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How to Watch HBO Max in Canada

With 10,000 hours of top-notch content, it’s no wonder you want to watch HBO Max in Canada. But just like with a lot of streaming services in Canada, that is not currently an option.

That’s where this step-by-step guide comes in.

What’s Needed to Watch HBO Max in Canada

HBO Max has two major tools that make it hard to watch HBO Max in Canada.

  1. It has a geo-block that prevents you from watching if you are not located in the US.
  2. There’s a card payment location block that prevents cards from outside of the US from working.

Step 1: Making HBO Max Think you Are in the US

To watch HBO Max in Canada, you are going to need to make yourself look like you are in the US, virtually.

To do that, you will need a VPN service.

VPN services? They allow you to change your location virtually.

In this case, you can look like you are in the US while being in Canada.

...But if you ever tried a VPN, then you know that it’s not as simple as that when it comes to unblocking entertainment services.

That’s because platforms like HBO Max also know that VPN services exist, and due to that, they also have to make efforts against VPN services.

The result? Most VPN services don’t unblock HBO Max nor many other platforms for that fact.

And that’s where PrivateVPN comes in as a service that supports HBO Max by focusing on fewer servers, but instead servers of quality.

  1. Create a PrivateVPN account. (There’s a 7-day trial with no need for a card.)
  2. Download the app.
  3. Connect to an HBO server.

That will make HBO think you are in the US.

Now, let’s get you an account.

Creating an HBO Max Account in Canada

Right now, if you tried to create an HBO Max account in Canada, if you used your Canadian card, it wouldn’t work. 

The same would happen with Hulu and many other services.

Over time we tried many different methods of unblocking HBO, and the best method?

To sign up for HBO Max via your phone.

Why?

AS HBO doesn’t control the payment options on Apple and Android devices, and neither does Apple or Android have the blocks that HBO places on their website.

To sign up for HBO Max in Canada from a phone, you will first need to unblock the HBO Max app from your app store, though.

This will require the changing of location in your app store.

Creating an HBO Max Account in Canada on Apple Devices

  • Sign out of your iCloud account.
  • Create a new iCloud account with your location set to be in the US.
  • Download the HBO Max app.
  • While connected to the right VPN server, sign up for an HBO Max account.

Creating an HBO Max Account on Android Devices

  1. Connect to the right to a US server with PrivateVPN.
  2. Open up your Google Play Store, click on the 3-bars on the top-left, and then click on Account.
  3. Click on the option allowing you to switch your region.
  4. Update your payment method.
  5. Go back to your Account and confirm the changing of your region.
  6. Download HBO Max and sign up for a subscription.

How to Get HBO Max on a TV

Naturally, the content of HBO quality is best enjoyed on high-quality setups like on a projector like the BENQ TK850 combined with a great audio set for the most breathtaking experience, or otherwise on a 4K TV.

...And well, that’s where things get slightly complicated.

Why? As most TV platforms, whether it’s smart TVs or simply the likes of Apple TV, Chromecast, or Roku, do not support VPN services, making the process of getting HBO Max on a TV much harder.

Solutions?

  1. Laptop + HDMI cable + TV.
  2. Get an Amazon Fire TV Stick (It supports VPN services.)

If you want to watch on a TV right now, doing the first option is the best option.

...For the best experience, though, that’s where option number 2 comes in.

If you just ordered a Fire TV Stick, sign up for the American region. If you already have one, here’s how to change your region:

  • Go to your current Amazon account in the web browser.
  • Press on Accounts & Lists, and then on Manage Your Account and Content.
  • Change your region to be in an HBO Max supported region.
  • Go to your Amazon Fire TV device and press on Settings and then My Account.
  • Deregister and sign back into your Amazon account.
  • Download HBO Max.

That’s How to watch HBO Max in Canada

HBO Max? It’s a great new service with top-notch content that isn’t available in Canada.

This guide solves this issue, just like it solves the issue of all major streaming services that don’t work in Canada.

...But you can find that out by applying these steps and signing up for PrivateVPN’s 7-day free trial.

Written by Michael Smolski.

Disclaimer: While PrivateVPN works with HBO Max, due to the nature of services like HBO Max making efforts against VPN services, it is not able to guarantee non-stop 100% of the time support at all given times. No service can guarantee that.