In an effort to promote the October 1 release of “The Many Saints of Newark,” HBO has decided to make Season 1 of “The Sopranos” available to watch on HBO Max without a subscription, according to Variety.
Viewers in the U.S. will not be required to pay a cent, nor will they need to register an email address, in order to stream the inaugural season. The 1999 debut will be available until October 8 before returning to HBO Max’s ad-free $14.99-per-month subscription catalog. The cable giant will also be releasing “Many Saints” on the app and streaming it for 31 days straight, though this release will only be for subscribers.
WarnerMedia will also be giving Sopranos fans a spotlight page via the HBO Max app, which will include a curated collection of “Essential Episodes” and the “Evolution of Tony Soprano,” Variety reports. The role of Tony, which was played by late actor James Gandolfini, is being portrayed by Gandolfini’s son Michael in “Many Saints.” The 22-year-old will be playing a young Tony entrenched in the world of the Jersey mob during the 1967 Newark riots.