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How to watch HBO Max on Roku

Both HBO and Roku want you to start consuming as quickly as possible.
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July 14, 2022

Is HBO Max on Roku devices? You bet. It’s arguably one of the top attractions on the Roku platform, thanks to shows like Watchmen and Peacemaker, and movies like Dune and the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Here’s how to get started streaming.

Read more: Everything you need to know about HBO Max

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You can find the HBO Max app in the Roku Channel Store. Although there are web and mobile versions of the Store, the simplest way to hunt it down is by selecting Streaming Channels from the Roku homescreen.


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How to get HBO Max on your Roku device

Searching for HBO Max on a Roku TV
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As with any service supported by Roku, you need to download an app from the Channel Store. On the Roku homescreen, select Streaming Channels, then search for HBO. Choose HBO Max from the results and install it.

When you open the app, you’ll be prompted to sign in or sign up. If you already have a Max subscription, choose Access all of HBO Max. You’ll be asked to enter your HBO login or — if you have Max through a cable, satellite, or internet package — your provider’s login.

HBO Max is available in many regions, although Canada and the United Kingdom are two notable exceptions. In the US, if you don’t have the service as part of a bundle, it costs $9.99 per month or $99.99 per year for a standard HD (1080p) version with ads. You’ll need to spend $14.99 per month or $149.99 per year to remove ads, access 4K content, and download videos for offline viewing. Once you’re signed up, you can check out our list of the best shows and movies on HBO Max to decide what to watch first.

How to get HBO Max on the Roku website

HBO Max on the Roku web store
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Roku has a web version of the Channel Store. If you find the HBO Max listing, you can hit an Add channel button to link the app to your Roku account (this is replaced by Installed if you already have it). You’ll still have to log into the app when you get to your TV, and it can sometimes take Roku devices a little while to trigger queued downloads.

How to cancel HBO Max on Roku

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If you subscribe to HBO Max through an outside source, like HBO’s website, you’ll have to cancel that way as well. If you sign up through Roku, though, it’s almost ridiculously easy to end service.

On your Roku device:

  • Highlight (don’t click) the HBO Max app on your homescreen.
  • Push the star button on your remote.
  • Select Manage subscription.
  • Click Cancel subscription and follow the prompts.

Alternately, you can visit my.roku.com, sign in to your account, and click Manage your subscriptions. Find HBO Max and choose Cancel subscription.


Frequently asked questions

There’s no way of watching for free unless you already have HBO Max through a cable, satellite, or internet package. A Roku-based subscription doesn’t cost anything extra, however.

Yes, but typically you’ll only get Max’s on-demand content, not any live TV.

HBO Max may be bundled with some Comcast Xfinity plans — you’ll have to check for deals in your part of the US, particularly since Comcast only operates in some regions. Otherwise, you’ll have to pay for Max like any other service on your Roku device.

You can watch HBO Max on most smart TV platforms, including Fire TV, Apple TV, Google TV, and Samsung TV.