How to watch HBO Max on YouTube TV

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If you watch HBO Max on YouTube TV, you can increase the streaming library that YouTube TV normally provides with plenty of HBO-produced extras. However, you might need some pointers in figuring out how.

YouTube TV is a live TV streaming service, with its offerings including local TV stations and cable channels. A basic YouTube TV subscription costs $64.99 per month and includes ABC, CBS, Fox and NBC, as well as ESPN, TBS, TNT, FX, Paramount Network, AMC, Comedy Central, CNN, NFL Network, Disney, Nickelodeon and more.

In addition, subscribers can opt for add-on packages, which can include enhanced services like the 4K add-on or premium cable channels like Showtime, Starz, EPIX, Hallmark Movies Now and, yes, HBO Max.

Adding HBO Max will give YouTube TV access to HBO Max’s library of shows like Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, Sex and the City, as well as classic and newer movies from Warner Bros. They’ll also be able to watch HBO Max Originals, which include Hacks, The Flight Attendant, The Staircase, Julia, Our Flag Means Death and more.

So, how do you start watching HBO Max on YouTube TV?

How to watch HBO Max on YouTube TV

As an add-on, it is pretty easy to add HBO Max. You can add services through the YouTube TV app on your TV, phone or computer. 

On the YouTube TV app on your TV, you select the store icon next to your profile picture in the top right, you then select the network you’d like to add (in this case HBO Max), select "add network" and confirm the purchase on the next screen.

On a computer or through the mobile app, you need to go into your profile, then settings and then membership. You then click the checkmark next to the HBO Max box and then simply click purchase to finish.

What does HBO Max on YouTube TV cost?

Users can add HBO Max as a free trial, but when that is up adding the streaming service to YouTube TV will cost an extra $15 per month to your YouTube TV subscription. 

YouTube TV does also offer an Entertainment Plus package, which adds HBO Max, Starz and Showtime to their subscription for a combined price of $29.99 per month on top of their base subscription.

It should be noted that if you have already subscribed to HBO Max outside of YouTube TV, it will not carry over to your YouTube TV subscription, it will still be required to purchase HBO Max either as an individual app or through the Entertainment Plus package.

HBO Max is also available to add to Roku, Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google TV, Android TV and Vizio TVs.

Michael Balderston is a DC-based entertainment and assistant managing editor for What to Watch, who has previously written about the TV and movies with TV Technology, Awards Circuit and regional publications. Spending most of his time watching new movies at the theater or classics on TCM, some of Michael's favorite movies include Casablanca, Moulin Rouge!, Silence of the Lambs, Children of Men, One Flew Over the Cuckoos Nest and Star Wars. On the TV side he enjoys Peaky Blinders, The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel, Saturday Night Live, Only Murders in the Building and is always up for a Seinfeld rerun. Follow on Letterboxd (opens in new tab).