If you can‘t make it to theaters this Christmas, not to worry! Warner Bros. is bringing one of the holiday season‘s biggest blockbusters, Wonder Woman 1984, directly into your living room. This handy guide will give you all the details on how to stream Wonder Woman 1984 from the comfort of your couch using the HBO Max streaming service.
Overview of Wonder Woman 1984: The Next Exciting Chapter
After her triumphant big screen debut in 2017‘s Wonder Woman, Diana Prince is back in the hotly anticipated sequel Wonder Woman 1984. The era has shifted from World War I to the 1980s, bringing vivid new settings, fashions, music, and technologies.
Gal Gadot returns as the compassionate yet fierce Amazonian warrior princess, Wonder Woman. Chris Pine also reprises his role as Steve Trevor, Diana‘s love interest who seemingly perished in the first film.
New additions include Kristen Wiig as archaeologist Barbara Minerva who gains dangerous powers becoming Cheetah, and Pedro Pascal as the villainous media mogul Maxwell Lord.
The cast also includes Robin Wright returning as Antiope, Connie Nielsen back as Hippolyta, and newcomers Natasha Rothwell, Ravi Patel, Gabriella Wilde, Kristoffer Polaha, and Amr Waked.
Behind the scenes, Patty Jenkins directs once again from a script by Dave Callaham, Geoff Johns, and Jenkins herself. The original lyrical theme by Hans Zimmer returns as well.
Plot details have been kept largely under wraps. Early reviews suggest Wonder Woman 1984 aims for aspirational and optimistic tone with themes of truth and redemption. Diana finds new foes in the era of excess, facing challenges put forth by Maxwell Lord along with the metamorphosis of her friend Barbara.
Critics praise the direction, performances, upbeat tone, and themes of love defeating violence. Stunning visuals and energetic action scenes also impress, with a runtime around 2 hours 31 minutes.
Streaming Premiere: Christmas Day on HBO Max
Rather than delaying the film further, Warner Bros. has taken the unprecedented move of premiering Wonder Woman 1984 in theaters and on HBO Max simultaneously on December 25, 2020.
This means subscribers can stream Wonder Woman 1984 at no extra charge beyond the standard $14.99 monthly cost for HBO Max. You can watch as much as you want for as long as you are subscribed.
Industry analysts predict this hybrid release strategy could boost subscriptions for HBO Max as audiences seek home streaming options. However, it has fueled controversy among cinema chains and traditional distribution models.
Other upcoming Warner Bros. films like Dune, The Suicide Squad, and The Matrix 4 will also premiere "day-and-date" in theaters and on HBO Max in 2021. It‘s an experimental response aiming to balance safety with accessibility amidst the ongoing pandemic.
However you choose to watch Wonder Woman 1984 this holiday season, it promises a thrilling new adventure with one of cinema‘s most beloved superheroines.
What is HBO Max? Overview of the Streaming Service
HBO Max is the new streaming home for all things WarnerMedia entertainment, offering over 10,000 hours of content. This includes:
- All HBO original programming, from classics like Game of Thrones to recent hits like Euphoria
- DC Comics films and shows like Joker, Wonder Woman, and Harley Quinn
- Popular TV series like Friends, The Big Bang Theory, South Park, The West Wing, and more
- Classic films and franchises including The Wizard of Oz, Casablanca, 2001: A Space Odyssey, The Matrix, and more
- New Max Originals like The Flight Attendant and Raised by Wolves
- Content from TBS, TNT, Adult Swim, Looney Tunes, Studio Ghibli, the Criterion Collection, and more
As of December 2020, HBO Max has 12.6 million activated subscribers according to WarnerMedia. They project hitting 50 million U.S. subscribers by 2025.
HBO Max is widely available across mobile, web, and popular connected TV platforms. This includes iOS, Android, Roku, Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV, PlayStation, Chromecast, Samsung and LG smart TVs, and more.
Up to 5 personalized profiles can stream simultaneously, with support for 4K UHD playback and mobile downloads. Parental controls and filters by rating are also offered.
HBO Max Membership Pricing
|Annual Subscription||$149.99/year (16% savings vs. monthly)|
Let‘s go over how to get signed up so you can start streaming Wonder Woman 1984 on December 25th!
Signing Up for HBO Max
Here are step-by-step instructions for becoming an HBO Max member and accessing Wonder Woman 1984:
Go to the HBO Max website – www.hbomax.com
Select "Sign Up Now" – This takes you to the account registration page.
Choose Your Plan – Pick between monthly or annual pricing, then input your email and password to create your account.
Add Payment Information – Provide your preferred payment method such as credit/debit card or Paypal.
Start Your Membership – Your account will now be active. You can browse titles and select profiles.
Stream WW84 on December 25! – Log into your HBO Max account on any supported device to watch Wonder Woman 1984 the day it premieres!
HBO Max is compatible with a wide array of streaming devices, smartphones, smart TVs, and other platforms. Below I‘ll cover how to get it set up on some of the most popular options.
Download and Install HBO Max on Your Devices
It‘s easy to set up HBO Max on platforms like Roku, Fire TV, iOS and Android mobile devices, game consoles, and more.
Here are step-by-step installation instructions for the top options:
Amazon Fire TV and Fire Tablets
From the main Fire TV menu, select the "Find" option followed by the Search Magnifying Glass icon.
Type in "HBO Max" using the on-screen keyboard.
Select the HBO Max app from the search results list.
Choose "Download" to install it on your Fire TV device.
