I Got HBO Max


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Some of the new offerings shown on HBO Max streaming service.

Alex Joaquin, Reporter

Netflix has been a popular streaming service alongside Disney+. But being huge movie goers and with HBO Max offering 17 new films in 2021 that arrive on their service the same day in theaters, my family decided to get HBO Max. Here is what I think about the service: 

The first thing to consider is price, HBO Max costs $14.99 per month compared to Netflix’s basic plan of $8.99 and Disney+ at $6.99 per month. HBO Max does not come with any other alternative plans like Netflix’s Standard or Premium plan. Yes, it is more but you get everything without having to pay extra including the entire HBO originals library.

It is also good to mention that those who subscribe to HBO through AT&T will have access to HBO Max at no additional charge. HBO Go has been discontinued and is now known as just HBO. This leaves viewers with just two HBO stand alone apps.

After getting HBO Max, I went straight to watching “The Pacific.” The hub is very similar compared to Netlflix, so it’s easy to navigate around the service. I like the cool violet bluish color scheme of the service pages too. 

having access to more channels is great for an avid moviegoer”

The streaming service comes packed with a wide range of hubs from Warner Media that includes: DC, Adult Swim, and Cartoon Network. 

I was really excited once I found out about the extra channels since Netflix never offered it. The first title I decided to binge watch was “Batman: The Animated Series.” Next was some “Rick and Morty” and then “Regular Show.” 

They already have a large selection of movies and shows. So having access to more channels is great for an avid moviegoer.

HBO Max confirmed they are streaming films that have been delayed because of the pandemic and with many theaters still unable to open. Most films are from Warner Bros. and will stream on the platform as well as released in theaters on the same day. These films will remain on the platform for 31 days with no extra fees and will support 4k resolution. 

This is a huge move. If the viewer does not feel safe going out to a theater, they can enjoy newly released movies in the comfort of their own home. 

Other streaming services are not doing this, except for the occasional film released by Netflix for award consideration, so this makes HBO Max’s platform special. 

I’ve had this app for 5 months now. My family and I use it on a weekly basis and are enjoying it. And we’re watching Netflix less.  

Is HBO Max worth it? Absolutely! Yes, it may be pricier at $14.99 a month, but with a good selection of films and TV shows, you can’t go wrong. 

And with 40 million subscribers on the streaming service, the platform can only get better from here.

Now excuse me while I go watch “Se7en” for the 4th time.