HBO Max Is Now Just Max: Everything You Need To Know Including Programs, Pricing & More
May 23 is, according to Warner Bros. Discovery CEO David Zaslav, “our rendezvous with destiny.” That’s because the company has finally dropped the HBO from streaming service HBO Max and become just Max.
For those of us just figuring that out, below is a rundown of pricing, programs, how the service differs from sister streamer Discovery+ and also what to do if you’re an HBO cable subscriber to wants to access Max.
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WHAT IS MAX, EXACTLY?
Max combines programming from HBO Max and Discovery. It is the streaming destination for Max and HBO originals, Warner Bros. films, the DC universe, the Wizarding World of Harry Potter and kids content, along with programming across food, home, reality, lifestyle and documentaries from leading brands including HGTV, Food Network, Discovery Channel, TLC, ID and more. You can find it at Max.com.
See the list of programming discussed today and Max product features below.
Zaslav said Max is “home to shows that have a supersized effect on people and culture,” singling out The Last of Us, The White Lotus, Succession and Euphoria.
HOW MUCH DOES IT COST?
Billed Max as “the one to watch for every mood and every moment,” the service’s three-tier pricing is as follows:
Max Ad Light for $9.99 a month or $99.99 a year. Two concurrent streams.
Max Ad Free for $15.99 a month, or $149.99 a year. Two concurrent streams.
Max Ultimate Ad Free for $19.99 a month, or $199.99 a year. Four concurrent streams.
WHAT SHOWS & MOVIES ARE AVAILABLE?
There are a LOT, but here’s a list of some of them.
Clone High (Max, new animated comedy reboot series)
SmartLess: On the Road (Max, new docuseries)
What Am I Eating? with Zooey Deschanel (Max, new docuseries)
How to Create a Sex Scandal (Max, new documentary miniseries; relaunch date of former HBO Max)
Gremlins: Secrets of the Mogwai (Max, new animated adventure series)
The service is also offering over 1,000 titles, including the following movies and TV shows, in 4K for customers who select its Ultimate Ad Free Tier:
2001: A Space Odyssey
2nd Annual Ha Festival: The Art Of Comedy
A Christmas Mystery
A Christmas Story Christmas
A Clockwork Orange
A Hollywood Christmas
Ahir Shah: Dots
Aida Rodriguez: Fighting Words
And Just Like That… The Documentary
And Just Like That…
Barry (S2, S3) *S1 & S4 will be available on June 23.
Batman & Robin
Batman And Harley Quinn
Batman V Superman: Ultimate Edition
Big Little Lies
Birds Of Prey (And The Fantabulous Emancipation Of One Harley Quinn)
Brené Brown: Atlas Of The Heart
Catherine The Great
Chris Redd: Why Am I Like This?
Colin Quinn & Friends: A Parking Lot Comedy Show
Dc League Of Super-Pets
Death On The Nile
Don’t Worry Darling
East Of Eden
Edge Of Tomorrow
Empire Of Light
Euphoria: Trouble Don’t Last Always
Fantastic Beasts And Where To Find Them
Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes Of Grindelwald
Fantastic Beasts: The Secrets Of Dumbledore
Father Of The Bride
Friends: The Reunion
From The Earth To The Moon
Game Of Thrones
Gaming Wall St
Godzilla vs. Kong
Ha Festival: The Art Of Comedy
Harry Potter 20th Anniversary: Return To Hogwarts
Harry Potter And The Chamber Of Secrets
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 1
Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows Part 2
Harry Potter And The Goblet Of Fire
Harry Potter And The Half-Blood Prince
Harry Potter And The Order Of The Phoenix
Harry Potter And The Prisoner Of Azkaban
Harry Potter And The Sorcerer’s Stone
Heaven’s Gate: The Cult Of Cults
His Dark Materials
House Of The Dragon
I Hate Suzie
In The Heights
It Chapter Two
It’s A Sin
Judas And The Black Messiah
Kong: Skull Island
Lizzo: Live In Concert
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Fellowship Of The Ring
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Fellowship Of The Ring (Extended Version)
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Return Of The King
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Return Of The King (Extended Version)
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Two Towers
Lord Of The Rings, The: The Two Towers (Extended Version)
Low Country: The Murdaugh Dynasty
Man Of Steel
Mare Of Easttown
Marlon Wayans Presents: The Headliners
Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is
Menudo: Forever Young
Moses Storm: Trash White
My Brilliant Friend
My Gift: A Christmas Special From Carrie Underwood
No Sudden Move
Our Flag Means Death
Pennyworth: The Origin Of Batman’s Butler
Pretty Little Liars: Original Sin
Roadrunner: A Film About Anthony Bourdain
Rose Matafeo: Horndog
Scenes From A Marriage
See How They Run
Selena + Chef
Sex And The City
Shazam: Fury Of The Gods
Singin’ In The Rain
Soul Of America
Space Jam: A New Legacy
Succession (S1-S3) *S4 will be available on June 30.
