HBO Max on Roku: how to get it and start watching now

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When HBO Max launched in May 2020, tens of millions of Roku users lamented the exclusion of their streaming device – it meant they couldn't access a huge amount of classic and premium content, even if they had a subscription.

But, given the brand appeal of HBO, exclusive HBO Max rights to shows like Friends and The Big Bang Theory, as well as Warner Bros movies, it seemed mutually beneficial that both companies hash out an agreement eventually. Ever since, watching HBO Max on Roku couldn't be easier to set up.

Is HBO Max on Roku?

A deal was struck in December 2020, allowing users to stream HBO Max on Roku.

All you need in order to stream HBO Max on Roku is to ensure your device is running Roku OS 9.3 or higher.

Find out what OS your Roku is running by heading to Settings > System > About.

How to install HBO Max on Roku

Existing HBO or HBO Max customers who have never added either channel to their Roku device should follow the below instructions to add HBO Max:

  • On the homepage, go to Streaming Channels
  • Select ‘New and Notable’ or ‘Movies and TV’ from the Channel Store
  • Click on HBO Max and ‘Add Channel’ to pin it to your home page
  • You can sign in with your existing details

If you’re not currently an HBO subscriber, it’s possible to register and pay for HBO Max on Roku directly using Roku Pay.

Alternatively, those subscribed to the old version of HBO ought to find this has been automatically updated to the brand-new HBO Max on their home page. If that hasn’t happened, you can just:

  • Select the HBO tile
  • Hit the star key on your remote
  • Pick the “Check for updates” option
  • The HBO icon should now change to HBO Max

You might find you’re entitled to HBO Max free of charge, depending on which provider you signed up to HBO Now or HBO with – AT&T TV for example. Check the full list here to find out if you’re eligible, and avoid paying unnecessarily.


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What can I watch on HBO Max with Roku?

Oh, just over 10,000 hours of quality entertainment from some of the biggest names in film and TV!

You get the gamut of HBO’s iconic and ground-breaking TV shows, including The Wire and Boardwalk Empire, and more modern hits like Lovecraft Country, The Undoing and Euphoria. There's select titles from Warner Brothers 100-year film library, hand-curated classics from TCM, DC Entertainment blockbusters, documentaries, a glut of animated content, and acclaimed anime from Studio Ghibli and Crunchyroll.

Then there’s all that exclusive content – every season of Friends, Gossip Girl, and The Big Bang Theory, plus thrilling Max Original series like The Flight Attendant and Raised by Wolves, Euphoria, and more.

What other streaming services are available on Roku?

In addition to HBO Max on Roku, there are over 4,000 channels ranging across TV, news, gaming, film, fitness, music streaming, and movie rental. You’re spoilt for choice on Roku devices, and there’s a great mix of free and subscription-based services. 

Among the best-known VOD platforms here are Netflix, Disney Plus, Amazon Prime Video and Hulu, plus Peacock from NBCUniversal (providing both free and paid plans) and Apple TV Plus. Then you’ve got Twitch for hardcore gamers, WatchESPN for sports fanatics, and of course The Roku Channel, which provides a rotating selection of films and TV shows completely free of charge.

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What other devices can I watch HBO Max on?

In addition to Roku, HBO Max can be streamed on smart TVs like Apple TV and Amazon Fire TV, Chromebooks, Chromecast, iPhone, iPad, and iPod Touch, PlayStation 4 & 5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X & S, PC and Mac computers, Android phones. You can also watch HBO Max on Fire Stick. Click here for a full list of compatible devices.

Daniel Pateman

Daniel Pateman is a freelance writer, producing articles across the cultural spectrum for magazines like Aesthetica, Photomonitor, The Brooklyn Rail and This is Tomorrow. He also provides text-writing services to individual curators and artists worldwide, and has had work published internationally. His favourite film genre is horror (bring on Scream 5!) and he never tires of listening to Absolute 80s on the radio.