Amazon and HBO-owner WarnerMedia got to an agreement this week to begin HBO Max to Amazon Fire TV devices, almost six months after the streaming service first launched.
But as part of that agreement, Amazon will be transferring HBO from Amazon’s Prime Video Channels selection beginning next year, according to CNBC.
Amazon Prime Video Channels made you subscribe to specific streaming channels for a monthly fee and watch them on Amazon.
But the HBO Prime Video Channel has some variations from HBO Max. HBO Max offers everything you’d get with a regular HBO subscription as well as new movies, shows, and original series.
As WarnerMedia is working to build its subscriber base for HBO Max, it appears the company needs to remove some avenues to watch the standard HBO channel online.
And when HBO goes from Amazon Prime Video Channels, it won’t be the initial time WarnerMedia has removed HBO from an a la carte channels platform: the company pulled HBO from the Apple TV Channels platform the day HBO Max launched in May.
Amazon didn’t directly reply to a request for comment. WarnerMedia refused to comment.
HBO via Apple TV Channels
Apple TV Channels first started last year as a way to watch content from many different service providers all in one app, meaning you wouldn’t have to bounce around between various third-party apps to manage additional content.
Now, though, it appears HBO needs to push users to watch HBO Max content on the HBO Max app rather than through Apple’s.
There are several methods to access HBO Max, and my colleague Chaim Gartenberg has put together a helpful guide on how you can stream HBO Max and how to understand if you may already have a way to it without requiring to pay.