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How to stream HBO Max content in Australia: Full guide

HBO Max won't be coming to Australia any time soon, but that doesn't mean you have to miss out on its award-winning TV shows.

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Thanks to hit shows like Game of Thrones, Westworld, the Friends Reunion, Mare of Easttown and Sex and the City revival And Just Like That..., HBO is widely regarded as the home of premium television. Despite its old streaming service HBO Now never arriving Down Under, Australian fans have still been able to binge on all the HBO content they desire through Foxtel.

However, in May 2020, the standalone HBO Max app launched in the USA. So, how did that change the way we watch HBO Max content in Australia? Well, you can still watch it through Foxtel. But for a more HBO Max-like experience, you might find more joy in the BINGE service. In this article, we'll tell you everything you need to know to get BINGE and to watch HBO Max TV shows in Australia.


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What is HBO Max?

HBO Max is a streaming service dedicated to HBO programming. It is essentially the same concept as what we've seen from Disney with its Disney Plus service and with NBC Universal with its Peacock service. It's a direct portal between HBO and its customers for all its original TV shows and movies. It has some notable licensed content too, like popular sitcoms Friends and The Big Bang Theory.

HBO Max released in the US on 27 May 2020. It cost US$14.99 a month (approximately AUD$22 a month) for the ad-free version. Subscribers to the old HBO Now service either directly through AT&T TV or Charter Communications were upgraded to HBO Max at the time it launched. The service also offers an ad-supported plan for US$9.99.

Is HBO Max launching in Australia?

There are no plans for HBO Max to release in Australia. The door has been somewhat left ajar for a launch in the distant future. WarnerMedia, the parent company for HBO and the owner of HBO Max, has filed a trademark for the service in Australia. But this could be little more than due diligence.

In lieu of an HBO Max Australia launch, a bidding war occurred between previous rights holder, Foxtel and its main streaming video on-demand rival in Australia, Stan. That battle was won by Foxtel. And shortly before the release of HBO Max in the US, Foxtel launched a sister service called BINGE.

In doing so, BINGE effectively became Australia's HBO Max. Although as you will discover in our detailed review, it offers a heck of a lot more than just HBO Max content.

How to watch HBO Max content in Australia

While Stan has been able to pinch some HBO Max originals of Foxtel - like Love Life, Hacks and Station Eleven - those titles were outliers since they were made for HBO Max for companies other that Warner. Generally speaking, HBO Max content will be available in Australia exclusively through Foxtel and BINGE.

This includes original content, as well as new and legacy TV shows and movies from HBO and HBO Max. You can watch with Foxtel Now and Foxtel iQ or BINGE.

Thankfully, you can start enjoying HBO content right now in Australia for free. Just use this14-day BINGE free trialor a 10-day free Foxtel Now trial.

How much does HBO content cost in Australia?

Below we will detail how you can look to tune into HBO Max in the US via a VPN, but that approach is hardly worth it. The service will still cost you around $24 a month. Plus, you're at risk of having your subscription terminated at any moment or just suffering terrible streaming speeds.

The better alternatives are BINGE or Foxtel Now. Of the 2, BINGE has the slightly longer free trial period and is significantly cheaper. Both come with free trials as listed above.

If HD or multiple devices don't faze you, then you could opt for BINGE's Basic package for just $10 a month with 1 stream. The HD options are $14 a month and $18 a month respectively, the only difference is that the more expensive option allows for 4 simultaneous streams rather than 2.

For Foxtel Now you will need to get the Pop and Lifestyle base back ($25 a month) and then add the Drama Extra pack ($10 a month) to get your HBO streaming fix.

You can kick things off with a free 10-day trial to see if it's right for you. And if you decide to stay on, there is no contract so you can cancel your subscription anytime.

In terms of devices, both are available on computers, smartphones and tablets, Telstra TV, Apple TV, Android TV, Chromecast/Airplay, PS4 and selected smart TVs. You can see more on BINGE vs Foxtel here.

