HBO Max News

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  1. Nov 13, 2020 #1 of 143
    techguy88

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    Some news for HBO Max
    • The Turner networks (TBS, TNT, truTV) will showcase some HBO Max programming during Thanksgiving this year.
      • TNT go into a DC lovefest with most of the DC Extended Universe movies. It will have the network/Pay 2 window premiere of Aquaman that was just rotated out of HBO. An episode of the DC Universe/HBO Max original Titans will air on 11/26 @ 11pm ET.
      • TBS is focusing more on family & comedy movies. Shows streaming exclusively on HBO Max (Friends, The Big Bang Theory) will have marathons. On Sunday, November 29th at 10:30pm TBS will show the premiere episode of The Flight Attendant after a marathon of Kaley Cuoco's favorite TBBT episodes.
      • truTV seems to be doing a repeat/marathons of their shows on HBO Max. Tis a shame as they could have let truTV air the first episode of an HBO Max comedy or something lol.
    • TiVo is having a special where you can buy a TiVo Stream 4K get one month of HBO Max at no extra cost. (New HBO Max subs only.)
      • The offer also comes with a $30 credit towards any Sling TV package so total savings is $44.99. TiVo Stream 4K retails for $49.99. So if you are someone (or know of a loved one) who wants to try out these two services then it is an awesome deal tbh.
    • It seems Roku is still pushing the Roku OS 9.4.1 update to its 4K devices. Once that update hits those users can watch HBO Max via AirPlay from an Apple device like iPod Touch, iPhone, iPad, Mac.
     
  2. Nov 14, 2020 #2 of 143
    billsharpe

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    My TCL HDTV is still running Roku OS 9.3. It does seem to take awhile for the Roku updates to reach these sets.

    Update: I found my TCL set updated to Roku OS 9.4 on Saturday morning. I can now use AirPlay on my iPad to send screen to TV set directly as well as going through my AppleTV cube.
     
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    Good to see HBO Max officially coming to the FireTV though, since sideloading it was so easy it isn’t as big a deal as it could have been.

    That leaves only Roku not actually having it though being able to use AirPlay to accomplish that is better than nothing.

    Now onto Peacock...
     
  5. Nov 16, 2020 #5 of 143
    lacubs

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    i hope Roku is coming soon
     
  6. Nov 17, 2020 #6 of 143
    techguy88

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    It seems AT&T/WarnerMedia got their way on the big sticking point. None of the "Max content" is on Prime Video Channels. Unlike Apple, Amazon is still able to offer an HBO subscription via Prime Video Channels with all the HBO content and linear channels. After subscribing to the HBO-Prime Video Channel the banner changes and says "HBO Max Access the HBO Max app with your Amazon login". Amazon users can also do in-app purchase for the monthly subscription.

    I hate when the terms and conditions are not disclosed but I do wonder what AT&T/WarnerMedia gave Amazon to achieve their goal lol.
     
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    Davenlr

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    Yea, especially since every time I try to load HBOMAX on my FireTv is says my TV doesnt support HDCP2.2, which of course, it does. Its a ROKU TV, so perhaps it is just throwing shade at Amazon, but in any case, I want a ROKU app. AT&T is so anal.
     
  9. Nov 18, 2020 #9 of 143
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    Oh, I think when prime found out ww84 was coming to HBO max they said let’s get this done. That will be a huge driver for them.
     
  10. Nov 19, 2020 #10 of 143
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    yes, but they better getting a deal done fast because ww84 only staying on HBO MAX for a month from the article i just read
     
  11. Nov 19, 2020 #11 of 143
    techguy88

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    Amazon reached a deal before the news of Wonder Woman 1984 was made public. I doubt WarnerMedia would give them that info before hand.

    If you have a 4K Roku device (like Roku Premiere or Roku Ultra) Apple AirPlay 2 & Homekit support is rolling out. If you have an Apple device (iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, etc.) you can cast HBO Max content from the Apple devices to the Roku with AirPlay.
     
  12. Nov 20, 2020 #12 of 143
    harsh

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    What would WarnerMedia have to lose?
     
