HBO Max will finally make its international debut in June, with the streaming service set to launch in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, HBO Max is only available in the United States.
The Latin America rollout is just the first phase of HBO Max’s international debut. The company promises it will also transition HBO-branded services in Europe (specifically, “the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, and Portugal”) to HBO Max later this year.
The current launch expansion list stands at Anguilla, Antigua, Argentina, Aruba, B.V.I., Bahamas, Barbados, Belize, Bolivia, Brazil, Cayman Islands, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Curacao, Dominica, Dominican Republic, Ecuador, El Salvador, Grenada, Guatemala, Guyana, Haiti, Honduras, Jamaica, Mexico, Montserrat, Nicaragua, Panama, Paraguay, Peru, St. Kitts and Nevis, St. Lucia, St. Vincent, Suriname, Trinidad & Tobago, Turks and Caicos, Uruguay, and Venezuela.
Content will be pulled from Cartoon Network and Looney Tunes Cartoons for younger viewers, along with HBO, Warner Bros, New Line, DC, CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, and Adult Swim for older users. WarnerMedia will also be commissioning local, original titles under its Max Originals banner. They promise to “showcase local storytellers and talent bringing their authentic, meaningful, and native voices to our fans” the company says.
As in the US, just how you’ll be able to subscribe to HBO Max will vary depending on what other services you currently pay for. Existing HBO GO direct-billed customers along with anybody billed through an eligible partner will automatically get HBO Max access. WarnerMedia plans to phase out HBO GO in Latin America and the Caribbean, replacing it with a new app built on the same platform as the US HBO Max app.
Alternatively, there’ll be subscription options for those who aren’t existing customers. WarnerMedia says it’ll have more details there including local pricing loser to launch, along with more precise lists of what content can be expected. As you’d think, there’ll be phone, tablet, and set-top box apps available.
Beyond that, HBO’s existing streaming subscription services in Europe the Nordics, Spain, Central Europe, and Portugal are also in line for an upgrade. They, too, will be switched over to HBO Max, something WarnerMedia says it expects to happen later in 2021.