Streaming service HBO Max is finally here. There’s been a lot of hype about this streaming platform, what with it being home to likes of the new Friends Reunion Special and the upcoming release of the Justice League Snyder Cut.
Demand for this streaming service just got a whole lot more intense, as Warner Bros. has announced that its entire 2021 film schedule will release on HBO Max at the same as cinemas due to the ongoing pandemic.
That means that if you have access to HBO Max and want to watch the likes of Dune, The Matrix 4, The Suicide Squad and Godzilla Vs. Kong, you can do so right from the comfort of your own home.
If you’d like to know more about where in the world HBO Max is launching, then keep on reading. We also have roundups for the best upcoming shows on HBO Max, as well as a comparison between HBO Max, HBO Now and HBO Go. Alternatively, take a look at our comparison of the best TV streaming services.
Where is HBO Max available right now?
For now HBO Max is only available in the USA.
If you’re not in America then don’t despair – there are international expansion plans in the works. And failing that, there are still ways to watch the streaming service outside of the USA using a VPN such as NordVPN or ExpressVPN. Take a look at our guide on how to watch HBO Max in the UK for full instructions.
Will HBO Max come to other countries?
Eventually, yes. WarnerMedia announced that HBO Max will come to Latin America and parts of Europe where HBO networks already operate in the second half of 2021. This currently includes Hungary, Poland and Romania.
The UK unfortunately doesn’t fall under that umbrella as HBO shows are broadcast via Sky, so it’s likely that Britain may have to wait a little longer than some other European countries for the actual HBO Max streaming platform.
However, that doesn’t mean that HBO Max content won’t be syndicated through other third party TV providers.
Where else can I watch HBO Max content?
In the UK and select countries in Europe (including Spain, Germany and Italy), Sky currently has a deal to syndicate select shows from HBO. The current contract allows broadcasts of shows that are co-produced by HBO Max and Sky Studios. There has been no mention of Sky having the rights to all the new Warner Bros films releasing in 2021 – but if this changes we’ll update this article.
UK viewers can also catch up on this content on Now TV for a more flexible contract. In addition, HBO Max staples such as Friends and The Fresh Prince of Bel Air can currently be watched over on Netflix UK.
In Canada, Bell Media hosts HBO shows on its streaming platform Crave, as well as other pay TV channels. The latest renewal has given the company the rights to show HBO Max-commissioned scripted programming produced by Warner Bros, but this deal doesn’t include any series produced by third-party studios.
Australia broadcasts WarnerMedia content on Foxtel, which is currently creating a brand new streaming platform under the code name, “Project Ares”. This service is rumoured to host some of the wider HBO Max content such as the Cartoon Network library, but most details are currently under wraps.