HBO Max is a web video streaming platform that offers all you would expect from the name and much more. It went online in May 2020 to complement HBO’s other digital media. This service provides premium content that includes HBO’s original programming like “Game of Thrones” and channels that include DC, Cartoon Network Adult Swim, Studio Ghibli, and CNN. If that’s not enough, HBO Max also has the entire Warner Brothers catalog. It means you get the Looney Tunes channel and Friends.
So if HBO Max sounds like an excellent video streaming service to you, it’s because it is indeed! But there’s a catch. HBO hasn’t invested much effort in its platforms’ internationalization. Hence HBO Max serves only US-based users, deploying a geo-blocking technology to prevent its availability outside the region. So if you’re not in the US and try to watch a video in the HBO Max catalog, you will get the error: “HBO Max is not available in your region.“
Are you one of those souls who can’t enjoy HBO Max because of your physical location? Then, this article is for you! You will be delighted to learn that you can see HBO Max even outside the US if you just know to use a single digital tool: the virtual private network (VPN).
Streaming HBO Max outside the US – The quick guide
Let’s say you already have a subscription to HBO Max and don’t have time to read our whole article. Or, you don’t need to learn that many details because you’re already conversant with VPN technology. Then, here’s how you can see HBO Max in the quickest possible way:
- Get a VPN subscription. NordVPN is our preferred VPN vendor. You can choose the one you like, but it has to be a premium service. Stay away from free VPNs.
- Download and install the VPN apps your service provides for the operating system or device you intend to use with HBO Max.
- Sign in to the VPN.
- Choose a server based in the US.
- Now launch your browser, point it to HBO Max, sign in, and enjoy all the content you want!
HBO Max and VPNs: Why do I need one?
The thing with legal video streaming services is that they can’t offer all the content they have to every user. Before showing a title, they must negotiate with the copyright owner and agree on what material the platform can broadcast to which countries. Consequently, every country has a different catalog (assuming there is something at all), depending on the platform’s rights.
Since HBO owns the copyright to its original programming, at least Game of Thrones should be available for every country. Right? Wrong. Things are never that simple. Many HBO original shows were produced in association with other companies. So, even HBO can’t decide alone what it does with that material.
Sadly for HBO fans, the company is not rushing to expand its availability to the whole planet. The primary market is, of course, the US. Then starting in November 2021, it grew to Sweden, Denmark, Norway, Finland, Spain, and Andorra. And this year should see the list grow by fifteen more countries.