HBO MAX app?

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  1. Aug 3, 2020 #41 of 143
    moyekj

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    I'm currently running "HBO" (not HBO GO or HBO MAX) on my Fire TV 4K and it is still working fine and no side-loading required. I thought I might have to side load HBO MAX to keep things working starting August 1, but not the case. I don't really care about the extra content available via HBO MAX versus what I have now, at least for now. For HBO I mostly just subscribe for a couple of months a year to catch up. Didn't see much of interest extra I would get access to with MAX.
     
  2. Aug 3, 2020 #42 of 143
    NashGuy

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    Yeah, the situation isn't as bad for Roku and Fire TV owners as it sounded like it was going to be just a few days ago. We knew that the existing HBO Now app on Roku and Fire TV would be renamed to just "HBO," so those folks who were using the HBO Now app would be OK. But we also knew that the HBO Go app on those devices would disappear. What we didn't know then, but do now, is that if you subscribe to HBO via a cable company that distributes HBO Max, then you can use your cable login to create an HBO Max user ID at HBOMax.com. Then you add a password to your HBO Max account. Then you can use that user ID and password to log into the HBO app on Roku and Fire TV (as well as the actual HBO Max app on other devices).
     
  3. Aug 3, 2020 #43 of 143
    Noelmel

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    It doesn’t sadly. There’s many threads on it here


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  4. Aug 3, 2020 #44 of 143
    XIBM

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    On my fire 4k tonight I ask for Perry Mason and it ask if I wanted to start a free 7 day trial, I thought I already had a subscription from Amazon, I said yes and it started...
     
  5. Sep 6, 2020 #45 of 143
    Christopher Reynolds

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    Very disappointing that Tivo doesn't bother to work to get the HBO max to work on the Bolt! I'm not sure if it is worth renewing my Tivo subscription, I could just go to a FIOS DVR.
    I can get to HBO Max through my computer but then why bother having a Tivo DVR! :( :eek:
     
  6. Sep 6, 2020 #46 of 143
    ManeJon

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    HBO has to write their app to work with TIVO before TIVO can install it.
     
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  7. Sep 7, 2020 #47 of 143
    dianebrat

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    Tivo is a lousy streamer, always has been, you can do better with a $50 stick, they're different markets, I went with an Apple TV and it's a far better streamer, YMMV.
    I can do lots of things on my computer that my Tivo can't, that doesn't make a Tivo a less capable DVR, besides my computer is a lousy DVR.
     
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  8. Sep 7, 2020 #48 of 143
    shwru980r

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    The Fire TV Recast seems to be the best option for integrating the interface of DVR and Streaming.
     
  9. Sep 14, 2020 #49 of 143
    stevepow

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    We use Apple TV for nearly everything now - rarely even watch the TiVo (with Xfinity) box. I just added HBO Max with that 12/mo deal from Xfinity and also had to use the Apple TV for that because no TiVo App. And with the Apple TV, I can't see a use for a TiVo stream - seems redundant.
     
  10. Sep 14, 2020 #50 of 143
    dbpaddler

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    Why would you want something that transcodes down and degrades the image? Bad enough some broadcasters are compressing the signal more to fit more content in their secondary channels. Don't need your dvr making it worse. Then again, some aren't that picky, so Amazon counts on those types of customers.

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  11. Sep 14, 2020 #51 of 143
    Saturn_V

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    Most streaming boxes/sticks, phones and tablets cannot view MPEG2-TS streams to begin with. It has to be transcoded to h.264 to reach those devices.
     
  12. Sep 14, 2020 #52 of 143
    NashGuy

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    Yeah. Although that's changing somewhat. I found that the Amlogic SoCs used in many of this year's Android TV devices, including the AirTV Mini, the TiVo Stream 4K, and the upcoming Google Chromecast with Google TV (aka "Sabrina"), all have native support for both MPEG-2 as well as TS files. So they should all be able to handle the raw TS output stream from an ATSC 1.0 tuner without the need for any transcoding.
     
  13. Sep 15, 2020 #53 of 143
    Saturn_V

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    Given. The 2018 FireStick4K has MPEG-2 support. Same with the Nvidia Shield. Now even the latest Roku Ultras and RokuTVs have it, (a HD Home Run Roku channel was finally added last year)

    But that still leaves mobiles/tablets out of the picture. And I'm using the Recast's ability to stream to my tablet/phone FireTV app a lot more than I ever anticipated- especially when inclement weather, T-storms and tornadoes roll in.
     
  14. Sep 15, 2020 #54 of 143
    dbpaddler

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    TS4k plays them just fine within the Channels app. As does Roku, Apple tv and Fire OS. So nope., it doesn't. Only time Channels transcodes is when you're watching outside of your home.

    Wouldn't care much on a tablet or phone since the screen is so tiny and even 480p looks good.

    Sling has their new AirTV anywhere dvr, but I don't know if it transcodes or not. Guess whatever their app supports.

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  15. Sep 15, 2020 #55 of 143
    NashGuy

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    Yeah, that used to be a problem. But I think the situation is changing there too. I have the HDHomeRun app on my Moto G6 (a 2-yr old midrange phone running Android 9) and it has no problem tuning in OTA channels from my HDHomeRun Connect in the native MPEG-2.TS format. (Has to be native, because the Connect doesn't transcode.) Even 1080i channels look good, so de-interlacing doesn't appear to be a problem. I don't know if that's because the SoC in this phone has hardware support for all that or if it's all being done in software. But it runs pretty smoothly, even trick play stuff, so I tend to think it's hardware-based.
     
  16. Sep 15, 2020 #56 of 143
    dbpaddler

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    Channels DVR will do mpeg2 on the home network and transcodes for out of home viewing. You control the settings.

    And let's not forget, ATSC 3.0 is coming. Silicon Dust is already selling their ATSC 3.0 hdhomerun tuner. You'll get true 1080p broadcasts and better sound quality than you do now. I'm sure some scattered 4k will be there here and there. Doubtful it'll be the norm. But even true 1080p and better sound will be a big plus.

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  17. Sep 15, 2020 #57 of 143
    Saturn_V

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    I used to have a G6. Its mainboard died on me two months ago. So minor heads-up.

    I think it's software. MPEG-2 isn't listed on your device's stats.
     
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  18. Sep 17, 2020 #58 of 143
    Linda SD

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    Is it even possible to get to HBO Max using a Tivo that doesn't list the HBO Max under add-ons? I have hulu, and added the HBO Max through it, but have had no luck trying to find out how to watch it on my TV. I can watch hulu just fine. The subscription kind of makes it sound like they're somehow linked, so I thought maybe if I logged onto hulu, there would be a way to go to HBO Max. Nope. HBO is listed under the add-ons, but after trying to log in there, I realized it's not the same. Can anyone offer any advice? Should I just cancel the HBO Max subscription? I don't want to watch the programs on my laptop.
     
  19. Sep 17, 2020 #59 of 143
    Anotherpyr

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    Either pick up a cheap stick like the Roku or Amazon Fire stick so you can stream both at better quality or cancel it. I doubt we will see much in the way of new apps on the TiVo.
     
  20. Sep 17, 2020 #60 of 143
    Saturn_V

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    You still can't get HBOMAX for either platform. You can sideload the MAX app onto FireTV, not sure about Roku.

    You can subscribe to *HBO* via Amazon Prime Channels- but you won't get the expanded HBO MAX content.
     

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