We’ve been expecting this for a long time, but unfortunately: HBO Max’s expansion in Europe doesn’t apply to the Netherlands. We are surprised, but Andorra also ranks first. Also Spain, Denmark, Norway, Finland and Sweden. Has the Netherlands ended as a test country?
no other test country
The Netherlands and Poland are often testing countries for new possibilities. For example, the new Netflix gaming option is currently being tested in Poland and we were the first country in the world with Disney+ in the Netherlands. Clearly our streaming service’s fortunes are running out, as we’ll have to wait a long time for HBO Max.
We expected that we would be among the first batch of European countries that could watch HBO Max, but we still have to work with regular HBO, which is only available through Ziggo. In fact, the Netherlands is not even part of the second batch. These include: Poland, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Portugal, Montenegro, Romania, Bosnia, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Serbia, Hungary, Moldova and North Macedonia.
no second batch
Not even the worst news is that our country and Belgium are not part of it: the second batch is not expected until 2022. Besides the fact that we do not appear in these series, it is also surprising that relatively leading countries such as Germany and the United Kingdom are missing. On the other hand, it’s clear that HBO Max is looking more towards the regions. And it takes time: There are HBO Max vacancies for HBO Max in Amsterdam.
You can watch all kinds of Warner Bros. content on HBO Max. Think DC, HBO, HBO Max Originals and Cartoon Network. The whole idea of Warner Bros. to stream cinema movies for a month immediately after their release on HBO Max is not valid in Europe.
It’s a pity to know that we are not seen by HBO as a leader, or at least a good indicator for the rest of Europe. On the other hand, it doesn’t have to be like that: it’s probably mainly the ones HBO has explicitly chosen for areas that aren’t our turn yet. Very unfortunate, because we really wish HBO Max would come, especially if it’s different from Ziggo.
Ziggo may have indicated that HBO Max will make its presence in our country in 2022, but if we’re not in the first batch, it won’t be at the beginning of the year right now. So just Netflix, Disney+ and Video Country.
hbo max offer
HBO Max Originals include The Fungi, Karma, An American Pickle, Selena + Chef, Expecting Amy, I Hate Susie and The Flight Attendant. What makes HBO Max better than HBO as we know it now in the Netherlands, are the movies. The arsenal of prints that come with the new streaming service is full of classics like 8 Mike, Analyze This and City of God.
We don’t even know yet what the service costs in euros. In dollars, it’s $14.99 for the Deluxe Edition without ads. With ads you pay $9.99.