Now’s a great time to minimize the cost of HBO.
Through Oct. 30, new and returning subscribers can get HBO Max at a discount of 41.6% by prepaying for a year. The discount is available on plans with and without ads:
- HBO Max Ad Free: $104.99 for the first year (normally $14.99/month)
- HBO Max With Ads: $69.99 for the first year (normally $9.99/month)
The deal works out to about $8.75 per month for the ad-free version and $5.83 per month for the plan with ads. It’s like getting five months of a normal-price yearly plan for free.
HBO says the plans will automatically renew at then-current prices, but you can cancel any time during the first year of your subscription to avoid that.
“If you cancel your subscription, you will continue to have access to HBO Max for the remainder of time you have already paid for,” according to the deal’s offer terms.
The discount is available to U.S. customers through HBOMax.com and these subscription providers:
- Google Play
It cannot be combined with other offers, including a free trial.
Differences between the plans
Viewers with HBO Max With Ads can expect about 4 minutes of advertisements per hour of streaming, HBO says.
Besides ads, there are a couple of important differences between the two plan types. Only those with the ad-free version get these perks:
- Select movies in 4K ultra-high definition (UHD) video quality
- The ability to download shows and movies to watch while offline
Both plans allow you to enjoy “thousands of hours of series, movies and exclusive originals” — including the new acclaimed “Game of Thrones” prequel, “House of the Dragon” — on up to five personalized viewer profiles.
Devices that work with HBO Max
The HBO Max app can be used with the following devices:
- Amazon Fire tablets (4th gen or later)
- Amazon Fire TV (with Fire OS 5.3.6 or later)
- Amazon Fire TV Stick
- Amazon Fire TV Cube
- Amazon Fire TV Edition Smart TVs (Insignia HD, Insignia 4K UHD, Toshiba HD, Toshiba 4K UHD)
- Android phones and tablets (with Android OS 5+)
- Android TV (OS 5+)
- Apple TV (4th gen or later)
- iPhone, iPad and iPod touch (with iOS 12.2+)
- LG Smart TVs (webOS 4.0+)
- PC and Mac computers
- PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
- Roku streaming devices (with OS 9.3 and above)
- Samsung TV (2016+)
- VIZIO Smart TV
- Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
Finding the right streaming service for you
If HBO Max isn’t your cup of tea, you still have plenty of options to get streaming TV at a price that makes cutting the cable cord worthwhile.
Earlier this year, we highlighted some of the best options in “12 Streaming TV Services That Cost $20 a Month — or Less.”