HBO & Cinemax Free Preview for Thanksgiving Weekend

HBO & Cinemax Free Preview for Thanksgiving Weekend

Free Preview Begins: November 21, 2018 (Wednesday)
Free Preview Ends: November 25, 2018 (Sunday)

There’s a free preview of HBO & Cinemax over Thanksgiving weekend, November 21 to 25. So far here’s who I can confirm who’s participating, although more may be added as we get closer.

  • Frontier
  • ATMC
  • Verizon FIOS
  • Comcast Xfinity
  • Optimum
  • Blue Ridge Communications
  • United and Turtle Mountain Communications
  • NDTC
  • Golden West Telecommunications
  • Armstrong
  • Eagle Communications
  • AT&T U-Verse (Nov 22-25, also includes Showtime, Starz, and EPIX)
  • DirecTV (Nov 22-25, also includes Showtime and Starz)
  • CSpire

Thank you so much, everyone, for sending this in!

Please comment below if you have heard that your provider will be offering this free preview.

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  1. Optimum will also have this free preview for thanksgiving. Looks like Blue Ridge Communications, Untied and Turtle Mountain Communications, NDTC, Golden West Telecommunications, Armstrong, Eagle Communications, as well. Maybe more providers to come?

  2. Tried to send this in as a tip but didn’t work, so posting it here. DirecTV’s Thanksgiving offering is Four Days, Four Premium Entertainment Networks. HBO, Cinemax, Starz, Showtime. It’s from November 22-25 (not Nov 21, as posted here for other providers).

  3. I got the same on-screen guide message for DirecTV, so it’s an official go for us as well. HBO, Cinemax, Showtime, and Starz from 11/22-11/25, Channels 501-557.

  4. Does anyone know if Optimum will let you record movies/shows from HBO during the free weekend? I used to be able to do that with my other service provider when they had free weekends? I was trying to do it from their website – to record something that was coming on during the free time period but it’s telling me I need to subscribe. Thank you in advance!

  5. We live in SE AZ.
    Never know exactly the time
    WHEN previews start and stop.

    MST @midnight?
    EST ~5-or-6-or-7 AM?

    What time *should* I start checking the schedule to find out when it’s activated?

  6. It’s through On Demand only. You can’t select Movie Max for example through listings.
    Comcast/Xfinity’s On Demand menu will show you what selected programming you can watch for free.

  7. thanks for the head’s up on this one. Comcast as usual is late on listing it on the front OnDemand page. you have to go to Premium Channels…then HBO OnDemand (or Max OnDemand).

  8. 11/22/2018 12:39 AM – Just checked, tried to view and then tried to record HBO movie – couldn’t do either. Just got on-screen info on how to subscribe. Exactly how is this “Free Thanksgiving weekend preview” supposed to work??

  9. My DirecTV free preview is working. When that happens, the channels just magically start working, on my receiver that is hooked to my TV (no internet interface or on-demand or anything like that).

    The previews start and end at 6:00 a.m. EASTERN time. That would be 4:00 a.m. in the Mountain time zone at this time of year. Since Arizona has some weird daylight savings time issues, it might not be 4:00 a.m. during daylight savings time periods.


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