Superman: The Movie
Sweet Life: Los Angeles
Take Out With Lisa Ling
That Damn Michael Che
The Banshees Of Inisherin
The Big Brunch
The Big Shot With Bethenny
The Bob’s Burgers Movie
The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
The Dark Knight
The Dark Knight Rises
The Fastest Woman On Earth
The Flight Attendant
The Gilded Age
The Girl Before
The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey
The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies
The Hobbit: The Desolation Of Smaug
The King’s Man
The Last Of Us
The Lego Movie
The Little Things
The Man From U.N.C.L.E.
The Many Saints Of Newark
The New Pope
The Night House
The Plot Against America
The Righteous Gemstones
The Sex Lives Of College Girls
The Soul Of America
The Suicide Squad
The Third Day
The Way Down: God, Greed, And The Cult Of Gwen Shamblin
The Weeknd: Live At Sofi Stadium
The White Lotus
The Wizard Of Oz
Those Who Wish Me Dead
Tom & Jerry
We Are Who We Are
We Own This City
West Side Story (2021)
White House Plumbers
Winning Time: The Rise Of The Lakers Dynasty
Wonder Woman (2017)
Wonder Woman 1984
Zack Snyder’s Justice League
Zack Snyder’s Justice League: Justice Is Gray
MOVIES & TV SHOWS IN THE WORKS:
Among the upcoming programming highlights announced are (click on the link for Deadline’s individual stories):
Max original Harry Potter series, a faithful adaptation of the beloved original book series by J.K. Rowling, who will serve as executive producer;
Max original comedy series derived from The Big Bang Theory;
HBO original Game of Thrones prequel A Knight of the Seven Kingdoms: The Hedge Knight;
Max original drama series based on The Conjuring films;
Magnolia Network’s Fixer Upper: The Hotel;
Discovery Channel’s Survive the Raft;
Max original Peter & the Wolf short film from U2’s Bono;
Adult Swim’s Rick and Morty: The Anime;
Investigation Discovery’s Lost Women of Highway 20;
Cartoon Network’s Tiny Toons Looniversity; and
TLC’s Love & Translation
Fans of Avatar: The Way of Water will also be able to stream in 4K UHD, HDR 10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos on the Ultimate Ad-Free tier beginning June 7.
WHAT IF I ALREADY SUBSCRIBE TO HBO?
You should be good. Many subscribers will automatically have their HBO Max apps updated to Max on mobile and streaming. If that doesn’t happen for you, download the new Max app. Settings and features associated with your HBO Max account should transfer over.
WHAT ABOUT DISCOVERY+?
Discovery+ will continue to operate as a standalone service and “will be unaffected by all these changes.” exxecs say Discovery+ is a “profitable service” with a sizeable user base. It costs $4.99 with ads, and $6.99 ad light.
MAX PRODUCT FEATURES:
Premium Video Playback. A new video playback experience will deliver smooth and cinematic video to users, wherever and however they prefer to watch. Whether binging their favorites, watching offline on-the-go, or tuning in on Sunday nights for the latest episode of Succession, users can count on seamlessly diving into their preferred worlds.
Personalization. Max will expand personalization beyond just the home page, offering a differentiated and high-performing experience for every user across the whole service. By significantly increasing our investment in machine learning while maintaining an editorial voice, Max will deliver a unique human and machine approach that will help surface the best content for our users.
More Prominent Kids Experience. At launch, Max will introduce a default kids profile for new subscribers along with accompanying parental controls. Parents can choose to customize settings and select to limit content for the kids profile by ratings: little kids (tv-y), big kids (tv-y7, tvy7-fv), big kids plus (tv-g, g), preteens (tv-pg/pg), or teens (tv-14, pg-13). Parents will also have the ability to set individual profile PINs to lock access to their adult profiles, as well as a parent code to lock their children inside of the Max kids experience.
Simplified Navigation. Max works harder so viewers don’t have to. Streamlined categories, improved content details pages, shortcuts, dedicated brand hubs and thematic content rails, make exploring the app and discovering new interests easier. The updated design coupled with a better personalization engine will help consumers quickly find and discover the best of what they are looking for.
4K UHD. The Ultimate Ad-Free tier of Max, as noted above, will have an expanded catalog of content available in 4K UHD including key programming such as Game of Thrones, The Last of Us, Harry Potter, Lord of the Rings, The Dark Knight Trilogy and more. All Warner Bros. movies released this year and going forward will also be available in 4K UHD when they arrive on Max following their theatrical windows.
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