HBO Max has already confirmed its arrival in Spain. What does this mean for HBO? In this guide, we solve all your doubts about arrival date, price, and catalog.
HBO had been announcing for months that the streaming platform would soon lead to changes of great relevance in Spain. Those changes are here, and they’re called HBO Max. The new streaming video service has already arrived in the country, so it is necessary to know all the differences that separate it from the HBO that we knew until now, including those related to the price and the catalog.
Before the announcement of the arrival of HBO Max, current HBO users are wondering if the platform they have used until now will remain or will disappear forever. Of course, if the switch to HBO Max is a reality, they also question whether they will have to pay more. Also, will they be able to enjoy the same quality content as before? All these mysteries find their answer below.
Differences between HBO and HBO Max: what do you gain with the change
HBO is a pay television channel that was born in the United States in the 1970s and is owned by WarnerMedia. In addition to this channel, the company also has a streaming platform in the US called HBO Now, with a catalog of series and on-demand platforms that users can watch whenever they want, in short, an operation like Netflix.
However, HBO Now arrived in Spain in 2016 under the name of HBO Spain, although it is popularly known as HBO. This is where the mistakes are born, because in the United States HBO is the television channel, while in Spain and other territories it is the streaming platform where titles like Euphoria or Succession can be seen.
Fortunately, the mess between all these concepts will end soon thanks to the landing in Spain of HBO Max, a streaming platform that will replace what we have known as HBO until now. In this way, it will be easier to distinguish between HBO – a television channel available in the United States – and HBO Max – Netflix’s rival streaming platform.
The company announced the switch from HBO to HBO Max in May 2021, although the move has not been confirmed as of October. Therefore, the time has come to say goodbye to HBO and welcome HBO Max, which comes along with some changes that you should be aware of.
The main difference between the two is that HBO Max will not only have the content of the television channel, but also that of Warner Bros., Max Originals, DC, Cartoon Network, and much more. In addition, this new streaming platform will stand out for having the Warner film released just 45 days after being released at the box office, a real delight.
First of all, you should know that if you are already an HBO user, you do not have to do anything to become an HBO Max user, the change is automatic. You just have to use your current credentials to log in, yes, in the HBO Max application that you have to download on your mobile and other devices. As HBO Max explains on its website, if you are registered with HBO through a partner, you must contact them to find out how they are going to make the change.
The differences between HBO and HBO Max also lie in their app design. If you are an HBO user, you will know that its platform is not the most modern or intuitive of the main streaming services. Fortunately, HBO Max has an improved app and website, with the ability to create five different profiles for each family member to access their content and personalized recommendations.
In addition, HBO Max also allows simultaneous viewing on three different screens. The content can be seen in 4K resolution, although it will depend on the Internet connection and the devices. Speaking of devices, these are the ones compatible with HBO Max, you can register as many as you want in an unlimited way.
Android phones and tablets, iPhone and iPad
Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast, Samsung TV, LG
Chrome OS, Mac OS, Windows PC
PS5, PS4, Xbox Series X/S, and Xbox One
Before we move on to the HBO Max arrival date, we need to make it clear that the lists of favorite content that you have created on HBO will disappear with the change to HBO Max. Therefore, it is best to save that list of titles through screenshots or by writing it down by hand so that you can later register it again on HBO Max.
Arrival date and price of HBO Max
HBO Max landed in Spain on October 26, 2021, the date on which it replaced the HBO that we knew until now. In addition to Spanish territory, this new streaming platform is also available in Andorra, Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland from the same day in October. If you want to register for the new service, you just have to enter the HBO Max website and follow the steps indicated there. But how much will you have to pay?
Well, the price of HBO Max is 8.99 euros per month, and there is also an annual subscription of 69.99 euros. If you opt for this last alternative, you would save 4 monthly installments. As the company clarifies, you can cancel the subscription at any time. At the moment, it seems that the platform lacks a free trial.
However, you should note that HBO Max is offering an incredible subscription offer for new users only until November 30. If you sign up before this date, you will only have to pay 4.49 euros per month forever! Thus, you can save up to 50% of the monthly fee. Without a doubt, it is a very interesting offer that will attract the attention of many users. Don’t miss the date, it’s only available until November 30.
Complete catalog of HBO Max in Spain
The time has come to analyze one of the most important details of HBO Max: its catalog. And it is that, no matter how well the app works or how low the price is, if the content of the platform is not interesting, it does not attract the attention of the viewers. After knowing most of the HBO Max catalog -it still has some surprises-, we can say that this service has nothing to envy Netflix or Disney +.
First of all, on HBO Max you can enjoy all the content that was available on HBO, among which we find well-known series such as Succession, Euphoria, Game of Thrones, the Spanish 30 Coins, Chornobyl, and Big Little Lies. In addition, you can see HBO Max’s content such as the reunion of Friends or And Just Like That, the sequel to Sex and the City that will be released in December. In addition, the release of The house of the dragon in 2022, the prequel to Game of Thrones, has already been announced.
It seems that HBO Max follows the Disney + strategy and divides the catalog content into five different sections based on the producers. In addition to HBO, you can also access content from Warner Bros, DC, Max Originals, and Cartoon Network. Therefore, on HBO Max you can see titles like Joker, The Suicide Squad, Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, A Clockwork Orange, Space Jam: New Legends, or the saga of The Lord of the Rings. Popular series are also added, such as The West Wing of the White House, Gossip Girl, and ER Pretty Little Liars.
In general, we are facing a very complete catalog that will receive very important news from 2022. And it is that the cinematographic windows are reduced and HBO Max will receive Warner premieres just 45 days after their release in theaters. In this way, viewers will have to wait a little over a month to see the most attractive premieres in their living rooms.
The countdown is over, you just have to subscribe and enjoy the new platform that arrives to make things even more complicated for the successful Netflix, Disney +, and Amazon Prime Video. Remember: if you were already an HBO user, you only have to enter HBO Max, click on the “Enter with an HBO Spain account” button and enter your credentials to access this immense catalog.
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