Max is here — prices, plans, and everything you need to know

Max offering free one week trial for new subscribers.
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Every streaming service has something to offer, and with the Max process, so does this streaming service. Some have shows you can't find anywhere else, while others might have better plans for their future customers. 

Max offers various popular shows in categories such as Dramas, Comedies, Animation, Reality TV, and more. Due to the WarnerMedia and Discovery Inc. merger, Max (formerly HBO Max) and Discovery Plus joined forces to offer the best lineup possible. You can watch on-demand content such as The Food Network, TLC, Travel Channel, Magnolia Network, and more.

With Max, you can choose from different plans. Some plans include ads, while others don't, and some even include Dolby Atmos immersive audio.

Max: Starting at $9.99/month

Max: Starting at $9.99/month

Formerly known as HBO Max, Max combines all of the great content from that beloved streaming service with loads of new stuff from Discovery Plus. Monthly plans will continue to start at just $9.99 with ads or $16.99 if you want to go ad-free. Max has also introduced a new plan called Ultimate Ad-Free, which costs $20.99 per month and comes with 4K UHD streaming and the ability to download up to 100 titles for offline enjoyment. 

What MAX plans are available?

When signing up, the first thing to decide is which Max plan is right for you. As mentioned above, three Max price tiers are currently worth checking out. How do they differ? Let's break it down.

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Header Cell - Column 0 With AdsAd-FreeUltimate Ad-Free
Monthly price$9.99$16.99$20.99
Yearly price$99.99$169.99$209.99
ResolutionFull HDFull HD4K Ultra HD
DownloadsN/AUp to 30 titlesUp to 100 titles
Simultaneous DevicesUp to 2 devicesUp to 2 devicesUp to 4 devices

Where is Max available?

Max is available in the United States (including US territories American Samoa, Guam, the Northern Mariana Islands, Puerto Rico, and the Virgin Islands). 

In Europe, Max will be available in Finland, the Canary Islands, Portugal, Denmark, Greenland, Spain, Norway, and more. Europe and Southeast Asia will hopefully receive access in 2024. Unfortunately, those are all our specifics, but we'll update this page as more info becomes available.

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Is there a Max free trial?

Max offering free one week trial for new subscribers.

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Yes, but for a limited time. To lure potential subscribers, you can watch episodes of various shows. New subscribers can enjoy a one-week free trial until June 23, 2024. After the trial is over, users will be charged. Thanks to the Watch for Free section, you have another way of watching Max.  

While Hulu doesn't offer a free trial to Max, you can enjoy Max when you sign up for a YouTube TV free trial. You can also get Max for free if you sign up for Cricket's $60 monthly plan. Things are changing quickly in the streamosphere, so we'll update this page as we learn more.

How to sign up

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How to sign up through Hulu or YouTube TV

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Hulu and YouTube TV offer access to Max by adding a $15.99/month subscription to your existing streaming plan. That means you don't have to sign up for a separate subscription with Max. Once the app is installed, log in and stream. 

The additional $15.99/month grants Hulu subscribers access to Max and Discovery Plus titles via the Max app. The extra $15.99/month for YouTube TV subscribers allows them to add Max. You can also get it as part of the platform's Entertainment Plus add-on bundle. The Entertainment Plus collection costs $29.99, including Max, STARZ, and SHOWTIME.

How sign up through your mobile provider

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Once upon a time, AT&T offered a free subscription to Max when you signed up for one of their eligible unlimited plans, but that offer is long gone. However, several AT&T plans include Max. Now, the only wireless carrier (that we know of) that offers Max is Cricket Wireless, a prepaid carrier that uses AT&T's network to provide excellent coverage over a massive area.  

Sign up for the carrier's $60/month unlimited plan, and you'll get Max with ads for free. The premium plan also has a 15GB mobile hotspot, unlimited high-speed data, 150GB cloud storage, and nationwide 5G. 

How to sign up through your cable provider

If you subscribe to HBO through your cable provider, you may get access to Max at no additional cost or for an extra fee. Rather than list every single provider that will offer Max free of charge as part of your current HBO plan, you can find the official list on the Max website

If your cable provider is on this list, you only need to download the Max app on a smartphone, tablet, or third-party streaming device. You will be prompted to sign in through your cable or digital media provider before you can start streaming. You can log in directly on the Max website using your cable credentials.

Max: Starting at $9.99/month

Max: Starting at $9.99/month

The new streaming service Max combines the great titles you know and love with 35,000 hours of new content from networks like TLC, HGTV, and the Food Network. 

The best part is that the price of both the With Ads and Ad-Free plans will stay at $9.99/month and $15.99/month, respectively, or you can pay $19.99/month for the new Ultimate Ad-Free plan. 

Patrick Farmer
eCommerce Editor

After almost a decade of working in the e-commerce space, Patrick Farmer (he/him) began his career at Android Central as a Deals and Commerce Writer before moving into a new role as AC's eCommerce Editor in 2023. When he's not hunting down the best deals and offering shopping advice for our readers, you'll often find him listening to music, camping out at a brewery, or treating his cat like a human child. 

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