HBO Max, HBO Now, and HBO Go: What’s the difference?

On August 1, 2020, HBO removed HBO Go app from most of the devices (including FireStick) in a bid to help its users transition to HBO NOW. Later in the year HBO NOW app was rebranded into simply HBO. Initially, only this app was available on Firestick. Users had to sideload HBO Max on to their FireStick devices.

However, in November 2020, after successful negotiations, Amazon added HBO Max to the FireTV app store, making it available for all Fire Tv devices. Subsequently, the HBO app was updated to HBO Max. In most cases, HBO (NOW) users are allowed to use their previous credentials to access HBO Max services at no extra price.

In the past, if you had HBO’s cable subscription, you could use HBO Go without paying anything. It used to come as a freebie streaming option. Simply plug in the Cable details and access the vast HBO library on-demand. HBO Go used to work on everything from your PC to smartphone and even on your Apple TV and Roku.

On July 31, HBO Go was discontinued. So, AT&T struck a deal that gave HBO cable users free access to HBO Max. Now, if you subscribe to HBO via any of the cable providers mentioned below, you can access HBO Max at no extra charge. You can log in to the HBO Max website b providing your service provider’s login.

 

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As of writing this article, HBO Go has gone obsolete for North American users. HBO Max is currently HBO’s leading streaming service offering a ton of HBO’s streaming content along with other stuff from WarnerMedia affiliate brands. And the best thing is, everything comes at the same $14.99/month cost. So you can say, HBO Max is an auto-upgrade of the old HBO services.

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As HBO Max offers a bigger library and better platform than HBO, it’s clearly a better option for most subscribers. Although both services are still available in the US, we expect WarnerMedia to eventually phase out older services entirely, leaving HBO Max as a standard HBO streaming service. Meanwhile, the rest of the world can enjoy all three services.

What’s on HBO MAX?

The HBO MAX App allows you to never miss anything and keep up with your favorite shows that also include HBO original shows, hit movies, sports, and all episodes of HBO’s best. It basically bundles the entire HBO on one streaming platform.

HBO MAX offers several recent Hollywood blockbusters as well as classics. This includes Spiderman Far from Home, John Wick movies, Tenet, Parasite, Arrival, Dunkirk, Harry Potter series, Die Hard series, James Bond movies, The Karate Kid series, and Home Alone series, to name a few.

Starting with December 24, 2020, WarnerBros has decided to stream their latest Hollywood movies simultaneously with the theatrical release. This move is already proving a huge draw. According to Samba TV, approximately 2.2 million US households tuned in for Wonder Woman 1984 on HBO Max in its first week of release.

Similarly, its list of TV catalog consists of several award-winning TV shows from the recent past, such as The Sopranos, Game of Thrones, Broadwalk Empire, Six Feet Under, Chernobyl, and Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, etc.

Some of the latest shows you can watch on HBO Go include Watchmen, Westworld, The Outsider, Euphoria, Barry, The Undoing, The Plot Against America, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Lovecraft Country, High Maintenance, and many more.

And that’s not all.

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In addition to the programs mentioned earlier, HBO offers a comprehensive library of sports, documentaries, docuseries, and anime content. Kids can also watch all the recent episodes of their favorite show Sesame Street. So there’s something for everyone’s liking on the platform.

HBO Max costs $14.99/month and is available on all major Android-powered streaming platforms.

Watch HBO Outside The US

Unfortunately, HBO Max is a geo-restricted service. Which means it’s only available for US residents. You can neither access this service, nor it’s Help Center if you log in from outside the US territories. However, there’s one easy way to unblock any geo-restricted content. And… that is VPN. You can easily unlock this service with the help of a reliable VPN service such as IPVanish. Simply install IPVanish on whatever device you are using, select your location to the USA and start streaming your preferred content on HBO Max,

How to Install HBO Max on FireStick

Follow these steps to install HBO Max.

  1. On your FireStick Home page, go to the search option located in the top left corner of the screen.
  1. With the help of your device remote, type in HBO Max
  1. Find the HBO Max app from the search results.
  1. Click Get to download and then install the application.
  2. Wait a few moments as the file downloads and installs on your FireStick.
  1. After the installation is complete, go on and delete the HBO MAX Apk from your device to save clear up space-starved FireStick.
  1. Now, you have to press the Home button on the remote for about five seconds until another screen appears. Here, tap on Apps.
  2. Select HBO Max. This will launch the HBO Max application.

Congratulations! You have successfully installed HBO Max on Firestick. Move this app to the top or home screen to make it easily accessible next time. Plus, if you face any issues when navigating through this app, install the Mouse Toggle app. It basically works as a computer’s mouse and helps you navigate any app on your device. 

How to Sign Up for HBO Max?

Before you start streaming content on HBO Max, you have to sign up. Don’t worry, it’s a very straightforward process. No complications! At the moment, it offers a 7 days free trial so that you can test this service to make up your mind later.

 Follow these steps to sign up for the free account.

