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new app, better interface and more content

We knew it was going to happen. Warner.Discovery, the company resulting from the merger of Warner Bros and Discovery, announced in 2023 that HBO Max would disappear to become ‘Max’, which was not only a name change for the streaming service but also an evolution of its catalog and its application.

In May 2023, Max arrived in the United States, the first territory in which the renewed platform was available. In the rest of the countries we would have to wait until the beginning of 2024. And so it has been. HBO Max has already become Max in Latin Americaand we have been able to test the new version of the service, getting some surprises, but not too many, for better or worse.

HBO is dead, long live HBO Max

Max is more than a name change, It is a completely new application. I am referring to the app as such, the software through which we access the service catalog. In terms of content, the list of series, movies and more programs has grown, since the HBO Max and Discovery+ services have merged, but we are not talking about a radical change either.

Before talking about the catalog, let’s analyze the experience of change as such. Since the transformation of HBO Max into Max has become effective, the previous application (i.e. HBO Max) has stopped working on my devices. In the case of my Android mobile, the app showed an error message. When I updated it, a new message appeared on the screen:

“Now, HBO Max is called Max.”

The HBO Max app invites you to download the new Max app to continue accessing the service. After downloading it, you only need to log in with the same user account and password (or method, more on that shortly) on Max.

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When downloading Max on my Android phone it was not even necessary to log in, the app seems to have recognized the previous application and logged in on its own. Fortunately, everything remains the same:

  • Max’s app has the same users that he had created on HBO Max
  • Also has the same list of series and movies what do I want to see
  • It even shows the last episode I watched of a series and allows me to pick up where I left off.

In this sense, Max feels the same as HBO Max, with some considerable changes and improvements to its interface. The app is more visually attractive, and the user experience is undoubtedly more fluid, even on a mid-range tablet that I use to watch series in bed and to play streamingbut it is already beginning to suffer the passage of time in terms of performance.

Max’s catalog continues to be excellent in terms of series and movies. After all, it features both HBO classics and original Warner Bros. productions on all its platforms (including Cartoon Network and Adult Swim). In Max we can see excellent series such as ‘The Sopranos’, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Tokyo Vice’, ‘Big Little Lies’ and even ‘Dexter’s Laboratory’ and ‘Rick and Morty’, among many others. Among the films we also find the trilogy ‘The Lord of the Rings’, ‘The Matrix’, ‘Dune’ and more.

And an important fact that we must not forget is that Max is the ‘Harry Potter’ houseso the new series that is in development based on the magical novel saga will be available exclusively on this service.

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The most important change in terms of content in Max is that the service includes the catalog of the now defunct subscription platform Discovery+, which translates into many reality series, television documentaries, and mystery, horror, and supernatural-themed programs, in addition to many series about sharks, of course. It is an interesting addition for fans of this type of programs, which complements the catalog of the new service.

It is worth mentioning that Max has three subscription plans during its launch in Latin America, and only the most expensive one offers 4K resolution and UltraHD for content, in addition to the possibility of using the service on up to 4 devices. On the other hand, the cheapest plan and the medium level are limited to Full HD resolution and 2 devices.

Is it necessary to switch to Max or can we continue using HBO Max?

If you have asked yourself this question, the answer is: yes, changing to Max is mandatory. As I mentioned at the beginning of this article, the HBO Max app on my devices has become unusable, so once the change becomes effective in Spain, all HBO Max users will be forced to change apps.

The experience of change has not been perfect: although I highlighted the fact that the new app works quite well, even better than HBO Max (especially on my tablet and my TV), The app gave me problems logging in on several of my devices, because I have the service contracted through my operator and not directly with a username and password on the platform.

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The Max app has given me some problems logging in, but it’s probably just a launch error

It is very likely that it is a launch problem, one that should be fixed as the days go by, but it is worth mentioning because it was a somewhat frustrating experience to be able to log in on my Smart TV. In the end, after many attempts, I managed it, but I’m not sure how. It doesn’t matter, I guess.

Another big question in Spain is What will happen to HBO Max promotions, especially that excellent launch promotion in 2021, which offered a 50% discount on the lifetime subscription, as long as we do not unsubscribe from the service. In Latin America, Max will honor this promotion, but in Spain it is still not clear. Hopefully, the company will also decide to keep the HBO Max promotional discounts on Max.

Max will arrive in Spain sometime in March.

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