Does HBO Max Have a Free Trial? Here’s the Hack to Watch Your Fave Shows at No Cost

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With more movies premiering online instead of in theaters, more and more people want to know if HBO Max has a free trial to watch films like Wonder Woman: 1984 and shows like Euphoria at no cost.

HBO Max launched in May 2020 as a streaming service for HBO shows and other WarnerMedia programs, such as Friends, Sex and the City and Game of Thrones. As of December 2020, HBO Max has had more than 37.7 million paying subscribers, and with the service releasing original programs, such as The Flight Attendant and Selena + Chef, and that number is only expected to grow. Since its launch, HBO Max has also seen several blockbuster films premiere on the site including Wonder Woman: 1984, Tom and Jerry and Godzilla vs. Kong.

There’s no doubt that HBO Max is one of the premier streaming services today. However, with so many streaming services on the market (Netflix, Hulu, Amazon Prime, Disney+—the list goes on), it’s understandable why viewers want to know about HBO Max’s free trial to test out the site before subscribing. So does HBO Max have a free trial? Read on to find out how to watch HBO Max for free before you commit to a subscription.

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How much does HBO Max cost?

HBO Max costs $9.99 per month with ads and $14.99 per month with no ads. HBO Max launched its ad-supported version in June 2021. So what’s the difference between the two? Well, of course, the ad-supported version has commercials, but the service promises that it won’t show more than four minutes of ads for each hour of streaming content, according to Variety. Subscribers also won’t be able to download content for offline viewing with the ad-supported plan. Streaming video quality is also capped at 1080p with the ad-supported version, whereas content with the no-ads plan is available to stream in 4K Ultra HD.

If you’re an HBO Max subscriber because of new movie releases, you may also want to consider the no-ads plan. The ad-supported version won’t offer 2021 films that premiere on the same day in theaters and on HBO Max, which means that movies like The Conjuring 3 won’t be available immediately to stream on the cheaper ad-supported plan. That doesn’t mean it won’t be available to stream ever though. Those blockbuster movies will be on the ad-supported version eventually, just not as soon as the more expensive no-ads plan.

How to sign up for HBO Max

To sign up for HBO Max, follow these steps.

  1. Visit HBO Max’s website.
  2. Click “Sign up now.”
  3. Pick your plan: $9.99 per month/$99.99 per year with ads or $14.99 per month/$149.99 per year with no ads.
  4. Enter your information and click “Create account.”
  5. Enter your payment information and click “Start subscription.”
  6. Start watching HBO Max.

Does HBO Max have a free trial?

No, unfortunately, HBO Max doesn’t have a free trial. But there are still ways to watch HBO Max for free. Read on for the little-known ways to stream your favorite HBO Max shows and movies at no cost.

Hulu With HBO Max

While HBO Max doesn’t have a free trial, customers can still try out the service for free via Hulu’s HBO Max free trial. The service allows users to try both Hulu and HBO Max for free for seven days, which is enough time to test out the site before subscribing. Just be sure to set a reminder to cancel your subscription before you’re charged. After the trial ends, the service will cost $14.99 to add HBO Max to one’s Hulu account.

AT&T Free Subscription

If you’re an AT&T customer (or know someone who is), you may be eligible for a free HBO Max subscription. The first step is to check if your AT&T plans includes a free HBO Max subscription. Eligible plans include: AT&T Unlimited Elite, AT&T Unlimited Plus, AT&T Unlimited Plus Enhanced, AT&T Unlimited Choice, AT&T Unlimited Choice II, AT&T Unlimited Choice Enhanced and AT&T Unlimited & More Premium. If you have one of these plans, you’re eligible for a complimentary HBO Max account. There are FAQs with instructions on how to claim your free HBO Max subscription here and here.

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