HBO GO and HBO NOW Will No Longer Be Available on 2nd and 3rd Gen Apple TVs Starting April 30

HBO today announced that its HBO GO and HBO NOW streaming services will no longer be available on second-generation and third-generation Apple TV models starting April 30, 2020.

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In a support document on its website, HBO says this change is being made "in order to provide the best streaming experience":

In order to provide the best streaming experience, we need to make some changes to our supported devices list. Starting on April 30, 2020, HBO GO will no longer be available on the Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation). Not sure which Apple TV you have? Identify your Apple TV model

If Apple TV was your primary streaming device, here are some other ways to stream HBO GO on your TV:

- Stream HBO GO using another streaming player or a game console. For a list of supported devices, see Supported devices.
- Use AirPlay to stream HBO GO to your Apple TV.
- Use an HDMI cable to connect your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV.
- Use Chromecast to cast HBO GO from your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV.

There is an identical notice for HBO NOW.

HBO's announcement comes just as a number of third-generation Apple TV users have also been struggling with accessing YouTube content.

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Top Rated Comments

WiiDSmoker Avatar
56 months ago
Sounds fishy. It’s just a video streaming app.
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Villarrealadrian Avatar
56 months ago
You can just stream it with airplay anyway
Score: 11 Votes (Like | Disagree)
azentropy Avatar
56 months ago

Time for 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV owners to upgrade! I had a 3rd Gen device and I upgraded.
If Apple just came out with a new AppleTV then sure... However the current model itself is ~3 years old and even MacRumors buying guide has it listed as "Don't Buy". Seems like bad timing.
Score: 10 Votes (Like | Disagree)
techwhiz Avatar
56 months ago
Exactly why I don't like IOT type devices.
Other people decide when you can no longer use them.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
Mdracer Avatar
56 months ago
That’s too bad, all my ‘extra’ TVs have the older gen ATV’s. I don’t go refresh the entire house whenever a new model arrives.
Score: 8 Votes (Like | Disagree)
jase1125 Avatar
56 months ago
This is a bit ridiculous. People are reporting. Youtube isn't working any longer either after the latest OS update. This sounds like lazy developers that don't want to optimize for the hardware. The ATV3 is plenty powerful enough.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)