HBO Max looks to woo new subscribers with free episodes

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When is the suicide squad coming to HBO Max?

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HBO Max is offering free episodes to potential new subscribers in-app and free of charge so they can take its more popular series for a test drive before committing to yet another streaming service.

The company announced that, starting today, new viewers mulling a subscription can watch a selection of 13 pilots from HBO and HBO Max without having to sign up for the service. Normally, subscribers would pay $10 per month for HBO Max’s ad-supported tier or $15 per month to go ad-free and get special perks like 4K streaming and day-and-date releases for Warner Bros films. (HBO Max does not currently offer a free trial.) The full list of series whose pilots can be streaming for free is as follows:

The freebies for potential users will hit the service today, and the company said that new episodes would be swapped in and out “periodically.” The feature will be available on all of HBO Max’s device partners, including Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Android, iOS, iPad, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung, and, as of today, LG smart TVs.

The introduction of teaser episodes to potential viewers expands HBO Max’s initiative to teasing its content to viewers who may not already be subscribed to the service. Last month, the company launched a group watch tool to allow Snapchat users to stream pilots directly through the app for free. Netflix, which also no longer offers a free trial, has similarly teased its content to prospective viewers in the past by sharing it on YouTube. HBO Max’s free content slate can be found right here.

Interesting they include Lovecraft County. Not sure a canceled series is an attractive option, even if it was acclaimed

By Tx2VaFrog on 08.03.21 6:16pm

They can just market it as a "limited series".

By mattcoz on 08.03.21 7:53pm

By markazali on 08.03.21 7:45pm

Not just movies, they need their series in 4K too. Netflix is so far ahead on this it isn’t funny. It’ll be a huge failure if House of the Dragon isn’t in 4K.

By mattcoz on 08.03.21 8:10pm

I can’t believe it’s still not the default for their originals.

By markazali on 08.03.21 10:04pm

Do enough people care yet about 4k content for HBO Max to care? I haven’t seen any recent numbers but for most people the bump up from 1080p to 4k isn’t likely to change the viewing experience much, if at all, even if they’re sitting close enough to the TV to be able to tell the difference.

Maybe HBO Max is still more focused on quality of content than resolution, and I suspect they’d be right if they are.

By EnglishMike on 08.03.21 10:50pm

I agree. I certainly care more about "quality of content than resolution". Even after buying an expensive oled tv. A great show in 720p is better time spent than an average show in 4K HDR. Thing is, after 5 or so minutes that same great show in 4K HDR isn’t any better for the increased resolution.

These days I’m just as happy to watch tv on my iPad.

By Sarcane on 08.03.21 11:45pm

Any chance they’re thinking about a UK release yet? Because even if people are having to pay for a VPN, cinemas are pulling Warner films as soon as their six-day exclusivity window ends. I’ve not made it to see The Suicide Squad on opening weekend, so my options after today will be to either play silly games to get both a VPN and use a fake address to subscribe to the US service, or wait for it to reach iTunes.

By iainl7 on 08.04.21 4:05am

I feel you, same position here, it drives us to pirate things. People of Internet are above borders, Internet services should be also above borders.

By MarinkoM on 08.04.21 4:29am

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HBO Max Offering Select Episodes for Free for Potential Subscribers

/FILM 04 August, 2021 - 03:50am

Posted on Tuesday, August 3rd, 2021 by Marisa Mirabal

Starting today, HBO Max is offering a new special feature to potential subscribers. The streaming service is attempting to increase viewership by revealing its slate and offering select episodes to stream for free.

If you’re on the fence about a subscription or are bumming off of a friend’s account, then you have some more time to figure out if it’s a good fit to sign up. Potential new subscribers in the U.S. now have the opportunity to watch select episodes from some of the platform’s most popular shows for free in-app. The in-app offering is an extension of the long-standing sampling opportunities available via HBOMax.com and, more recently, through Snapchat’s HBO Max Snap Mini.

In case you’re an elder millennial like me who doesn’t know much about Snapchat, this essentially allows Snapchatters to watch free episodes of HBO Max programming along with their friends within Snapchat.

Viewers will also have the chance to check out the platform’s catalog of programming prior to committing to a subscription. This gives people the flexibility to watch a hand-picked selection of episodes in-app on their preferred supported device.

The free experience will initially include 13 episodes of HBO and Max Originals, with new titles being rotated in and out of the collection periodically. The free offering is rolling out today across all current HBO Max device partners.

Here’s a sample of what pilot episodes (season 1, episode 1) will be released first:

If you like what you see, HBO Max now provides consumers the flexibility to choose between the ad-free subscription option at $14.99 per month, or one with ads for $9.99 per month. For even further savings, HBO Max is now offering subscribers the option to pre-pay and save more than 15% by signing up for the ad-supported tier of HBO Max for $99.99/year or without ads for $149.99/year.

