HBO Pushes Back Removal of HBO GO and HBO NOW Apps from Older Apple TVs

On Wednesday, HBO announced that HBO GO and HBO NOW would no longer be available on the second and third generation Apple TV models from April 30, 2020. The company has now extended this deadline, and will remove HBO NOW from these platforms on May 15, 2020 and HBO GO will remain available for "a few additional months."

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Speaking to Engadget, an HBO spokesperson described the decision to remove these streaming services from older ‌Apple TV‌ models as a "business-as-usual device deprecation that was planned several months ago." The company hopes that the extended deadline provides people with enough time to upgrade their ‌Apple TV‌ models and otherwise prepare for the day they are removed.

HBO GO and HBO NOW will remain functional on the newest ‌Apple TV‌ HD and ‌Apple TV‌ 4K platforms, which range from about $149.00 to $169.00 at this time. There are numerous shows and movies that can be streamed for free on HBO GO and HBO NOW as well, including Silicon Valley, Succession, The Wire, and more.

Top Rated Comments

nyctravis Avatar
37 months ago

Why? Is online retail being shut down as well?
No, people’s incomes are being shut down. Get some perspective for god sakes.
Score: 31 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
37 months ago
You'd think they could at least wait until the pandemic is over. People aren't going to be shopping for new A/V equipment right now. They're going to lose subscribers because they can't watch anymore, and many of them may not come back.
Score: 20 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
37 months ago

Why? Is online retail being shut down as well?
No, but people have different priorities right now.
Score: 17 Votes (Like | Disagree)
mnsportsgeek Avatar
37 months ago

The 2012 3rd gen Apple TV has 512MB of memory and a single-core A5 professor, putting it on the same performance level as a 2010 iPhone 4. I’m surprised it still works at all.
A5 and 512mb is the iPhone 4s. Which currently supports HBO Go on iOS8 and is not losing support.
Score: 9 Votes (Like | Disagree)
nfl46 Avatar
37 months ago

Why? Is online retail being shut down as well?
Come on, I know you haven’t been living under a rock. You may be doing financially well but a majority of people aren’t.
Score: 7 Votes (Like | Disagree)
zorinlynx Avatar
37 months ago

Good move....not sure why HBO Now is only getting an extra two weeks though (not familiar with their products)
Now and Go are exactly the same content; the difference is Go is tied to a cable subscription and Now is not.
Score: 6 Votes (Like | Disagree)

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