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HBO Max Review & How to Install on Firestick, Roku, and More [October 2021]

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The following guide will provide you with an HBO Max Review and how to install the app on Firestick, Roku, and Android devices.

IMPORTANT NOTE: HBO Max is now available within the Amazon App Store AND the Roku Channel Store.

After ongoing negotiations between HBO and Amazon, it appears a deal has finally been reached.


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HBO Max Now Available in Amazon App Store

HBO Max is HBO’s latest streaming service that combines preceding HBO apps.

The HBO app will automatically update to the HBO Max app on the Firestick and all Fire TV devices.

Note: For those who are already subscribed to HBO through Amazon Prime Channels, you will be able to log in to the HBO Max app with your Amazon credentials.

The company explains the service on its official website:

Stream all of HBO plus even more of your favorite series, blockbuster movies, and new Max Originals.”

This streaming service offers VOD content in categories such as Movies, Series, Originals, Just Added, Last Chance, Coming Soon, and much more.


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HBO Max costs $14.99/month, but they are offering a 7-day free trial for new users as of this writing.

This service is available for installation on streaming devices including the Amazon Firestick, Fire TV, Fire TV Cube, and more.

If using an Android device like the MECOOL Box, NVIDIA Shield, Chromecast with Google TV, and other Android TV Boxes, you can find HBO Max within the Google Play Store.

HBO Max – Google Play Store


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HBO Max Review

HBO Max brands itself as “powerhouse programming for everyone in the home, bringing together HBO, new original series, and fan favorites from WarnerMedia’s rich library.”

This huge VOD service is owned/operated by WarnerMedia and was officially launched in May 2020.

NOTE: TROYPOINT’s subscription was personally purchased for the purpose of this HBO Max Review and was therefore not sponsored by the service provider. The views expressed in this post reflect the author’s objective opinion.

One competitive advantage that HBO Max has is its exclusive titles that other services can't provide.

One competitive advantage that HBO Max has is its exclusive titles that other services can’t provide.

This includes titles from Warner Bros, New Line, DC, Turner Classic Movies, Crunchyroll, Rooster Teeth, Looney Tunes, and much more.

Its single subscription plan provides users with access to all of these exclusive titles along with thousands of other streaming options.

You can find specific content offerings towards the end of this HBO Max Review.

HBO Max is compatible with most popular devices such as the Firestick/Fire TV, Android, Chromecast with Google TV, iOS, and more options for cord-cutters.


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The service was launched over three years ago by two former Big TV executives who found a niche in affordable family TV.

HBO Max Highlights

  • Thousands of Movies, TV Series, and HBO Originals
  • Subscription costs $14.99/month
  • 7-day free trial
  • Compatible with most popular streaming devices
  • Holds exclusive content not found in other services
  • Offline downloads available
  • Provides multiple viewer profiles
  • Streaming capability during traveling

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Pricing Packages and Inclusions

HBO Max is a subscription-based service that charges customers monthly.

Unlike some of its competitors, HBO Max only offers one subscription plan for $14.99/month. This includes a 7-day free trial for new users as well.

With a subscription, you’ll get access to HBO Max for free and expect no changes in your monthly billing when you are:

  • An existing HBO NOW subscriber;
  • An existing AT&T video services (such as AT&T TV or U-Verse TV) subscriber; or
  • A premium AT&T mobile and broadband services subscriber.

However, it’s not available if your subscription to HBO falls under the following categories:

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  • You’re subscribed through a third-party provider that distributes HBO NOW; or
  • You have an existing HBO subscription through a cable TV service provider

In comparison, Peacock TV comes with next-day access to current seasons of first-year NBC shows, Universal movies, and curated content comes for only $4.99 per month with ads and $9.99 per month with no ads.

Both of these services can be found within our list of Best Streaming Apps.

HBO is confident, however, that with its monthly subscription fee, loyal fans of its stellar programs and upcoming specials will be enticed to pay and add to their other streaming subscriptions.

For more information on subscriptions, pricing, and more on the service, refer to the official website.

HBO Max Official Website

How to Register for HBO Max

Prior to using the HBO Max service, you will need to register for an account. They are currently offering a 7-day free trial for new users.

Follow the quick steps below to sign up for an account.

1. Visit the HBO Max website, and select Start Your Free Trial.

Visit the HBO Max website, and select Start Your Free Trial.

2. Next you are directed to the Create Your Account page.

Next you are directed to the Create Your Account page.

3. Fill out the required information and click Create Account.

Fill out the required information and click Create Account.

4. Next fill out the required billing information and click Start Your Free Trial.

Next fill out the required billing information and click Start Your Free Trial.

5. That’s it! You have successfully registered for an HBO Max account.

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In addition to this HBO Max Review, we also provide app installation instructions for several devices.