You can also take the more traditional Foxtel iQ route. This costs more and requires the installation of cables and a set-top box at your home. However, it does have the benefits of a more consistent connection, 4K support and the ability to record to the device. You can find out more about Foxtel iQ here.

What content does HBO Max have?

WarnerMedia is reported to have over 45,000 hours of legacy programing in its vault, but only released a curated collection of 10,000 hours of programing on HBO Max at launch. A further US$4 billion will be invested by AT&T (owner of Time Warner and, in turn, WarnerMedia) in the service by 2024.

We're already starting to see the benefits of that investment, which we detail below.

In addition to all the great HBO content, the network has set up heaps of deals with other providers. This includes films from Warner Bros. and New Line, as well as TV shows from Sesame Street, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth and Looney Tunes.

As such, US subscribers get access to non-HBO content such as Friends, Doctor Who, South Park, The Big Bang Theory, Nancy Drew, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and Rick and Morty through the HBO Max service.

However, in Australia it's only the HBO content that will 100% be shown on BINGE and Foxtel. Non-HBO content must be bid on separately. We have seen these shows appear elsewhere, including Stan and Amazon Prime Video.

List of HBO Max Originals

The list of HBO Max Originals wasn't big at launch, but it's growing quickly. Here's a quick snapshot of some exclusive titles available on HBO Max, most of them streaming on Foxtel and BINGE in Australia.

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Starstruck2021ShowMax Originals
Minx2022ShowMax Originals
Peacemaker2022ShowMax Originals
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Love Life2020ShowMax Originals
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Bunker2021ShowMax Originals
Pure2019ShowMax Originals
The Other Two2019ShowMax Originals
Made For Love2021ShowMax Originals
Search Party2016ShowMax Originals
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Ten Year Old Tom2021ShowMax Originals
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Head of the Class2021ShowMax Originals
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Gossip Girl2021ShowMax Originals
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Valley of Tears2020ShowMax Originals
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Young Justice2010ShowMax Originals
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Tom & Jerry in New York2021ShowMax Originals
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HBO Max Warner Bros. deal

On 4 December 2020 Warner Bros. announced that in the US it would be releasing 17 of its theatrical releases on HBO Max in 2021. There was 1 film released directly to the service in 2020, which was Wonder Woman 1984. It became available on Boxing Day in Australia.

The list of other blockbusters that went straight to HBO Max with only brief time in cinemas beforehand is impressive. It includes The Matrix Ressurections Space Jam: A New Legacy, Dune, The Suicide Squad, Mortal Kombat, Zach Snyder's Justice League, Godzilla vs Kong and a Sopranos prequel. Each film was available on HBO Max for 1 month of once they are released at no additional cost.

As of 2022, Warner Bros. is ending the same-day release model and returning to theatrical releases, but will still make movies that will be exclusive for HBO Max.

How to stream HBO Max in Australia with a VPN

Tech-savvy users may be able to access HBO Max by using a VPN service to bypass geo-blocking. However, HBO is known to kick out users who don't reside in territories where the streaming service is available, so there's no guarantee it will work.

This is somewhere in that grey area between legal and illegal, so proceed at your own risk. HBO Max costs US$14.99 a month and is available on a variety of devices.

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The safest and more accessible way to stream HBO content in Australia is to subscribe to BINGE. There's no need to sign up to any packs. Straight away you're guaranteed access to HBO's large library of original shows, from Game of Thrones to Big Little Lies. You can also watch HBO Max originals like The Flight Attendant, Peacemaker, and The Sex Lives of College Girls. Otherwise, you can opt for Foxtel Now and add on other services such as sports.


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HBO Max free trial

There is no HBO Max free trial for Australians, but you can of course get HBO content using the Foxtel Now or BINGE free trial as mentioned. During this period you can watch content from all the channel packs available on the platform. If you find either service isn't for you, simply cancel online before the end of the trial period. Otherwise, once the trial is over, you will only have access to the channel packs you are subscribed to.

