HBO has released the MAX Go app for Cinemax Subscribers. If you are subscriber who travels abroad you are left on your own as the app only works within the US. That is unless you use the following trick.
The quick disclaimer: You have to be a subscriber to Cinemax in order for this to work. So unless you have access to subscriber info trough a relative or friend in the US you can’t use this trick. If you are a subscriber or have a friend lending you the log in info then read along.
How to Make MAX Go think you are in the US
When you try to load up the MAX Go app when you are outside the US you will be meet by the following message: “An internet connection is needed to access the MAX go app please try again”. The message is badly worded and should read something like: The MAX Go app can only be used within the USA. Anyhow there is a way to trick the app.
Like many other services the MAX Go servers will take a look at your IP address when you connect to the service, and if they detect that you are not in the US then you will get blocked out. The way around this is to use a Virtual Private Network or VPN to connect to a server in the US that will act as a middleman between you and Cinemax. That way it will look like you are in the US and you will be allowed to stream to the MAX Go app abroad.
Setting up VPN to use MAX Go
First of all you need to find a proper VPN provider with plenty of bandwidth to handle the load of video streaming. Personally I prefer Unlocator as it performed way better than any other provider I have tried. Besides they have a 60% saving on their 12-month subscriptions although they have 1-month plans too.
Anyhow once you have signed up you will get the url to the server, username and password and you can input it on your device and connect to the VPN. On iPhones and iPads you go to Settings > General > Network and the choose VPN and input the settings. On Android the methods may differ a bit depending on the version and device you are using, but the setup is very much the same.
So that is all there is to it of you are looking for ways to use the MAX Go app abroad and get the most out of your Cinemax subscription. Don’t forget that this works for the browser version too were you will be meet by:”To access HBO GO℠, you must reside within the fifty states of the United States of America. If you reside in this area and are still experiencing difficulties, please contact your television provider”. Just use the VPN as described above on your computer and you are good to go.