Got DIRECTV and HBO? Don’t pay extra for HBO Max

Here’s an easy way to save money on entertainment. If you already have DIRECTV (or almost any other pay-TV provider) and you already pay for HBO, you can skip a subscription to the “HBO Max” streaming service you find advertised so much. HBO NOW is a standalone service for streaming devices, PCs, and mobile devices that brings decades of HBO programming to you on demand. But if you already pay for HBO, you don’t need it.


Because you already have it.

HBO Max is included when you subscribe to HBO through DIRECTV or most other traditional pay-TV providers. That’s a really good value, because HBO Max not only has the best of what HBO and Cinemax has to offer, but also aggregates content from TCM, DC Comics, Adult Swim, and other media properties. And, of course, HBO Max has Max originals, which can’t be seen anywhere else.

See, when DIRECTV (or any other company) negotiates for a channel, they’re usually negotiating for streaming rights at the same time. This means that not only can they provide you programming on demand (such as through the excellent DIRECTV app) but also that you can usually use the channel’s app for free as well. There are a lot of apps that you can sign into using you DIRECTV username and password; HBO Max is just one of them. The only trick is that you must be able to watch the channel on TV.

Something else you should know

HBO is part of the AT&T/Time Warner empire (not Time Warner Cable, that’s now known as Spectrum) and DIRECTV’s negotiated for all the apps Time Warner provides. So if they’re in your programming package, you’ll get access to the HBO, CNN, TBS, TNT, and other apps made by AT&T/Time Warner. All you need to do is sign in with the same username and password you use to sign into

It’s also worth saying that if you have AT&T, you may qualify for free HBO Max with your unlimited plan. If you’re not sure if you qualify, call the experts at Signal Connect at 888-233-7563. We are AT&T dealers as well as DIRECTV dealers and we’re happy to help you figure things out.

HBO Max is a great app. It’s there for you with thousands of hours of entertainment. And best of all, you don’t pay one cent for this ability (although, yes lawyers, “data charges may apply”). What’s better than that?

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Stuart Sweet
Stuart Sweet is the editor-in-chief of The Solid Signal Blog and a "master plumber" at Signal Group, LLC. He is the author of over 8,000 articles and longform tutorials including many posted here. Reach him by clicking on "Contact the Editor" at the bottom of this page.