When AT & T-Warner-HBO’s multi-headed demon launched its streaming service attempt in May, it came up with everything you could possibly want …except Roku and Fire TV support, two of the most popular smart TV platforms on the planet. HBO Max still doesn’t work on Roku, but it looks like AT&T and Amazon have come to an agreement.
WarnerMedia made the announcement via press release: An HBO Max app will be available starting tomorrow, November 17, on set-top boxes, dongles, and smart TVs powered by Amazon Fire TV. The same app will also be available for download on Amazon branded Fire tablets through the Amazon App Store. HBO Max subscribers, as well as those who subscribe to a more limited list of HBO content through the Amazon Prime Video interface, will be able to access their respective libraries.
WarnerMedia hasn’t said what the problem is: HBO Max has been available on all other TV and smart app platforms for the past six months. But according to some internal baseball reports at the time, the problem was negotiations over the distribution of subscription revenue. Presumably, Roku and / or WarnerMedia are still waiting for a softer deal to bring HBO Max to Roku devices and smart TVs.