HBO Max News

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  1. Jun 9, 2021 #121 of 143
    NashGuy

    NashGuy Well-Known Member

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    Hooray! Warner has acknowledged that they messed up and they updated the HBO Max app for Apple TV to switch it back to the native tvOS player/controls.

    HBO Max Fixes Apple TV Bugs: Technical Errors Resolved With Update - Variety

    I just launched the app and, sure enough, it's back to the old controls. Even asking Siri "What did she say?" worked.

    I still don't understand how they made such an error to begin with but I give them credit for admitting fault and fixing it fairly quickly.
     
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    b4pjoe

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    I read earlier today they had a new version out but haven't been home to try it. Good to hear it is fixed. Now lets just hope they don't try to go back to their own media player again.
     
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  3. harsh

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    Are they serious about this new ad-supported offering?

    I just received an e-mail with the feature list and I have to say that the ad-supported version appears to be a serious compromise in my mind.

    The ad-free version includes movie premieres, downloading and UHD content that you don't get with the cheaper version. I understand that Nexflix bends you over an additional $4 for UHD content alone but the UHD on Netflix is perhaps an order of magnitude better. For their part, Amazon prime doesn't discriminate against UHD.

    I suppose that HBO Max is probably looking more at Paramount+ but I'm not sure I buy that comparison either.
     
  4. lparsons21

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    Yes they are serious and considering that they have so much to offer, even without the UHD and movie premiers, it is a decent offering for those so inclined IMO.
     
  5. billsharpe

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    I'm willing to pay $14.10/month (with 6% off using my credit card) at least for the next few months for HBO Max. We expect to watch "In the Heights" as well as "Mare of Eastown" in the next few weeks.
     
  6. James Long

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    The offer is available ... not some theoretical proposed offering rumored to be in the works. I'd say that is serious.

    If people subscribe to the full version there is no loss. But they will probably pick up subscribers who don't want the current release movie or UHD. Not everyone shares the same interests.
     
  7. harsh

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    Compared with options like Disney and Apple TV+ that are much cheaper, I'm not sure they're really addressing the bottom feeders.
     
  8. lparsons21

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    Apple’s TV+ isn’t a good comparison since it is all originals and not many of them, HBO Max is very much broader in scope. Disney+ is more comparable, especially for Disney fans, not so much for others.

    True bargain hunters probably aren’t going to be interested in any of them since there is so much really free stuff out there.
     
  9. NashGuy

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    Yep. For folks who *only* care about the core HBO library (i.e. the stuff that airs on the HBO premium cable channels), this $10/mo plan is a great deal because all that stuff remains ad-free. It's just the non-HBO stuff that has ads.

    And while those new Warner Bros. movies that are currently in theaters aren't included in the $10 plan, they'll all become available as regular HBO movies (ad-free) in a few months. Wonder Woman 1984 debuted at Christmas in theaters and on the $15 HBO Max plan and then showed up as a regular HBO movie five months later, in late May. So you can stream it now, ad-free, in the $10 plan.

    And as for 4K, HDR and Atmos, those new WB films are the only things that HBO Max offers in those high-end formats so far (which is nuts -- why aren't new HBO and Max Original series being done in 4K HDR?) So you're not missing all that much 4K content by going with the cheaper plan.

    By Feb. 2022, there's not supposed to be any difference in the content libraries of the two tiers. I suppose the final new WB film of 2021 will hit theaters and the upper HBO Max tier around 12/25 and leave that tier 31 days later in late Jan. Hopefully at that point they open the floodgates on 4K HDR content in the upper tier to serve as a bigger differentiator between the two, given that new theatrical films will no longer be. I'm sure that HBO and Max Originals have been shot in 4K HDR for a few years now, it's just a matter of them doing the encodes and putting them on their streaming servers.
     
  10. codespy

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    Did anyone else get an email from HBO Max yesterday?

    Subject line read “Integration Test Email #1”

    And went on to say “This template is used by integration tests only.”

    I sub to DirecTV and the Premier package, so I don’t pay extra for HBO Max.
     
  11. compnurd

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    Yes
     
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    Received the same one. I don't subscribe but receive HBO Max via my cell plan.
     
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    Got it too.
     
  14. b4pjoe

    b4pjoe New Member DBSTalk Club

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    I have the same DirecTV and the Premier package. Didn't get an email from HBO Max.
     
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    Same here. I subscribe to Premier, EPIX and Movies Extra Pack but I did not receive a e-mail from HBO Max.
     
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  17. NashGuy

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    The HBO Max email was an error that went out to part of their subscriber base. I got it too.
     
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  18. billsharpe

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    I got it too. I subscribe to HBO Max, but not through my cable provider. I have the HBO Max app on my Roku TV set. I also have the HBO and Cinemax channels now showing up on my Frontier DVR, although I am not subscribed to HBO on Frontier. I gave that subscription up last year when Frontier raised my $5 promotional charge for HBO to the normal $15.
     
  19. NashGuy

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    Yeah, looks like HBO and Cinemax are doing a free 5-day preview on lots of cable TV services right now, so that's why you're seeing those channels on your Frontier box. Everything on HBO (and more) you can stream in your HBO Max app. But you might check to see if there are any good movies airing on Cinemax this weekend that you want to record, as there doesn't tend to be much overlaps in the current set of movies they have vs. HBO Max.
     
  20. billsharpe

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    Thanks! I forgot about free previews. There is a movie on HBO today, The Personal History of David Copperfield, that I want to record.
     
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