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.
Demand for the streaming service is about to increase, as Warner Bros will be releasing some of the biggest movies of 2021 on HBO Max at the same time that they're due to hit cinemas. This includes The Matrix 4 and The Suicide Squad.
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.
Sadly, HBO Max no longer offers seven-day free trials to new customers. This deal was retracted prior to the release of Wonder Woman 1984. However, there are still other ways to access the service for free.
Use a free trial of HBO Max on Amazon Prime Video US
You don't just have to watch HBO Max content on the website. Amazon Prime Video US has the service available as an additional channel that you can purchase on top of your existing Prime Video subscription.
Whilst this version of HBO Max doesn't offer everything that a standalone subscription does, you can still watch popular shows such as His Dark Materials, The Undoing, Lovecraft Country and Game of Thrones.
You can purchase a seven-day free trial of the channel on Amazon US, which then rises to $14.99 per month after that. However, providing you cancel before you're billed, you won't need to pay a penny.
If you're not a Prime subscriber, then no need to worry. New customers also get a 30-day free trial of Prime Video. Therefore, you could sign up to Amazon Prime Video US and add HBO Max as a channel without the need to pay anything at all.
If you'd like to know more about Amazon channels, you can read all about them in our explainer article.
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.