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Cinemax has movies, original series, and a whole bunch of other stuff you'd want out of your TV content. But that's no reason to go crawling back to the cable and satellite giants. Sure, cable and satellite can give you access to live Cinemax shows, but they aren't your only options. We’ll tell you how to watch Cinemax without cable and you'll learn how to access a Cinemax livestream legally and stream live and on-demand Cinemax content on whatever device you use to watch TV. Are you ready? Let's cut the cord.

Here are a few of our favorite ways to stream Cinemax:

  Price Channels Free Trial  
$69.99 – $139.99 65+ None

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$5.99 – $85.96 68 – 88 7 or 30 days

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How to Watch Cinemax Online Without Cable

While premium channels like HBO and SHOWTIME currently offer fans a way to subscribe directly to their content, Cinemax does not. You still need a multichannel pay TV service to get Cinemax — there's just no way around it. But not every multichannel service is like cable and satellite. There are other options, and they're called “skinny bundles.”

Skinny bundles, like cable and satellite, offer you live network television channels for a monthly fee. But, unlike cable and satellite, skinny bundles offer trimmer, cost-effective channel packages and deliver their content over the internet. Skinny bundles let you choose the channels you want, charge less, and work on a wide range of streaming devices.

A lot of skinny bundles will let you tack on a Cinemax subscription to your skinny bundle package, making it possible to watch Cinemax on the cheap. Let's take a look at the skinny bundles you should be paying attention to. Here's how to watch Cinemax without cable.

Stream Cinemax for free with DIRECTV Stream

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DIRECTV Stream offers a choice of channel bundles. Cinemax exists outside this pricing ladder, but you can add it to any DIRECTV Stream bundle for a small additional monthly fee.

Stream Cinemax for free with Hulu

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Hulu + Live TV is the skinny bundle arm of Hulu, the popular streaming service that you may already know as an on-demand option. Hulu's skinny bundle option doesn't include Cinemax by default, but you can add a Cinemax livestream and Cinemax on-demand content to your Hulu + Live TV subscription for a small additional monthly fee. That's after you enjoy a week of Hulu + Live TV for free, of course, by signing up for the service's free trial offer.

YouTube TV

Cinemax is now available on YouTube TV! That’s good news for both those who are already fans of the Google-owned skinny bundle and those who have never tried YouTube TV. If you belong to the latter group, then you can get a free trial before deciding if it’s worth a longer commitment. You can also check out our YouTube TV review to find out more about this streaming service.

Can I Watch Cinemax on Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, or Chromecast?

Yes, you can, but that’s not the end of the list! You’ll find solid platform support for all of the streaming services we mentioned in the previous section. Here’s a chart that lays out everything, so just take a look at it and figure out what device you want to use for your streaming service of choice.

Roku Fire TV Apple TV Android TV Chromecast iOS Android Web browser
DIRECTV Stream Yes Yes Yes No Yes Yes Yes Yes
Hulu + Live TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
YouTube TV Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes

More to Watch for Cinemax Fans

While Cinemax is a solid network, what else is there to watch for Cinemax fans? If you’re satisfied with simply watching Cinemax without cable, you can pick a streaming service and get going. But if you want more options, this section is for you!

What’s the biggest name in premium networks? For most people, the answer is HBO. It’s built a reputation for watercooler shows thanks to titles like “Game of Thrones” recently and “Sex and the City” before that. The latter is even getting revived. HBO used to be the top source for prestige television, at least until streaming services like Netflix and Hulu started producing their own content. Check out our How to Watch HBO Without Cable page to find out how to snag this essential channel via an online stream. If you’re curious about HBO Max, the newish on-demand streaming service from HBO, we have an HBO Max review page, as well.

Then there’s SHOWTIME, which competes with both Cinemax and HBO. It has plenty of great originals of its own. If you like “Shameless,” “Dexter,” or “The Affair,” then you’re already a fan of SHOWTIME’s original programming. The network has also run documentaries on everything from “The Reagans” to Allen Iverson. If any of that sounds intriguing, our guide to watching SHOWTIME without cable will give you all the details you need.

3 thoughts on “How to Watch Cinemax Without Cable

  1. Paula Jo Manes Smith says:

    i have att tv. how do i subscribe the most economical way?

  2. Joe Blow says:

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  3. Rajkumar says:

    Waste article

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