Follow the steps below for how to install HBO Max on the Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K.

These same steps can also be used to install the application on any Fire TV Device.

If you are using an Android device like the NVIDIA SHIELD, MECOOL Box, or any Android TV Box, we include steps for that as well.

IMPORTANT: If you have trouble installing HBO Max on your Firestick, please use the Troubleshooting guide below the installation guide.

How To Install HBO Max On Firestick/Fire TV Guide

The following guide will provide you with step-by-step instructions to install HBO Max on Firestick/Fire TV.

In this example, we are using an Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K. But this same process works on all Fire TV devices.

1. From your device home-screen hover over the search icon and type in “HBO Max” then select the first option that appears.

From your device home-screen hover over the search icon and type in “HBO Max” then select the first option that appears.

2. Select HBO Max under Apps & Games.

Select HBO Max under Apps & Games

3. Click Get.

Click Get

4. After installation, you can choose to open the HBO Max app. But for this example, we suggest holding down the home button on your remote.

After installation, you can choose to open the HBO Max app. But for this example, we suggest holding down the home button on your remote

5. Click Apps.

Click Apps

6. Hover over the HBO Max app and select Move.

Hover over the HBO Max app and select Move

7. Place the app within your Apps & Channels wherever you prefer.

Place the app within your Apps & Channels wherever you prefer.

8. Launch HBO Max.

Launch HBO Max.

9. That’s it! You have successfully installed HBO Max on your Firestick/Fire TV through the Amazon App Store.

That's it! You have successfully installed HBO Max on your Firestick/Fire TV through the Amazon App Store.

10. Prior to signing in or starting a free trial, HBO Max allows you to browse thousands of titles within their platform!

Prior to signing in or starting a free trial, HBO Max allows you to browse thousands of titles within their platform!

Note: Due to the popularity, content section, and more, we have included HBO Max within our list of Best Firestick Apps.

How To Install HBO Max on Roku

It was recently announced that HBO Max is now available on Roku Devices!

Previously, the only option for getting HBO Max on Roku was through screen mirroring.

This guide shows how to install this app using a Roku Streaming Stick+. However, these steps will also work for any variation of Roku.

1. From the home screen click the search option

From the home screen click the search option

2. Type “hbo”

Type "hbo"

3. Click the first option

Click the first option

4. Choose Add channel

Choose Add channel

5. Click OK

Click OK

6. Return to the home screen and locate your channels

Return to the home screen and locate your channels

7. Choose Move channel

Choose Move channel

8. Move and drop at the top of your Channels list

Move and drop HBO Max at the top of your Channels list

9. Click to launch the channel

Click to launch the channel

10. That’s it! You have successfully installed the HBO Max channel on your Roku device.

That's it! You have successfully installed the HBO Max channel on your Roku device. 

Enjoy! We have included HBO Max within our list of Best Roku Channels.

How to Install on Android Devices

HBO Max is available as an application to install on Android TV devices. In the example below, we are installing on an NVIDIA Shield.

However, this same process works on all Android devices including stock Android TV Boxes. Follow this quick guide below to install it on any Android device.

1. On the home screen of your Android device, locate and select the Google Play Store.

On the home screen of your Android device, locate and select the Google Play Store.

2. Click the search icon on the top right.

Click the search icon on the top right.

3. Enter “HBO Max” in the search bar and click Search.

Enter “HBO Max” in the search bar and click Search.

4. Click HBO Max.

Click HBO Max

5. Click Install.

 Click Install

6. You can open the app if you prefer, but we suggest returning back to the home screen of your Android device.

You can open the app if you prefer, but we suggest returning back to the home screen of your Android device

7. Click the plus icon (+) to add apps to your Favorites.

Click the plus icon (+) to add HBO Max to your Favorites

8. Select HBO Max.

Select HBO Max

9. Hold down the OK button and click Move.

Hold down the OK button and click Move

10. Place this app wherever you prefer within your list.

Place this app wherever you prefer within your list

11. That’s it! You have successfully installed HBO Max on your Android TV device.

That’s it! You have successfully installed HBO Max on your Android TV device.

HBO Max Kodi Addon Installation Guide

Follow the steps below for installing the HBO Max addon on your Kodi device.

If you don’t have Kodi installed on your device, refer to our Kodi on Firestick tutorial for more information.

