Godzilla vs. Kong. Photo: Decider
Godzilla vs. Kong. Photo: Decider

Godzilla vs Kong should release on HBO Max at 12:01am PDT, 3:01am EDT, and 8:01am GMT. This falls in line with standard release times for streaming movies and shows, including for those on HBO Max. While Wonder Woman 1984 had a special release time in the mid-morning, all the other Warner Bros.' movies have come out at midnight Pacific, including Zack Snyder's Justice League. But unlike that DC movie, it should be easy for viewers to watch Godzilla vs Kong at midnight.

Godzilla vs Kong is under two hours long, which means it can be completed while the sun is still down - if people watch it immediately at midnight Pacific (if they're on the west coast of the U.S.) - or at least sometime in the morning hours. Director Adam Wingard previously said that he likes movies to be less than two hours long, because if Godzilla vs Kong was any longer, it wouldn't be more monsters fighting, it would be people standing around talking about monsters. If, for some reason, the Godzilla vs Kong release time isn't midnight Pacific, it should still release early in the day.

How to Watch Godzilla vs. Kong for free on HBO Max

Right now, HBO Max is the only place to watch Godzilla vs. Kong online. After its premiere on Wednesday, March 31 at 12AM PT, or 3AM ET, Godzilla vs. Kong will remain available to stream on HBO Max at no extra cost to subscribers for one month, or 31 days. What that means is that you have until Friday, April 30 to catch Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max until it leaves the platform during the rest of its theatrical run. If you’re not an existing subscriber, however, there are still options to stream Godzilla vs. Kong for free up ahead, as reported by stylecaster.

Which Warner Bros. movies are hitting HBO Max, and when are their release dates?
Warner Bros.' 2021 slate of new movies is set for release in theaters and on HBO Max on the following dates:

Currently available through April 30: Godzilla vs. Kong.

April 23: Mortal Kombat.

June 4: The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It.

June 11: In the Heights.

July 16: Space Jam: A New Legacy.

Aug. 6: The Suicide Squad.

Aug. 27: Reminiscence.

Date TBD: Malignant.

Sept. 24: The Many Saints of Newark.

Oct. 1: Dune.

Oct. 22: Cry Macho.

Nov. 19: King Richard.

Dec. 22: Matrix.

All these titles will be available on HBO Max the same day they hit theaters in the US.

Any title listed with a "TBD" doesn't have a confirmed release date yet, but it's placed on the list in loose chronological order for when it's expected to come out.

When do these movies land on HBO Max? What time is the very earliest I can stream them?

Titles are generally expected to become available to stream on Max at 12:01 a.m. PT/3:01 a.m. ET the day of their release. But the timing may vary, depending on when the first cinematic screenings take place at brick-and-mortar theaters. Wonder Woman 1984, for example, became available at 9 a.m. PT/noon ET on Dec. 25 because that was the earliest theaters were open that day.

The movies will be available to stream on HBO Max for 31 days. They're generally expected to be removed from the service at 11:59 p.m. PT on that 31st day.

All Warner Bros. movies released in this "hybrid" model on HBO Max will be available to watch in in 4K Ultra HD resolution and HDR image quality, even though those format aren't yet standard for the full Max library.

But it looks like 2021 will be the only year for this phenomenon of streaming new big-screen movies on HBO Max as soon they hit theaters. Warner Bros.' recent deals with theaters suggest this so-called "day-and-date" release strategy -- when a movie premieres in theaters and on HBO Max on the same day -- won't continue into 2022. For example, Warner Bros.' deal with Regal Cinema's parent company arranged for a 45-day theaters-only "window" starting in 2022, which means theaters will get at least a month and a half to screen new movies without any competition against a streaming service, according to Cnet.

Does HBO Max offer a free trial?

HBO Max: What to Know bout Godzilla vs Kong, Movies, and Free Trials
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As far as a direct option from the HBO Max website goes, sadly not. But there is another option for an HBO Max free trial that we'll detail below. It's worth noting that HBO Max is only $14.99 a month and you can cancel anytime you want (no lengthy contract nonsense here). It's really shaping up to be the year's hottest streaming service too.

HBO Max seemed to stop its free trial option late last year, just before Wonder Woman 1984 came to the service as the first movie Warner released on it at the same time as the theatrical version. So if you wanted to watch Wonder Woman 1984 on Christmas Day you were just left with the $14.99 a month option (though there was a discounted bundle for an annual deal that has since expired).

