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How much is HBO Max? Pricing and plans, explained

Here's how much it will cost you to watch House of the Dragon.
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October 7, 2022
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HBO Max is one of many streaming services out there, and how much it costs is probably a significant factor in your choice to use it. We’ll break down the pricing tiers to help you decide if it’s worth it.

Quick answer

There are two HBO Max pricing tiers available:

  • With Ads: An ad-supported plan is $9.99 monthly or $99.99 yearly. If you sign up in October 2022, it’s only $69.99 for the first year.
  • Ad-Free: An ad-free plan is $14.99 monthly or $149.99 yearly. If you sign up in October 2022, it’s only $104.99 for the first year.

How much do you have to pay for HBO Max?

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HBO Max has both ad-supported and ad-free plans, and you’ll pay less for the ad-supported tier. Here’s what you’ll get in each pricing tier.

With Ads

The HBO Max ad-supported tier is $9.99 monthly; ad-supported streaming plans are becoming more common, and HBO Max was one of the first to use the model. If you choose a yearly pricing plan, it’s $99.99 yearly. But for the duration of October 2022, you can sign up for the first year at $69.99.

Furthermore, if you happen to have Cricket Wireless Unlimited, you get a free ad-supported HBO Max membership included, too.

Ad-Free

If you don’t want ads interrupting your experience, you can sign up for the ad-free tier at $14.99 monthly or $149.99 yearly. However, if you sign up in October 2022, you’ll only pay $104.99 for the first year.

What do you get when you sign up for HBO Max?

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You’re probably wondering what paying for HBO Max gets you in terms of movies and TV shows. Both pricing tiers let you access the full catalog, so there’s no need to worry about missing out if you choose the ad-supported tier. You get plenty of content to enjoy, and here are just some of the highlights:

Movies

  • Zack Snyder’s Justice League
  • Kung Fu Panda
  • The Spiderwick Chronicles
  • Call Me By Your Name
  • Paris Is Burning
  • Hot Tub Time Machine

TV shows

  • House of the Dragon
  • Game of Thrones
  • Euphoria
  • The Sopranos
  • Tuca & Bertie
  • Sesame Street

Max Originals

  • Industry
  • Los Espookys
  • Avenue 5
  • The Vow
  • Harley Quinn
  • Pennyworth: The Origin of Batman’s Butler

Fortunately, if you don’t find anything you like on HBO Max, it’s pretty easy to cancel your subscription, too.

Frequently asked questions about HBO Max pricing

Yes, you can access regular HBO programs on HBO Max as well.

No. The free trial was discontinued in 2020.

No. The add-on to Amazon Prime Video was discontinued in 2021.