Discussion in 'Now Playing - TV Show Talk' started by mattyro7878, Nov 26, 2020.

  1. Nov 26, 2020 #1 of 153

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT


    Why doesn't everyone subscribe to HBO, thereby getting hbo max for free? I subscribe to hbo max and was thinking I would like to see hbo on my tivos. Then I checked and hbo on Xfinity is 720p so I ain't missing much. But there are times I just want to channel surf without going to streaming. Hence my question...why aren't we all getting hbo on cable (or whatever) and get the streaming service free.
  2. Nov 27, 2020 #2 of 153

    zordude WDW Fan TCF Club

    Sep 23, 2003
    Nashua, NH
    I get the hbo max streaming service for “free” via my ATT mobile account, also I don’t have cable tv service, so those are my personal reasons :)
  3. Nov 27, 2020 #3 of 153
    Rob Helmerichs

    Rob Helmerichs I am Groot! TCF Club

    Oct 17, 2000
    HBO Max is cheaper than HBO...that's why I switched.
  4. Nov 27, 2020 #4 of 153

    heySkippy oldweakandpathetic

    Jul 2, 2001
    Sarasota, FL
    We've got HBO Max included a couple different ways, but no way to watch it.
  5. Nov 27, 2020 #5 of 153

    wmcbrine Well-Known Mumbler

    Aug 2, 2003


    1. Not everyone has that deal.
    2. HBO on Fios (or cable) is $15/mo. HBO Max direct is $12/mo. (Only temporarily, but still.)
    3. At the time I switched, there was no such deal with Fios, so the only way for me to get the extra content (at a price, mind you, of $-3 a month) was to subscribe directly.

    There is also the pleasure of giving less money to Verizon, but that probably wouldn't be enough otherwise.
  6. Nov 27, 2020 #6 of 153

    Tony_T Well-Known Member

    Nov 2, 2017
    Still waiting for Roku/HBO Max
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  7. Nov 27, 2020 #7 of 153

    cheesesteak Meh. TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2003
    15 mins...
    Now that HBO Max is available with Amazon Prime, I looked up my Xfinity package options to see if I could drop all of their movie channels but my brain exploded trying to figure out how to do that online. Seems like everything is bundled to make it hard to do that. I'm beginning to look at my Tivo box and wondering why I'd end up paying extra for HBO Max through Amazon Prime instead of ditching Tivo and getting it for what I'm already paying if I had an Xfinity cable box.
  8. Nov 27, 2020 #8 of 153

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    It is a mess.
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    efilippi Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2001
    Mundelein, Il
    Availability of these streaming services is beyond my comprehension. I pay for HBO on Xfinity cable. No idea how to actually watch anything on Max. I just got an email from AT&T saying that yippee, I can now watch Max on FireTV, compliments of AT&T. I can follow the prompts on Fire to get the code, go to the internet site mentioned, enter the code, verify my ownership of AT&T as required but it still doesn't work. FireTV tells me there is some kind of error in processing my request.

    I was able to get Max working on an iPad but no idea how I did it. I'd rather watch on my tv but I hate AppleTV so don't use it anymore so apple cast doesn't work. Bah.
  10. Nov 27, 2020 #10 of 153

    TonyD79 Well-Known Member

    Jan 4, 2002
    Columbia, MD
    Apple TV doesn’t need Apple cast to watch Max. When I launched max on it today, it told me to go to the app on my iPhone and connect it there. Gave very explicit directions on how to do so.

    Funny, I gave up on my fire tv because I liked Apple TV much more.
  11. Nov 27, 2020 #11 of 153

    WVZR1 Well-Known Member

    Jul 30, 2008
    The WV...
    If you're paying for HBO w/Xfinity and you have any streaming device except Roku you can use your Xfinity credentials for MAX. Do you have an XG1V4 box as well as your Tivo(s). Xfinity was supposedly adding the app but maybe soon? LOL Have you tried your Xfinity credentials w/Fire device? Which Fire device?
  12. Nov 28, 2020 #12 of 153

    mattyro7878 Well-Known Member

    Nov 27, 2014
    Southern CT
    I see there are plenty of reasons!! Im paying 14.99/MNTH. i WONder if the simple threat of cancellation will lower my cost. Then again I'm paying with my Google account. You know, those surveys ya get .10 to .99 cents? So I am not paying actual currency.
  13. Nov 28, 2020 #13 of 153

    Bierboy Seasoned gas passer

    Jun 12, 2004
    Fishers, IN
     TV is THE gold standard of streaming boxes (IMO)
  14. Nov 28, 2020 #14 of 153

    tigercat74 Lets go Bengals!!!!!

    Aug 7, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I agree. I just wish it had a better remote. Don’t like the Siri remote and I don’t like universal remotes. I keep hoping they would come out with a new remote design.
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  15. Nov 28, 2020 #15 of 153

    sharkster Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 3, 2004
    I do subscribe to HBO but lack the streaming device to be able to access HBO Max. :( I have Tivos and Rokus. It would seem that one of those would have it, but no. Looks like you have to get a new model of Roku or one of a few other devices, including phones. I don't want to watch tv on my phone and I don't have gaming machines.
  16. Nov 28, 2020 #16 of 153

    jay_man2 jay_man-also TCF Club

    Sep 14, 2003
    Northern VA
    I can cast HBO Max to my Vizio TV from my phone, or use the HBO Max app on my Apple TV.

    If your TV doesn’t support casting directly, a cheap Fire TV stick or Google Chromecast should do it.
  17. Nov 29, 2020 #17 of 153

    efilippi Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Jul 24, 2001
    Mundelein, Il
    This is my situation exactly. I do also have an Apple TV but haven't had it wired up since I moved two years ago. Apple TV is a fine streaming gadget, but the fact that Apple charges a buck or two more for every movie or tv rental drives me nuts. Why pay extra just to be able to support Apple products? I don't get it. I have a very large screen tv but it is not HD so perhaps that's why Apple fans pay a premium?
  18. Nov 29, 2020 #18 of 153

    Jeeters Registered Snoozer

    Feb 25, 2003
    Same here, plus the video quality is better when streaming, vs the extra compression my cable company applies to everything.
  19. Nov 29, 2020 #19 of 153

    mlsnyc Well-Known Member TCF Club

    Dec 2, 2009
    While you're entitled to your own value judgment, this does not seem to be a fair expectation. In days of yore, we didn't expect rentals to be included when we bought a VHS or DVD player. And today we don't expect all TV shows and movies on Amazon, including those not free with Prime, to be included with an Amazon device. Yet rentals should be included with an Apple TV?

    Saying that $150-200 for an Apple TV is too steep compared to around $30 for a Fire Stick makes sense to me. Saying that because an Apple TV is expensive therefore the cost should include iTunes rentals does not.
  20. Nov 29, 2020 #20 of 153

    madscientist Deregistered Snoozer

    Nov 12, 2003
    Lexington, MA
    I don't own any Apple products (sorry, but IMO they're a bad company and I vote with my $$) so I can't say how accurate the opinion is, but the way I read the comment was not that items cost money instead of being free, but rather that they were a buck or two more expensive than the same thing could be obtained in other ways.

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