How to Watch HBO Max in Australia
Spencer Samaroo | Last Updated:
You’ve probably heard the hype about HBO Max. A fantastic video-on-demand streaming service from WarnerMedia that allows users to watch both industry-produced and original content, including – for the first time ever – the ability to watch blockbuster Warner Bros movies on the same day as they are released at the cinema in the USA. Sounds great doesn’t it? Well unfortunately HBO Max is currently restricted to American audiences only – which means everyone in Australia is not able to watch it.
Unless of course they have a a VPN! This clever, and perfectly legal, service allows you to watch any film or TV show on HBO Max within Australia, any time of the day. Sounds too good to be true, doesn’t it? But actually all you need to do to remove the geo-block is to replace your Australian IP address with an American IP address, and bam! You will be able to start watching HBO Max immediately. Below we explain how.
How to get an American IP Address to unblock HBO Max
If you are not that familiar with the concept of VPNs then you may be feeling a little confused! But don’t despair, we will try and make it easier for you to understand the process of watching HBO Max in Australia, via a VPN, in these 5 straightforward steps below:
QUICK GUIDE: How to Get an American IP Address in 5 Easy Steps
- Decide on VPN Provider. There are some very good and reputable VPN providers out there, but we recommend ExpressVPN because the number of servers they have across the world is bigger than anyone else.
- Download the provider’s VPN client onto the device of your choice.
- Install the app and then sign in to it with your login details.
- Connect your VPN to a server in the USA.
- Start watching your favourite HBO Max films or TV shows in Australia without being geoblocked
Our recommendations for getting an American IP Address
Nowadays there are a lot of VPN providers out in the marketplace. But unfortunately, not all of them can be trusted. That is why we thoroughly tested a whole bunch of them to come up with a shortlist of the three services we most put our faith in. Allow us to present them below.
- Supported Devices:
We tested a number of VPNs, but when it came to watching HBO Max in Australia, the one that emerged as the best of them was undoubtedly Express VPN.
With more than 3000 servers to their name across 94 countries and some 160 worldwide locations, their network is comfortably bigger than any other VPN provider. They also have ultra-fast US based servers, which is why they were able to get around the geoblocks in Australia to seamlessly watch HBO Max shows, without delays, lags or buffering.
In line with many trusted and reputable privacy-focused businesses, ExpressVPN is located in the British Virgin Islands. So they are not subject to the laws of privacy-encroaching and intelligence-sharing regulators that invoke restrictions elsewhere in the world. To show they are serious about the sanctity of their ‘safe’ location, they also have a genuine no-logging policy which means they don’t retain the data of any of their customers. To put this in layman’s terms, if the BVI government suddenly decided they wanted to audit ExpressVPN’s business, the company would have no records to give to them.
Another excellent reason to choose this company is that their security is top-notch. Having adopted military-grade safeguards to their service, the data of their customers is strongly protected through stringent protocols like OpenVPN and IKEv2, as well as 256-bit encryption.
Rather handily, ExpressVPN also provides its customers with five connections on one subscription. In addition, it has created apps for most major device providers including the likes of Mac, Windows, Android, iOS, Amazon Firestick, Linux, Fire TV and also Fire table.
- Supported Devices:
Nord VPN has been a major player on the scene for quite a few years now. Located in Panama, which is a country not under the jurisdiction of the 14 Eyes Alliance, (the agreement between 14 different international governments to share the information of its citizens), the company are known to make your connection to their server very safe indeed.
Boasting more than 5400 servers worldwide, their VPN service is outstanding, and they are able to give their customers a huge amount of options for an American IP address.
The business also has streaming abilities that cover over 60 countries. This provides them with the means to unblock numerous popular streaming services around the world including HBO Max, as well as Netflix, Hulu and BBC iPlayer.
- Supported Devices:
Located in The Netherlands, Surfshark is a very reputable VPN provider that allows customers to have unlimited connections to its service. This is a convenient plus for a group of people who want to watch a film or show at the same time on a range of different devices.
Once you have caught up with all your favourite HBO Max shows, this company also will provide you access to more than 15 international Netflix libraries, including those in the USA, India, Canada, UK and Japan.
Should you experience any issues with setting up their service Surfshark are known to offer outstanding customer support either via the phone, email or live chat.
What can I watch on HBO Max?
Once you have set up your VPN service you will be able to watch everything HBO Max is currently showing on its channel.
This includes the likes of the following:
- Wonder Women 1984
- The Suicide Squad
- Jack Snyder’s Justice League
- Game of Thrones
- Titans Season 3
- Godzilla vs. Kong
- Harry Potter (All Parts)
- The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It
- Deadpool 2
- Matrix Resurrections
- Judas and Black Messiah
- Friends: The Reunion
What Devices can I watch it On HBO Max
Upon subscribing to your chosen VPN service, you will immediately be able to stream any of the HBO Max shows you want to watch on a wide range of devices, either through its official app or directly from its website.
These include the following:
- Android phones and iPhones
- Tablets, iPads and Smart TV
- Laptops and Desktops (Windows, Mac & Linux)
- Google Chromebooks and Chromecasts
- Smart TV without Android (such as Samsung, LG, Vizio, Sony, and others)
- Apple TV (4th generation or later)
- Amazon Firestick/Fire TV