HBO Max review: 10,000 hours of great TV and movies but still incomplete

HBO Max, HBO’s entry into the streaming wars, is a slick app chock-full of popular TV shows and movies. It’s got HBO’s entire catalog, along with favorites such as Friends, Rick and Morty, the Lord of the Rings and Harry Potter movies, and almost every Studio Ghibli film — making it a solid streaming collection for adults and children, with the ability to control ratings on kids’ profiles better than most other services. 

Like

  • Large, varied content catalog for the same price as HBO Now
  • Simple, easy-to-navigate interface
  • Large children’s catalog and customizable rating settings
  • Ability to see what movies and shows are coming and going

Don’t Like

  • High price
  • Not yet available on Roku or Amazon Fire TV
  • No 4K HDR
  • Can’t import watch history or personalized recommendations

If you already subscribe to HBO or the HBO Now streaming service (or, let’s be real, mooch off someone else’s account), HBO Max is a great upgrade that gives you a nice new interface and loads more content for the same $14.99 a month. But if you’re a brand-new subscriber, that price is at the high end — especially if you already pay for Netflix, Hulu, Disney

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Coronavirus stimulus check: All about your payment status, IRS prepaid card, qualifications

We spell out all you need to know about the government’s stimulus check program here.


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Intended to help US taxpayers ride out the worsening financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic, the $2 trillion CARES Act includes aid for individuals and business. As part of the law passed in March, Americans eligible for payments can receive stimulus checks up to $1,200 a piece. 

For many, the rescue package offers financial help but comes with questions about who qualifies, how much money they can actually expect, when they’ll get their payment and what could be delaying the receipt of a check. The conversation around the relief package now also includes the possibility of a second stimulus check, for as much as another $1,200 per person.

We’ll try to answer your common questions about how the stimulus check works, including:

If you’re looking for more personal finance information, here are recommendations on how to spend the stimulus money, how coronavirus affects your rent payment and how else you can get financial relief during the outbreak.

How

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