Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Max adds Bleacher Report for live sports, free through February 2024

HBO Max app icon.
Phil Nickinson / Digital Trends

Max — the streaming service born from the merger of Warner Bros. and Discovery — is adding a live sports tier. That in and of itself isn’t much of a surprise — HBO Max had a little bit of live sports, even though it didn’t make a big deal of it.

But this is new, and it’s a bigger deal, powered by Bleacher Report, which has been part of the Warner Bros. family since it was picked up by Turner Sports in 2012. (If you’ve watched CNN or the defunct Headline News, you’ve likely seen Bleacher Report reporting.)

That’s how we got here. This is where we’re going: Starting October 5 — just a week or so after CNN Max makes its debut on Max — Bleacher Report Sports will be available as an add-on package to Max and will include MLB, NHL, NBA, the NCAA Men’s Basketball tournament, and U.S. national soccer events on the live side of things. There also will be shows such as The Match and Inside the NBA, among others.

The add-on tier will be free through February 29, 2024, and $10 a month after that.

“We’re thrilled to offer WBD’s incredible portfolio of premium U.S. live sports … as part of B/R Sports Add-On’s wide assortment of compelling multisport content on Max,” JB Perrette, CEO and president of Global Streaming and Games, said in a press release. “The greatest collection of entertainment, news and now sports all in one place — this makes Max the most complete streaming service for consumers.”

Max has all sorts of live sports teed up for the launch this fall, including the MLB National League Division Series and Championship Series, more than five dozen regular-season NBA and NHL games, the inaugural 2023 NBA In-Season Tournament, the NHL Winter Classic, and more.

The addition of the B/R Sports add-on puts Max in the same conversation as ESPN+ — which has a wealth of live sports across the board — and Apple TV+, which has the exclusive on MLS Season Pass, and also has exclusive MLB games on Friday nights.

Without the sports add-on, Max starts at $10 a month if you don’t mind advertising in the on-demand content, hits $16 a month if you want to go ad-free, and is $20 a month if you want things in 4K resolution.

Editors' Recommendations

Phil Nickinson
Phil spent the 2000s making newspapers with the Pensacola (Fla.) News Journal, the 2010s with Android Central and then the…
This 85-inch Samsung 8K TV has an incredible $3,000 price cut this week
The Samsung QN900C Neo QLED 8K TV in a living room.

One of the best upgrades you can make to a home theater system is grabbing yourself a large and high-end TV, and for that, you may want to consider this massive 85-inch Samsung QN900C. Not only is it one of the best TVs on the market, but it even runs at an 8K resolution, so even if you have it up close, you won't notice the pixel density. Of course, it is an expensive piece of kit, and it usually goes for an eye-watering $8,000, although you can get it from Samsung directly for $5,000, which is a whopping $3,000 discount and probably one of your few chances to grab such a high-end TV for a lower price.

Why you should buy the 85-inch Samsung Neo QLED 8K QN900C
Like some of the other best QLED TVs, the Samsung QN900C is packed with a lot of excellent features, starting with the Neural Quantum Processor 8K, which can upscale your content up to 8K resolution. That's absolutely needed given that there essentially isn't any 8K content available on the market right now, so having an upscaler like this means it's compatible with your current and even older content, although the results will vary depending on the source material. It also comes with Neo Quantum HDR 8K, which is just Samsung's own high-end proprietary HDR, but at least it also supports HDR10+, so you can access pretty much all HDR content.

Read more
Our favorite headphones, Sony WH-1000XM5, are $70 off today
Woman wearing Sony WH-1000XM5 headphones.

With how loud and crowded the world has gotten, having a solid pair of headphones to keep all the noise out can be really helpful. When it comes to active noise cancellation (ANC), our pick for the best headphones on the market is the Sony WH-1000XM5, which easily competes with the likes of the AirPods Max. That said, the XM5s can get really expensive, which is why we're happy to see this deal on Amazon that brings the price down to $329 from its original $400 price, saving you a solid $71, which may not seem like much, but it's a great amount for one of the best headphones you can grab.

Why you should buy the Sony WH-1000XM5
There is a lot to love about the Sony WH-1000XM5, and the excellent audio fidelity is one of them. Ironically enough, it has smaller drivers than the previous generation, and yet it still manages to upgrade the audio quality with a balanced overall sound and a surprisingly great bass response that makes it thumpy but doesn't muddy the sound. Realistically, you can pretty much listen to any genre of music you want on the XM5s, although it does slightly favor those who prefer a more neutral sound rather than something a bit more bass-heavy.

Read more
Staring deep into the anti-glare abyss of the Samsung S95D
Samsung S95D Anti-Glare

From the moment the Samsung S95D OLED made its first appearance at CES 2024, I’ve called its anti-glare, anti-reflection technology a game-changer for OLED TVs. But the moment those words left my mouth, concern that this technology might somehow degrade the picture quality started up.

Since then, I’ve seen the S95D in a couple of other settings, but I’ve always said I would reserve my final opinion until I properly review the TV. And I'm prepared to be proven wrong.

Read more