How to get a Max free trial in limited time only offer

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There's plenty of exciting new content in store for Max in 2024. House of the Dragon is returning this month for its second season, along with the long anticipated Batman spin-off, The Penguin later in the year. To celebrate the former, the HBO Max free trial has made its long-anticipate (and prayed for) return – for a limited time only.

While HBO Max's trial period was available at launch, it's long since been discontinued. Even with the rebrand to Max we haven't seen the introductory offer return – until now! Find out all the details below on how to get a Max free trial in the month of June so you can watch all the best Max movies as well as the best Max TV shows.

Max: get a 7-day free trial for a limited time

Max: get a 7-day free trial for a limited time
The doors to the House of the Dragon are reopening this month – what better time than now to see the return of the Max free trial after it's laid dormant for years?! Eligible for new customers only, experience entertainment to the max for free for a whole week and watch boxsets of The Last of Us and Game of Thrones, as well as new movies like Dune and The Iron Claw.

Expires June 23.

Is there a Max free trial available?

Right now you can get a 7-day Max free trial, but it's only around for a limited time. Running from June 6 to June 23, settle into boxsets and movie marathons. Available to new customers only.

Prior to this current deal, at launch in the US in May 2020 until early December, the HBO Max free trial was available to help uncertain customers decide whether the fledgling streaming service was for them for 7 days. 

Much like the Disney Plus free trial prior to its release of Hamilton, the Max free trial disappeared before the release of one of its biggest titles to date, Wonder Woman 1984.

While Max has, in more recent times, launched in parts of Europe and Nordic countries, there's been no sign of a HBO Max free trial in new territories directly through the site, though its rebrand to Max inline with the Discovery Inc. merger will see the service arriving in more countries, giving potential for the free trial to be revived.

Jace and Rhaenyra look out onto the ocean from Dragonstone in House of the Dragon season 2

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Are there other ways to get a Max free trial?

Those in the US are still able to secure access to Max for free if they sign up to one of Cricket Wireless' $60 unlimited plans, with the ad-supported plan thrown in at no extra cost.

There was a time when you could also get a Max free trial when adding it to your Hulu plan. However, this streaming deal, along with adding to your Prime Video subscription, has ended.

What's the cheapest way to get Max without a free trial?

You can save up to 20% by committing to an annual plan across any of its three plans. Starting at $99.99 a year for its ad-supported plan, go ad free and pay $149.99 annually, or Max's Ultimate Ad-Free plan is the only way to get 4K streams, costing $199.99 a year.

Pedro Pascal's Joel looks upset at an off-screen Ellie in The Last of Us season 1

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While the HBO Max free trial has gone for customers in the US – for now – potential subscribers can still check out some of their biggest shows for nothing. Just visit the Free Episodes section of its website to enjoy a small sample of their content: ranging from award-winning show Succession, new Kate Winslet hit The Regime, and Pedro Pascal's The Last of Us.

What can I watch on Max?

Pure TV gold. It’s got everything HBO ever produced, including critically acclaimed hits, while also being the exclusive home to sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory. Some of its titles include:

It also hosts films from dozens of major studios. Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Warner Bros all make an appearance, which means viewers can immerse themselves in cinema classics from the Hollywood Golden Age (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) all the way up to contemporary blockbusters like 2019’s Joker, and the award-winning animation of Studio Ghibli. It's also the place to watch Dune and 2023's summer hit, Barbie.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.

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