HBO has had various streaming platforms over the years, but HBO Max is the biggest yet. With a slate of exclusive upcoming shows and films, as well as a whole catalogue of popular titles like Friends, it's easy to see why.
Unfortunately, it’s highly unlikely that we’ll ever see HBO Max here in the UK - or at least not for a long while. Some of the content may be syndicated via the likes of Sky, but we suspect that some shows will remain exclusive to HBO Max. However, even if you’re not in the US, you should still be able to watch HBO Max through the help of a VPN.
VPNs (virtual private networks) assign you a new IP address, which allows you to surf the web as if you’re from another country. In addition, they also keep your data and browsing history more private.
We’ve rounded up a list of the best VPNs for watching HBO Max out there right now. If you’d like to know more about how to watch using a VPN, then check out our full tried and tested guide on how to watch HBO Max outside of the US.
NordVPN is still ranked as our number one VPN service - and it's also the VPN we've used to test watching HBO Max ourselves.
With a plentiful range of servers from 62 different countries (and all the US states), rapid speeds and competitive pricing, it’s easy to see why. It’s simple to use, and generally outpaces rivals with its premium features.
You can get NordVPN starting from £2.68 per month if you sign up for a three-year plan. Alternatively you can also go for two-year, one-year, six-month and one-month plans.
Read more in our NordVPN review.
If Nord isn’t floating your boat, then we’d also recommend ExpressVPN. Whilst this VPN provider is a bit pricier than others, the thousands of server options and data privacy transparency (as they keep no logs of data) still makes ExpressVPN a compelling choice to go with.
Currently ExpressVPN is offering 15 months for the price of 12, and there's also a 30-day money-back guarantee.
Read more in our ExpressVPN review.
PureVPN claims to be the quickest VPN service provider available right now. It has a large range of servers - with more than 200 in over 140 countries. Whilst you’ll only need US-based ones for watching HBO Max, this can still come in handy for visiting other geo blocked sites.
Read more in our PureVPN review.
For another option that’s simple to use, we’d also recommend Surfshark. Not only does it come with multiple servers from across the world (including America) but you also get an ad-blocker tool built in, and a MultiHop feature for added privacy.
With prices starting at £1.59/US$1.99 per month, it's one of the cheapest VPNs on the list.
Read more in our Surfshark review.
Whilst TunnelBear looks slightly different to other VPN providers, it’s still extremely easy to use and has numerous US servers. What's more is that you can actually use TunnelBear for free, though only to a limit of 500MB a month. But this is a great option if you don’t want to spend anything on your VPN.
Read more in our TunnelBear review.