HBO and Cinemax are back on Dish Network

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After a lengthy breakup, satellite television provider Dish Network has finally restored HBO as a premium option for subscribers.

The deal Dish inked with WarnerMedia in July 2021 means that subscribers can now pay extra to get access to HBO’s linear feeds by subscribing to the HBO Max streaming service. The deal also restores Cinemax’s linear offerings.

HBO and Cinemax haven’t been available on Dish since Oct. 31, 2018, when the companies could not come to terms on a new agreement, taking some of the most popular premium channels off the service.

Subscribers typically pay an extra monthly fee per channel or using a bundled pricing model to subscribe to channels such as HBO, Cinemax, Showtime and more.

Under the new deal, Dish customers are being encouraged to sign up for HBO Max’s ad free plan, which normally comes in at $14.99 a month. However, those who sign up before Oct. 27, 2021, will get the service for $12 per month for one year.

Like other HBO Max subscriptions, this package also unlocks access to HBO and some genre specific feeds as well as on demand content.

It’s worth noting that, at least according to marketing efforts, WarnerMedia appears to be counting the signups as registration for HBO Max with “regular” HBO thrown in, including the services formerly known as HBO Go and HBO Now.

Non-Dish subscribers who sign up for HBO Max get a similar deal. It’s technically possible to sign up for just HBO for $14.99 a month as a standalone service, but Warner Media notes for $9.99 a month you can get everything included in HBO along with HBO Max — $14.99 to go ad free and get higher quality video.

Dish subscribers who take advantage of this deal can watch via a compatible Dish device or smartphone, tablet or smart TV box.

Cinemax is available for $10 extra per month.

Dish is offering a 10 day free preview window of HBO and Cinemax from Aug. 6 to Aug. 15, 2021.

Terms of the new deal were not announced. Sling, which Dish owns, was not included in the deal.