HBO And Cinemax Are Free On DirecTV And DirecTV Stream This Weekend

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If you’re signed up to DirecTV Stream or DirecTV via Internet and don’t currently have access to HBO or Cinemax, you can watch both premium networks for free over this weekend. DirecTV via Satellite and U-verse customers also have access to the same HBO and Cinemax free preview.


DirecTV routinely makes free previews of popular premium channels available to its customers. Last month, for example, DirecTV unlocked access to Showtime for the weekend. In June, DirecTV Stream subscribers get access to MGM Plus and the Movies Extra Pack add-on.

The HBO and Cinemax free previews are live now (September 15) and remain available through Monday (September 18. During this period, all DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, DirecTV via Internet, and U-verse customers are free to watch as much HBO and Cinemax as they want.


With this being a free preview, there’s nothing for customers to do to enable access, other than tuning in to the live channels and watching.

If signed up to DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, or DirecTV via Internet, the HBO and Cinemax linear channels can be found on channels 501-523. If a U-verse customer, the HBO and Cinemax linear channels can be found on channels 802-846 (SD) and 1802-1846 (HD).

In addition to accessing the live feeds, DirecTV, DirecTV Stream, DirecTV via Internet, and U-verse customers can also watch HBO and Cinemax library content on demand at any time. This includes entire seasons of Euphoria, House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones, The Gilded Age, Righteous Gemstones, The Sopranos, and The White Lotus.


If more interested in movies, these free previews also unlock access to a variety of on-demand movies, including The Flash, Last Night in Soho, and Shazam! Fury of the Gods.

John Finn

By John Finn

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