We’ve always hoped for it, but unfortunately: HBO Max’s extension to Europe doesn’t apply to the Netherlands. We are surprised, but even Andorra is first. In addition to Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Is the Netherlands over as a test country?
No more test country
The Netherlands and Poland are often testing countries for new possibilities. For example, the new Netflix game option is currently being tested in Poland and we were the first country in the world with Disney+ in the Netherlands. Our streaming service seems to be out of luck, because we have to wait a little longer for HBO Max.
We were hoping to be among the first batch of European countries that can watch HBO Max, but we still have to deal with regular HBO, which is only available via Ziggo. In fact, Holland is not part of the second batch. It consists of: Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Portugal, Montenegro, Romania, Bosnia, Slovakia, the Czech Republic, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova and North Macedonia.
Not even the second batch
The worst news is not even that our country and Belgium are not even part of it: the second installment is not expected until 2022. In addition to the fact that we do not appear in the series, it is also remarkable that relatively leading countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are missing. On the other hand, HBO Max is clearly looking more towards territories. And that takes time: There are HBO Max vacancies for HBO Max in Amsterdam.
On HBO Max, you can watch all kinds of content from Warner Bros. Think DC, HBO, HBO Max Originals, and Cartoon Network. The idea of Warner Bros. Full movie streaming for a month immediately after release on HBO Max is not valid in Europe.
It’s a shame to realize that HBO doesn’t see us as a leader or at least as a good indicator for the rest of Europe. On the other hand, that doesn’t have to be the case: Perhaps the main reason behind this is that HBO has clearly chosen regions that haven’t come yet. Too bad, because we really want HBO Max to show up, especially if it’s separate from Ziggo.
Ziggo had indicated that HBO Max will appear in Our Country in 2022, but if we’re not in the first installment already, it won’t be so early in the year right now. So only the countries of Netflix, Disney + and Video.
HBO Max Show
HBO Max Originals include The Fungies, Karma, American Pickle, Selena + Chef, Expecting Amy, I Hate Susie, and The Flight Attendant. What makes HBO Max so much better than HBO as we know it now in the Netherlands, are the movies. The arsenal of publications that the new streaming service comes with is full of classics like 8 Mike, Analyze This and City of God.
Nor do we yet know the cost of the service in euros. In dollars, it’s $14.99 for the premium version without ads. With ads you pay $9.99.