HBO Max: When does WarnerMedia’s streaming platform launch and how can I access it?

Clémence Michallon
An HBO Max display at Warner Bros studios in Burbank, California, in October 2019: Presley Ann/Getty Images for WarnerMedia

The launch of HBO Max is almost upon us.

WarnerMedia‘s streaming company will go live next week, with iconic shows such as Friends, Doctor Who, The Big Bang Theory, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and The Bachelor on its catalogue.

In addition to digging into its library of existing fan favourites, HBO Max will also feature six originals from day one, including Love Life, a scripted comedy starring Anna Kendrick, and the ballroom dance competition series Legendary.

HBO Max will go live on 27 May, seven months after the project was first announced by WarnerMedia.

Some accommodations have had to be made due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Notably, a planned Friends reunion special, which was supposed to be among the most sought-after programmes on the platform on launch day, won’t be available to stream at that time.

Nonetheless, HBO Max plans to add to its library of originals and classics over the coming months. The new originals will be added to the platform on a monthly basis.

Viewers can currently subscribe to HBO Max online for $11.99 a month, discounted from $14.99 a month.

HBO Now subscribers who are billed through HBO, Apple, or Google Play will get access to HBO Max on the day of the launch at no extra cost.

The same goes for HBO subscribers who access the service through AT&T TV, DIRECTV, AT&T U-Verse, Hulu, or Spectrum.

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