  1. Open the HBO Max official website and click the start your free trial button at the bottom of the screen.
  1. Enter all of your details and hit Create Account
  1. Next, you will be prompted to enter the payment details. Select Start Your Free Trial in the end to finish the Sign Up process.

See how easy that was? 

Now you can stream your favorite content for 7 days. After the trial period ends, you will have to subscribe to the service to continue streaming. 

How to Activate HBO Max on Firestick

Now that you have an HBO Max subscription let’s link it to your FireStick so that you can watch this amazing service on your TV. The following steps take you through the activation process.

  1. First of all, launch the HBO Max application.
  1. After the welcome screen, click on the Sign In option. In case you don’t see any welcome screen, click any title on the homepage. You will see a six-digit code for your session.
  1. Now go to activate.hbomax.com (HBO Max activation page) in a separate browser and enter the 6 digit code you saw in the previous step. Click Next!
  1. Next, you will be asked to sign in to your HBO Max account to finish the activation process.

That’s all. You can now stream all the HBO originals and movies for as long as you want. 

Services that Offer HBO on Firestick 

There are numerous on-demand and IPTV streaming services that offer HBO as a separate add-on. Therefore if you’re using any of these services, you can get the HBO app for your device. These include:  

Prime Video

HBO is officially available on the Amazon Prime Video as a separate channel. It’s Amazon’s exclusive on-demand video streaming service. However, there’s a catch here. You have to pay $14.99 per month separately for HBO along with Prime Video’s $12.99 per month subscription. This can be problematic for people who cannot afford to have two premium services at the same time. To sign up for HBO’s subscription on Amazon, visit amazon.com/HBO.

AT&T TV NOW

At&T owns WarnerMedia. And as you must have known by now, WarnerMedia is the parent company of HBO. That’s why HBO is included in AT&T’s exclusive TV NOW service. It must be noted here that before HBO Max, HBO Go wasn’t part of the TV NOW’s service.

Both Plus and HBO MAX include HBO, HBO Family, and the HBO Latino version. Whereas Max costs $65, Plus comes at an $80 monthly subscription fee. The deal here is that you don’t have to pay for the HBO network’s app separately. TV Now’s on-demand content library includes HBO Max’s original programs as well. It’s constantly updated with all the recent episodes as soon as a program finishes broadcast on HBO.

Hulu

Hulu is another premium streaming service that offers HBO. Whether you get the $5.99 per month Hulu subscription or subscribe to the Hulu + Live Tv plan that costs $54.99 every month, you get access to the HBO premium app for $14.99 per month. This way, you can enjoy both Hulu’s Live channels and HBO’s premium on-demand programs. Nevertheless, HBO content on Hulu is always restricted to 2 screens only, even if you get the Unlimited Screens to add on. 

Final Words

HBO Max’s huge on-demand library provides great value to its subscribers – whether they previously used HBO Now or Go. You can use the same HBO Now subscription to log in to HBO Max and enjoy its services for the same price. No need to create a separate account on Max if you already have one on HBO Now. Thankfully, the HBO Max app is now available on the Amazon Store. So you can download it straight to your Amazon Fire or Android device without sideloading. There’s one problem, though. It’s only available in the US. If you’re accessing HBO Max from outside the US administered territories, use a VPN such as IPVanish to remove the geo-restrictions. That’s all for now. Did you find this guide helpful? Leave your feedback in the comments below. 

FAQs

Is HBO MAX safe?

Of course, HBO Max is the official app from HBO, which makes it safe to use. Make sure you are downloading it from the official app stores and not from third-party websites.

What is HBO Max

It’s a new streaming service that bundles the entire HBO into one platform. Therefore you get classic TV shows, blockbuster movies, HBO originals, and much more in one package.

What do you mean by HBO Originals?

HBO Max originals are programs exclusively developed and produced for the streaming platform. For instance, some of the recent Max originals are Frayed, Doom Patrol, Search Party, Close Enough, and House of Ho, among others.

How can I get HBO Max?

You can sign up through the HBO Max official website for a monthly $14.99 fee.

Are Cinemax shows included in the HBO Max programs?

No, Cinemax shows are not on HBO Max. So shows like Banshee and The Knick will not be available on the Max add-on.

Are HBO Shows included on the Max app?

Yes, all HBO shows such as Sopranos, Game of Thrones, etc., are available on the Max app. There are more than 10 thousand hours of entertainment on the platform. So there’s something for everyone’s taste whether they’re a family of children or adults of all ages.

Is there any limit on the number of devices I can stream on simultaneously?

Yes, HBO Max is following the footprints of HBO Go. As of writing this article, HBO Max can only be streamed on 3 different devices simultaneously. This means you can share your account with friends and family, but not more than three.

Will there be a dedicated channel for HBO Max on my lineup?

Well, that depends. If WarnerMedia brokers a deal with your cable service provider, then maybe yes. But keep in mind it’s only a streaming platform. It cannot replace your Live TV channels like other HBO channels.