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All the Ways to Score HBO Max for Free and for Cheap

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The fastest way to financial ruin is paying full price for every streaming service out there. To keep you solvent, we’re constantly watching for new deals, promotions, and full-on freebies. Check back here or follow us on Twitter for updates.

The Latest HBO Max Deal

… is a 20 percent discount off its ad-free plan for up to 12 months. The offer stands for both HBO Max’s ad-free and ad-supported tiers, and it’s just a slightly better deal than HBO Max’s usual annual plan (by 4 percent). Not much, but still, those dollars in savings can go toward fulfilling your Logan Roy fantasies and getting a Waystar Royco cap of your own. If you want to seize the deal, the time to sign up is this weekend. It’s only good through January 25.

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Are There Ways to Get HBO Max for Free?

Oh, yes! Let me count the ways.

If you’re an AT&T phone/internet subscriber: You might be able to get HBO Max for free on certain plans.

If you’re a Cricket subscriber: You can get HBO Max’s ad-supported plan for free.

If you’re a DirecTV subscriber with HBO: You probably have HBO Max already.

If you’re a Hulu subscriber: You can try HBO Max out for free. Do we understand the rival-company politics of this deal? No, but at least you can get a free binge of The Wire or Euphoria out of it.

Also Keep in Mind …

Commitment is your friend. If you miss the boat on a deal, annual plans are the move for those who want HBO Max long term. The service takes 16 percent off the monthly subscription if you spring for a year, but it isn’t currently offering any discounts off the regular pricing on its ad-free $15/month plan or ad-supported $10/month plan. (And if you’re like me and neglected to update your monthly subscription for over a year, be sure to remedy that.)

Deals can come in cycles. Max’s last stand-alone deal was a 30-day free trial through Roku around holiday shopping season. And in September it had a 50 percent off deal for six months. Before that, in late summer, it launched an in-app sampling promotion, where non-subscribers could watch select free episodes. Notice a pattern? Every few months, a new deal is likely to pop up.

While You’re Here

Don’t miss out on our other HBO Max features, resources, and coverage.

New on HBO and HBO Max: November 2021
We mentioned King Richard, but Dune is still kicking on the service for a while, and November brings Caddyshack, the Bourne films, Thelma & Louise, Billy on the Street, and the return of How To With John Wilson — among other titles.

9 Hacks to Get the Most Out of HBO Max
Did you know you can get HBO Max to tell you what stuff’s coming and going, instead of getting mad you missed out on something after it’s gone? We didn’t, and it’s one of many tips and tricks we laid out here.

How to Give HBO Max as a Gift
… along with a bunch of other streaming services. ’Tis the season to be jolly, joyous, and on your mother-in-law’s good side.

And as promised a few hundred words ago, if you follow Streamliner on Twitter, we’ll keep you posted on new money-saving bonanzas.

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All the Ways to Score HBO Max for Free and for Cheap