If you’re a fan of Lin Manuel Miranda’s music Hamilton, then you should know about In The Heights. This upcoming movie is an adaptation of the stage show by Miranda and follows a vibrant community in New York where a bodega owner lives. He has mixed emotions about closing his store in the local neighbourhood and returning to the Dominican Republic.
Like many other Warner Bros. films this year, it will release both in cinemas and on HBO Max in the US. If you’d like to know how to tune in from home in the UK, then we’ve rounded up everything we know so far. We also have similar guides for Black Widow and Godzilla Vs. Kong.
When does In The Heights release?
In The Heights is set to release on 11 June 2021 in both cinemas and on HBO Max. You can watch the official trailer below:
How to watch In The Heights on HBO Max in the UK
At the time of writing, the only service we know for certain that In The Heights is coming to is HBO Max.
An account with HBO Max costs $14.99 per month, and you can subscribe over on the HBO Max website. There will be a cheaper ad-supported version of the service coming in June, but this won’t cover new movie debuts.
This streaming service is currently exclusive to the US. However, we’ve found a way to sign up for an account right here in the UK using a VPN and a mobile device.
VPNs (virtual private networks) reroute your IP address so you can browse the internet as if you’re based in another country. In this case, you’ll want a US-based server.
Billing information for HBO Max
For the next step, you’ll need the HBO Max app. We have successfully tested this method using NordVPN and an Android phone.
Once you've signed up for your VPN of choice, you'll need to download it on either your iOS or Android device. The HBO Max website currently only allows you to sign up if you have a payment card that's tied to the US. If you don't have that, here are the steps you should take:
- Launch your VPN on your iOS/Android device and connect to a US server
- Create a new Apple ID/Google Play account in your browser that's tied to the US (leave the country blank)
- Register your new account on your iOS/Android device app store
- You should now have access to the US app store - download and install the HBO Max app
- Tap 'skip' if the app store asks you to add payment information to your iOS/Google Play account before you've installed HBO Max
- Create a new account in the HBO Max app with your email address and password
- Use PayPal as your method of payment (this can be a UK account)
- Once your account is verified, you can sign in from any device
There have been reports of people not being able to install HBO Max on iOS as the app store forces users to register their payment details within the app store, and doesn't accept UK PayPal if you try to register with this account.
If this is the case when you try to sign up, we recommend purchasing US App Store credit via a digital gift card - which can be added as a US payment option.
You can buy this from Amazon US, though there are other retailers available - you'll need a website that allows you to pay with UK bank details. The typical minimum amount you can purchase will be $25 - enough to cover one month's subscription of HBO Max.
If you set your email address as the recipient, the code to redeem the money will be sent to your inbox. When you come to add the payment information, select 'redeem gift card or code', and you should be able to add the money as credit on your account.
With this, you should then be able to sign up for an HBO Max account. After that, you should be able to alter your payment information back to your UK PayPal via the website to avoid having to pay for a new gift card every single time.
Note that this method is technically against HBO’s terms of service, so the company could cancel your account at any time. Proceed at your own risk.
Will In The Heights release on UK streaming platforms, on VOD or on DVD?
We expect that In The Heights be available in the UK in some other form – we just don’t know how yet.
HBO Max films so far have had different distribution plans. The Justice League Snyder Cut was distributed via the streaming service Now on the same day it released on HBO Max, whilst Godzilla Vs. Kong will be coming to VOD rental services a day after it becomes available in the US.
The UK distribution plan will be down to the studio In The Heights is with, and we likely won’t hear more until closer to the time.
As for the DVD release, the film will probably release hard copies at least a few months after it hits cinemas/digital streaming services.
Will In The Heights release in UK cinemas?
By the time In The Heights releases, UK cinemas should be open in some capacity - if the country stays on track for its lockdown easing plan. Once tickets start to become available, we'll update this article.