Roku now joins Amazon Fire TV, Comcast, Apple TV and Playstation 5 as services that offer HBO Max

By Nicholas Rice
December 17, 2020 12:25 PM
Wonder Woman: 1984
| Credit: Warner Bros.

Good news for Roku users! HBO Max is finally available to use on the streaming device.

Several months after HBO Max launched, Roku announced that the streaming service is now available on their devices as of Thursday morning, where it will be available to subscribers at $15 per month.

HBO Max is home to a slew of original HBO content, including The Sopranos, Euphoria and Game of Thrones, as well as TV shows and movies from DC, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, Turner Classic Movies and Warner Bros.

Roku users can now install the HBO Max channel by searching for it in the Roku channel store, while users who have already subscribed to HBO through their Roku devices will see the channel update automatically to HBO Max.

Roku now joins Amazon Fire TV, Comcast, Apple TV and Playstation 5 as services that offer HBO Max.

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The news of Roku's inclusion of HBO's streaming service comes about after Warner Bros. announced it would be moving its entire 2021 film slate to a new release model amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Now, Warner Bros. movies will premiere on HBO Max and in theaters simultaneously, where films will be available to view on the streaming service for 30 days before they are only shown exclusively in theaters ahead of their release on home media.

Films that fall under this new deal include December's Wonder Woman 1984 and April 2021's Mortal Kombat.

The move has not come without some backlash, however, as some filmmakers have criticized the decision. The Dark Knight director Christopher Nolan recently told PEOPLE that the shift in gears for the major movie studio has "upset a lot of people."

"Because other than the fact that it's not a very rational business decision," he said, "the way in which they did it — they didn't tell any of the filmmakers or any of the movie stars involved in those projects for 2021. These were people who spent years engaged on projects that were intended to be releases for the big screen and for home video worldwide."