Move over Disney Plus - HBO Max is the latest big streaming service on the block. With 10,000 hours worth of shows and films, including popular series like Friends and The OC, HBO hard-hitters like Game of Thrones and Westworld and blockbusters such as A Star Is Born, it's easy to see why this new platform is such a hit.
The standard price for a HBO Max subscription is $14.99 per month, but if you’re looking to save your money then there are a few ways to watch HBO Max for free. We’ve rounded up everything we know so far to get this service without having to pay a penny. We also have a similar roundup for watching Disney Plus for free.
Use a free trial for HBO Max
The simplest way of getting free HBO Max is to claim a free trial. HBO Max offers seven days without payment for all users before requiring you to commit to a subscription.
To get your free trial, all you need to do is head on over to the HBO Max homepage, and click on the button which says ‘start free trial’. As with most free trials, you’ll need to put in your card details, but a warning that you will be automatically charged if you don’t cancel your subscription before the free trial ends.
This is sign up process will differ if you're trying to access the service from outside of the US - take a look on our guide on how to watch HBO Max from the UK for more information.
To cancel your subscription, click on your user profile, select your account, then billing details, and then click on ‘cancel subscription’ and confirm.
Sadly there isn’t yet a way to extend a free trial, short of making an entirely new account. But seven days is still enough time to binge a short series or watch a film or two.
Get HBO Max through AT&T or your cable provider
Get your TV and broadband via AT&T? Good news, you may be able to get HBO Max for absolutely nothing! AT&T is offering the subscription with certain select bundles - check if yours is included using the chart below:
If it’s not included, you may still be eligible for a limited free trial, though the length of this will depend on the type of plan you’re on. You can check this on the AT&T website.
In addition, some other third-party HBO subscribers are eligible. Customers who subscribe to HBO through the following providers should be able to get HBO Max for free:
- Charter's Spectrum
- YouTube TV
- Altice (Optimum and SuddenLink)
- Cox Communications
- NCTC (WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN, Grande Communications & Wave, and MCTV)
The sign-up process will differ depending on your plan - check with your provider for full details.
Switch from HBO Now to HBO Max for free
If you pay for the current on-demand HBO streaming platform - HBO Now - then there’s some good news. HBO will upgrade you to HBO Max for free.
Of course, there are some caveats to keep in mind. This only applies to those who subscribed through hbonow.com and are billed directly by HBO. If you subscribe to HBO Now through the likes of Amazon Prime Video or Roku, then you won’t necessarily be upgraded. However, these channels could reach an agreement in the future, so this may change.
If you’re unsure about switching from HBO Now to HBO Max, then you can take a look at our comparison of the HBO streaming services. But in short, they both cost $14.99 per month and HBO Max offers the same and more content than HBO Now, so it’s worth the switch.
Get HBO Max for free without any prior subscription
Unfortunately, if you’re not already subscribed to HBO through an eligible cable service or have HBO Now, then at this point you won’t be eligible to get HBO Max for free. If this changes, we’ll update this article with more information.