HBO Max App for iOS Gaining SharePlay, Shuffle Button, Split Screen Support and More

The HBO Max app for the iPhone and iPad is this week receiving a notable update that will overhaul the interface and add several new features that will improve the viewing experience on iOS devices.

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According to the press release announcing the changes, the app offers a more intuitive navigation system, a refined design, and performance and stability improvements to bring it in line with the updated HBO Max Apple TV app that came out back in April.

U.S. HBO Max users who have an ad-free plan can use SharePlay on the ‌iPhone‌ or ‌iPad‌ to watch HBO content with friends and family over the FaceTime and Messages (iOS 16 only) apps, plus there is now a Shuffle button.

Previously available on the desktop, the Shuffle button lets users randomize the first episode that plays for select shows on the platform. On the ‌iPad‌, Split View works with other apps so you can watch HBO while doing other things at the same time.

There's a dedicated home interface for downloaded content, tablet support for portrait and landscape orientations, and an enhanced screen reader experience with updated navigation elements and functionality.

The updated HBO Max app does not appear to be available for all ‌iPhone‌ and ‌iPad‌ users at this time, but WarnerMedia has said that it is rolling out.

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jacklink01 Avatar
26 months ago
Great! Just in time for it to no longer exist.
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SW3029 Avatar
26 months ago
Comes with major bug: no Batgirl.
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Moonlight Avatar
26 months ago

And you don't get it for free. It’s it’s included your att fiber subscription. Nothing is free.
Come on now, that is pedantic. Everyone understood his meaning behind free
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26 months ago

What do you mean? Pretend I’ve been living under a rock.
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They're merging with Discovery+.
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26 months ago

HBOmax and Discovery+ are merging and the HBOMax app will no longer be around.
Unknown. It’s possible everything folds into HBOmax. They’re still deciding if HBO max is a good enough brand to keep around.


While the new name is unclear, since the company is still “doing research on consumer perception of the HBO Max name,” Warner Bros said its initial focus is on the ad-supported and ad-free versions of the combined streaming services.

https://9to5mac.com/2022/08/07/hbo-max-discovery-plus-merge-announcement/amp/
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Analog Kid Avatar
26 months ago
Good to see this getting improved and utilizing some of the features of the OS, though I have to say the Apple TV+ interface is the worst of the major players. I've come to expect the buttons in the middle of the screen, but the most annoying thing about ATV is that when I wipe dirt off the screen it drags the whole image around often closes the viewer... Why?
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