It doesn’t seem like a coincidence that HBO Max is offering this free glimpse into their streaming content when the U.S. is seeing a surge in cases from the Delta variant. We’ve been in this pandemic for over a year and a half now and just when things were starting to open back up, mask mandates and occupancy limitations started going back to be the norm. As a result, we will probably see more and more people stay at home for their film and TV viewing.

While movie theaters across the country have opened back up, films are still getting digital streaming releases fairly quickly, so this marketing ploy from HBO Max definitely makes sense.

HBO Max does have some fantastic programming, though, to be fair. As someone who works from home, I do enjoy the convenience of being able to stream movies and TV shows fairly easily. I am also one of those annoying binge-watchers with minimal patience. So, for others like me who get a glimpse into a series that has a really intriguing pilot episode, chances are that I will find a way to watch more. This is also an interesting move in the sense that it will probably propel viewers to watch shows that they have had on their to-watch list forever. For example, those who will eventually get around to Game of Thrones will now understand all the hype (and disappointment).

If you’re interested, here are some of my must-watch recommendations on HBO Max: Insecure, Mare of Easttown, Barry, Euphoria, Lovecraft Country, Betty, and I’ll Be Gone in the Dark.

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HBO Max looks to woo new subscribers with free episodes

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HBO Max is offering free episodes to potential new subscribers in-app and free of charge so they can take its more popular series for a test drive before committing to yet another streaming service.

The company announced that, starting today, new viewers mulling a subscription can watch a selection of 13 pilots from HBO and HBO Max without having to sign up for the service. Normally, subscribers would pay $10 per month for HBO Max’s ad-supported tier or $15 per month to go ad-free and get special perks like 4K streaming and day-and-date releases for Warner Bros films. (HBO Max does not currently offer a free trial.) The full list of series whose pilots can be streaming for free is as follows:

The freebies for potential users will hit the service today, and the company said that new episodes would be swapped in and out “periodically.” The feature will be available on all of HBO Max’s device partners, including Xbox, Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Android, iOS, iPad, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Roku, Samsung, and, as of today, LG smart TVs.

The introduction of teaser episodes to potential viewers expands HBO Max’s initiative to teasing its content to viewers who may not already be subscribed to the service. Last month, the company launched a group watch tool to allow Snapchat users to stream pilots directly through the app for free. Netflix, which also no longer offers a free trial, has similarly teased its content to prospective viewers in the past by sharing it on YouTube. HBO Max’s free content slate can be found right here.

Interesting they include Lovecraft County. Not sure a canceled series is an attractive option, even if it was acclaimed

By Tx2VaFrog on 08.03.21 6:16pm

They can just market it as a "limited series".

By mattcoz on 08.03.21 7:53pm

By markazali on 08.03.21 7:45pm

Not just movies, they need their series in 4K too. Netflix is so far ahead on this it isn’t funny. It’ll be a huge failure if House of the Dragon isn’t in 4K.

By mattcoz on 08.03.21 8:10pm

I can’t believe it’s still not the default for their originals.

By markazali on 08.03.21 10:04pm

Do enough people care yet about 4k content for HBO Max to care? I haven’t seen any recent numbers but for most people the bump up from 1080p to 4k isn’t likely to change the viewing experience much, if at all, even if they’re sitting close enough to the TV to be able to tell the difference.

Maybe HBO Max is still more focused on quality of content than resolution, and I suspect they’d be right if they are.

By EnglishMike on 08.03.21 10:50pm

I agree. I certainly care more about "quality of content than resolution". Even after buying an expensive oled tv. A great show in 720p is better time spent than an average show in 4K HDR. Thing is, after 5 or so minutes that same great show in 4K HDR isn’t any better for the increased resolution.

These days I’m just as happy to watch tv on my iPad.

By Sarcane on 08.03.21 11:45pm

Any chance they’re thinking about a UK release yet? Because even if people are having to pay for a VPN, cinemas are pulling Warner films as soon as their six-day exclusivity window ends. I’ve not made it to see The Suicide Squad on opening weekend, so my options after today will be to either play silly games to get both a VPN and use a fake address to subscribe to the US service, or wait for it to reach iTunes.

By iainl7 on 08.04.21 4:05am

I feel you, same position here, it drives us to pirate things. People of Internet are above borders, Internet services should be also above borders.

By MarinkoM on 08.04.21 4:29am

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Everything Coming to HBO Max August 2021

CBR - Comic Book Resources 03 August, 2021 - 02:38pm

The Season 3 premiere of Titans, James Gunn's The Suicide Squad, Constantine and more hit TV shows and movies arrive on HBO Max in August.

HBO Max has released its list of Max Originals, HBO Originals, blockbuster films and TV series heading to the streaming service in August 2021.

The list includes The Suicide Squad, the Season 3 premiere of TitansInception, Constantine and more.