  • Launch Kodi
  • Click the settings icon  Kodi Settings Icon

click settings icon

  • Click System

click system

  • Hover over Add-ons menu item and turn on Unknown sources if not already on

turn on unknown sources

  • Click Yes

click yes

  • Click back on remote to go back to the System page
  • Select File Manager

select file manager

  • Click Add source

click add source

  • Click <None>

click none

  • Type the following URL exactly how it is listed here and click OK – http://k.slyguy.xyz

Type the following URL exactly how it is listed here and click OK

  • Highlight the box under the source that you just typed in and enter a name for this media source
  • Type “hbo” or any other name you would like to identify this source as and click OK

Type "hbo" or any other name you would like to identify this source as and click OK

  • Click the back button on your remote until you are on the System screen. Then click Add-ons

Click the back button on your remote until you are on the System screen. Then click Add-ons

  • Click Install from zip file

Click Install from zip file

  • Select “hbo” or whatever you named the media source in the previous step

Select "hbo" or whatever you named the media source in the previous step

  • Click the zip file URL – repository.slyguy.zip

Click the zip file URL - repository.slyguy.zip

  • Wait for the “SlyGuy Repository Add-on installed” message to appear

Wait for the "SlyGuy Repository Add-on installed" message to appear

  • Next click Install from repository

Next click Install from repository

  • Click SlyGuy Repository

Click SlyGuy Repository

  • Scroll down and select Video add-ons

Scroll down and select Video add-ons

  • Select HBO Max

Select HBO Max

  • Click Install

Click Install

  • When prompted with the following message, click OK

When prompted with the following message, click OK

  • Wait for the “HBO Max Add-on installed” message to appear

Wait for the "HBO Max Add-on installed" message to appear

  • Return back to the home screen of Kodi and select Add-ons

Return back to the home screen of Kodi and select Add-ons

  • Choose Video add-ons

Choose Video add-ons

  • Click HBO Max

Click HBO Max

  • That’s it! You have successfully installed the HBO Max Kodi Addon. You can then log in with your account credentials.

That's it! You have successfully installed the HBO Max Kodi Addon.

We have included the HBO Max addon within our list of Best Kodi Addons.

HBO Max Installation Troubleshooting

If you find yourself running into any issues when installing HBO Max, try the following tips prior to installation.

1. Open Settings and choose Applications

choose applications

2. Click Manage Installed Applications

click manage installed applications

3. Find and click Amazon Appstore

click appstore

4. Choose Clear Data

5. Click Clear Data again

click clear data again

6. Now choose Clear Cache

choose clear cache

After clearing the app’s data and cache, we suggest restarting your device and attempting to reinstall it again.

HBO Max Review – Features & Details

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This part of our HBO Max review includes specific content offerings within the platform.

HBO Max is available for $14.99/month and features tons of HBO content for streaming.

This includes original programming, Movies, TV Series, Kids shows, and more.

The following features are provided with an HBO Max subscription:

  • HBO service
  • HBO Max Originals (exclusive new programming selections)
  • Content from WarnerMedia such as Warner Bros., Warner Brothers Home Television, Warner Brothers Home Entertainment, Warner Brothers Pictures, New Line Cinema, DC, Rooster Teeth, Turner, Crunchyroll,  Adult Swim, Looney Tunes as well as CNN, TNT, TBS, truTV, The CW, Turner Classic Movies and Cartoon Network
  • Curated series and movies

Program Lineup

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HBO’s current original programs such as WatchmenBarryEuphoria, and Westworld as well as past hits such as Game of ThronesThe West Wing and Entourage will be available.

Shows that are also available on HBO Max include:

NOTE: These shows and content options are subject to change.

  • Stephen King’s The Outsider – a dark mystery mini-series directed by Jason Bateman
  • Lovecraft Country – a horror series produced by Jordan Peele
  • The Nevers – a sci-fi series starring Laura Donnelly
  • The Gilded Age – a depiction of New York in 1885 from the creator of Downton Abbey
  • Avenue 5 – a sci-fi series from the creator of Veep, Armando Iannuci
  • The Undoing – a psychological thriller starring Nicole Kidman and Hugh Grant
  • The Plot Against America – a miniseries starring Winona Ryder, which tells an alternate history during WWII
  • I Know This Much Is True – an upcoming TV series based on the novel of the same name starring Mark Ruffalo

Newly Acquired TV Series:

  • Friends – all 226 episodes plus the highly anticipated reunion special
  • Rick and Morty – featuring the first three seasons of the Emmy award-winning animated series
  • Doctor Who – all 11 seasons including the premiere of Season 11
  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands – consists of four one-hour specials based on the Emmy award-winning series
  • The Big Bang Theory – all 12 seasons feature 279 episodes
  • Pretty Little Liars – American teen drama mystery thriller that used to air on Netflix
  • The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air – a 90s American sitcom television starring Will Smith
  • Top Gear – a long-running car show program
  • The Honourable Woman – a 2014 mini-series starring Maggie Gyllenhaal
  • Luther – a British crime drama series featuring Idris Elba
  • The Office – a British mockumentary featuring Ricky Gervais

DC Entertainment:

