Free Preview of HBO and Cinemax on Verizon FIOS


Free Preview Begins: April 17, 2020 (Friday)
Free Preview Ends: April 20, 2020 (Monday)

There will be a free preview of HBO and Cinemax April 20th through the 23rd.

The new show The Plot Against America has recently premiered on HBO and this would be an excellent time to catch up on it.

Thank you, Cary, Kristen, and Ellen, for letting us know about this free preview! If you know about a free preview please let us know about it!

Channel Lineup:

Check with your local provider

Verizon FIOS


  1. Yes, thank you!!

  2. That’s strange, unless it’s an area ‘thing’ the email I received says HBO and Cinemax run:
    April 17, 2020 (Friday) , April 20, 2020 (Monday) I’m in Central PA.

    It’s confusing, Starz is the 17th to the 23rd then I saw HBO an Cinemax 17th to 20th an I’m like what? The others are okay with the full month of April run.

    IMHO; Vz should just open everything up until the schools re-open.

    1. You’re right! Thanks!

      1. You’re welcome.

  3. Is this for tv also

    1. Hi Sheryl G,
      Could you explain your question?
      If you mean is this for OTA (over the air) broadcast then no, these offers are from cable providers for cable users.

  4. This actually starts on the 17th and runs until the 20th.

    1. That makes more sense. Thanks!

  5. Is this going to be for DirecTV also?

    1. Hi Ryan B,
      Do you see the “Free Previews by Provider” in the right panel of your screen? If you do click on the DirecTV button and it’ll take you to the DirecTV page. Once you get to the DirecTV page bookmark it and you’ll have it for later reference.

      From what I saw HBO and Epix are the only offers for now. HBO has the same dates, Epix is only till April 16th. Do a channel test for CineMax and Showtime and they may also be free, they’re usually paired with HBO and Epix respectively.

  6. It’s 3:35am ET and no free HBO, Cinemax, or Starz in NNJ yet…

  7. Cinemax isn’t showing up (I already have HBO so I’m not sure about it)

  8. Not working for me 4/17 hbo,max,starz 9am

  9. No HBO/Cinemax preview in NJ, as of 9 am Friday 4/17; the channels are still blocked. I’ll keep checking through the weekend….

    1. P.S. The first sentence of this page still shows the originally posted dates April 20-23rd. I’ll check then too!

  10. 10 AM Friday and nothing yet….

  11. Never mind, I rebooted my set-top box and the channels are working now! If the channels aren’t working for you, reboot the box: Menu -> Customer Support -> Top Support Tools -> Reboot STB

  12. DirecTV has the HBO & Cinemax Free Preview Event too. Already began. April 17-20. Channels 501-523.

  13. Darn, missed all Friday! Was counting on getting an email reminder about this preview from ;)
    With not much to do at home, having hbo/Cinemax and their on demand would have helped the days go by.

  14. Anyone else have to deal with the idiots at Verizon FiOS about Set-Top-Box-based On-Demand going out before noon on the last day?
    … AGAIN.

    In case you’re wondering: HBO/Cinemax-hosted On-Demand movies had a Watch button all weekend including earlier today. Then the STB rebooted, and all of those Watch buttons became Subscribe buttons.

    I even chatted with them. The processor couldn’t figure out my problem — had to be told HBO were channels” — and ultimately did something to my network which cutoff my chat with him/her and did nothing to help.
    Then I tried to call and reach a human in a way they couldn’t cut me off. The wait time was 1hr and I put in for a callback. Much more than 1 hr passed and now there’s only <6 hrs left in the preview anyway.

    So, thanks for the shorted preview, VZidiots.

  15. HBO and Cinemax are still on when they should of been turned off at midnight the 20th into the 21st. Dates have not changed at:

    Will wait to see if they are turned off on the 23rd along with Starz or may-be Vz will let all three run like the others until April 30th.

  16. HBO/Cinemax was on til about 3am est for me here in ny. As of this morning, all is gone for me.
    Also usually On Demand cuts off a day earlier but On Demand via Fios website and through the Fios app is available til the last day of free previews.

  17. Just had a chance to check here at 9:30am EDT and HBO and Cinemax are off now. They were still on for me in the central PA Vz VHO14 area as late as 11:30pm EDT 04 21 2020. Starz is still on.

    What is a VHO?

  18. Starz still running as I post 7:30am 04 23 2020. Expected off time midnight tonight but I’ve seen Vz let freeview’s run from midnight to 6am the morning after scheduled ending.

    1. I checked at 1am EDT 04 24 2020 and Starz was off for me.

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