Is HBO Max Included with HBO Now?
This year, HBO has rebranded its streaming services. Some now include more content, while others remain the same only with a new name. There’s also HBO Max, a new streaming service that includes more content than ever before – more than 10,000 hours, in fact.
But why do we need HBO Max if we already have HBO Now? In this article, we’ll explain the difference between the two services, tell you whether HBO Max is included with HBO Now, and how you can get it.
Difference Between HBO Max and HBO Now
HBO Max is a standalone, deluxe version of HBO’s previous streaming services. It’s a combination of HBO Go and HBO Now – but that’s not all. Apart from movies and TV shows from HBO on-demand library, you’ll have access to some things that were previously unavailable.
HBO Max is a joint project of HBO and its parent company Warner, so you’ll also get to see Warner’s original content, too. This applies both to its old movies and its new content, the dates of which have just been announced.
Moreover, HBO also announced HBO Max Originals that includes TV shows for all generations. From cartoons for kids to teen dramas and more serious content for adults. They plan to make 31 series in 2020 and 50 series in 2021! This content will be available only to HBO Max subscribers.
So, to answer your question, HBO Max isn’t included with HBO Now. HBO Max offers all content that HBO Now provided and even more. But if you’re subscribed to HBO Now, chances are you can get HBO Max at no additional cost.
Upgrade from HBO Now to HBO Max
First, you should know that HBO Now has changed its name, and it’s now simply called HBO. But that’s the only difference. The content you can stream hasn’t changed. If you haven’t updated your app in a while, maybe it’s still called HBO Now. When you update it, don’t be surprised by the new name, as it’s a part of a rebranding strategy.
There’s also good news. Most HBO Now users can upgrade to HBO Max at no additional cost. All you have to do is go to the HBO Max website and follow the instructions. Bear in mind that once you switch to HBO Max, you won’t be able to access HBO Now anymore. But that shouldn’t be a problem because all that content will be available on HBO Max as well.
Who Can’t Upgrade to HBO Max?
HBO hasn’t published a definitive list of those who are eligible for the upgrade and those that are not. However, we already know that the HBO Max app won’t be available for all devices. Unfortunately, Roku and Amazon Fire TV don’t support the new app. Maybe that’s the reason why HBO decided to keep HBO Now because everyone can use it.
Also, there are rumors that HBO Max won’t be available in all regions at the same time due to technical issues. If you’re not sure whether you’re eligible for HBO Max, you can contact customer support and see all the options you have.
What’s the Price of HBO Max?
A subscription to the new streaming service will cost $14.99, making it more expensive than some competitors. However, when you consider all the content you get, this price seems reasonable. The good news is that you can share your subscription with two friends. What’s more, you can watch HBO Max on up to three devices at the same time.
If you’re not sure whether HBO Max is the right service for you, you can try it risk-free! There’s a free seven-day trial period. You can use it to browse their content and see whether you like it. Just don’t forget to cancel your subscription before the free trial period expires. Otherwise, they may charge you for the first month.
HBO has ambitious plans to rebrand its services and make them more attractive to younger audiences, millennials, and Gen Z. However, HBO Max is more than just the simple rebrand of an existing service. It offers more content than any other HBO streaming service before. Plus, you can watch HBO Max originals that we can’t wait to see.
What do you think of the new HBO streaming service? Have you considered upgrading to it? Let us know in the comments section below.