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HBO Max Free Trial and Deals 2023

This page will be updated as new free trial and deal offers become available.

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HBO Max on a laptop

HBO Max is HBO's newest streaming service and has quickly become one of the most popular streaming services on the market. If you're looking for an HBO Max free trial, you'll, unfortunately, find that the service has fallen in line with some of its competitors and is no longer offering a free trial. While HBO offered a 7-day free trial when the service was initially released, it's no longer available. Don't get too discouraged, though. There's still a way to snag an HBO free trial with a slight workaround.

How to Get an HBO Max Free Trial

HBO Max with Hulu

Hulu is one of the providers that offer a free trial when signing up for HBO Max via their platform. How much is HBO Max through Hulu? Well, the HBO Max price is a bit different than subscribing directly through HBO. HBO Max is $15/mo. when you sign up through Hulu -- you don't have the option of the $10/mo. plan available on the HBO Max website. However, if you add HBO Max to your Hulu subscription, you get to try it out for free for one week. 

To sign up for your HBO Max free trial through Hulu, go into your account and find the section to manage your add-ons. There, you'll find the add-ons that include HBO Max, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz. Once there, you can select HBO Max to start your free trial.

Other HBO Max Deals and Discounts

While you may not have an HBO Max free trial, keep your eyes peeled for other discounts. And remember that HBO Max never ties you to a long-term contract. So you can cancel any time if your favorite show is on hiatus.  


One of the most popular and advantageous HBO Max deals is for DIRECTV and DIRECTV STREAM subscribers. Right now, you can get two months of HBO Max for free when signing up for select plans. This deal fits a wide range of subscribers, as you can choose which DIRECTV STREAM product best fits for you. For wireless subscribers, all Choice, Ultimate, and Premier plans ($50/mo.) are eligible for the free HBO Max offer.

HBO Max Free Trial and Deals Compared

HBO Max lacking a free trial is a disadvantage when compared to some other services. Hulu offers a full month free when you sign up for any of its plans: Hulu or Hulu (No Ads), Hulu + Live TV, and Hulu (No Ads) + Live TV. 

Amazon's Prime Video is another rare service showcasing a 30-day offer, with the trial valid for Prime membership, which includes the video streaming service for free. Another great aspect about Prime Video is that there are always multiple deals and promotions on the channels you can add.

However, trials may be falling out of favor, because Netflix and Disney+ no longer offer them either. Your best bet is to keep an eye out on the HBO Max homepage as deals come and go frequently. 

Our Final Take

So does HBO Max have a free trial? In short, no. Luckily, there's still a way to snag an HBO Max free trial by signing up through your Hulu or Hulu + Live TV membership. Additionally, you'll get two months of HBO Max free when you sign up for a DIRECTV STREAM subscription.