How to Get HBO Max

It's a standalone streaming service, but it's also included with HBO

What to Know

  • HBO subscribers: Go to the hbomax.com site and click Sign in > Sign in with a provider > Select provider > Sign in > Verify.
  • HBO automatically converted HBO Go subscriptions to HBO Max.
  • HBO Now was rebranded as HBO and costs the same as HBO Max for less content.

This article explains how to get HBO Max if you're a cable subscriber, want a standalone subscription, or have a different HBO subscription.

Get HBO Max With a Cable Subscription

HBO Max is free with an HBO cable subscription from supported providers. To access the streaming service, you need to connect your provider account.

  1. Go to hbomax.com and click SIGN IN.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription with Sign In highlighted
  2. Click SIGN IN WITH A PROVIDER. The options include cable and mobile companies and streaming services like Hulu and YouTube TV.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription with Sign In With Provider highlighted
  3. Select your provider. If you don't see your provider, click VIEW ALL PROVIDERS.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription.
  4. Sign in to that account.

  5. Once you're verified by your provider, then you can create an HBO Max account. Input your name and email address, tick the box to agree to HBO Max and terms and privacy policy, and click CREATE ACCOUNT.

  6. HBO Max will email you a one-time code to confirm your address and connect the accounts. Input the code and click LINK ACCOUNTS.

  7. From now on, you can log in directly to HBO Max without going through your provider. Click OK, GOT IT to finish.

    Signing into HBO Max via cable subscription.

Sign Up for HBO Max Online on Its Own

You can get HBO Max as a separate subscription without having cable.

  1. Go to hbomax.com and click Subscribe Now.

    HBO Max website with Subscribe Now highlighted
  2. Select Choose a Plan.

    HBO Max signup with Choose a Plan highlighted
  3. Choose a plan with ads or without, then click Select Plan.

    HBO Max two plans
  4. Provide your name, email address, and create a password. Then click CREATE ACCOUNT.

    HBO Max signup with Create Account highlighted
  5. Next, add a payment method, and follow the prompts to complete the signup.

Get HBO Max as a Channel Add-On

Some streaming services, including Hulu and YouTube TV, offer HBO Max as a channel add-on to your subscription. YouTube TV offers HBO Max as a standalone add-on or as part of its Entertainment Plus bundle, which also includes Starz and Showtime.

Check your streaming service to see if it's possible to add HBO Max.

What About HBO Go Subscribers?

If you had an HBO Go subscription, it automatically turned into HBO Max. It's the same case if you subscribe to HBO via the Amazon Appstore, Apple, Google Play, Roku Channel Store, Samsung TV, WarnerMedia, Verizon Fios, and some other providers.

What About HBO Now Subscribers?

HBO Now is now called the HBO app. It includes all of HBO's movies and TV shows. HBO Max has everything from the HBO app and more for the same monthly price.

Streaming Device Support for HBO Max

Once you've figured out your subscription, you can watch HBO on your TV using AirPlay or Chromecast, or one of these streaming devices:

  • Amazon Fire TV
  • Android TV
  • Apple TV
  • PlayStation 4
  • PlayStation 5
  • Roku
  • Samsung Smart TVs
  • Xbox One
  • Xbox Series X|S
  • Xfinity X1 and Flex

You can watch HBO Max on these mobile devices:

  • Apple iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch (iOS 12.2 or later)
  • Android phone and tablets (Android 5 or later)
  • Amazon Fire tablets (4th generation and later)

You can watch HBO Max using a computer Chrome, Firefox, Microsoft Edge, and Safari (version 12 or later). Supported computers include:

  • Google Chromebooks with Chrome browser version 78 or later
  • PCs with Windows 7 or later
  • Mac with macOS X 10.10 (Yosemite) or later

For more information, see HBO’s list of supported devices.

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