HBO clearly saw what was about to happen with loads of people wanting to just dive in for the free trial then bail a month later. And seeing as HBO Max is getting the likes of Snyder Cut, Godzilla vs Kong, Mortal Kombat, and much more, in the next month or so we wouldn't expect the free trial to come back anytime soon. Give it a few months and there might be a particularly quiet period between cinema releases or the subscriber numbers need a boost, which could warrant a return of the HBO Max trial.

It's not out of the question, especially with competition heating up with streaming fans picking up Disney Plus bundles, or checking out the latest Peacock TV costs and Paramount Plus prices (the latter two still have free trials too). but like we mentioned earlier, there is still a way to get an HBO Max free, cited gamesradar.

What's the cheapest way to get HBO Max without a free trial?

WarnerMedia’s VOD platform has tonnes of excellent content, but at a monthly rate of $14.99, it’s one of the pricier offerings when compared to Hulu, Netflix, and Disney Plus. That said, you can significantly reduce that amount, or even get HBO Max for free if you qualify.

If you’re subscribed to HBO or HBO Now already, and signed up via one of the providers listed here, then hallelujah amen! You’ll have absolutely free access to HBO Max, too – just download the HBO Max app and sign in using your existing details.

Promotions are regularly updated, so check its website for the latest offers.

And while the HBO Max free trial has gone – for now – potential subscribers can still check out some of their biggest shows for nothing. Just visit the ‘Free Episodes’ section of its website to enjoy a small sample of their content: ranging from DC’s Doom Patrol, Game of Thrones, and Euphoria, to Max Originals like Raised by Wolves, Love Life, and The Flight Attendant.

How much does HBO Max cost?

HBO Max is $15 a month. It doesn't have a free trial, but the company occasionally offers discounts if you prepay for an extended period of time. For example, before launch, people who preordered the service at HBOMax.com unlocked a discount deal that lowered the price to $13 a month for the first year.

AT&T, the parent company of both HBO Max and Warner Bros., is also offering a complicated matrix of promos for HBO Max. Some customers get Max at no extra cost, while others qualify for a one-month, three-month or one-year free trial. Your best shot at figuring out whether you qualify is to check your account or the myAT&T app, but CNET also lists AT&T's qualification terms for its HBO Max promos.

A cheaper tier with advertising is on the way. HBO Max will launch a lower-priced, ad-supported version in June. The company hasn't set a price yet for this cheaper tier. And this lower-priced level has a major limitation: It won't include any of the brand-new Warner Bros. movies. If you want to stream any of them when they first hit theaters, you'll have to be on the costlier, ad-free subscription.

Compared with rival streaming services, HBO Max's $15-a-month pricing may feel steep. Disney Plus is $7 a month, going up to $8 a month in March; and Apple TV Plus is $5, though it keep extended free trials for anyone who has bought a new Apple gadget. But HBO Max's price is on close to Netflix's most popular plan, which is $14, as cited by Cnet.

What can I watch on HBO Max?

Pure TV gold. It’s got everything HBO ever produced, including critically acclaimed hits like The Wire, Westworld, Six Feet Under, and Sex and The City, while being the exclusive home to immensely popular sitcoms like Friends and The Big Bang Theory.

It also hosts films from dozens of major studios, for example, Paramount Pictures, MGM, and Warner Bros, which means viewers can immerse themselves in cinema classics from the Hollywood Golden Age (Gone with the Wind, The Wizard of Oz) all the way up to contemporary blockbusters like 2019’s Joker, and the award-winning anime of Studio Ghibli.

Most exciting is that Warner Brothers 2021 films are all heading to HBO Max day-and-date with their theatrical release – meaning you won’t have to wait a second to stream mind-blowing new movies like Denis Villeneuve’s Dune, The Matrix 4, and Godzilla vs. Kong.

About “Godzilla vs. Kong”

Monarch is now embarking upon a treacherous mission to discover the Titans’ origins, piecing together the story that created the ancient grudge that somehow left both creatures in tenuous isolation. This fourth film in Legendary’s monster saga has Mark (Kyle Chandler) and Madison (Millie Bobby Brown) Russell reprising their roles from ‘Godzilla: King of the Monsters’ as father and daughter, and also sees the return of Ling Chen (Zhang Ziyi). Hop on HBO Max March 31 to witness the epic clash between two of cinema’s biggest titans!

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