Game of Thrones in undoubtedly HBO's biggest hit. The last season of the series may have come but millions still BINGE its 8 seasons. The epic fantasy drama, based on George R.R. Martin's A Song of Ice and Fire series of novels, has a huge fan base across the globe and managed to remain appointment television in a time where streaming is king and watching on demand is the new black. For the night is dark and full of spoilers. A Game of Thrones prequel, House of the Dragon, is coming out in 2022.

Besides Game of Thrones, HBO has produced a lot of acclaimed content over the years. Popular titles include dramas The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under, Westworld, Big Little Lies and Deadwood. Meanwhile, on the comedy front, we find titles like Veep, Girls, Silicon Valley, Sex and the City, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. Most HBO shows are available to stream on demand with BINGE and Foxtel Now. The list also includes Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, the series that reshaped late-night TV.

In recent years, HBO has made up for the conclusion of Game of Thrones with exciting new and returning originals. Barry is a sitcom centring on a hitman who is contemplating an acting career. Fahrenheit 451, based on the classic novel of the same name, is about a young fireman in a country where books are banned and firemen burn any they see on sight. It stars Michael B. Jordan. Sharp Objects is based on the popular book by Gillian Flynn. Mare of Easttown, starring Kate Winslet, took the world by storm in 2021.

As for returning favourites, HBO scored big with Succession, the series that has the Internet talking whenever it releases new episodes. Stream it at your own peril: it's known to cause addiction. Teen drama Euphoria is also a huge success. Both shows will come back with new seasons in 2022 and (hopefully) beyond.

History of HBO

The oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the US, Home Box Office (HBO) has been consistently expanding in new markets all around the world since the early 90s. The channel's programming mainly consists of theatrically released movies and original television series, as well as the occasional concert special, documentary, made-for-TV flick, boxing match or stand-up comedy show.

What makes the channel stand out from the crowd, besides its quality content, is the fact that HBO doesn't carry traditional commercials. Instead, the network runs promos for upcoming shows or movies as well as behind-the-scenes featurettes made to pique interest in its original programming. As a result, HBO can afford to broadcast more explicit content that wouldn't normally be allowed to air on broadcast television: think profanity, explicit sex scenes and graphic violence. All the good stuff.

The channel's original programming earned countless major award nominations, including Emmys and Golden Globes. Despite The Larry Sanders Show being HBO's flagship series in the 90s, The Sopranos is arguably the show that pushed HBO to the next level, earning both critical acclaim and a huge audience. Ever since, HBO has been known as the home of quality television. And thanks to hit shows like Succession, the channel continues to be relevant even in the current era of peak TV.

Prior to the release of HBO Max, HBO offered 2 streaming services in the US. HBO Go was free with a subscription through participating TV providers, while HBO Now was a standalone streaming service carrying HBO content. Those weren't available in Australia either. Instead, Foxtel offered its own streaming platform, Foxtel Now, which gives users access to HBO content.

Frequently asked questions

Will HBO stream in 4K?

BINGE and Foxtel Now don't support 4K resolution at the moment. However, content is available in HD.

Will HBO Max come to Australia?

Despite HBO steadily rolling out streaming platforms across the globe, there are no plans for HBO Max to arrive in Australia yet. That's mainly due to HBO's deal with Foxtel.

Can I stream HBO content with Chromecast?

Yes. BINGE, HBO Max, and Foxtel Now work with Chromecast.

Can HBO Max be used on multiple devices?

Yes, you can use HBO Max on multiple devices at the same time. The service supports 3 simultaneous streams; if you exceed it you will receive an error message. Similarly, Foxtel Now allows you to stream on 2 devices at once so you can share your password with a loved one. BINGE supports up to 4 simultaneous streams, depending on your plan.

Where is HBO Max available?

HBO Max is available in the US from 27 May 2020, with plans to expand internationally, replacing other HBO streaming platforms like HBO Go.

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