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Christmas movies have become more like a holiday perennial. Nothing gets one into the spirit of Christmas more than gathering with the loved ones and busting out a playlist loaded with timeless Christmas classics. Not sure why, but holiday movies serve as a perfect therapy. They have the key to turning frowns upside down.
Speaking of Christmas classics. How many times while channel surfing did you stumble upon the movie A Christmas Story? It is one of the quintessential Christmas classics that no one complains watching, even if it’s for the billionth time.
A Christmas Story is adapted from a small section of Jean Shepherd’s novel In God We Trust: All Others Pay Cash. The movie was released in 1983 and it was initially deemed as a sleeper film. A Sleeper Film is the one that does unsuccessfully on release but becomes a success later on. Over the years, A Christmas Story garnered a considerable amount of attention and earned critical accolades from across the world. What helped this movie become this popular? TV airings and home video release. Almost every other American network runs marathons of A Christmas Story each holiday season. It’s no surprise if you’ve memorized every dialogue of this movie by heart. We have too!
A Christmas Story has become an annual Christmas special. From Rotten Tomatoes to Metacritic, every prominent consensus site has something good to say about this Christmas classic.
The story of this movie revolves around a 9-year-old boy, Ralphie. With Christmas approaching, Ralphie asks his parents for the perfect gift – a Red Ryder Carbine Action Air Rifle. His desire ends up with his mum’s rejection, along with weirdly similar warnings from Miss Shields (his teacher) and Santa Claus at Higbee’s Store: “You’ll shoot your eye out!” Thinking that adults are mean and never onboard with what he wants, Ralphie turns a deaf ear to the advice.
But, since Christmas is all about miracles. Ralphie finally gets the gift of his dreams. Excited, he runs outside to try his new gun but gets himself in a terrible accident that nearly made him lose his eye. Realizing that maybe adults aren’t that mean after all, Ralphie learns a lesson. Next time, he’ll think twice before turning a deaf ear to the advice of his elders.
That’s just one lesson the movie teaches us. There are a few other as well. If you’re one of those who still haven’t watched A Christmas Story, we won’t spoil further. Tune into networks that air this movie every Christmas, or stream on HBO Max – the choice is all yours!
HBO is one of the few premium TV networks that aired A Christmas Story in 1985 for the first time right next to The Movie Channel and SHOWTIME. Speaking of HBO, even after all these years the favorite American pay TV network is keeping the Christmas tradition alive with its VOD platform HBO Max.
A Christmas Story is available on HBO Max. You can stream it every day or run a full marathon this Christmas. You’ll even find the sequel ‘A Christmas Story 2’ there. The critics and viewers don’t speak very fondly of the sequel so don’t say we didn’t give you a heads up.
If you’re all about heading down the land of Nostalgia especially during the holidays, then HBO Max has got a digital stocking’s worth of Christmas movies ready to be streamed. But the real question is, does your TV provider offer HBO Max? Let’s find out!
HBO Max unlocks a huge streaming catalog. Besides the originally produced HBO content, you get the entire lot of Max originals, and content from Adult Swim, CNN, Cartoon Network, Crunchyroll, TBS, DC Entertainment, The CW, and New Line Cinema. What further adds to HBO Max being the most high-profile streaming platform is the licensed content from Studio Ghibli, BBC originals, and of course, re-runs of Friends and The Big Bang Theory.
Being high-profile comes at a cost. And for all the great supply of content, HBO Max charges its subscribers $14.99 a month. Compared to Netflix, Disney+, etc. the price is steep so to speak. However, there is a way you can save on the subscription fee. Interested in finding out how?
For starters, if you’re an AT&T customer, there’s a chance that you’re already enjoying a free HBO Max subscription with it. AT&T includes HBO Max subscription in wireless and 1 GIG Fiber Internet plans at no extra charge. DIRECTV and DIRECTV STREAM include access to HBO Max with the PREMIER plan. Other DIRECTV Satellite and DIRECTV STREAM plans, except the starter ENTERTAINMENT tier, include HBO Max free for first 3 months. After that you can add HBO Max to your lineup for additional monthly cost.
Other providers follow suit and include HBO Max subscription in select internet and TV plans, free for a limited time or for the length of service. You can check with your provider about that. If you’re curious to find out if your provider supports HBO Max, then here’s a list that should help you:
You can also find the full list of providers that support HBO Max here.
If you’ve recently moved to a place or have been looking to switch providers, this gives you another reason to hurry. Bring home plans from one of the aforementioned providers that support HBO Max and have the time of your life.
If you’re already using one of the providers mentioned above and have the original HBO network included in your lineup, you’ll already have access to HBO Max.
Well, the Christmas is a week away and to get you into the holiday spirit, HBO Max has a plethora of holiday flicks ready to be streamed, including the beloved classic, A Christmas Story and of course, its sequel. And, do you know what’s the best part? You can watch the holiday classics on HBO Max round the year. Holidays or not, you can always escape from the overwhelming routine to the comfort and joy of Christmas whenever you want.
Additionally, what makes HBO Max totally worth the shot is that you can simultaneously stream it on up to 3 devices. If you try to stream on more than 3 devices, you’ll receive a “Streaming on too many devices” notification. HBO Max also lets you create up to 5 user profiles on a single account. There are parental controls available as well. If you’re looking to create a profile for your kid, then set content limits and keep everything under your control.
You can download the content from HBO Max too. Per account, there’s a freedom to download up to 30 titles across all user profiles. HBO Max also supports downloading for offline viewing. Save the download on your device and watch it whenever you want. Unwatched, downloaded content expires after 30 days. Similarly, for content that you’re already streaming, you get 48 hours to finish before the download expires. If you’re curious to find out about when your downloads will expire, then head to the Downloads list on your HBO Max account.
To stream HBO Max, you’ll need a device that connects with the internet. Make sure you’re using a reliable internet service like AT&T Fiber, Mediacom Internet, or any of your choice, to enjoy unhindered streaming during the holidays.
Once your reliable internet connection is in the play, you should be able to stream HBO Max on the following devices:
This year, continue to keep the Christmas tradition alive and stream A Christmas Story on HBO Max. Sign up if you haven’t already because HBO Max has got a plethora of Christmas content that’ll make your holidays even more cheerful. You can sign up for HBO Max through the website www.hbomax.com or through the list of providers that we’ve shared above.
If your cable or satellite TV provider offers HBO network, you should be able to elevate your experience up a notch by using the HBO Max app. Top providers like AT&T offer a good value with HBO Max included at no extra cost with select home internet and wireless plans. To find out if your provider supports HBO Max, click here.
Here’s a list with providers that include HBO Max in their select TV and/or Internet plans.
If your smart TV is having trouble downloading the HBO Max app, check your internet connection. Go to your TV’s network settings and check if it’s connected to a network.
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