HBO’s over-the-top service, HBO Max, could go official very soon in India. According to a new report, the WarnerMedia Studios-owned television network is gearing up to launch its OTT service in India. The OnlyTech report states that HBO Max’s launch is around the corner. Ahead of the official launch, a pre-launch survey has revealed the tentative plans and subscription price details of HBO Max in India. The report states that HBO will offer three plans in India. Among the three plans, one plan will cost Rs 69 per month and offer ad-supported content. Let’s take a look at the HBO Max plans in India, price and other details.
Update: Looks like HBO Max might not be coming to India after all. HBO Max spokesperson reached out to Mysmartprice confirming that they indeed carried out the survey, but it’s a routine exercise and does not indicate anything final or official. Here’s the statement reproduced in full -“We routinely conduct market research with consumers in countries around the world that test a wide range of possible offers and price points for our services. Those being reported that suggest a future launch of HBO Max in India are amongst many being tested and evaluated and do not reflect any current plans.”
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HBO Max launch in India tipped
HBO Max OTT service could go live very soon in India. The alleged pricing details of the HBO Max plans in India have leaked ahead of the launch. The pricing details were leaked via a pre-launch survey conducted by a third-party market research company. According to the report, HBO Max will come in three different subscription plans. The base plan will have ad-supported content, whereas the other two plans will offer an ad-free viewing experience.
HBO Max plans and price in India
The Ad-supported plan will cost Rs 69 and offer two streams simultaneously. It will offer content in Standard Definition (SD) quality and support all kinds of devices like mobile, tablet, TV, etc. The content for subscribers with an ad-supported plan will arrive later than the other two plans. It states that series episodes will arrive when the whole season is available, whereas movies will be available one year after the theatrical run/ digital release.
The second HBO Max plan will allow one stream at a time. This mobile/ tablet-only plan will cost Rs 139 per month. It will support SD resolution content and offer an ad-free experience. Under this release, HBO will release series episodes 2-3 weeks after the global release and movies 6-8 months post the theatrical run/ digital release.
The top-tier plan will support ad-free content in 4K UHD resolution. As many as three streams are supported at a time across supported devices. This plan, which costs Rs 329 per month will offer early release, which is directly after the global/ theatrical release or digital run. A total of five profiles can be created across all three monthly plans.
HBO will also offer annual packs starting at Rs 1,001. The base annual plan will be mobile/ tablet-only and allow a single stream at a time. Like the monthly plan, this plan will also support SD resolution content and offer an ad-free experience. The 4K UHD plan will cost Rs 1,974 per year and come with the same benefits found in the monthly plan. However, opting for the annual plan will save users up to 50 per cent of the total subscription cost.
The likes of Netflix, Amazon Prime and Disney+Hotstar offer a variety of plans in India. The most affordable among the three is Disney+Hotstar, which starts at Rs 499 per year. The base plan is Mobile-only and offers limited content. Netflix also offers monthly plans in India starting at Rs 199 (Mobile-only). The Basic plan is priced at Rs 499 per month.
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