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Hulu Officially Announces It Is Adding HBO & Cinemax


After a week of rumors, today it is official: HBO and Cinemax are coming to Hulu.

Starting today, viewers using the new Hulu experience can now subscribe to HBO’s critically acclaimed, award-winning series—both live and on demand—for just $14.99 per month. You can also add Cinemax for $9.99 per month. Both premium add-ons are now available across all of Hulu’s subscription plans, just in time for the premieres of Game of Thrones, The Defiant Ones, Ballers, Insecure, and more.

“By combining HBO’s iconic programming with our world class user experience and deep content offering, Hulu is giving viewers easy and highly personalized access to the very best of television,” said Tim Connolly, senior vice president, head of Distribution and Partnerships at Hulu. “With this important new partnership, fans can now watch Game of Thrones live every Sunday, binge watch all six seasons of The Sopranos or catch up on Westworld alongside our live TV, sports, classic TV shows and Hulu originals—all without ever having to leave the Hulu app.”

“Hulu has been a pioneer in the television streaming business, building a robust user base by offering top-tier programming from a variety of networks,” said Sofia Chang, executive vice president, Worldwide Digital Distribution and Home Entertainment, HBO. “We see them as the perfect partner to help us fulfill our promise to HBO fans, bringing our unparalleled programming to audiences in the most sophisticated, convenient and innovative ways.”

With this add-on East and West coast live feeds of HBO and Cinemax will be available to Hulu viewers on supported devices. You will also have access to HBO NOW through your Hulu account if you subscribe. Additional live channels include HBO 2, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO Comedy, HBO Signature HD, HBO Zone, MoreMAX HD, ActionMAX HD, ThrillerMAX HD, MovieMAX HD, 5StarMAX HD, and OuterMAX HD and will become available within the add-ons to Hulu viewers in the coming weeks.

Currently the new Hulu user experience is available on the Apple TV (fourth generation), Xbox One, iOS, and Android mobile devices. The add-ons will be available on more devices as Hulu’s updated experience continues to roll out across additional major platforms this summer.

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  • Pebo Bryson

    great news. possibly a more stable viewing experience versus the HBO Now stand alone app.

  • Nick Costides

    Any idea why DirecTVNow wouldn’t offer the full compliment of HBO live channels too? (Since HBO and DirecTVNow are owned by the same company, AT&T)

    • JWort93

      They actually aren’t owned by the same company. The deal hasn’t gone through just yet. That being said, not sure why they wouldn’t offer the other live channels like you say.

      • Nathan John Ganiere

        probably depends on what is negotiated with a service by HBO and for how much, same with other premiums I’m sure…………….

    • mau47

      Pure conjecture on my part, but I would guess it is to not anger their partners and to give them some kind of advantage to justify the $5 (Cinemax) to $10 (HBO) more per month these services need to charge.

      All of the content is available in the HBO Go and Max Go apps to stream so I personally would rather save the money every month and just watch the stuff through the app.

  • Brad Dinkel

    Great! All we need now is the Roku App

  • Iphart

    So as of 10PM EST I do not see this offer on any app or Apple TV!

  • HBO through Hulu will be missing Dolby Digital 5.1 … a big deal if you have a 5.1 setup!