The HBO Max app will now be available in your Fire TV apps menu. Select to open it.
Sign in using your HBO Max account email and password to start watching.
Apple iPhones and iPads
On your iPhone or iPad, open up the Apple App Store.
Tap the Search tab and enter “HBO Max” in the search field.
Tap "Get" on the HBO Max app page to install it on your iOS device.
You can then find the HBO Max app on your home screen – launch the app.
Login with your HBO Max username and password or select "Sign Up" to create a new account.
Android Smartphones and Tablets
From your Android mobile device, access the Google Play app store.
Search for “HBO Max” using the search bar.
Tap on the HBO Max app result.
Select "Install" to download the HBO Max app.
Open the newly installed HBO Max app from your apps menu.
Enter your HBO Max sign-in information or choose "Sign Up" to create a new account.
From your Roku home screen, navigate to the "Search" option.
Type in the words “HBO Max” in the search bar.
Highlight the HBO Max app from the search results.
Choose "Add Channel" to install HBO Max on your Roku device.
The HBO Max app will now be available in your Roku apps library – launch it.
Login using your existing HBO Max account credentials or select "Sign Up".
Follow the same general steps to install the HBO Max app on additional platforms like:
- PlayStation 4 – Search in PlayStation Store, download app, open and login
- Xbox One – Search in Microsoft Store, download app, open and login
- Chromecast Built-in – Cast from mobile device Chromecast button
- Apple TV – Search in App Store, download app, open and login
- Android TV – Search in Google Play Store, download app, open and login
And many more smart TVs, streaming devices, gaming consoles and mobile platforms!
Tips for the Best Wonder Woman 1984 Streaming Experience
You‘ll want optimal streaming conditions to fully enjoy Wonder Woman‘s next big screen adventure from your home theater.
Here are some tips for maximizing performance:
For flawless 4K HDR quality, you need download speeds of at least 25 Mbps. Test your internet speeds at Fast.com or Speedtest.net.
Steady wired connections over Ethernet provide fastest and most reliable speeds if available. Use newer Cat5e or Cat6 cables.
If watching over WiFi, position your device closer to the router and minimize interference from other electronics. Dual band routers offer better performance on the 5Ghz band.
Close any bandwidth-heavy programs during streaming, like video calls, large downloads, gaming, etc. They can bottleneck your streaming connection.
On mobile devices, switch to airplane mode and enable WiFi to avoid cellular data interruptions. Disable Bluetooth as well.
Allow your streaming device and television display a few minutes to buffer the stream before playback. This prevents choppiness or resolution downgrades during peak scenes.
Enable HDR, Dolby Vision, or any advanced picture settings available on your television for optimal video quality. Enable surround sound audio if available.
Reduce lighting glare by closing blinds or curtains. Position bias lighting behind the television to reduce eye strain without glare.
With strong internet speeds, minimized network congestion, and optimized AV settings, you‘ll be able to enjoy Wonder Woman 1984 in the highest streaming quality possible this Christmas from your own home theater!
Alternatives for Watching Wonder Woman 1984
While HBO Max will exclusively stream Wonder Woman 1984 initially starting on December 25th, you will have other options to access the movie in 2021:
4K Ultra HD and Blu-ray – Wonder Woman 1984 will be released physically on March 30, 2021. Preorder now to add it to your disc collection in stunning 4K with Dolby Atmos audio.
Digital Rental/Purchase – The film will be available to rent or buy digitally via platforms like Amazon, iTunes, Google Play, Vudu, YouTube, and more. Likely starting in January 2021.
Cable and Network Television – After the theatrical and streaming run, Wonder Woman 1984 will eventually make its way to cable TV and local networks. Potentially late 2021.
So while HBO Max is the exclusive destination for streaming Wonder Woman 1984 this Christmas, you‘ll gain more viewing options as we head into 2021 across physical media, digital storefronts, cable networks, and local television.
Frequently Asked Questions
See below for answers to common questions about watching Wonder Woman 1984:
How long will Wonder Woman 1984 be on HBO Max?
Wonder Woman 1984 will be available exclusively via HBO Max for one month, through January 24, 2021. It will leave the streaming platform after this window closes.
Does HBO Max offer a free trial?
Yes, HBO Max offers a 7-day free trial for new subscribers. Just remember to cancel before the 7 days conclude if you don‘t wish to be charged monthly fees.
What internet speed is needed for best quality?
To stream in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos audio, an internet connection with minimum speeds of 25 Mbps is recommended for optimal performance.
Is HBO Max available outside the US?
The standalone HBO Max service is currently only available in the United States. However, Wonder Woman 1984 will be available internationally on platforms where HBO content is accessible.
Can I download Wonder Woman 1984 to watch offline?
Yes! HBO Max enables mobile downloads on tablets and phones to watch offline. Downloads are available for 30 days before expiring. Great for flights or roadtrips!
How can I get HBO Max on my TV?
HBO Max is available on major streaming platforms like Roku, Fire TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, PlayStation, Xbox, and smart TVs from Samsung, Vizio, Sony, LG, and more.
How much data will streaming use?
At maximum quality, HBO Max uses up to 7 GB per hour for 4K streaming. At standard definition quality, it uses about 3 GB per hour. Manage data settings to control usage.
I hope this comprehensive guide helps you excitedly count down the days until Wonder Woman‘s triumphant return! Share this advice with your family and friends so you can all stream Wonder Woman 1984 together this holiday season.