HBO Max Q&A

Here are some frequently asked questions and answers:

What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is our new streaming platform planned for launch in May 2020. HBO Max will bundle HBO, with your favorites from WarnerMedia's vast library of beloved shows and movies, as well as an extensive collection of new programming produced exclusively for HBO Max. With 10,000 hours of exceptional content available at launch, there's something for everyone—from families with young children, to adults of all ages.

What will HBO Max include?

HBO Max will include:

  • The HBO service
  • An exclusive collection of new programming (Max Originals)
  • Select favorites from WarnerMedia's beloved brands and libraries: Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, DC, CNN, the Turner library, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more.
  • A robust selection of acquired series and movies

With 10,000 hours of exceptional content available, there's something for everyone— Friends, Game of Thrones, The Big Bang Theory, Sesame Street, Sex and the City, Pretty Little Liars and The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and more.

All of HBO

The entire HBO service is available on HBO Max. You can stream series favorites like The Sopranos and Veep, as well as new series and hit movies. Here are some highlights from what's coming to HBO in 2020 and 2021 (stay tuned for premiere dates):

  • Stephen King's "The Outsider," a dark mystery starring Ben Mendelsohn, produced and directed by Jason Bateman
  • "Lovecraft Country," a unique horror series based on a novel by Matt Ruff, written and executive produced by Misha Green, and executive produced by Jordan Peele and J.J. Abrams
  • "The Nevers," Joss Whedon's new science fiction series starring Laura Donnelly
  • "The Plot Against America," reimagined history based on Phillip Roth's novel written and executive produced by David Simon and Ed Burns, starring Winona Ryder and John Turturro
  • "I Know This Much Is True," a complex family drama starring Mark Ruffalo playing twin brothers, one of whom has schizophrenia, based on the best-selling novel by Wally Lamb, written and directed by Derek Cianfrance.

To see more, check out What's coming to HBO.

Max Originals

We're also producing new original programming exclusively for HBO Max. Here are some highlights from what we've announced so far (stay tuned for premiere dates):

  • "Tokyo Vice," based on Jake Adelstein's non-fiction first-hand account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police beat starring Ansel Elgort
  • "The Flight Attendant," a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian, which will star Kaley Cuoco, who is also executive producing alongside Greg Berlanti
  • "Love Life," a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series starring "Pitch Perfect" star Anna Kendrick, who will also executive produce alongside Paul Feig
  • "Made for Love," a 10-episode, half-hour, straight-to-series adaptation based on the tragicomic novel of the same name by Alissa Nutting, also from Somerville and directed by S.J. Clarkson
  • A "Gossip Girl" reboot from the creators of the original series, Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage. Eight years after the original website went dark, a new generation of New York private school teens are introduced to the social surveillance of Gossip Girl.

We've also secured exclusive movie production deals with J.J. Abrams, "Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker" director, Greg Berlanti, one of Hollywood's most prolific and successful producers, and Reese Witherspoon, Academy Award® and Emmy Award®-winning actress and producer.

To see more original programming, check out HBO Max Originals.

Kids & family

HBO Max is partnering with Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit media and educational organization, to bring the following new Sesame Street content to HBO Max:

  • Five new 35-episode seasons of Sesame Street
  • New annual Sesame Street specials, kicking off with The Monster at the End of This Show, an animated version of the acclaimed book The Monster at the End of This Book
  • A new season of the award-winning animated Esme & Roy
  • Two new animated series, the first a spin-off of Sesame Street called Mecha Builders (working title), featuring favorite Sesame Street characters as heroes in a robot-animation style; and the second series to be announced at a later date
  • A broad collection of Sesame Street episodes from the past 50 years— many available on-demand for the first time ever

For more details, check out Sesame Street on HBO Max.

Additional kids' content coming to HBO Max:

  • Craftopia is an epic kids crafting competition series hosted and produced by Lauren Riihimaki, aka LaurDIY, one of YouTube's top creators. On Craftopia, 9 to 15-year old contestants put their imaginations to the test and make their crafting dreams come true in a magical studio.
  • Karma takes contestants, ranging in age from 12 to 15, completely off the grid to solve puzzles and overcome physical challenges, with the laws of karma setting the rules. This adventure series hosted by YouTube sensation Michelle Khare, will test the mental and physical stamina of its young contestants as they unravel how their social actions impact their success in the game.
  • Little Ellen is a 2D animated children's series that explores the world through the eyes of a hilarious and unpredictable seven-year-old Ellen DeGeneres. On her adventures in her musical hometown of New Orleans, Little Ellen takes big risks and makes big mistakes, but she's always able to laugh at herself and bounce back when things don't go as planned.

For more details, check out Kids & Family on HBO Max.

WarnerMedia favorites

HBO Max will include select favorites from WarnerMedia's beloved brands and libraries: Warner Bros., New Line Cinema, DC, CNN, the Turner library, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes and more.

Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to our launch date.

Acquired content

  • All 12 seasons (279 episodes) of the hit TV comedy The Big Bang Theory. The series received 55 Emmy® nominations and 10 wins, and seven Golden Globe® nominations.
  • All 11 seasons of Doctor Who, the British sci-fi hit drama that follows the stories of a regenerating Time Lord who travels on adventures through all of space and time.
  • The exclusive streaming rights at launch to all 236 episodes of Friends— one of the biggest hits on TV and streaming.
  • All 23 seasons of Trey Parker and Matt Stone's South Park, the #1 primetime cable comedy among young adults for the last six years.

For a list of more favorites, see Acquired content on HBO Max.

When will HBO Max be available?

HBO Max is planned for launch in May 2020. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to our launch date. You can sign up for updates at HBOMax.com.

How much will HBO Max cost?

HBO Max will be available for $14.99 per month (plus applicable taxes).

What will happen to the HBO channels, HBO on Demand, HBO GO and HBO NOW?

There are no plans to change your current HBO subscription.

HBO will remain a stand-alone brand and service and will continue to feature award-winning series and movies. Here are some highlights of What's Coming to HBO in 2020/2021.

HBO Max is a new offering that includes HBO, plus new exclusive programming (Max Originals), and favorites from WarnerMedia's vast library of beloved shows, movies and more.

HBO NOW subscribers who subscribe through HBONOW.com and are billed directly through HBO will also get access to WarnerMedia's offering, HBO Max. To learn more, see How will I get HBO Max?

What devices will HBO Max be available on?

HBO Max will be available on many popular devices: phones, tablets, Mac and PC browsers, streaming media players and game consoles. Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to our launch date.

How will I get HBO Max?

Our goal is for HBO Max to be widely available through our partners and right here at HBOMax.com.

HBO NOW Subscribers

HBO NOW subscribers who are billed directly through HBO will also get access to WarnerMedia's new offering, HBO Max, at launch for no extra cost. Offer available only to new and existing HBO NOW subscribers who subscribe through hbonow.com and are billed by HBO. Offer not currently available to HBO subscribers that obtain their subscriptions through third-party providers that are authorized to distribute the HBO NOW service.

If your HBO NOW subscription is billed through a third-party subscription provider, stay tuned for more details as we get closer to our launch date.

HBO Subscribers

If you subscribe to HBO through a cable or TV provider, stay tuned for more details as we get closer to our launch date.

AT&T Subscribers

Subscribers who get HBO through AT&T video services (such as AT&T TV or U-Verse TV) will also get access to WarnerMedia's new offering, HBO Max, at no extra charge. Also subscribers of premium AT&T mobile and broadband services, will be offered bundles with HBO Max at no extra charge.