 2020, one of its limitations is that it doesn’t support 4K streaming devices. With that said, the HBO Max blockbuster, Wonder Woman 1984 which stars Gal Gadot. Serves as HBO Max’s first content which supports 4K High Dynamic Range (HDR) on Android devices and all other devices. Moving forward, it is expected that all other contents that will be released by HBO Max will support 4K HDR.
Unfortunately, not all devices still support 4K HDR, just a select few. But HBO Max subscribers will be happy to know that Chromecast with Google TV and Android TV is part of the selected devices compatible with the HBO Max 4K HDR streams.
Although, we can’t come up with a list of devices supporting HBO Max 4K HDR yet. It is safe to say that Chromecast Ultra, Apple TV 4K, and 4K Fire TVs support HBO 4K HDR.
Will HBO Max Replace HBO Now?
HBO Now originally co-existed with HBO Max, but lately, things are changing. It’s like HBO is either remodeling or finally scrapping HBO Now out.
However, it seems that HBO Now has been remodeled as the HBO app. But HBO Now subscribers are now able to access all HBO Max contents without any extra cost and hidden charges whatsoever.
Is HBO Max Worth Investing On?
As earlier mentioned, HBO Max is much more expensive than streaming services like Netflix and the likes. The pricing factor is enough to scare you off. But then the exclusive contents you will be accessible to makes it worth it. The collection of contents on HBO Max cut across all genres for all age grades. So yeah, HBO is worth your investment.
Conclusively, HBO Max is only available in the United State. By the end of 2021 it should be available in more countries.