The new WBD’s Max app faces issues on Apple TV

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The new WBD's Max app faces issues on Apple TV
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In the ever-evolving world of streaming services, HBO Max has emerged as a significant player. Since its launch in May 2020, it has garnered a dedicated user base, including Apple TV owners. However, recent developments have taken a frustrating turn. With the introduction of the rebranded Max app, aptly named “Max,” on Apple TV, users are encountering familiar obstacles, resurfacing concerns about the HBO experience on this popular platform.

HBO’s relationship with Apple TV has been a tumultuous one, plagued by various issues over the years. In June 2021, HBO dealt a blow to Apple TV users by removing support for the platform’s native video player in an app update. Now, in May 2023, HBO Max has been replaced by the new Max app, signaling a fresh start. Unfortunately, this fresh start is marred by persistent problems that have left users disheartened.

Sigmund Judge, an observant Twitter user, has documented some of the challenges encountered by Apple TV users with the new Max app. One notable issue is the synchronization problem affecting the Apple TV app’s “Up Next” feature, a crucial element for seamless content consumption. Additionally, the Max app lacks support for essential features like Frame Rate Match and Dynamic Range, which significantly impact the viewing experience.

Judge’s findings don’t stop there. In subsequent tweets, he highlights a range of missing features that users have come to rely on, including Siri Remote jog support, “What did he/she/they say?” captions, Picture in Picture mode, system-wide audio and subtitle preferences, Reduce Loud Sounds functionality, Dim Flashing Lights option, and Up Next functionality. The absence of these features further hampers the user experience, leaving many questioning the rationale behind the app’s launch without proper optimization.

Despite these setbacks, it is worth noting that the Max app offers a vast library of content, bringing over most of what was available on HBO Max. Moreover, there is a considerable increase in the availability of 4K content across the platform. However, accessing this enhanced content requires subscribing to specific tiers of service, with pricing starting at $9.99 per month for the ad-supported option. The ad-free alternative is priced at $15.99 per month, while the comprehensive Max Ultimate package, offering an ad-free experience and access to all 4K content, costs $19.99 per month.

Max's new 4K tier leaves HBO Max customers feeling frustrated
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Regrettably, given the launch-day challenges encountered by users, it seems unlikely that Warner Bros. Discovery, the parent company behind HBO Max, will swiftly address the issues on the Apple TV app. The debut of the rebranded Max app has been underwhelming, causing frustration among customers who expected a seamless transition. Such a lackluster launch does little to inspire confidence and goodwill among users, undermining the overall customer experience.