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WHAT IS HBO MAX? IS IT BETTER THAN NETFLIX AND DISNEY+HOTSTAR

What is HBO MAX?


KNOWING IS NOT ENOUGH

By KARTHIK – January 6, 2020



HBO MAX IS HERE

HBO Max

HBO MAX is the new premium service offered by HBO through a monthly membership program. This subscription program provides its member the largest collection of everything HBO. The HBO MAX membership guarantees

Stream the latest and exclusive movies and series along with your favorite regional blockbusters.

The members have exclusive access to a library of content of almost all programs telecasted in the HOME BOX OFFICE channel in the palm of your hand.

The library contains all of your favorite HBO Originals from the past and the present in its original form around the world.

The HBO MAX membership is available for $15 or about Rs 1150 per year according to the latest membership plan.



HBO MAX VS HBO NOW VS HBO GO

What are the differences of HBO Max, HBO NOW and HBO GO? Are you all the same? Which one to select?


HBO GO

HBO GO is a streaming service provided by a TV provider offered with the subscription of HBO. This is available free with access to original content from HBO, including movies, documentaries, original series, and a large collection of original content. This is only available with a cable or TV package with an HBO subscription.


HBO NOW

HBO NOW is a separate streaming service that does not require cable or satellite TV. It is a subscription-based platform that provides all original content from HBO, including movies, documentaries, classic series, and a large selection of HBO original content.


HBO MAX

HBO MAX is a new premium service offered by the HBO platform with WarnerMedia that bundles together 10,000 hours of premium content from HBO ranging from movies, original series, and upcoming Max Originals for its subscribers. The contents include the latest series and movies along with classics like Friends, South Park, The Big Bang Theory, DC universe, Studio Ghibli collection, and many more.

HBO MAX is available for free to all current HBO NOW subscribers.


WHICH IS BETTER HBO MAX, NETFLIX OR DISNEY+ HOTSTAR

HBO Max the biggest new competitor to Netflix and Disney Plus if you are considering quality and diversity of content. Netflix can pride itself on being five years ahead of its competitors and with that kind of head start, it is hard to beat. Disney Plus on the other hand owns most of the studios and they have a collection of numerous companies and production studios which gives them access to hours and hours of versatile content.


NETFLIX on the other hand has the upper hand as they have over millions of active subscribers around the world and produce content in different languages for the regional audiences. This is the biggest advantage and customers who have invested their time in Netflix Original Series are bound to continue with Netflix and renew their subscription as long as Netflix delivers quality content. 

Netflix has a ton of originals and continues to produce new content on top. Worldwide hits like Tiger King, Money Heist, and Stranger Things have garnered more than 64 million viewers in the first four weeks of their release according to Netflix.

With a wide variety of familiar network shows along with hundreds of original films, series, documentaries, and comedy specials Netflix is ahead of its competitors. It offers a huge library of commercial-free content that can be easily accessed across a variety of devices with different pricing options depending on the user.

Netflix Plans starts at ₹ 499/month for the basic plan and ₹ 799/month for the premium and it also offers a Mobile-only plan for ₹ 199/month which is a mobile-only subscription providing the user access to all the content on their mobile devices.


DISNEY+ on the other hand is a  similar subscription-based streaming service owned The Walt Disney Company. This video-on-demand platform Disney+ focuses only on family-oriented entertainment similar to the programming you would expect from Disney.

The platform features a collection of all Disney Originals and Marvel movies starting from Iron man, Captain Marvel, Dumbo (2019), to Avengers: Endgame exclusively on Disney+ since their theatrical release. With the upcoming Marvel Phase 3 and 4, you could find your favorite superheroes in upcoming Disney+ originals through their episodic adventures.

Disney+ has the issue where even movies and programs with R and NC-17 ratings and TV-MA shows are not available. In India, the streaming service is launched through Hotstar and now called as Disney+ Hotstar, where subscribers will get access to Disney Originals in English as well live sporting events, popular movies, dozens of TV channels in different local languages.


HBO MAX LAUNCH DATE

HBO Max has launched in the United States of America on May 27, 2020, and will be subsequently launched worldwide by the end of the year. Check here to see if it is available in your country.

WarnerMedia had announced the debut date earlier on April 21 and active HBO subscribers can avail the HBO MAX services for free for a year along with the new HBO originals.


HBO MAX Price

HBO Max has been launched in the United States of America with a price tag of $14.99 per month. This monthly membership cost is the same as that of HBO NOW that is been currently offered and there is a larger library of contents available in HBO MAX. The current HBO Now subscribers can avail the HBO MAX library for free and HBO Now is expected to be merged with HBO MAX once they release the streaming services worldwide.

The monthly plans costs are higher when this is compared with current market leaders like Netflix and Amazon Prime. Prime users get exclusive benefits like access to Amazon special deals, free shipping, and a library of movies, TV shows, and Amazon Originals. There is an average of 15 -20% increase in the monthly subscription fee when compared and this could become a deal-breaker for a large number of audiences.

HBO Max is currently offering a 7-day free trial for interested users and the trial period is usually set for 30 days among streaming services. The trial period is expected to be for 30 days once the services are launched Worldwide.

HBO Max is available for nearly $15 a month and this could be too much of an ask for the average consumer. They are expecting to attract current Netflix and Amazon Prime premium users with the HBO exclusive content and Warner Bros. movies. This partnership provides users more than 10,000 hours of premium content containing prestigious HBO series, a wide range of movies, and upcoming originals.


