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It’s been a big year for HBO Max. The streaming giant only launched in May, but since then, it’s established itself as a formidable player in the streaming wars, holding its own against strong competition from Amazon Prime and Disney+, and debuting the entire Warner Bros. 2021 lineup exclusively on the app.
The only catch? You couldn’t watch HBO Max on Roku—until now.
Roku and WarnerMedia (which owns HBO Max) announced December 16, 2020, that they reached an agreement that would finally allow Roku users to access the HBO Max app. This solves the seven-month headache Roku users have been experiencing since the new HBO streaming service debuted.
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Starting December 17, 2020, Roku users can download HBO Max directly from the Roku Store. Here’s what you need to know about HBO Max before you start watching.
What is HBO Max?
HBO Max is home to all HBO original content—like The Wire, Sex and the City, and The Sopranos—as well as a back catalog of cult-favorite TV series and movies, including Rick and Morty, Doctor Who, South Park, and more. The new streaming service also features original content, like Lovecraft Country, The Flight Attendant, and The Undoing.
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HBO Max features more streaming content than its previous two iterations HBO Now and HBO Go, which predominantly featured content from the HBO suite alone. HBO Max features not only HBO original content, but a host of series and movies from big-name entertainment companies as well.
How do you watch HBO Max on Roku?
Watching HBO Max on your Roku is now painlessly easy: Download the HBO Max app from your Roku Store and start watching.
Prior to the agreement between Roku and WarnerMedia, we recommended hooking up your laptop to your television or purchasing a smart TV capable of hosting the app.
The agreement between the two companies is a huge move for the streaming app. Consumers have been calling for an answer to HBO’s Roku problem since May, when the app launched. The move is a huge win to Roku users who have been begging for a better way to watch HBO original content without needing to purchase new equipment.
How much does HBO Max cost?
HBO Max starts at $14.99 per month. If you sign up between December 3, 2020, and January 31, 2021, you can save 20% on your membership by pre-paying for six months upfront. You can purchase six months of the service for $69.99, saving about $20 on your subscription.
Alternatively, if you’re an AT&T Customer, you may be eligible for a free year of HBO Max with your phone or internet service.
One piece of advice: if you’re currently subscribed to HBO through your cable provider, chances are you’re paying $15 and just getting the HBO suite. HBO Max offers much more content, so it may be beneficial to cancel that and sign up for HBO Max. You won’t have the live channels, but you’ll have much more content to watch going forward.
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