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How to Get HBO Max on Your Apple TV: The Complete 2024 Guide

January 23, 2024

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Want to stream hit HBO series like Game of Thrones, Euphoria and Succession direct from your Apple TV? Or binge acclaimed Max Originals such as Station Eleven, The Staircase and Peacemaker? By downloading the HBO Max app, you can access over 13,000 hours of on-demand entertainment on one of the best media streamers available.

In this complete how-to guide, we’ll walk you through everything you need to know to get HBO Max on your Apple TV.

By the end of this guide, you’ll be streaming the latest HBO Max movies and bingeing hit series in no time on your Apple TV.

Let’s get started!

What is Apple TV?

Before we download HBO Max, let’s clarify exactly what Apple TV is.

Apple TV is a digital media streaming box developed by Apple. It connects to your TV to aggregate all your favorite streaming services, cable channels, music, podcasts, and games in one intuitive interface.

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Image: The Apple TV homepage brings together streaming apps, music, cable channels and more

Importantly, Apple TV is not a TV itself, nor is it the same as Apple TV Plus. Rather, it’s a set-top box you connect to your existing TV set.

You’ll also need to purchase the Apple TV hardware separately. Here are the two models currently available:

The main difference is the 4K model supports higher resolution video formats like 4K, Dolby Vision and HDR. It also has a faster A12 bionic processor compared to the Apple TV HD’s A10X chip.

Once you have the Apple TV device set up, it puts multiple streaming services at your fingertips through individual apps, including rivals like Netflix, HBO Max, Disney+ and Hulu. There’s also the Apple TV Plus app for accessing Apple originals available to subscribers.

Next, let’s go over how to get HBO Max downloaded onto your Apple TV.

Checking Apple TV Compatibility

Before installing any app, it’s important to check your Apple TV has the right hardware and software capabilities.

The HBO Max app requires:

  • Apple TV 4K or Apple TV HD: Older Apple TV models aren’t supported.
  • tvOS 12 or later: Check your tvOS version under Settings > System > About. Update to the latest if needed.

Updating tvOS is straightforward:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Select System
  3. Choose Software Updates
  4. Click Update Software
  5. Follow the on-screen prompts

If your Apple TV meets these requirements, you’re all set to install HBO Max.

How to Download HBO Max on Apple TV

Ready to get HBO Max on your Apple TV? Here is the complete walkthrough:

Step 1: Sign Into Your Apple ID

You need an Apple ID to access the App Store and download apps on Apple TV.

If you aren’t already signed in:

  1. Go to Settings
  2. Choose Users and Accounts
  3. Select Sign In
  4. Enter your Apple ID and password
  5. Click Sign In
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Once signed into your Apple ID, you can access the App Store.

Step 2: Open the App Store

Now open the App Store to search for and install apps.

  1. Go to the Home Screen
  2. Select the App Store icon
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  1. Choose the “Search” tab
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You’ll then be able to search for specific apps like HBO Max.

Step 3: Search for “HBO Max”

With the App Store open, it’s time to find HBO Max.

  1. Select Search
  2. Type “HBO Max
  3. Choose HBO Max from the list
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Make sure you select the official HBO Max app published by Warner Bros. Discovery.

Step 4: Download HBO Max

Once you’ve found HBO Max, it’s time to download it.

  1. Choose HBO Max app
  2. Click “Get
  3. Tap “Install
  4. Enter Apple ID password to confirm
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Sit back while HBO Max downloads and installs automatically. The icon will change from Downloading to the HBO Max logo when complete.

Step 5: Open HBO Max and Sign In

You’re all set to start streaming!

  1. Go back to the Home Screen
  2. Find and select the HBO Max app
  3. Choose Sign In
  4. Select your provider
  5. Input credentials to sign in
  6. Start watching!
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And that’s it! Within minutes you can access and stream thousands of hours of on-demand entertainment through HBO Max.

