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HBO Max Now Available: How to Watch on iPhone, iPad or Apple TV

HBO Max Now Available: How to Watch on iPhone, iPad or Apple TV

HBO Max is now available to download from the App Store, ready for its US launch. The new HBO service has already begun streaming its huge back-catalogue along with new ‘HBO Max Originals'.

Warner Media's new streaming service debuts with over 10,000 hours of premium content for $14.99/month. The catalogue of content comprises of hit movies and TV shows from the likes of; Warner Bros, 20th Century Fox, Criterion Collection, New Line Cinema, Crunchyroll, Studio Ghibli, Boomerang, DC, Looney Tunes, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, CNN, Turner Classic Movies, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Rooster Teeth and of course HBO and all new HBO Max original programming.

HBO Max Originals available at launch include "Craftopia", a craft series for children of all ages hosted by Lauren Riihimaki. "Legendary", a drag competition show based on underground balls featuring competing voguing houses. "Love Life", a romantic comedy anthology series starring Anna Kendrick, produced by Kendrick and Paul Feig. "On the Record", the controversial Me Too documentary from accusers of record executive Russell Simmons, originally destined for Apple TV+ before - then executive producer - Oprah Winfrey pulled the plug. "New Looney Tunes" cartoons with over 80 11 min shorts coming to the service, and "The Not Too Late Show with Elmo", a nightly talk show produced by Sesame Workshop.

HBO Max will also include hit TV shows with "Friends", "The Big Bang Theory", "Rick & Morty", "The West Wing", "BBC's Top Gear", "South Park" and "Sesame Street", just a few stand-outs. Add in literally hundreds of classic and contemporary hit movies - including many of the Kaiju films, the original "Godzilla", Stanley Kubricks "Dr Strangelove", "Fight Club", the complete "Lord of the Rings" trilogy, almost every Studio Ghibli movie, "For All Mankind: A Trip to the Moon", Federico Felinis "8 1/2", "Wonder Woman", "Prisoners", "Ready or Not", "Shazam", "Downton Abbey", "Joker" - and it's clear that there's a lot of quality content to entice potential subscribers on day one.

Human created recommendations, custom profiles that mature with its youngest users, shared home pages and companion podcasts are just a few extras, exclusive to HBO Max, but like HBO Now and HBO Go, HBO Max will be limited to HD streaming for the time being. The lack of 4K content is somewhat disappointing for a streaming service launching in 2020, yet a date for higher quality streams is expected within days. What's yet to be seen is how/if Apple’s TV app will prioritise superior streams from 4K iTunes purchases and competing streaming services.

How to Watch on iPhone, iPad or Apple TV?

If you currently subscribe to HBO and pay Apple to access the service via the HBO Now app or through Apple channels, you will gain access to HBO Max at no extra charge. All HBO Max content will be compatible with the TV app, Siri search and your Up Next queue.

It should be noted that to get the best bang for your buck you should subscribe to HBO through Apple channels. HBO Apple channel subscriptions will still be shareable through Family Sharing to up-to 6 family members but HBO Max content must be accessed through the HBO Max app which has a limit of just 3 concurrent HD streams. Also in my experience the HBO Apple channel stream quality is far superior to that currently delivered via the HBO NOW app.

Here’s what you have to do to get the maximum from your current subscription:

  1. Your HBO NOW app will update to the HBO Max app. Otherwise you can open the app store on your device, search for HBO Max, and install the HBO Max app.
  2. Open the HBO Max app. You shouldn't need to sign in. But if you do, sign in using either your HBO NOW email and password or your Apple ID. On iOS just choose 'Restore Purchase'.
  3. You must agree to the HBO Max terms of use and privacy policy if prompted, then choose to ‘Access All of HBO Max’ or ‘Access HBO Only’.
  4. If you choose Access All of HBO Max, then you can stream the entire HBO Max catalog.
  5. If you choose Access HBO Only, then you can watch all of HBO on the HBO Max platform. If you try to play a show or movie that's not on HBO, you'll see this prompt again. Choose 'Access All of HBO Max' to access the additional content offering on HBO Max.

