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HBO Max free trial: Can you still get the 7-day trial?

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Best answer: No. While HBO Max offered a 7-day free trial when it launched in May 2020, it took away the free trial option when it announced it would be releasing a number of Warner Bros. films on the same day they hit theaters. In December 2021, that promotion was also suspended, and new films are now added to the streaming service 45 days after their theatrical debut. That being said, there are still a few ways to save money on an HBO Max plan. 

Can you try HBO Max for free?

If you're looking for an HBO Max free trial though, we have good news and bad news. Sadly, HBO stopped running this option quite some time ago and it doesn't look like it's coming back. On the plus side, you do have cheaper sign-up options than before thanks to a new ad-supported tier starting at just $9.99 a month on a rolling contract that you can cancel at any time.

The ad-supported tier shows content in HD but for just $5 extra a month, you get resplendent 4K streaming and access to the day-and-date cinema movies, which is the one you need if you want to watch films being released on the platform the same day they hit theaters. This tier also has zero ads and allows downloads for offline viewing too.

If you're still not convinced or you'd like a taste of the great TV content available on the service, there is a completely free "Watch for Free" section on HBO Max that you don't even need an account to stream. You'll only get one episode of a select few shows, but as samplers go, it's very generous.

And Just Like That

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HBO Max is quickly becoming an essential service for streamers and cord-cutters. Along with a myriad of popular films and HBO shows such as True Blood, Sex and the City, Euphoria, and Game of Thrones, the service brings in content from brands like Crunchyroll, DC Comics, Studio Ghibli, Sesame Workshop, TCM, Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim. There's also a wide selection of HBO Max originals to discover, including Search Party, And Just Like That..., Gossip Girl, and Peacemaker.

One of the most significant benefits of being an HBO Max subscriber is the chance to stream new movies just 45 days after their theatrical debut. However, these releases also seem to be why the option to sign up for an HBO Max free trial is no longer offered.

Will there be another HBO Max free trial?

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HBO Max originally offered a free 7-day trial for new members on its website between its launch in May 2020 and the release of Wonder Woman 1984 in December 2020. It's unlikely we'll see another free trial pop up on its website unless, of course, subscriber numbers don't continue to grow in line with the services' expectations — then anything can happen.

It's worth pointing out that there's still an exception for Hulu subscribers, who can sign up for a free 7-day HBO Max trial by adding HBO Max as a premium add-on channel to their Hulu subscription.

Signing up for HBO Max and other channels through Hulu helps you consolidate monthly bills, so you only worry about one payment rather than several. This is available for members on both the base plans as well as Hulu with Live TV. After the free trial, HBO Max will renew at its regular price of $14.99 per month unless you decide to cancel your subscription. Unfortunately, you can't opt to join the cheaper $9.99 tier of HBO Max via Hulu.

Another way to get into HBO Max for free is through AT&T. Specifically, AT&T gives subscribers a free year of HBO Max when you sign up for a selection of their wireless, internet, and TV plans. These include the AT&T Unlimited Elite wireless plan, the AT&T Fiber Internet 1000 plan, and the DirecTV Stream Premier and Max plans.

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Get HBO Max with your Hulu plan

Hulu subscribers can try HBO Max for free for seven days by adding the service as a premium add-on channel to their existing plan.

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Get HBO Max with your AT&T plan

AT&T offers HBO Max for free as part of its Unlimited Elite, Fiber Internet 1000, and DirecTV Stream Premier and Max plans. Just go to and select "Sign in with a provider" on the login page. 

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What movies are streaming exclusively on HBO Max?

The Batman on HBO Max

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At the end of 2021, HBO Max and Warner Bros. announced that they would no longer be releasing new films on the same day as their theatrical debut. Instead, viewers will have to wait 45 days for the new movies to appear on HBO Max. Here's a list of some of the blockbuster movies that are available to watch now on the streaming service. Be sure to also take a look at the best shows and best movies streaming on HBO Max right now.

  • The Batman
  • Death on the Nile
  • Judas and the Black Messiah
  • The Matrix: Resurrections
  • Godzilla vs. Kong
  • Mortal Kombat
  • The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
  • In The Heights
  • Space Jam: A New Legacy
  • The Suicide Squad
  • Malignant
  • The Many Saints of Newark
  • Dune
  • King Richard

What plans and deals does HBO Max currently offer?

There are two different plans now available at HBO Max and two ways to pay. The most affordable plan at HBO Max includes ads and costs $9.99 per month, while the next level HBO Max plan offers ad-free streaming for just $14.99 per month. 

The best deal available on HBO Max right now is attached to its annual plans. While HBO Max typically costs between $10 and $15 per month, you can save over 15% on your subscription by choosing an annual plan instead. The "With Ads" plan costs just $99.99 per year when paying annually, or you can snag the better "Ad-Free" plan that includes access to new theatrical releases for just $149.99 per year.

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HBO Max has it all

Sign up for the "With Ads" or "No Ads" version of HBO Max to access more than 10,000 hours of exclusive film and television content from HBO, WarnerMedia, DC, and more.

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Alex is a graduate from the University of North Florida with a background in sales and merchandising. When he’s not hunting down the next great deals to post on Thrifter, he can be found making music and working on his eBay business.