What Can I Watch on HBO Max?

Now for the best part: seeing everything you can stream on HBO Max.

A standard subscription unlocks over 13,000 hours of on-demand content without ads. This includes:

  • Iconic HBO series: Game of Thrones, Sopranos, Westworld, Big Little Lies, Euphoria, White Lotus, etc.
  • Hit Max Originals: The Flight Attendant, Hacks, Peacemaker, Tokyo Vice
  • Beloved sitcoms: Friends, Big Bang Theory, Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
  • Classic films and new theatrical releases from Warner Bros.
  • DC Universe movies like Wonder Woman, Suicide Squad, Joker
  • Cartoons and family series from Sesame Street, Looney Toons, Cartoon Network
  • Prestige documentaries like 100 Foot Wave, The Invisible Pilot
  • International programming from around the world

In other words, you get access to premium programming from HBO together with a huge catalog of shows, movies and documentaries you can’t watch anywhere else.

There’s stellar content whether you want to revisit classics like The Sopranos, discover new HBO Max exclusives like Minx, or stream box office hits like Dune the same day they leave theaters.

Plus, new Max Originals and Warner Bros. movies are added every month.

Alternative Options for HBO Max on other services

For those looking for alternative options, it is possible to integrate HBO Max as a channel on services like Hulu, choosing Add-Ons during setup for a small monthly fee. This Quick View Guide helps walk through how to add HBO Max to a Hulu subscription.

Compatibility Issues

Occasionally users run into technical issues accessing HBO Max even after the app is installed. Common problems include HBO Max crashing, subtitles not loading properly, and error messages from Samsung smart TVs.

If you encounter problems using HBO Max once set up, these Smart TV troubleshooting guides for Samsung TV errors, crashing, and subtitles can help resolve many streaming issues.

Smart TV Support

As outlined above, HBO Max works across a wide variety of platforms. But performance varies between manufacturers. For smart capabilities in addition to Apple TV, check compatibility and sign-in guides for HBO Max on LG TVs, Fire Stick troubleshooting, Vizio, Philips TV, Insignia TV and more. And it’s available across Xbox and Playstation consoles.

Frequently Asked Questions

Here are answers to some common questions about accessing HBO Max on your Apple TV:

How much does HBO Max cost on Apple TV?

HBO Max is available directly through the app for $14.99/month (ad-free). There is also an ad-supported plan with commercials for $9.99/month.

No matter which Apple TV you own or how you subscribe, the monthly pricing is the same.

Can I get HBO Max free with my Apple TV purchase?

There’s no longer a free HBO Max trial just for buying an Apple TV. However, eligible new subscribers can often get HBO Max free for between 7 days to a month, depending on current promotions.

What picture quality is supported?

The Apple TV 4K supports 4K, Dolby Vision, HDR and Dolby Atmos immersive audio when available from HBO Max. For HD quality on an Apple TV HD, make sure to have adequate broadband speeds of at least 5 Mbps.

Can I download shows to watch offline?

Yes! HBO Max lets you download movies and shows to your device storage to watch without Wi-Fi or data. Content saved for offline is available for 30 days. Just look for the download icon.

How do I cancel HBO Max on Apple TV?

You can manage or cancel subscriptions directly through the HBO Max account portal online. This will also block access on your Apple TV. If you subscribed through Apple in-app purchases, cancellation is handled via your Apple account.

And that wraps up this complete guide on getting the HBO Max app on your Apple TV!

In summary:

  • Apple TV connects to your TV to bring together streaming services, cable, music and more
  • Check your Apple TV is compatible before installing HBO Max
  • Download HBO Max app from the App Store
  • Unlimited access to all HBO shows, Warner Bros. movies plus Max Originals
  • Also available on most major platforms like iOS, Android, Fire TV, Roku and more

Now all that’s left is to enjoy award-winning, exclusive entertainment with HBO Max on your Apple TV!