HBO Max hasn’t been out there on Roku units for the reason that new streaming service launched on the finish of Might, however with Roku soon adding support for Apple AirPlay 2 to a lot of its 4K units and TVs, there shall be a workaround.
Folks with an Apple machine (iPhone, iPad, Mac) will have the ability to use AirPlay 2 to stream HBO Max on their Roku units regardless that an official app will not be but reside, the corporate confirmed to The Verge. AirPlay 2 help is meant to roll out by the tip of the yr to most up-to-date 4K Roku gamers and Roku TVs, so it’s doable Roku and HBO dad or mum firm, WarnerMedia, may reach a deal before then, making the AirPlay workaround pointless.
In the event that they don’t, nonetheless, utilizing AirPlay 2 shall be one of many solely choices Roku homeowners should watch HBO Max. This isn’t the primary time that individuals have discovered workarounds (like utilizing Chromecast, or display mirroring) to rectify conditions the place an app they wish to use isn’t out there on their chosen set-top field. On Fireplace TV, as an example, customers can sideload the Android TV model of HBO Max by following an easy step-by-step guide.
Nonetheless, it’s an more and more irritating ordeal for folks with HBO Max subscriptions (HBO Now and HBO Go prospects obtained a free improve at launch) and Roku units. Not lengthy after HBO Max launched, the corporate sundown its HBO Go app (which cable HBO prospects may use free of charge), and moved HBO Now prospects over to a newly rebranded HBO app. If you happen to’re confused, it’s comprehensible — the whole situation is confusing!
Each Roku and WarnerMedia have been caught up in negotiations for months looking for a deal that works for each events. Tony Goncalves, head of HBO Max, advised The Verge that WarnerMedia was on the lookout for a “fair” deal at the time of HBO Max’s launch, and mentioned that hadn’t been delivered to the desk but.
“Disney Plus and Netflix and Hulu and these other apps are on those platforms,” Goncalves mentioned. “There’s a certain business model that exists. We just want the same one. I’m hopeful that, ultimately, we’ll get there, and we’ll get there with the consumer in mind. But we just didn’t get there on day one.”
HBO Max wasn’t the one app unavailable at launch on Roku. NBCUniversal and Roku spent months attempting to determine a deal over NBCUniversal’s Peacock that was truthful to each events. The businesses got here to a standstill over the proportion of advert stock Roku would get from NBCUniversal. It wasn’t till the 2 firms entered a blackout period — by which a content material supplier like NBCUniversal threatens to, or truly does, pull programming to attempt to velocity up negotiations — that they reached a deal and Peacock became available to stream on Roku.
As extra streaming companies launch, and probably run into comparable licensing disputes, having a workaround like AirPlay 2 help will no less than make it barely much less infuriating than having completely no solution to watch a service you pay for on a tool you personal.