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HBO Max Supported Devices: Compatible Smart TVs & Players

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HBO Max can be streamed on a variety of devices, including smart TVs and streaming players powered by Android TV, Amazon Fire TV, and Roku. In spite of the wide level of platform and device support, some homes may find that their preferred TVs and favorite streaming players have yet to gain support.

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For reference, a paid subscription is required to access HBO Max. While there’s currently no option for a free trial, it is possible to try HBO Max for free when signing up through a third-party service like YouTube TV. Otherwise, there’s the option to sign up for the ‘with ads’ plan for $9.99 per month (or $99.99 per year) or the ad-free plan for $15.99 per month (or $149.99 per year).

Before signing up to HBO Max, it is important to make sure that the streaming service is compatible with the devices in the home. Below is a list of all the major platforms and devices that HBO Max can currently be streamed on. In most cases, an HBO Max app will be available to downloaded from the respective app store.

Supported HBO Max platforms and devices:

  • AirPlay
  • Apple TV
  • Amazon Fire tablets (4th gen and later)
  • Amazon Fire TV (Fire OS 5.1 and later)
  • Android phones / tablets (Android 5 and later)
  • Android TV/Google TV (Android OS 5 and later)
  • Chromebooks (Chrome OS 95 and later)
  • Chrome browser
  • Chromecast
  • Cox Contour 2 / Contour Stream Player
  • Firefox browser
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch (iOS 12.2 and later)
  • LG TV (webOS 4.0 and later)
  • PC (Windows 7 and later)
  • Mac (macOS X 10.10 and later)
  • Microsoft Edge browser
  • PlayStation 4 / PlayStation 5
  • Roku (Roku OS 10.0 and later)
  • Safari browser (version 12 or later)
  • Samsung TV (2016 models and later)
  • Vizio Smart TV (2016 models and later)
  • Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S
  • XClass TV
  • Xfinity X1 and Flex

As is typically the case with device support in general, the list above is not a final list. It is possible that currently unsupported devices could gain support in the future. It is also possible that supported devices could suddenly lose their support as well.

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HBO Max on a smart TV

Most devices listed above make it possible to stream HBO Max on a TV, but there are various smart TVs that can be used without the need for an additional device.

HBO Max supported smart TVs:

  • Fire TV Edition TVs
  • Android TV/Google TV
  • LG TVs
  • Roku TVs
  • Samsung TVs
  • Vizio TVs
  • XClass TV

While the list above seems quite limited compared to the variety of smart TV brands that are available, Android TV, Fire TV, and Roku TV support does open up the option to stream HBO Max on many more smart TVs.

Google TV home Screen Sony TV
Google TV on a Sony smart TV (Image: Streaming Better)

Android TV, also known as Google TV, 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/Google TV. Providing this is the case, the HBO Max app can be downloaded directly on the smart TV from the Google Play Store.

Anyone with a smart TV set that runs on Fire OS, including Insignia and Toshiba, can download the app from the Amazon Appstore directly on their TV. Any homes with a smart TV running on a recent version of Roku OS can add the HBO Max Channel (app) to their device from the Roku Channel Store.

HBO Max on a streaming player

One of the easiest and most accessible ways to stream HBO Max is through a dedicated streaming player.

HBO Max supported streaming players:

  • Apple TV HD / Apple TV 4K
  • Amazon Fire TV (Fire OS 5.1 and later)
  • Android TV/Google TV (Android OS 5 and later)
  • Cox Contour 2 / Contour Stream Player
  • Roku (Roku OS 10.0 and later)
  • Xfinity X1 and Flex

Similar to the situation with smart TVs, there are a number of third-party streaming players that are powered by Android TV/Google TV. For example, the Chromecast with Google TV, Nvidia Shield TV, Xiaomi Mi Box, DirecTV Stream Device, and TiVo Stream 4K. All of these devices can access HBO Max through the Android TV app.

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The same is also the case with Fire TV and Roku support. Owners of a Fire TV device including Fire TV Stick and Fire TV Cube, as well as Roku players including Roku Streaming Stick and Roku ultra, can download the HBO Max app from the Amazon Appstore or Roku Channel Store.

HBO Max Fire TV
HBO Max Fire TV (Image: Amazon)

Other streaming players compatible with HBO Max include Apple TV HD, Apple TV 4K, Cox Contour 2, Contour Stream Player, Xfinity X1, and Xfinity Flex.

Additional ways to stream HBO Max

If a smart TV or set-top box is not an option, there are some other devices that can be used to stream HBO Max.

HBO Max additional supported devices:

  • Amazon Fire tablets
  • Android phones and tablets
  • Chromebooks
  • iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch
  • PC
  • Mac or MacBook
  • PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5
  • Xbox One, Series X, Series S
  • Web browser

With support for Microsoft’s Xbox One, Series X, Series S, as well as both the PlayStation 4 and PlayStation 5, many homes will find that their game console can be used to watch HBO Max on. Alternatively, most modern PCs, Macs, and Chromebooks can also be used, and even connected to smart TVs in the home.

Speaking of which, HBO Max can also be cast from the mobile app on Android and iOS devices to a smart TV in the home, thanks to Chromecast and AirPlay support.

If all else fails, it is possible to watch HBO Max on pretty much any device that has access to a web browser by vising the HBO Max website and logging in.

HBO Max supported browsers:

  • Chrome
  • Edge
  • Firefox
  • Safari

While a web browser is not the most convenient way to steam HBO Max, it can be useful for devices that don’t currently have access to an official app.

HBO Max device support summary

HBO Max is available to watch on a wide variety of devices and platforms. For most modern smart TVs and streaming players, a dedicated app is available to download. This not only includes TV brands like Samsung, LG and Vizio, but also smart TVs (and streaming players) powered by Android/Google TV, Fire TV, and Roku.

For those without a compatible smart TV or streaming player, there are plenty of other ways to stream HBO Max. For example, various game consoles, PCs, Mac devices, tablets, and phones can all access an HBO Max app. Even on devices that don’t currently have a supported device, it may still be possible to watch HBO Max movies and shows through the web browser on an unsupported device by simply visiting the HBO Max website and logging in.

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John Finn

By John Finn

John started Streaming Better to help consumers navigate the live TV streaming and subscription service landscape. John has been editing and writing about technology and streaming for online publications since 2014, and believes the best streaming approach is to rotate between services as needed.

John's preferred live TV streaming service right now is YouTube TV although he does tend to switch live TV services multiple times each year to keep up to date with their changes. Outside of live TV, John also actively streams HBO Max (for the shows), Peacock (for Premier League), and Paramount Plus (for Champion's League). However, John is also currently subscribed to Apple TV+, Discovery+, Hulu, Starz, Showtime, and Shudder.

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