While the service was previously accessible only via a VPN, HBO Max will soon be accessible beyond North American borders. For France, on the other hand, it will be necessary to be patient.
Launched in 2020 in the United States, HBO Max was until now still not accessible to European spectators. Good news, things will change soon. As specified in a press release unveiled by Warner on February 11 and relayed by The Verge, the SVOD platform should begin its international expansion in the coming months. Will be concerned initially, 39 Caribbean and Latin American territories, who will benefit from the service by June. The service will feature not only HBO’s flagship programs, but also “Content produced locally by storytelling masters in Latin America”.
In the rest of the world, HBO Max should also soon be accessible without having to use a VPN. The streaming service is also preparing for its arrival in Europe, focusing first on countries that already have an HBO-branded streaming service, such as Spain and Portugal for example. The already existing European platforms should thus be gradually replaced by HBO Max “later this year” promises the company. For France and the rest of European countries that do not already have an HBO offer, it will therefore be necessary to be patient. No date has yet been officially announced for France, so we should not expect to see HBO Max at home before the year 2022. Especially since in France, HBO has already entrusted the majority of its rights to other local distributors, such as OCS which already broadcasts the very popular series Game of Thrones, whose first spin-off is slated to begin shooting in April, as well as the excellent His Dark Materials.