The full list of everything coming to HBO Max in August 2021 can be found below.

2 Days in the Valley, 1996 (HBO)

A Walk Among the Tombstones, 2014 (HBO)

The Adventures of Sharkboy and Lavagirl, 2005 (HBO)

Anna to the Infinite Power, 1982 (HBO)

Basic Instinct 2: Risk Addiction, 2006 (HBO) (Extended Version)

The Man in the Iron Mask, 1998 (HBO)

The Pope of Greenwich Village, 1984 (HBO)

Sex and the City 2, 2010

Teen Titans: Trouble in Tokyo, 2006

Small Town News: KPVM Pahrump, Documentary Series Finale (HBO)

Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman, 1993

Obama: In Pursuit of a More Perfect Union, Documentary Premiere (HBO)

Furry Friends Forever: Elmo Gets A Puppy, Max Original Special Premiere

The Suicide Squad, Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021 (Available in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in English Only on supported devices)

Sin Aliento (aka Breathless), 2020 (HBO)

Hard Knocks '21: Dallas Cowboys, Sports-Based Reality Series Premiere (HBO)

FBOY Island, Max Original Season Finale

The Hype, Max Original Series Premiere

Titans, Max Original Season 3 Premiere

The Lost World: Jurassic Park, 1997 (HBO)

The White Lotus, Limited Series Finale (HBO)

Godzilla vs. Kong, 2021 (HBO) (Available in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in English Only on supported devices)

Eyes on the Prize: Hallowed Ground, Max Original Documentary Special Premiere

Looney Tunes Cartoons Back to School Special, Max Original Special Premiere

Marlon Wayans: You Know What It Is, Max Original Special Premiere

Sweet Life: Los Angeles, Max Original Series Premiere

Reminiscence, Warner Bros. Film Premiere, 2021 (Available in 4K UHD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in English Only on supported devices)

100 Foot Wave, Documentary Series Finale (HBO)

Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel (HBO)

Stanley Tucci: Searching for Italy, 2021

The Other Two, Max Original Season 2 Premiere

The Windsors: Inside the Royal Dynasty, 2019

Against the Wild 2: Survive the Serengeti, 2016

Alpha & Omega 5: Family Vacation, 2015

Alpha & Omega: Dino Digs, 2016

La Mujer de Mi Hermano, 2005

Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Amazing Word Explorers, 2015

Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: Counting on Lemonade, 2014

Leapfrog Letter Factory Adventures: The Letter Machine Rescue Team, 2014

The Men Who Stare at Goats, 2009

Teen Titans Go! vs. Teen Titans, 2019

Space Jam: A New Legacy, 2021

Assault on Precinct 13, 2005 (HBO)

54: The Director’s Cut, 1998 (HBO)

40 Days and 40 Nights, 2002, (HBO)

A Cinderella Story: If The Shoe Fits, 2016

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon A Song, 2011

Alpha and Omega: The Great Wolf Games, 2014 (HBO)

Babe: Pig in the City, 1998 (HBO)

Beverly Hills Cop II, 1987 (HBO)

Beverly Hills Cop III, 1994 (HBO)

Bill and Ted's Bogus Journey, 1991 (HBO)

Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure, 1989 (HBO)

Blade Runner: The Final Cut, 2007

The Bonfire of the Vanities, 1990

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, 2005

City Slickers II: The Legend of Curly's Gold, 1994

The Crow: City of Angels, 1996 (HBO)

The Crow: Wicked Prayer, 2006 (HBO)

El Chata (aka The Sparring Partner), 2019 (HBO)

Free Willy: The Adventure Home, 1995

Free Willy: Escape from Pirate’s Cove, 2010

Free Willy 3: The Great Rescue, 1997

Harry and the Hendersons, 1987 (HBO)

The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, 2012

Home Alone: The Holiday Heist, 2012 (HBO)

Judy Moody and the Not Bummer Summer, 2011 (HBO)

The Last Exorcism, 2012 (Extended Version) (HBO)

Let's Go to Prison, 2006 (HBO)

Man on a Ledge, 2012 (HBO)

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous, 2005

No Eres Tu Soy Yo, 2011

Our Brand Is Crisis, 2015 (HBO)

The People vs. Larry Flynt, 1996

Saw II, 2005 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)

Saw III, 2006 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)

Saw IV, 2007 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)

Saw V, 2008 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)

Saw: The Final Chapter, 2010 (Director’s Cut) (HBO)

Sinbad: Beyond the Veils of Mist, 2000 (HBO)

Still of the Night, 1982 (HBO)

This Must Be The Place, 2012 (HBO)

The Treasure of the Sierra Madre, 1948

Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie, 1997 (HBO)

Un 4to de Josue, 2018 (HBO)

Wolves at the Door, 2017 (HBO)

The Year of Living Dangerously, 1983

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