Having trouble unblocking HBO Max outside the US? Well, you’re not the only one. HBO Max deploys some of the most aggressive filters to block VPNs from accessing the streaming service outside the US. That said, there are still a few VPNs that can unblock HBO Max. NordVPN claims to be one of those VPNs. Which brings us to our main question, that is: Does NordVPN work with HBO Max?

The purpose of this article is to test NordVPN with HBO Max and determine if the VPN can unblock the streaming service and allow us to stream in full HD without any buffering. However, if you just want a quick answer, here you go: Yes, NordVPN works with HBO Max.

Why Does HBO Max Block VPNs? 

The simple answer to this is: copyright issues. When you produce media content, you have the copyright rights to it. Therefore, you can restrict your media from getting accessed. When HBO Max buys the rights of media content, it has to abide by the copyright limitations. Most copyright limits media to the U.S. region, and hence when you attempt to access it, you get rejected. 

When you attempt to access HBO Max with a free or bad VPN connection, you will hit a brick wall. You will get the following message, “Not in Service Area or VPN Detected”. Therefore, you need a reliable VPN that is specifically optimized to bypass the HBO Max blocks.

Does NordVPN Work with HBO Max? 

Rigorous testing shows that the answer is yes. NordVPN is an excellent service that gets past the toughest of VPN bans. Yes, this includes HBO Max! 

First off, NordVPN offers more than 5,700 servers all over the world. There are thousands of servers available specifically for the US.

To test NordVPN on HBO Max, all we did is subscribe to NordVPN and connect to a US server. From there, we launched the HBO Max website and accessed its library. It is a facilitated process because of NordVPN’s easy access, and simple interface. 

The image below shows the HBO max website, unblocked from our region which is outside of the US. Keep in mind, You have to log in to your HBO max account, which means you have to subscribe. We will get to that soon.

Accessing HBO Max With NordVPN

Although NordVPN can unblock HBO Max, it’s not the only VPN that can do that. Head over to our article on the best VPNs for HBO Max for a full overview of the top VPNs you can use for this streaming service.

Best NordVPN servers for HBO Max 

Worried about speed? Not anymore! According to our tests, NordVPN is more than enough when it comes to streaming quality. To stream HBO Max with HD quality, you need a minimum 5 Mpbs connection.

According to our speed tests on multiple NordVPN servers in the US, The bandwidth speed is more than enough to stream HBO Max in full HD without any significant buffering or stuttering issues. We recorded the fastest speed test on the Atlanta server. Keep in mind, these tests are performed on a 100 Mbps connection.

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How to pay for HBO Max outside the US?

Another bump in the road is figuring out how to get an HBO Max account. To access the service, you need an account and a subscription. This means that you have to pay using a credit or debit card located in the U.S. This may seem complicated and tough to bypass, but we got you the solution! 

There are several ways to make it look like you are paying using a US address. 

The first way is using the service, Statescard. This service provides you a US address that you can use to pay your HBO Max subscription. With Statescard, you get your very own virtual US card, and you can use that to pay for any US located service, including HBO Max. The process is simple: get a Statescard subscription for 3$ a month, and subscribe to HBO Max using that. Simple enough, right? 

Another way to pay for HBO Max outside the US is to pay using a PayPal account.  

Also, you can install NordVPN on your phone, connect to a U.S. server, and create a new Apple ID or Google Play account. Use the ‘American’ account to pay for HBO Max. This way, NordVPN would help you pay for the service AND access it. 

Conclusion – Does NordVPN work with HBO Max? 

As you can clearly see in our test runs, NordVPN can in fact unblock HBO Max. Our speed tests also showed that you can very easily stream in HD or Ultra HD quality without buffering.

NordVPN provides you with access to geo-restricted websites and this includes HBO Max which is usually tough to crack. You can connect to a NordVPN server, and use our presented ways to pay for an HBO Max account. This helps you easily access the service with almost no effort. Enjoy your streaming!

Sarah Thompson

Author & Editor

About the Author

Sarah, a University of Southern California graduate in Information Technology, is a seasoned IT professional and cybersecurity specialist with over a decade's experience. She honed her skills at a leading cybersecurity firm, specializing in data privacy and VPNs. Her meticulous approach and extensive hands-on experience make her a respected author and trusted voice in the industry, particularly on VPN and streamiing services.

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