After announcing plans to launch an ad-supported streaming tier, WarnerMedia has officially launched HBO Max with ads for $10 a month. The company says its ad-supported plan has fewer ads than competitors like Hulu, though it has a few drawbacks.
But the ad-supported tier is limited to 1080p resolution instead of 4K, doesn’t support offline viewing, and doesn’t ship with same-day theater releases. Those with the $10 subscription will have to wait 31 days for new theatrical films to appear on HBO Max with ads.
To be fair, HBO Max plans to end same-day theatrical streaming by 2022, and return to its pre-pandemic strategy. In that regard, those taking the ad-supported plan probably aren’t missing much — the list of theatrical films debuting on HBO Max this year is short and sweet. Plus, if you want to see Dune or King Richard when they come out, you can just switch to the $15 plan for a month (it’s cheaper than buying a movie ticket).
Along with the new ad-supported tier, HBO Max now offers annual plans that cost 16% less than the monthly plans. Unfortunately, WarnerMedia has also ended the free trial offer for HBO Max.
Source: HBO Max via The Streamable