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    Episode 1 of HBO Max Original The Flight Attendant is live on HBO On Demand for DirecTV & AT&T TV / AT&T TV Now customers.

    On DirecTV this is listed as a free episode for everyone. The Flight Attendant premieres on November 26, 2020 on HBO Max.
     
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    Big news for HBO Max:
    • Ahead of Wonder Woman 1984's debut in theaters & HBO Max the service no longer offers a 7 day free trial for new subscribers. This follows in the footsteps of Netflix & Disney+ ditching their introductory trials.
    • From December 3, 2020 to January 15, 2021 new and returning subscribers can save over 20% off the regular price of HBO Max for 6 months by pre-paying $69.99. That breaks down to essentially $11.66/mo for 6 months. (Variety article for this and the above.)
    • Following in Wonder Woman 1984's footsteps, Warner Bros. is releasing their entire 2021 film slate on HBO Max the same day the films premiere in theaters (where open.) (Source)
      • Each film will be available on HBO Max for the first 31 days of its theatrical premiere starting on the same day they premiere in theaters. After a film passes the 31 day mark it will be a theater exclusive.
      • Unlike Disney's live action remake of Mulan the 2021 slate of films will be available at no additional cost to HBO Max subscribers.
      • WarnerMedia's CEO Ann Sarnoff states this isn't expected to continue into 2022 and expects this to be a "unique one-year plan." More of what Sarnoff said:
      • As long as there isn't any delays into 2022 expect to see some future blockbusters like Dune, In The Heights, The Suicide Squad, Tom & Jerry, Godzilla vs Kong, The Conjuring The Devil Made Me Do It, Mortal Kombat, The Matrix 4
    • 4K HDR comes to HBO Max at no extra charge starting with Wonder Woman 1984. WarnerMedia says that "further films and TV series" as well as support for "additional devices" will be coming "throughout 2021." This includes HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos support. (CNET article)
    List of devices that will support 4K HDR starting December 25, 2020 w/ Wonder Woman 1984 are:
    • Apple TV 4K (5th generation)
    • Amazon Fire TV devices including Fire TV Stick 4K, Fire TV Cube, 4K Fire TV Edition smart TVs
    • Google Chromecast Ultra
    • "Supported" Android TV devices
      • This includes Chromecast with Google TV.
      • Also includes other Android TV devices like TiVo Stream 4K & Nvidia Shield TV (as long as they meet the security requirements whatever they are)
    • AT&T TV device aka Osprey
    • While Roku does not have a dedicated HBO Max app they say "Those with an Apple device will be able to AirPlay it in 4K HDR to a Roku streamer or television."
      • AirPlay 2 & HomeKit support was rolled out to Roku's 4K devices. Only the 2020 Roku Ultra supports the Dolby Vision HDR format.
     
  17. Dec 3, 2020 #17 of 143
    compnurd

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    Guess we need to keep an eye out for some HBO max app updates
     
  18. Dec 8, 2020 #18 of 143
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    Real 'behind the scenes' news of hboMax moves:

    Total subscriber counts have been reported by several sources as, at best, anemic, around ~8.5M. Reasons why abound, but the most obvious is the look to the stock prices, where warnermedia is almost in free fall where the most blocked platform, roku, is in afterburners towards the stratosphere.

    The New York Times as well as other outlets have reported that WarnerMedia paid several stars, producers, and directors of films that are being day/date released on theaters and the Max streaming service upwards of $10M each to publically hype the release.

    Somebody explain why any of this makes sense. After the latest free preview over thanksgiving I gave a thumbs up to perhaps subscribing but in the final thinking, lack of roku support made me pause, although android support is there. Surely whatever bucks roku wants to properly support their service, at this point, in the long run can't exceed the tens on millions being doled out to try and convince people to junk their money spent on roku and jump to another 'ecosystem' that has fewer streaming choices and higher initial costs simply for one service.
     
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    compnurd

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    Eh i hate roku
     
  20. Dec 9, 2020 #20 of 143
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    There's a mild irony for us being overtly concerned about the inclusion of linear channel program being included in these streaming apps, yet so many of us in the streaming forum absolutely cannot stand the catch to most linear channels; advertising. ;)
     

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