HBO Max is also available to the following customers at no extra cost, however details on how to upgrade may vary so its worth contacting your service provider:

  • AT&T (HBO's parent company) and DirecTV, U-verse, AT&T TV Now, AT&T TV and AT&T wireless users who can add HBO with certain unlimited plans
  • Altice USA and its Optimum and Suddenlink services
  • Charter and its Spectrum services
  • Cox Communications
  • Hulu
  • Verizon and its Fios services
  • YouTube TV or Google
  • NCTC group of independent cable and broadband companies - including; WOW!, Atlantic Broadband, RCN, Grande Communications & Wave, MCTV and others. (Check if your pay-TV provider is an NCTC member.)

Existing HBO subscribers through Comcast, Dish Network, Amazon Prime Video Channels and The Roku Channel do not currently qualify for an automatic upgrade to HBO Max. Instead customers of those providers should cancel their existing HBO subscriptions and sign up for HBO Max.

New to HBO?

New subscribers can sign up for HBO Max by visiting hbomax.com or by signing up to HBO through Apple channels or the HBO Max app. HBO Max costs $14.99/month following a 7-day free trial.  

Sigmund Judge

HBO Max to Launch May 27th →

HBO Max to Launch May 27th →

Update April 27th per todays press release:

WarnerMedia have today confirmed HBO Max availability for exisiting Apple HBO Now customers as-well as full integration with the Apple TV App.

At launch, customers will be able to access HBO Max on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple TV 4K and Apple TV HD. Customers with second and third generation Apple TV models can stream HBO Max content from their iPhone or iPad to their TV with AirPlay. Existing HBO NOW customers who are billed through the App Store and HBO subscribers through Apple TV channels can log in and access the HBO Max app at no additional charge. New HBO Max customers will be able to subscribe directly in the app using in-app purchase.

Original April 21st article:

HBO Max, Warner Media's forthcoming streaming service will launch on May 27th for $15 per month. With over 100,000 hours of premium content from Warner Bros library of Movies and TV shows and a slew of original content ready to stream on day one, consider my interest peaked.

Per WarnerMedia's press release:

All of HBO’s premium originals such as Westworld, Big Little Lies, Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, Veep, The Wire, Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Succession, Watchmen, Barry, Euphoria, The Jinx, The Sopranos and more.

Highlights of the extensive WarnerMedia portfolio of programming and acquisitions that will be available on day one include the libraries of Friends; The Big Bang Theory; (new) Doctor Who; Rick and Morty; The Boondocks; The Bachelor; Sesame Street; The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air; CW shows such as Batwoman, Nancy Drew, and Katy Keene; the first season of DC’s Doom Patrol; The O.C.; Pretty Little Liars; the CNN catalogue of Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown; and much more. Soon after, the platform offering will continue to grow adding the libraries of South Park, Gossip Girl, The West Wing, and more within the first year of launch.

Available films will include Casablanca, The Wizard of Oz, The Matrix, The Goonies, When Harry Met Sally, The Lord of the Rings, Citizen Kane, Gremlins, and the Lego movies, along with every DC film from the last decade, including Wonder Woman, Justice League, and every Batman and Superman movie from the last 40 years.

Max Originals to look out for on launch include new 'Looney Tunes Cartoons’, scripted comedy 'Love Life ’ starring Anna Kendrick and 'The Not-Too-Late-Show with Elmo’.

Most notably, high profile Russell Simmons accuser documentary ‘Off The Record’ will be available to stream on HBO Max at launch. The once Apple TV+ bound project was dropped in January by the films former-executive producer Oprah Winfrey following creative differences.

HBO Now subscribers will get access to HBO Max at no additional cost, if your subscription is “billed directly through HBO.” If your HBO Now subscription is billed through a third party - including Apple Channels - HBO have said that details will become available closer to launch, meaning negotiations are most likely ongoing.

HBO subscribers through AT&T TV or U-Verse TV will get HBO Max at no additional cost.