HBO MAX App

HBO Max app is available once the subscription is activated and users can download it from PLAY STORE for Google and APP STORE for Apple.  The supported streaming device is limited as of now due to the soft release policy and more supported devices will be updated once HBO starts to roll out for worldwide release.

  1. PC and Mac Web Browsers
  2. Android phones/ Android TV
  3. iPhone/ iPad /Apple Devices
  4. Playstation 4
  5. Xbox One
  6. Chromecast

WarnerMedia and Roku were reportedly in deal talks during the week before the launch, and the two failed to reach an agreement in time. HBO Max is also not on Amazon Fire TV, which HBO execs were more pessimistic about.


HBO MAX MOVIES

It has a big catalog of your favorite Movies, its exclusives, and originals which include hundreds of Warner Bros. movies including The Matrix, Harry Potter movie sets, The Lord of the Rings, and The Hobbit collection.

HBO Max has a collection of nearly 2000 movies along with Popular Blockbuster DCEU movies such as Green Lantern, Wonder Woman, Joker, and Birds of Prey. The vast library is expected to have every DC live-action movies of the last 4 decades along with the animated Batman and Superman movies film. One can also find highly successful Lego and DC movies in the HBO MAX library along with the upcoming Synder Cut

THE SYNER CUT has been the fan-favorite topic of discussion for years now and it is coming to HBO MAX as JUSTICE LEAGUE The Snyder Cut with a scheduled to release date of 2021. Fans of Zack Snyder and DCEU fans have been demanding the makers to release the Snyder cut ever since the JUSTICE LEAGUE was released.

HBO MAX also has a collection of your favorite animes from Studio Ghibli which includes classics like My Neighbor Totoro, Princess Mononoke, and Spirited Away. Anime fan favorites like Kiki’s Delivery Service, Howl’s Moving Castle is also a part of this HBO Max growing library.


HBO MAX SHOWS

HBO Max Shows

Shows were always a big part of the success of HBO and HBO Max is expected to follow behind this time tested formula. HBO has provided classics and popular titles like The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,  Succession,  Sex, and the City, The Sopranos, Veep over the years and recent shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, Barry, and Pretty Little Liars will be available on HBO Max.

HBO MAX has a library of popular series like South Park, The Big Bang Theory, Rick and Morty, and WarnerMedia has announced that all 236 episodes of the long-running 90’s fan-favorite TV series Friends will be exclusively streamed through HBO Max.

HBO Max will be home to South Park, the greatest social commentary ever made with all the 23 seasons.  It will also have a vast library of content ranging from CNN, truTV, Adult Swim to Cartoon Network, and Looney Tune.

HBO Max will stream popular anime series titles like Re: ZERO : Starting Life in Another World, Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood, and Keep Your Hands off. With the Talks of the upcoming Game of Thrones Prequel: House of The Dragon, everything regular on HBO will be simultaneously available for HBO Max users.


HBO MAX ORIGINALS

The amount of originals available in HBO Max is less when compared with Amazon Prime, Netflix, and Disney Plus. Though HBO Max offers originals in the form of movies, series along sports and drama documentaries it doesn't have a big catalog of new shows.

Here are the upcoming HBO's originals also including existing ones :

  • Watchmen
  • The Not Too Late Show with Elmo
  • Looney Tunes Cartoons
  • Doom Patrol
  • On the Record
  • Legendary:  underground ballroom dance show
  • Love Life: Romantic Comedy starring Anna Kendrick
  • Raised by Wolves: A sci-fi series from Ridley Scott
  • Close Enough— an adult animated comedy


HBO MAX INDIA

HBO is yet to announce the release date in India and currently, the website is greeting everyone with the message of - Not in-service area.

HBO Max is currently only open to the U.S. and certain U.S. territories.

HBO Max India

You can watch HBO MAX in INDIA by following the steps below:

  • Use a VPN or web proxy so that your IP address is not blocked.
  •  Set the location as the US
  • Start the 7 days free Trail shown in the top right corner.
  • Follow the direction given for Subscription Activation.
  • If you still get a service area message try restarting the browser.
  • If that fails wait for worldwide release.


WILL HBO MAX SUPPORT 4K HDR

HBO Max is currently not providing 4K or HDR content for its subscribers and whether it will stream 4K content in the coming months is the million-dollar question. Streaming Services like Netflix and Amazon Prime are offering HDR content through their Premium plans.

We would have to wait for a little longer for HBO to sort out a plan for high-quality 4K content hopefully ahead of its worldwide release.



SUMMARY

HBO MAX is a new streaming service offered by the HBO containing 10,000 hours of premium content from HBO ranging from movies, original series, and upcoming Max Originals for its subscribers.

  • The current price tag is 10-15% higher when compared with other streaming services like Netflix and Amazon Prime.
  • Groundbreaking HBO series and documentaries, award-winning specials, and new movies all in one place.
  •  Kid-friendly entertainment along with adult-oriented content supporting all age groups.
  • The service is only available in the United States of America for now.





WHAT IS HBO MAX? IS IT BETTER THAN NETFLIX AND DISNEY+HOTSTAR WHAT IS HBO MAX? IS IT BETTER THAN NETFLIX AND DISNEY+HOTSTAR Reviewed by KARTHIK on June 10, 2020 Rating: 5

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