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How to watch HBO series and movies on Hulu

Here's how to combine your two favorite streaming options.


John-Michael Bond


Posted on Jul 16, 2018   Updated on Mar 31, 2021, 10:06 am CDT

Hulu subscribers can get HBO Max on the Hulu platform by opting for it as a Hulu add-on. The price is the same as if you were to get HBO Max as a stand-alone service: Just $14.99 a month. If you want to know how to watch HBO on Hulu, look no further than this guide.

By adding HBO Max onto Hulu, you can use the same interface and search you’ve already mastered on Hulu to navigate HBO Max’s huge entertainment library. Hulu, on its own, is $5.99 a month with limited ads, and $11.99 if you want an ad-free experience.

Here’s everything you need to know to stream HBO on Hulu.

How to watch HBO Max on Hulu

First things first: You’re going to need a Hulu account to watch HBO Max.

All existing Hulu subscribers need to do to activate HBO Max is visit the Add-Ons section of their Hulu account. You can find it by selecting your username in the upper left corner of your web browser, or by just clicking this handy link. Keep in mind you need to be the main account holder to make changes. If you’re on a family plan, contact whoever pays the bill first.  

On the page marked Manage Your Subscription, scroll down past the options for Switching Plans and Feature Add-ons until you see Premium Add-ons. This is where you’ll find Hulu’s premium movie channel options.

Select the Add This button, then scroll to the bottom of the page and select Continue. Hulu will let you know what your new recurring monthly costs will be before asking if you to confirm your purchase one more time. Confirm the purchase can you’re ready to stream.

What does HBO Max on Hulu cost?

HBO Max on Hulu costs $14.99 a month, the same as it costs on almost every other major service. Users with a standard Hulu with limited commercials package will pay around $20.98 monthly. This accounts for both the $5.99 a month Hulu subscription and the $14.99 a month HBO Max subscription.  

Is HBO Max included in Hulu Live TV?

No, HBO is not included Hulu Live TV, which allows you to livestream nearly 70 channels, including FX, CNN, ESPN, and TNT, for $54.99 per month. However, if you add HBO via Hulu, you can watch HBO’s live programming directly from the app. The only catch is that Hulu Live TV isn’t supported by as many devices as Hulu’s on-demand streaming service. You can stream Hulu with Live TV via iOS, Android, Apple TV, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Roku, Nintendo Switch, Samsung, LG, and more. 

What advantages are there to this bundle?

As our lives increasingly become invaded with more and more apps, simplicity is a gift. Not every family wants to keep track of myriad apps to watch their favorite shows. Bundling HBO Max with Hulu puts everything in one neat place.

Hulu’s interface can take a little getting used to, but once you’ve learned how it works, it’s easy. It’s pretty nice to be able to up the latest Last Week Tonight or Game of Thrones while browsing old Masterchef episodes.

Is HBO Max on Hulu worth it?

For decades, HBO has brought award-winning content to home TVs worldwide. Now you can experience it—plus all that HBO Max adds—for an extra $14.99 per month. Combined with your favorite streaming app to boot? Keep in mind that you’d be paying the same standard $14.99 fee for HBO Max otherwise. Most likely, the only way you’ll get anything cheaper is by subscribing to an expensive monthly live TV streaming package.

If you want to watch episodes of your favorite shows on the day after they air, there’s no better option than Hulu. The streaming service, which just slashed the cost of its ad-supported version to a mere $5.99 per month (or $59.99 a year), offers episodes of shows including Seinfeld, Family Guy, Golden Girlsand many other hits on-demand. There’s also tons of celebrated original programming including Letterkenny, Veronica Mars, The Handmaid’s Tale, and PEn15. If you subscribe to Hulu Live TV, you’ll get the on-demand portion of Hulu included for free. You can also upgrade to Hulu with No Commercials for $11.99 per month.

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Editor’s note: This article is regularly updated for relevance.

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*First Published: Jul 16, 2018, 6:00 am CDT