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I agree with you. Roku is nothing but an easily replaceable medium. Neither amazon, which I can side-load with android TV or Roku should decide what I want to stream or how. If this isn’t resolved. By by Roku.
The problem is clearly with HBO Max and ATT not Roku or Amazon. ATT is the holdup not allowing its products on those platforms that cover 70% of streaming consumers. Unfortonately it's nearly impossible to get feedback to HBO Max, though clearly much easier as here for feedback to Roku or Amazon. Roku is ready to provide the access once HBO Max decides their compensation model.
HBO Max thinks they know best what you should be watching by removing a classic like Gone with the Wind. If you want HBO max to be censoring what you should be watching, by all means find a device that that suits you.
I connect my phone to my Roku device to view HBO Max... no money needed. The only issue I have with it is unlike Netflix and other streaming platforms, if you're watching a TV show (like Friends...yay!) the next episode will just keep playing until you stop it. It doesn't automatically stop after a few episodes; so the chance of over heating your phone is very likely, especially if you fall asleep. Just another thought...
Sounds like you have an Android phone. I long migrated from Android to iOS and iPhones so do not have that option. Good mention but won't help iPhone or iPad users. There is a possibility that on some smart TVs, newer ones, that support AirPlay2 i could. Current 2015 Samsung does not but setting up 2020 Sony smart tv soon which will let me install an Hbo Max app on the Tv itself.
I’m really in a pickle. I actually switched to Apple TV several years ago, but I am still paying for HBO with Roku Pay since that’s what I used to have. So I actually have the HBO Max app, but it won’t run because I use Roku Pay!