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How To Watch Max: Best Plans 2024

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Traditional cable packages come with bloated channel lists and price tags. Why pay extra for channels you never wanted in the first place? Live TV streaming services offer the channels you want (with fewer of those you don’t want) at lower monthly rates than cable plans. 

Max might not offer many live sports, but if you’re a big fan of U.S. women’s and men’s national soccer or want access to exciting sports documentaries like “100 Foot Wave” and cool series like “Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel,” you might find yourself wondering how to watch Max.  

What’s Max?

Max is the standalone streaming platform. It offers content, movies, Cartoon Network series, the Studio Ghibli collection, and more. You won’t find a ton of sports — mainly live U.S. national soccer matches and various sports documentaries and talk shows — but Max has never claimed to be a sports hub. 

Instead of sports, you get big-name series like “The Last of Us,” “The Sopranos,” “Game of Thrones,” and “The Wire” on the same streaming platform that also features Cartoon Network, Adult Swim favorites like “Samurai Jack” and “Primal,” the entire DC Universe, Looney Toons, and more movies than you could ever imagine.  

What streaming services offer Max?

Max is a standalone streaming service with its very own platform. You can also bundle it with other services, like Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, and YouTube TV. 

How to sign up for Max

The most straightforward avenue to Max is to sign up through the Max website. Once you’ve created your account, you’ll have access to everything Max offers. 

What is Max?

When you subscribe through Max instead of an outside streaming service, you have two plans available: with ads and without ads. Both net you the same content. Max with ads costs $9.99 per month, and Max without ads costs $15.99 per month. 

PlanCost per MonthStreamable DevicesFree Trial
Max Ad-Free$15.993No

How to watch Max with Hulu

When signing up for Hulu’s service, you can include Max as an add-on. If you spring for Hulu + Live TV instead of basic Hulu, then you can bundle Max (for $14.99 per month) with one of the best live TV streaming services for sports fans. 

What is Hulu?

Hulu is one of the most popular streaming services on the market, offering a range of plans to suit any viewer’s habits or needs. 

If all you want is on-demand streaming, plans start as low as $7.99 per month before bundling any extra services. If you need Live TV, plans start as low as $76.99 and up for live TV and all the on-demand streaming access. Interested users can bundle Disney Plus and ESPN Plus with their Hulu plan as well. 

PlanCost per MonthStreamable
Free Trial
Hulu$7.992 Yes
Hulu without Ads$17.99 2 Yes
Disney Bundle Trio Basic1$14.992 No
Disney Bundle Trio Premium2$24.992 No
Hulu + Live TV3$76.992No
Hulu + Live TV –
Without Ads4
Max Add-On$14.99 + Hulu plan2No
1Hulu, Disney Plus, and ESPN Plus with Ads
2Hulu and Disney Plus without ads, ESPN Plus with Ads
3Includes Disney Plus and ESPN Plus with ads
4Includes Disney Plus without ads and ESPN Plus with ads

What sports offerings does Hulu provide? 

Hulu itself offers little for sports fans, but Hulu + Live TV is one of the best streaming services for live sports. You’ll get ESPN, ESPN2, Fox Sports 1 (FS1), Fox Sports 2 (FS2), SEC Network, NFL Network, and more. 

How to watch Max with Amazon Prime Video

Amazon’s streaming service is quick and easy to sign up for. First, create your account, then input your payment information, and get started on a series like “Rings of Power.” 

What is Amazon Prime Video?

Amazon Prime Video is the official home of “Thursday Night Football,” so NFL die-hards will have to make this service a priority. Otherwise, this platform is Amazon’s entry into the streaming service wars, offering original and on-demand streaming content for users. Prime Video plans start as low as $8.99 per month. Add-on channels, like Max, NBA TV, and MLB TV are also available for purchase. Max costs an additional $14.99 per month on top of your Amazon Prime plan. 

PlanCost per MonthChannelsStreamable DevicesFree Trial
Amazon Prime Video Monthly$8.99100+2 Yes
Amazon Prime Video with Prime Membership Monthly$14.99100+2 Yes
Max Add-On$14.99NA2 No

What sports offerings does Amazon Prime Video provide? 

As we’ve already mentioned, Amazon Prime is the official home of “Thursday Night Football,” so you’ll get some NFL content. Amazon Prime offers a healthy variety of sports networks, from NBA TV to the Surf Network, depending on your location. 

How to watch Max with YouTube TV

Signing up for YouTube TV is about the same as signing up for any streaming service. You’ll create your account, input your payment information, and stream to your heart’s content. 

What is YouTube TV?

YouTube TV is yet another competitor in the live TV streaming sphere, granting streaming access to over 100 live TV channels. You can include an Max subscription with your YouTube TV plan for $15.99 per month. 

PlanCost per MonthChannels Streamable DevicesFree Trial
Base Plan$72.99100+3 streaming devicesYes
Spanish Plan$34.9928+3 streaming devicesYes
Max Add-On$15.99NA2 streaming devicesNo

What sports offerings does YouTube TV provide? 

Users can find various big-name networks on YouTube TV, like ABC, Fox, NBC, CBS, CBS Sports Network, ESPN, FS1, FS2, and more. You’ll find MLB, NBA, NFL, and NHL games, and even more, spread across this channel list. YouTube TV is just slightly cheaper than Hulu + Live TV and offers similar channels and a free trial, making it a risk-free alternative for sports fans that want broad coverage.  

How to watch Max on supported streaming devices 

You can access Max via its own dedicated app or through the app of any streaming service for which you have a subscription. If you access Max through Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube TV, you’ll have access via the apps for those services. 

Here are the devices where you can find the Max app in the app store:

  • Amazon Fire TV, Fire TV Stick, and Fire TV Cube
  • Android TV (OS5 or higher)
  • Apple TV (4th generation and higher)
  • Chromebooks
  • Chromecast
  • iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch (iOS 12.2 and higher)
  • LG Smart TVs (webOS 4 and higher)
  • PC
  • Mac computers
  • PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5
  • Roku devices (OS 9.3 and higher)
  • Samsung TV (2016 and newer)
  • VIZIO Smart TV
  • Xbox One and Xbox Series X/S

How to watch Max on the app

  1. Navigate to https://www.max.com/
  2. Pick your plan and billing cycle.
  3. Create your account by inputting your name, email address, and password.
  4. Add your payment information
  5. Start streaming Max.

Is live sports streaming worth it? 

When your sports needs are limited, it can be much cheaper to purchase only the streaming service that shows what you’re looking for instead of a hefty cable package. 

If you keep up to date with the U.S. men’s and women’s national soccer teams, then you’ll want to know how to watch Max so you don’t miss a single match. Luckily for you, Max costs less than a traditional cable package. 


What’s the cheapest way to get Max?

Max costs the same regardless of how you get it. Whether it’s standalone or through Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube TV, Max costs $9.99 per month with ads and $15.99 without. 

Who gives Max for free?

You can find select episodes for free on the Max app. You can’t access Max for free. 

Is Max bundled with anything?

You can bundle your Max plan with your Hulu, Amazon Prime Video, or YouTube TV plan. Max doesn’t offer any outside bundles.

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