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Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

Disappointed that HBO max has not been accessible on Roku. Really love our Roku's but after the Fox Superbowl debacle, and now HBO Max, it's getting harder to recommend Roku. It just seems Roku has become just like the rest of them and lost their way. I know our Roku devices have more than just HBO Max to watch but A LOT of people purchased a Roku device for the freedom that Roku allowed now we are being restricted just like everything else. Where will it stop? I am sure there are some big business dealings and shareholders getting **bleep** hurt on both sides but They keep doing what They are doing Roku will no longer be something special. Roku will just be washed away with the next big thing that Roku was. Android TV's are just around the corner and a lot of people already have Android devices. Simplicity and ease of access is everything to us common folk. Just my frustrated thoughts.....

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

Shame, I have 10 ROKU units and have been streaming with them since 2011.  Now I have to find a new streaming device to view HBO Max.  Apple TV or Chromecast?  This could be a major blow to a up and coming service.  I will give ROKU until the end of the month, but then I am gone.

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

I cancelled my HBO Max subscription because they couldn't reach a deal with Roku and Amazon Fire (70% of the streaming marketplace) before launching and even after the launch. You just don't launch a new streaming service without having deals with Roku and Amazon Fire in place.

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

Yup - I am dumping Roku. Only streaming platform without HBO Max. You can side load on Fire devices. 

No reason for this. Many other options. 

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

Hey Infenus, how can people with ROKU TVs side load an Amazon Fire Stick to their ROKU TVs. I bet ROKU will not print your answer.

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max


@Disappointed50 wrote:

Hey Infenus, how can people with ROKU TVs side load an Amazon Fire Stick to their ROKU TVs. I bet ROKU will not print your answer.


Ummm...you plug it in!  Lol!

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max


@Disappointed50 wrote:

Hey Infenus, how can people with ROKU TVs side load an Amazon Fire Stick to their ROKU TVs. I bet ROKU will not print your answer.


If you have an available HDMI port, you can buy a fire stick and use it the same as any other external device.  Once you have the fire stick enabled, you can find many sites where they take you through the 5 minute process of enabling non-amazon store apps, and then installing the HBO Max APK.

 

You can also get a Chromecast for $29 and use the HBO Max on your phone while casting the image to your TV.  This is not preferred by me since I don't like to control my TV from my phone.

 

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

I have 6 Roku devices and I certainly won't be buying anything Roku again. As my devices reach end-of-support, or sooner, I will purchase something else for streaming. It looks to me that Roku is holding us all hostage to get their deal so they can sell us HBO Max as a part of their service. I don't even want that, I just wanted an App from the Channel Store. I've already cancelled my HBO Max sub as I don't want to watch it on my phone or iPad. I'll never subscribe to anything from the Roku Channel. I'm all caught up on HBO for now anyway. This affects millions of Roku customers and there's no sign that Roku even cares.

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

It turns out that the amazon fire runs android apps...so with a little help from youtube and about 10 minutes, I now have HBO Max running on a fire stick and have disconnected one ROKU! Very easy to do.  The app screen still says HBO Now but all the content is MAX...HP Movies, Bugs Bunny and Robot Chicken to the rescue!  ROKU is going to get killed if they don't get a deal quickly.

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Re: Whats happening to Roku with HBO Max

Hey folks, neither AT&T nor Roku is talking on this one, but AT&T launched a new service and failed to secure deals on not one but two platforms.  The biggest two, Roku and Amazon.  If it were just one or the other, I'd feel like maybe Roku is driving a hard bargain, but since it's both I think it's pretty clear AT&T is simply asking too much.  It's all speculation though, nobody knows because neither side is publicly talking about the specifics.  All we know for sure is that HBO Max isn't on Roku, and that reality hurts both servicessservices there is not insignificant demand for HBO Max, and Roku is a huge streaming platform.