Catie Keck
catiekeck
Staff Reporter
5/30/20
9:00 AM
1

I can’t use the service at all. I bought HBO through AppleTV and I’ve gotten multiple e-mails saying that I will automatically be transitioned to HBO Max. Yet when it launches the app and I choose “restore purchases”, it says it can’t find my subscription (which I definitely have). If I try to log in, it says I

5/29/20
12:50 PM
1

I really want to want this. I want a reason to cancel Netflix, as they pivot towards original content and lose the licensed content. But man, every review of this I’ve seen so far paints a picture of a half-baked rush-job that’s more notable for its omisions than inclusions.

5/29/20
12:45 PM
1

Nice job, very thorough! I wonder just how many signups HBO Max really got on day one. When Dinsey+ got 10M the first day, we heard all about it. But AT&T PR seems strangely quiet. The numbers are probably horrible.

5/29/20
12:28 PM
6

In the long run these troubles are not going to matter, but if I was shareholder in AT&T with any sort of influence - heads would be rolling.

5/29/20
12:22 PM
8

Yeah I’m holding off until the Adventure Time specials show up

5/29/20
9:26 AM
2

There is a lot of content here. I don’t understand why the DC Universe stuff is still separate but ok.. The android app doesn’t work on my tablet. The apple app seems to work fine. The lack of Roku and Amazon Fire is just crazy. With no Roku or Amazon Fire I can only watch this on 1 tv in my house. The one with the Read more

5/29/20
8:00 AM
1

Thanks for explaining all this. I’ve had HBO Now for a while, and this whole time I thought Max was yet another service and I wasn’t interested in adding to my streaming stable. Then SURPRISE! Automgically I get HBO Max (yay) but also my AppleTV no longer support (boo). I’ve configured it on my recently-replaced Xbox Read more

5/29/20
7:47 AM
1

Yeah, this didn’t really instill confidence in me about the service. Until Crunchyroll and DCU are rendered obsolete, I’ll just stick with them. 

5/29/20
7:36 AM
2

Honestly, I think the biggest problem with this is that they want to make people think it’s this ultra-expansive Netflix killer, and it’s not. It's HBO, with free samples of other services tacked on. The DC section feels less like a content hub and more like an advertisement for DC Universe. Same with the Crunchyroll Read more

5/29/20
7:23 AM
4

Agree completely. First interested because of the back catalog of Warner Bros., the “deal” with BBC and well HBO has developed a reputation for quality and I was looking forward to it... Read more

5/28/20
7:05 PM
4

I would say it has more of an AT&T feel to it, which is basically the same thing. AT&T has never met a service it couldn’t fuck up from the start.

5/28/20
4:22 PM
3

I think the issue is that no one else has had an existing base like HBO before. I mean Disney+ wasn’t porting over 50M users in the US (plus another 90M globally), and they still face-planted on day 1. When Netflix first transitioned to a streaming only service it A) got a ton of flack, B) there weren’t smart devices Read more

5/28/20
4:04 PM
4

One thing they got very right is the aspect ratio. I have a 3840 x 1080 PC screen and watched a few minutes of Harry Potter and Aquaman to get a good feel for the quality, and these movies filled the entire screen with their glorious 2.35:1 aspect ratios. No black bars at all! Bravo... For at least that one feature.

5/28/20
3:34 PM
1

Just had this same problem. Took several minutes for the first code to come in but by then I had hit the resend code button which invalidated the first code! So 5 mins later I get the second code and I’m in. But I had to cancel my direct sub with them because ATT includes this and I updated my ATT plan yesterday. Who Read more

5/28/20
3:33 PM
6

They need that sweet COVID-19 streaming opportunity.  Get people locked in while the gettings good.  If the pandemic didn’t exist, I have to wonder if they would have debuted later in the year.

5/28/20
3:33 PM
5

It kinda feels like they rushed it to get it out during quarantine, but wasn’t this always the launch window? There’s no good explanation for this mess. That being said, it’s not a new cost for me so I can’t complain too heavily. I was just hoping to 4K HDR Ghibli. 

5/28/20
3:31 PM
13

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5/28/20
2:36 PM
2

I got it on AppleTV and then it required me to either get on a computer or download the app on my phone to actually be able to use it. Made no sense, I couldn’t do the registration on AppleTV or my phone’s web browser (though the computer web browser would work).