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HBO Max launched in the USA earlier in 2020 and is not available in Canada.
Table of Contents
- Why Can’t I Watch HBO Max in Canada?
- HBO Max Overview
- Pros & Cons
- Best Shows
Why Can’t I Watch HBO Max in Canada?
Canadians hoping to get an HBO Max subscription to the streaming service were bitterly disappointed when it was announced that HBO had no plans to launch in Canada.
However, the company did give Canadians a consolation prize in the form of a licensing agreement with Crave.
Crave subscribers in Canada with the HBO + Movies add-on will receive a new premium content library.
Canadians can get some of the HBO Max content through a Crave subscription.
However, due to some licensing issues, even the Crave service won’t get the full suite of HBO Max shows and movies in 2021.
Instead, Crave subscribers get all the original content, but no access to films that already have licensing agreements in the US.
This licensing issue is part of a deal between Warner Bros and Bell Media, retaining exclusive rights to all HBO Max content shown outside of the United States.
According to Adam Slinn, a spokesman for Bell Media, Crave’s current subscriber base stands at nearly 3-million.
Therefore, if you’re expecting to get everything on HBO Max through Crave, be aware that unfortunately that won’t be the case.
If you already have an HBO Max account and are trying to access your account while outside of the USA, a VPN can solve your issue.
HBO Max Canada Overview
With its launch at the end of May 2020, HBO Max is a premier streaming service from one of America’s favourite studios.
The platform got off to a slow start compared to other competitors in 2020.
Disney+ achieved more than 74 million subscribers in its first year, far ahead of expectations.
HBO captured nearly 13 million subs by the end of December, with the company describing its rollout as “flawless.”
However, the stats don’t back up the statement by AT&T CEO John T. Stankey.
Only around 30% of HBO subscribers took the offer to access HBO Max for free.
That’s somewhat surprising considering HBO and Warner Bros decided on simultaneously releasing their 2021 titles on HBO Max, while launching in theatres.
Stankey says the new collaboration provides a win-win for theatres and consumers, giving them more options for how they want to view WB and HBO content.
It’s an innovative move, helping studios, theatres, and audiences thrive during the COVID-19 pandemic.
What are the Pros and Cons of HBO Max?
- Top-quality titles from HBO and Warner Bros. studios
- All Warner Bros 2021 releases coming to the platform
- Ad-free watching experience
- Supports custom viewing profiles and parental controls
- Mobile offers you offline downloads
- Free for HBO subscribers
- Not available in Canada
- Slightly more expensive than Netflix
- No 4K shows or movies
- No closed captions (plan to release them shortly)
- No options to select the streaming resolution
What are the Best Shows on HBO Max?
HBO Max has some of the best Series and movies available online – if you live in America.
Some of the top titles available on the American version include the following:
- Succession (2018)
- Gossip Girl (2017)
- Westworld (2016)
- Game of Thrones (2011)
- The Big Bang Theory (2007)
- Doctor Who (2005)
- The Office (2005)
- South Park (1997)
- Friends (1994)
HBO Max subscribers also get sneak previews on exclusive content.
The content library is extensive and comparable to the Disney+ archive.
Additionally, the streaming service has classic and current HBO movies and shows, as well as new originals (Max Originals).
It also offers select movies and shows from other WarnerMedia brands, such as New Line Cinema, CNN, DC, Rooster Teeth, the Turner library, Looney Tunes, and much more.
Some of the forthcoming original shows planned for release include:
- Adventure Time: Distant Lands series
- Doom Patrol (s2)
- Perry Mason
- The Dog House
Sure, we get that HBO’s current original offering might not be enough to counter those from Netflix and Amazon.
However, the company is investing in new content, with many new projects in the works with its in-house and external content partnerships with leading studios.
Unlike other streaming services such as Apple TV+, HBO Max relies on past content to attract prospective subscribers.
You also have options for viewing shows on the broader AT&T-owned media landscape.
Some of the top titles include the following:
- Adam Ruins Everything
- Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
- The Bachelor and The Bachelorette
- Conan Travel Specials
- Rizzoli and Isles
There are dozens of titles on the streaming platform, with the company having streaming rights to some of the world’s biggest shows, including:
- Rick and Morty
- South Park
- The Big Bang Theory
- The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
- Whose Line Is it Anyway?
All video streaming services need a comprehensive library of on-demand films.
HBO Max is a winner in this category as well, offering you hundreds of top-quality titles.
Content partnerships with leading in-house studios like New Line Cinema and Warner Bros keep a steady stream of new movies flowing to HBO Max subscribers.
As mentioned, Warner Bros plans on launching its movies on HBO Max, alongside their theatre release in 2021.
The response is due to the pandemic and how it’s changing consumer behaviour.
With theatres shuttering in 2020, there were fewer releases this year than in the last 20-years of film-making.
However, HBO intends to make up for that in 2021, giving the audience the chance to watch their favourite movies in the theatre or at home on HBO Max.
Some of the top releases for the coming year include: The Matrix 4, The Dune, The Suicide Squad, and several others.
Frequently Asked Questions
Will HBO Max Ever Come to Canada?
The streaming wars are in full effect, and the battle of the tech titans continues in 2021.
However, Warner Bros has no plans on releasing HBO Max to Canadians.
How Much Does HBO Max Cost?
HBO Max is a premium streaming service, and the price tag is in line with what you would expect to pay for the HD package with Netflix.
At $14.99 (USD) per month, your HBO Max subscription lets you access all upcoming content.
HBO Max is twice Hulu’s base cost, but it doesn’t come with any ads, and you can expect premium content.
There is a rumour about HBO Max offering a more affordable subscription package in 2021, but that discount will come with ads on the platform.
It’s easy to watch shows and movies on HBO Max using any streaming device, including Android and iOS devices, as well as Apple TV and Roku.
Despite all of these great features, we have some bad news.
HBO Max is not available in Canada, as the service is only available for US residents.