HBO Max, the over-the-top (OTT) streaming service that specifically offers HBO content alongside originals, TV shows and Hollywood movies, is likely to enter India soon. While the exact launch details are yet to be revealed, HBO Max’s plan details for the Indian market have surfaced online. The streaming service would be available in three different tiers, starting at Rs. 69 a month. HBO Max would compete against Amazon Prime Video, Disney+ Hotstar and Netflix already available in the country with catalogs offering international and local content.
Telecom-focused site OnlyTech has reported HBO Max’s India plan details. The plans would be shared by a group of users as part of an online pre-launch survey conducted by market research firm Nepa.
HBO Max plans in India (expected)
OnlyTech reports that HBO Max will be available to users in India from just Rs. 69 a month. The most affordable plan would be called “Ad Supported,” and it would allow users to view content in Standard Definition (SD) resolution only with up to two simultaneous streams available on mobile, tablet, and other devices. It would also offer movies a year after their theatrical or digital release and shows after their season has finished.
The second plan that HBO Max would release for the Indian market would be called ‘Mobile’. It would be available at Rs. 139 per month and would feature ad-free SD content that would only come with a single concurrent stream and specifically for mobile or tablet screen. Customers who get the HBO Max Mobile subscription can access movies within six to eight months of their theatrical or digital release, while shows are available two to three weeks after their worldwide release.
HBO Max may also have a ‘Standard’ subscription at Rs. 329 per month which would provide ad-free content in 4K resolution with up to three simultaneous streams viewable on different devices. It would bring movies and shows right after their worldwide release.
All three HBO Max plans would have the ability to create up to five viewer profiles. The streaming service also reportedly has annual subscription options available for its mobile and standard plans with up to 50 percent off.
While the annual HBO Max Mobile plan would be available for Rs. 1,001 per year, the HBO Max Standard subscription would be given at Rs. 1974 a year.
There would be some differences between the reported prices and their actual versions as the details mentioned are for reference purposes only.
HBO Max is said to have some original shows in plans for Indian viewers to star. Bollywood actors. According to the report, popular Indian directors will also bring new content to the service.
Viewers in the country would also receive localization, including subtitles in local Indian languages, as well as a special kid’s profile and personalized home screen. The service would also include Dolby Atmos sound.
Since HBO Max has not confirmed any details, information about the plans for India should be taken with a grain of salt.
At this time, HBO Max is available in the US and select US territories, as well as select countries in Latin America and the Caribbean. It will also reach other countries later this year.