YouTube TV Subscribers Get Free HBO Max & Cinemax Over Thanksgiving

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YouTube TV is giving subscribers a free preview of HBO Max and Cinemax for Thanksgiving. It is not unusual for live TV and subscription streaming services to offer freebies and deals at this time of year, although they are typically saved for new customers. With this free preview, however, YouTube TV is rewarding its existing subscriber base with access to premium content.


HBO Max and Cinemax are just two of the many subscriptions that can be added to an existing YouTube TV package. If adding HBO Max, the cost is $14.99 per month on top of the price of the base YouTube TV plan. At $9.99 per month, Cinemax is a cheaper add-on. Both of these premium services also come with a seven-day free trial when added to the base plan.

Next week, YouTube TV subscribers won’t have to worry about signing up to either service, or canceling before the free trial ends, as YouTube TV is offering a free preview of both. YouTube TV’s HBO Max and Cinemax free previews are due to go live on November 22nd and remain available through November 29th, resulting in more than a full week of free premium content.


During this free period, which not only includes Thanksgiving but also the Black Friday and Cyber Monday weekend, subscribers will be able to catch up on all the latest HBO and HBO Max original shows, as well as the varied selection of movies available through Cinemax.

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YouTube TV free HBO Max and Cinemax preview

It is worth noting that the free preview doesn’t include direct access to the HBO Max app, so subscribers will only be able to watch the HBO Max content that’s available through YouTube TV. This was also the case last year when YouTube TV offered a HBO Max and Cinemax free preview, although that freebie only lasted for the weekend unlike the 9 days subscribers are getting this year.

For those that want to retain access to either service after the free preview comes to an end, both HBO Max and Cinemax can be added through the Membership section of the YouTube TV account settings.

John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

John's preferred live TV streaming service right now is YouTube TV although he does tend to switch live TV services multiple times each year to keep up to date with their changes. Outside of live TV, John also actively streams HBO Max (for the shows), Peacock (for Premier League), and Paramount Plus (for Champion's League). However, John is also currently subscribed to Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

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8 replies on “YouTube TV Subscribers Get Free HBO Max & Cinemax Over Thanksgiving”

Was excited to see this offer pop up on my YouTube TV screen. Accepted the offer, but do not see any access being provided. WHAT IS UP WITH THAT?

You’re not alone. It seems like the free preview is having some teething issues at the moment, but as you saw with the pop-up, you should get access at some point today.

In the app in settings, live scroll to the very bottom and place a check mark in each channel then you can move them to the top if you wish.

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