HBO Free Preview now through May 17

Get ready folks, because you can enjoy a free preview of HBO on DIRECTV, right now and continuing until May 17. This time, it’s to help you focus on Joker, which is probably the last major new release before HBo Max launches on May 27.

Joker, last year’s disturbing hit, combines the antihero ethos of Scorsese films, notably Taxi Driver and The King of Comedy, with the superhero genre. It was roundly criticized at launch, because of the toxically masculine nature of the lead character. Perhaps that’s true, but the film also has something to say that’s surprisingly important. It’s also a stark reminder of how different life was just six months ago.

If that’s not your style…

HBO also recently released Downton Abbey, the followup film to the hit PBS release from several years back. If you’ve been missing the Crawleys and their family of servants, this one’s right up your alley. It’s pure feel-good TV, low stakes and smiles throughout. At this point that sounds pretty good.

HBO on DIRECTV is a great value

You’ll find HBO on channels 501-512 on DIRECTV. Channel 512 is a trivia channel that will reward you for what you’ve already watched and whet your appetite for HBO Max.

Speaking of HBO Max, it looks like HBO subscribers on DIRECTV will get access to HBO Max when it launches in just about two weeks. This makes HBO on DIRECTV a great value, because you also get all the original streaming content of HBO Max as well as all those channels of live television. It’s a bundle that simply can’t be beat.

If you’re a DIRECTV subscriber already, you can add HBO easily by going to or and signing in with your username and password. If you’d prefer to speak to a real person, call our Novi, Michigan call center where we’re fully staffed. We’re ready to help you with service upgrades, new equipment, and we can even suggest accessories that might go well with your DIRECTV service. The number to call is 888-233-7563 and we’re here during East Coast business hours.

Enjoy the free preview, and if you like what you see.. subscribe to HBO!

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