New HBO Max owner Warner Bros. Discovery has been playing fast and loose with content recently on the streaming service as a result of fallout from the messy megamerger. Even though it’s been shedding shows and movies from the service to save money — and even canceling late-stage projects — it’s trying to course-correct any lost subscriptions by offering a new deal to bring in subscribers.
New and returning subscribers can get 30 percent off a one-year subscription to HBO Max when signing up and prepaying the full year by October 30th. This knocks the ad-free plan down to $104.99 instead of $149.99 for the year (equivalent to $8.75 per month), and the ad-supported plan goes from $99.99 to $69.99 (equivalent to $5.83 per month).
It may be an obvious attempt to lock people in for a full year, but it covers next week’s premiere and season run of the Game of Thrones spinoff House of the Dragon and more — at least, what’s not already been canceled.
HBO Max is home to Game of Thrones and its spinoff, House of the Dragon, along with shows and movies like The Last of Us, The Batman, Succession, Harley Quinn, and more. The platform offers both an ad-supported and ad-free plan, which run $9.99 and $14.99, respectively. Unlike the ad-supported plans, however, the ad-free tier also lets you download content and stream in 4K UHD.
It’s hard to predict what the future service combining HBO Max and Discovery Plus will look like, but it’s hard to imagine that app can get much worse than HBO Max’s current one. In the meantime, if you’ve been interested in HBO Max anyway, you might as well save as much as you can on it.