Cinemax Review
November 21, 2018 / Hollie Shuttlewood
Cinemax Review
November 21, 2018 / Hollie Shuttlewood
Cinemax Review
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Intro
Cinemax cable TV subscribers can stream more than 400 of the best Cinemax films and programs at no extra cost, thanks to the Max Go service. Max Go is available in standard or high definition. It provides access to films and documentaries, as well as adult programming from Cinemax’s Max After Dark. Additionally, non-Cinemax subscribers can purchase the Cinemax TV channel as an add-on through streaming services Amazon Channels, Hulu, or PlayStation Vue.
Best For
Cinemax subscribers who wish to view hundreds of films and programs on demand, without having to arrange their time around Cinemax’s TV schedule.
Pros
  • Cinemax subscribers can stream hundreds of hours of content for free
  • View on desktop, tablet, or smartphone
  • Subscribe to Cinemax channel without cable TV subscription – via Amazon, Hulu, or PlayStation Vue
Cons
  • No standalone service
  • Not compatible with Chromecast
  • No offline viewing
Networks You Can Watch with Cinemax
Max Go is almost exclusively devoted to streaming content from Cinemax’s flagship channel and its many niche channels, although it does offer a handful of programs from Cinemax’s parent company HBO – including old episodes of The Knick. Cinemax channels include Cinemax, devoted to blockbusters films and programs, MoreMax, with independent and arthouse films, 5StarMax, including modern classics, ActionMax, with westerns and martial arts films, and Cinemax Spanish, which carries much of the programming from HBO Latino. Max Go has some content from all these channels.
Top Programs on Cinemax
Cinemax once had a reputation as the home for softcore adult programming, but that has changed in recent years with the production of mainstream films and series from other genres. Here are some of the top films and shows you can stream on Max Go:
  • Banshee
  • C.B. Strike
  • Hunted
  • Mike Judge Presents Tales from the Tour Bus
  • Motel
  • Outcast
  • Rellik
  • Strike Back
  • The Knick
These are some of the top films to be found on Max Go:
  • 12 Strong
  • (500) Days of Summer
  • Alien: Covenant
  • Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me
  • Funny Games
  • Red Sparrow
  • The House
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Thoroughbreds
Price
Package Max Go Cinemax TV Cinemax TV Cinemax TV
Provider Cinemax Amazon channels PlayStationVue Hulu
Description Stream 400+ films and programs on demand Stream Cinemax’s TV channel without a cable subscription Stream Cinemax’s TV channel without a cable subscription Stream Cinemax’s TV channel without a cable subscription
Price Free $9.99 / month after 7-day trial $15.00 / month after 7-day trial $39.99 / month (as part of package of 50+ live TV channels including Cinemax)
Cinemax subscribers can get Max Go for free through their cable TV package. Customers of Amazon Channels and PlayStation Vue can purchase the Cinemax channel as an add-on and stream it live. Customers of Hulu don’t need to purchase Cinemax separately, as it’s included in a broader monthly subscription package 50+ live TV channels.
Unlike some of its rival cable networks, Cinemax doesn’t currently offer an over-the-top subscription service. Therefore, there is no way of purchasing Max Go and streaming content on demand without subscribing to Cinemax through a cable TV service. Dozens of cable TV providers offer Cinemax as part of a cable subscription, including: Cox, DirecTV, FIOS, Optimum by Altice, U-verse, Spectrum, SuddenLink by Altice, and Xfinity.
How it Works: Hardware and Devices
As explained above, the only way to access Max Go is by having a cable TV and internet subscription that includes Cinemax. Max Go allows Cinemax subscribers to stream content on demand from supported devices. Users can only access Max Go with a login from their pay television providers.
Max GO is available on the following devices and browsers:
  • Android phones (Android 2.3+)
  • iPhone (iOS 8.0 or later)
  • iPad (iOS 8.0 or later)
  • iPod (iOS 8.0 or later)
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Internet Explorer (9.0 or greater)
  • Safari (5.0 or later)
  • Firefox (latest version)
Cloud Storage
Unfortunately, Max Go doesn’t offer any cloud storage or offline viewing. Users must be connected to Wi-Fi in order to stream content from Max Go or to stream Cinemax’s TV channel through Amazon, PlayStation Vue, or Hulu.
Regional restrictions
Max Go is available only to Cinemax cable subscribers living in the U.S. and certain U.S. territories. The Cinemax TV streaming service is available only to customers of third-party providers such as Amazon in the U.S. The only way to stream Cinemax abroad is using a VPN – although this solution only works some of the time.
Customer service
Many of the top cable TV and internet providers offer Cinemax and Max Go as part of a subscription package. Therefore, for queries about Cinemax or the Max Go package, contact your cable provider. If you subscribe (or are interested in subscribing) to Cinemax through Amazon Channels, PlayStation View, or Hulu, then you’ll need to contact those companies for any queries. For questions related to programming, Cinemax is owned by HBO, whose customer service team can be contacted toll free at 855-942-6669 or by email at hbogohelp@hbogo.com.
Summary
Cinemax’s contribution to the TV streaming business is Max Go, which lets its cable subscribers stream thousands of hours of programming on demand from their computer, smartphone, or tablet. Unlike some of its rivals, Cinemax doesn’t offer any over-the-top subscription, meaning there is no way for non-Cinemax subscribers to stream Cinemax content on demand. There’s been no word from Cinemax or parent company HBO about whether an over-the-top subscription service might be offered for Cinemax content in future.
Nonetheless, if you’re an existing Cinemax subscriber, then Max Go comes free of charge and offers the chance to stream additional content at your own leisure. And if you’re a customer of Amazon Channels, PlayStation Vue, or Hulu, the good news is you can purchase a Cinemax add-on and stream live TV from Cinemax’s flagship and secondary channels without having to pay the exorbitant costs of a cable subscription.
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