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HBO Max Devices: Check If Your TV or Streaming Player Is Compatible

Even if your favorite device is not currently supported, there are options for streaming HBO Max.

HBO Max can be streamed on a variety of devices, including Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku smart TVs and streaming players. In spite of the now-wide level of platform and device support, anyone interested in subscribing to the streaming service should make sure their preferred TVs and favorite streaming players are officially supported HBO Max devices.

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Before downloading the app on a device, this is a service that requires a paid subscription. HBO Max currently costs costs $14.99 per month. While there’s currently no option for a free trial, some consumers may find they are able to secure one through a third-party service, such as YouTube TV.

Besides the lack of a free trial, the only other caveat to be aware of is that HBO Max is currently not supported on all devices, although it is now available on all major platforms.

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Below is a full list of all the major platforms and devices HBO Max can currently be streamed on. In most cases, an app will need to be downloaded from the respective device store. This list was updated on December 21, 2020.

Every device you can currently stream HBO Max on:

  • Amazon Fire TV devices (Fire OS 5.3.6 or newer)
  • Android phones (Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ or newer)
  • Android Tablets (Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ or newer)
  • Android TV (Android 5.0 ‘Lollipop’ or newer)
  • AirPlay 2
  • Apple TV HD (4th-gen)
  • Apple TV 4K
  • Apple iPhone (with iOS 12.2 or newer)
  • Apple iPad (with iOS 12.2 or newer)
  • Apple iPod touch
  • Chromebooks
  • Chromecast
  • Comcast Xfinity X1 and Flex
  • PC and Mac computers
  • Roku Players (OS 9.3 or newer)
  • Roku TVs (OS 9.3 or newer)
  • Sony PlayStation 4
  • Sony PlayStation 5
  • Samsung TVs (2016 or newer)
  • Microsoft Xbox One
  • Microsoft Xbox Series X and S

Streaming HBO Max on a smart TV

While most of the devices on the list above make it possible to stream HBO Max on a TV, there’s also a number of smart TVs that you can use without an additional device. Technically, it is only Samsung that’s officially named as a supported smart TV brand. Although this may seem like it automatically rules out a lot of TV owners, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku TV models are also supported, and that makes a big difference.

Android TV channels
HBO Max can be downloaded on most Android TV devices

Android TV is Google’s TV optimized platform and currently powers a range of smart TVs sold in the US and elsewhere. Owners of TV models from Sony, Sharp, Hisense and Philips, among others, might find their TV is actually powered by Android TV and if that is the case, then there shouldn’t be any issues with downloading the HBO Max Android TV app from the Google Play Store.

Similar to Android TV, Fire TV Edition smart TVs are also now supported. Therefore, anyone with a TV set that runs on Fire OS can download the app either directly through the Fire TV interface or from the Amazon Appstore.

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In addition, all Roku TV models running OS 93 at a minimum are also compatible with HBO Max. As a result, anyone with a TV running on a recent version of Roku OS can download the dedicated HBO Max Roku Channel on their device or from the Roku Channel Store.

Streaming HBO Max through a set-top box

One of the easiest and most accessible ways to stream HBO Max is through a dedicated set-top box or player. For example, Android TV is also available in player form with some of the most popular options being the NVIDIA SHIELD TV, Xiaomi Mi Box, AT&T Streaming TV player, TiVo Stream 4K, and the JBL Link Bar. All of these devices and more will be able to access HBO Max through the Android TV app.

While not available at launch, HBO Max has since gained Amazon Fire TV and Roku support. As a result, owners of a Fire TV player, Stick, or Fire tablet, or a Roku player or Stick can now download the HBO Max app from the Amazon Appstore or Roku Channel Store.

Other streaming-based options available include Apple TV, AirPlay 2 and Chromecast. These are officially supported and popular options, opening the door to even more consumers.

Streaming HBO Max on Roku

In spite of being one of the most popular streaming platforms in the U.S., Roku was the last of the major device categories to gain support for HBO Max. Officially, the HBO Max Roku Channel was confirmed on December 16 and went live on December 17, 2020. As a result, Roku players and TV owners can now download HBO Max and start streaming shows and movies.

Roku devices
Roku devices not an option right now

Although HBO Max is now available on the Roku platform, not all devices and Roku TVs are supported. The easiest way to know if a device is compatible is check the software version. HBO Max is supported on any Roku player or TV running a minimum of Roku OS 9.3.

Roku streaming players compatible with HBO Max:

  • Roku Soundbar (9101X)
  • Roku Ultra (4670X, 4661X, 4660X, 4640X)
  • Roku Ultra LT (4662X)
  • Roku Premiere (4620X, 3920X)
  • Roku Premiere+ (4630X, 3921X)
  • Roku Streaming Stick (3800X, 3600X, 3500X)
  • Roku Streaming Stick+ (3811X, 3810X)
  • Roku Express (3931X, 3930X, 3900X, 3700X)
  • Roku Express+ (3910X, 3710X, 3710X)
  • Roku 4 (4400X)
  • Roku 3 (4230X, 4200X)
  • Roku 2 (4210X, 2720X)
  • Roku 1 (2710X)
  • Roku LT (2700X)
  • Roku TV – All models

For those unsure of which Roku model they have, they can check by heading to the device’s settings, where both the name and the model number should be listed.

How to check Roku model name and number:

  1. Press the Home button on Roku remote
  2. Scroll up (or down) and select Settings
  3. Select System
  4. Select About

Additional ways to stream HBO Max

If a smart TV or set-top box is not an option, there are other devices that may be able to help. For example, the Sony PlayStation 4, PS5, Microsoft Xbox One, Series X and S are all compatible with HBO Max, making them a good option for any household that has at least one of these popular consoles.

In addition, HBO Max can also be accessed via the service’s main website when using a web browser.

HBO Max Browser
HBO Max via Chrome browser

This option alone opens up the door to multiple possibilities, including watching Friends and the rest of the HBO Max catalog on a Chromebook, PC, or Mac. This may also be an option for those who want to watch on a smart TV but don’t have an officially supported model, as they can also connect the computer directly to the TV. While not ideal, it is a solution when one is needed.

HBO Max supported browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Firefox
  • Microsoft Edge
  • Safari (12 or later)

HBO Max device support summary

HBO Max launched in May and at the time, device support was somewhat limited. However, the streaming service has since expanded to include all of the major platforms and devices. Now, subscribers have the option to watch on either a games console, smart TV, or streaming player, including Amazon Fire TV and Roku devices. This is in addition to gaming consoles, web browsers, as well as AirPlay 2 and Chromecast-enabled devices.

The list of HBO Max supported devices is likely to cover most consumers. However, for anyone using a device that’s currently not compatible with HBO Max, there are other streaming service available and most of them are cheaper than HBO Max.

Read more: How to Cancel HBO Max Subscription

Updated December 21, 2020

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By John Finn

John started Streaming Clarity to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been writing about technology and TV-related services and devices since 2014 and believes the best streaming approach is to bounce between services as needed. Contact John via email at john@streamingclarity.com or on Twitter

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