  • Doom Patrol – featuring the second season of the adventures of the misfit superhero team
  • Green Lantern – a series that will focus on two stories about Green Lanterns on Earth
  • Aquaman: King of Atlantis – a three-part animated mini-series
  • DC Super Hero High – a half-hour comedy series by Elizabeth Banks
  • Rap Sh*t (working title) – a half-hour comedy series about a female rap group
  • College Girls (working title) – a comedy series about freshmen roommates by Mindy Paling

Children’s Programs:

  • Looney Tunes
  • Sesame Street
  • Studio Ghibli films
  • Series of shows based on children’s author Mo Willems’ work

Max Originals:

  • Dune: The Sisterhood – straight-to-series TV offshoot of the 2012 science fiction set in the Dune universe
  • The Flight Attendant – a one-hour thriller series based on the novel by Chris Bohjalian
  • Let Them All Talk – an upcoming comedy film directed by Steven Soderbergh and stars Meryl Streep
  • Love Life – a 10-episode half-hour romantic comedy anthology series headlined by Anna Kendrick
  • Station Eleven – an adaptation of a 2014 sci-fi novel about a pandemic flu
  • Made for Love – a 10-episode adaptation of a 2017 tragicomic novel
  • Raised by Wolves – an American sci-fi drama television series by Ridley Scott
  • Tokyo Vice – a series based on a non-fiction account of the Tokyo Metropolitan Police
  • Starstruck – a six-party comedy series which follows a millennial in London
  • Americanah – a straight-to-series order about a Nigerian woman who leaves for America featuring Lupita Nyong’o
  • UNpregnant – an adaptation of the young adult novel of the same name published in 2019
  • Little Ellen – 2D animated children’s show about a 7-year-old Ellen DeGeneres
  • First Dates Hotel – a matchmaking series based on the hit UK format
  • Superintelligence – an A.I.-themed comedy film featuring Melissa McCarthy
  • The Prince – an animated comedy series from the creator of Family Guy and Will & Grace
  • The Unhabitable Earth – a stand-alone fictional series covering issues on global warming
  • Boys (working title) – a five-part period drama about five friends in the 80s
  • Plus exclusive movie production deals with Reese Witherspoon (two movies through her production company, Hello Sunshine) and Greg Berlanti (four young adult movies in the works)

Reboots and Spinoffs:

  • Ellen’s Design Challenge – a design reality competition series
  • Gossip Girl – a reboot of the former CW show about teenage Upper East Siders eight years after the series finale
  • Gremlins – based on Warner Bros.’ 1984 comedy horror film about a strange creature called mogwai
  • Perry Mason – a limited series reboot of the 60s legal drama produced by Robert Downey, Jr.
  • The Boondocks – two new seasons of 24 episodes based on the popular comic strip
  • Katy Keene – a spinoff of Riverdale
  • Grease: Rydell High – a musical spinoff inspired by the 1978 film Grease

Reality-Competition Series:

  • Legendary – a 10-episode competition among voguing teams that will battle it out for the top fashion and posing title
  • The Greatest Space (working title) – a design competition show that will feature interior designers traveling around the world
  • The Big Shot with Bethenny (working title) – a The Apprentice-inspired business competition
  • Full Bloom – a competition series featuring florists

Unscripted TV:

  • EQUAL – a four-part documentary series about the LGBTQ+ movement
  • Birth, Wedding, Funeral – a travel docu-series by Lisa Ling
  • The Ho’s – a docu-series about the Ho family inspired by the film Crazy Rich Asians
  • 15 Minutes of Shame – a documentary produced by Monica Lewinsky
  • Expecting Amy (working title) – a documentary about comedian Amy Schumer’s pregnancy
  • 12 Dates of Christmas – a dating series set in a winter wonderland
  • Heaven’s Gate – a four-part series about an infamous religious movement
  • Generation Hustle (working title) – a series about hustle culture
  • The Scoop (working title) – a documentary feature about CNN’s female political reporters
  • Persona (working title) – a documentary feature about personality testing
  • New documentary about Anthony Bourdain

CLICK HERE for more information on the HBO Max lineup.

For more streaming options be sure to check out our popular guides below.

Overall, we hope our detailed HBO Max Review is useful when it comes to your purchase decision.

If you have an account, give the updated HBO Max app a try today!

For our final HBO Max Review score, TROYPOINT gives the streaming service a rating of 4/5 stars.

4 out of 5 Stars

Our Score

 

HBO Max Review FAQ

Can HBO Max be Installed on Firestick?

Yes, this guide will show you how to install HBO Max to a Firestick. This can now be installed through the Amazon App Store.

Do HBO Subscribers get HBO Max?

If you are a subscriber of HBO NOW, HBO Max will be included in your subscription.

Is HBO Max available in the Amazon App Store?

Yes. This application is now available in the Amazon App Store.

What is the price of HBO Max?

Currently, HBO Max is available for $14.99/month.

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