It could be time to pour one out for the streaming service trial. CNET reports that HBO Max is not providing customers a free week of watching its content material, following each Disney Plus and Netflix’s examples earlier within the yr. This transformation, in all probability not coincidentally, comes simply weeks earlier than December twenty fifth, when Marvel Lady 1984 is about to launch on the service (in addition to in theaters, however it’s best to in all probability keep dwelling). Whereas it may well’t compete with free, the $14.99 you’ll now should pay to see the film nonetheless compares favorably to the worth of a theater ticket (and it’s a month of leisure versus two-ish hours).
It’s not the primary streaming service to nix a free trial earlier than an enormous launch: Disney Plus did it only a few weeks before it started streaming Hamilton. The logic is sound, if annoying: folks need to watch the Huge New Factor, and in case you provided a free trial, they may simply watch it and bounce. In the event that they should pay for it for a month, loads will, they usually would possibly get hooked on one thing else whereas they’re wanting round for different content material to justify their month-long subscription. Or, in case you’re HBO Max, they may see the absolute deluge of movies coming to the service subsequent yr and determine it’s price holding round.
So, in case you have been hoping to make use of the free trial to look at Marvel Lady 1984, it’s not an choice anymore. Is it price paying for a month of HBO Max? You’ll should determine, although whether or not or not you’re keen to pay will in all probability be decided by how most of the different streaming providers you pay for, as a result of there sure are a lot of them. As for me, I’m simply unhappy I’ve to cancel my plans of getting an unbelievable week of free film watching on the finish of subsequent yr.