What you need to know
- HBO Max has launched its cheaper ad-supported tier.
- The subscription is available for $10 per month but features several limitations, such as no 4K or downloads.
- The new tier should help HBO to better compete with other popular streaming services.
WarnerMedia has launched its more affordable HBO Max subscription plan on Wednesday, roughly a year after the service was initially launched. The new subscription plan costs just $10 per month and features most of the same content from the original $15 tier, although with some differences.
With the cheaper plan, customers will no longer be able to stream 4K content, nor will they have access to same-day theatrical releases, which is one of the main selling points of the pricier plan. That means missing out on upcoming releases like Space Jam: A New Legacy and The Suicide Squad. Customers also won't be able to download movies or shows for offline viewing.
The cheaper plan was teased for some time as a way to offer customers more flexibility and choice. According to HBO Max EVP and General Manager Andy Forssell, the company "worked hard to create an elegant, tasteful ad experience that is respectful of great storytelling for those users who choose it."
Ads will not play during HBO original programs and will be limited to a maximum of four minutes per hour.
The new tier will help the streaming service to better compete with competing services like Disney+ and Netflix. AT&T recently announced that it was selling off WarnerMedia to create an independent streaming giant with Discovery, which could further boost the app. Details about how the companies plan to proceed once the merger is complete remain unknown.
HBO Max offers plenty of content to keep you occupied while you're stuck at home, including upcoming movie releases like The Suicide Squad. Customers can take advantage of up to three simultaneous 4K streams, and now with a new ad-supported plan, viewers can experience much of the same content and features at a lower price.
- $10/mo. at HBO Max (opens in new tab)
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Seems like a pretty good deal to me. I signed up or HBO Max about a month ago. Mainly because I wanted to see the new MK movie. So I used my 30 day trial to sign up. Ended up keeping it. I've found plenty of content I like on it. Only complaint would be the very limited amount of content that is encoded in 4K / HDR. They seem to be doing it going forward with new content (like the same day as theater releases) but a very very little of the back catalogue is higher than 1080p (and I'm not even sure if it's 5.1 or not, MK was 4K UHD/HDR, with Dolby Atmos). Plus we have a 5 line family wireless plan with AT&T and a veteran discount on it. So just upgrading only one of the lines to the top of the line unlimited plan (for just ~$5-7 more per month on the bill) gave us HBO Max included.
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