Sigmund Judge

MUBI Channel Now Live on the Apple TV app

MUBI Channel Now Live on the Apple TV app

Update Oct 31st 2019: MUBI is now available through Apple TV Channels in the UK and Ireland for £9.99/month or £95.88/year.

Originally called The Auters, MUBI is much more than just another streaming service. With its focus on international art house cinema, MUBI marries its video content offerings with a film database and an online magazine known as The Notebook. Co-funded by the European Union, MUBIs partnerships have included; The Criterion Collection, European distributor Celluloid Dreams, Martin Scorsese’s World Cinema Foundation and the Cannes Film Festival.

The MUBI channel – available through Apple’s TV app in the USA – offers discerning cinephiles one new film a day; hand-picked by the MUBI team from a selection of cult, independent and classic films. Newly introduced films are then available to view for 30 days, offering a unique take on the discovery of film, genre and culture.

In addition to the on-demand video content, active subscribers gain access to a thriving community of film lovers.

The MUBI channel is priced at $10.99/month following a 7 day free trial. Subscribers can access the MUBI channel across iOS, Apple TV and supported Samsung TVs through the Apple TV app. Support for Mac OS, Roku and Amazon’s Fire Stick will arrive later this year.

MUBI Apple TV channel trailer:

Apple TV channel subscriptions announced so far include; HBO, Starz, Arrow Video, Arrow TV, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin, CBS All Access and MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

Sigmund Judge

Arrow Films Launch Apple TV Channels

Arrow Films Launch Apple TV Channels

British independent distributor Arrow Films has long been a fan favourite for those seeking out the niche. Since its inception in 1991 the company has been dedicated to supporting upcoming and established filmmakers of dynamic new cinema whilst developing an enviable slate of quality films that enjoy a lasting legacy across its award-winning branded labels, channels, and platforms. Today Arrow Films are introducing both Arrow Video and Arrow TV to the Apple TV app.

Arrow Video have long celebrated the best of cult, classic horror and arthouse cinema. With the launch of the Arrow Video Apple TV channel in the UK and USA, users can delve into the Arrow Video catalogue including the best of cult horror, thriller and action. Film aficionados will also be happy to learn that Arrow Video’s comprehensive documentary series is also included in the monthly subscription which costs £4.99/ $4.99 after a 7 day free trial.

Arrow Films have also been a longtime leading distributor of international TV with their imprint Arrow TV singlehandedly pioneering the Nordic Noir TV genre since 2010. Curated by real people, Arrow TV continues their tradition of unearthing quality international TV series, presented in their original language with English subtitles. Arrow TV is currently only available in the UK with a cost of £4.99 a month after a 7 day free trial.

Apple TV channel subscriptions announced so far include; HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin, CBS All Access and MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

Arrow Video documentary ‘Deus Ex Machina: The Philsophy of Donnie Darko’ comes highly recommended!

Sigmund Judge

CBS All Access Apple TV Channel Now Available

CBS All Access Apple TV Channel Now Available

Following last weeks announcement, CBS All Access is now live within Apples TV app, appearing prominently under the ‘Try Apple TV Channels’ banner. Selecting CBS All Access will take users to the service’s dedicated page where potential subscribers can sign up for a free seven day trial, after which CBS All Access will cost $9.99 a month.

One of the benefits of Apple TV channels is that with Apple handling all billing you can now manage your subscriptions with ease, a la carte.

All content through Apple TV channels is hosted by Apple and can be viewed through the TV app’s unified interface on iOS, tvOS and Samsung TVs or via AirPlay (with Mac OS coming later this year), negating the need for multiple apps and passwords whilst syncing progress across devices.

In addition to channels subscription family sharing, active subscribers can also download CBS All Access content to their iOS device for offline viewing (with the exception of movies) as-well-as access CBS live streaming through the TV app.

Apple TV channel subscriptions announced so far include; HBO, Starz, SHOWTIME, Smithsonian Channel, EPIX, Tastemade, Noggin and MTV Hits, with more to be added over time around the world.

Thanks to Nico for the tip!