Bye DirecTV, Hello Cheap or Free HBO Max (Watch the Friends Reunion + New Release Movies!)

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Watching Friends The Reunion on HBO Max

I ditched my DirecTV service after many years of being a customer. I had been getting a really great deal for a long time and when it ended and there were no offers for long-time subscribers, I cut the cord and haven’t looked back.

I love my HULU and Netflix, but sometimes a girl just needs a little something extra when you’ve watched every. single. show. in. life. during the pandemic and have run out of things to watch! 😆

That’s where HBO Max saves the day!

What is HBO Max? My new BFF of course! 

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I mean, HBO Max just aired the Friends Reunion – how epic was that? Oh, how I’ve missed Ross, Rachel, Monica, Phoebe, Chandler, and of course my fave, Joey! HBO Max is also home to so many great original shows including some of our team faves – True Detective, Mare of Easttown, Hacks, Game of Thrones, and Silicon Valley.

What’s old is new again!

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HBO Max even has some of your old favorites like The Big Bang Theory, Sex & The City, Friends, The OC, and Gossip Girl. Did you know they’re rebooting Sex & The City as well as Gossip Girl!? 🤯

The new Gossip Girl episodes start airing on July 8th exclusively on HBO Max, and I cannot wait to hear, “…you know you love me… XOXO, Gossip Girl!” Plus, the SATC reboot titled ‘And Just Like That…‘ is currently in production so stay tuned for that upcoming release.

HBO Max offers exclusive same-day movie premieres, too!

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In addition to all of the great TV series, you’ll find tons of movies to watch including the new In The Heights movie, The Conjuring, and upcoming new release movies like Space Jam A New Legacy, The Suicide Squad, Dune, and The Matrix (2021), which will all available the same day they premiere in theaters (if you have the $14.99 ad-free plan). All titles stream on HBO Max for 31 days from their theatrical release.

The HBO Max plans are super affordable! 

Orville Redenbacher's Gourmet Popcorn Kernels popped in bucket

HBO Max has two subscription plans to choose from and you can choose to pay monthly or yearly for additional savings:

HBO Max with ads

$9.99 per month, or $99.99 per year (a savings of 16%)

This plan allows you to watch thousands of hours of series, movies, and exclusive originals in HD. You will see ads during the programming from time to time.

HBO Max without ads

$14.99 per month, or $149.99 per year (a savings of 16%)

This plan allows you to watch thousands of hours of series, movies, and exclusive originals in HD, with select movie titles available in 4K UHD. Plus, you’ll have access to new Warner Bros. movies the same day they release in theaters at no additional cost.

With the ad-free plan, you’ll also be able to download your favorite titles to watch anytime on the go – this is great for when you’re traveling and need something to watch on the plane.

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Considering a single movie ticket runs around $12+, you simply can’t go wrong with HBO Max, especially with the $14.99 per month plan giving you access to same-day movie premieres. Enjoy a date night in with a brand new movie, some popcorn, and maybe a DIY charcuterie board… now that sounds like fun to me! Talk about a relaxing date night in on the cheap!

Hip Tip: Make yummy popcorn at home with our favorite microwave popcorn popper!

What about the kiddos?

sesame street

Never fear, there’s tons of kids programming here! HBO Max has a whopping 51 seasons of Sesame Street available with episodes dating all the way back to 1969. Did you know that the new episodes of Sesame Street air on HBO Max first before they hit PBS? Yep, it’s true!

Not only that, you’ll find family-friendly favorites like The Flintstones, Looney Tunes, Ben 10, Scooby-Doo, The Smurfs, The Jetsons, and more!

You may be able to get HBO Max for free!

Friends Reunion

If you’re an AT&T customer like me, you can score free HBO Max Ad-Free with select TV, wireless, or internet plans. To access HBO Max through the HBO Max app or, simply log in with your AT&T credentials. I added the app to my smart tv and it’s super easy to use and enjoy my favorites on the big screen or on my iPad.

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Angela graduated with a Bachelor's Degree and has 20+ years of experience as a writer and photographer with her work being featured in US Weekly Magazine, The Los Angeles Times, People Magazine, and more.

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Comments 8

  1. Dkp91576

    Having HBO Max and Disney, I always have something to watch. They are both pretty great! I signed up for hulu so I had access to broadcast tv shows and I no longer need cable.

  2. Nadia

    When you purchase and you have a smart tv is there an app you have to download? because I don’t already see it there like Netflix or prime etc.

  3. ienotaryservices

    In response to Nadia- Yes, download the HBO max App

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the helpful comment!

  4. Becky M

    Watch “Mare if Easttown”

    • Amber (Hip Sidekick)

      Thanks for the suggestion, Becky M!

    • Susi

      Loved that!!

  5. Sam

    I had an offer under my Am Ex
    Gold card for get a $25 statement credit for a yearly subscription over $99. Went with the ad free version for $150, minus the $25 credit ( which posts within a few days) and it works out to be about $10 a month

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