What you need to know
- HBO has dropped support for Apple TV Channels.
- The move comes on the same day the company launched the HBO Max app.
- Existing subscribers through Apple TV Channels will be prompted to download the new app.
Earlier today it was reported that the HBO Max app was now available to customers on the iPhone, iPad, and Apple TV. Unfortunately, it appears that the launch of the app has come at the expense of another way to watch HBO's content: Apple TV Channels.
A new report from 9to5Mac details the move, saying that current subscribers to HBO through Apple TV Channels will still have access, but will not receive new content.
According to the report, users who still have access to the channel are already being directed to download the HBO Max app instead.
For those who want to switch from Apple TV Channels to the HBO Max app, it is thankfully a smooth process that does not require canceling and starting a new subscription.
HBO will still work with the Apple TV app itself, so the shows that you watch will still drop episodes into the Up Next queue.
The biggest benefit to Apple TV Channels, aside from having one place to shop around for content, was that playing a show or film did not take you out of the Apple TV app. Now, when you choose to watch something from HBO from within the Apple TV app, you will be taken to the HBO Max app.
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