HBO Max is now available on Roku. After waiting for so long, Roku users can now stream their favorite HBO movies and series on their devices. You can watch iconic TV shows such as The Big Bang Theory or Friends. Max Originals such as The Flight Attendant are also available.
The bad news is that HBO Max may not always work on Roku. There are many technical glitches that users may sometimes encounter. In this guide, we’re going to focus on the most common ones and how you can fix them.
How to Fix HBO Max Tech Issues on Roku
Restart Roku and Reboot Your Modem
Before we dive into further troubleshooting steps, make sure to restart your Roku device and modem. If the problem you’re experiencing is due to network connection issues, restarting your device should fix it.
Go ahead and physically remove your Roku streaming stick. Re-install it again to perform a hard reset.
Or go to Settings → System and select System restart.
Update Roku or Upgrade Your Device
The HBO Max app works only with Roku 9.3 and later. So, if you’re using older Roku models, such as the Roku 2500 model, you need to upgrade your device. Any Roku models that no longer receive the latest updates won’t play HBO Max smoothly.
To update Roku, press the Home button on the remote, and go to Settings. Then select System → System Update and check for updates.
If you own a Roku model that’s running OS version 9.4.0 or higher but you still can’t watch HBO Max, contact Roku support for further help.
Disable Your VPN
In other to watch HBO Max on Roku, you need to be located in the US or certain US territories. And you need to use your real IP address. If you’re using a VPN to hide your IP address, you’ll get an error message. Disable your VPN software and check if you can watch HBO Max on Roku after you did that.
Re-Add the Channel
Uninstalling and reinstalling the HBO Max app may help you to fix many glitches and bugs.
- Take your Roku remote and press the Home button.
- Then navigate to Streaming Channels and open the Channel Store.
- Locate HBO Max and press OK on your remote.
- Then select Remove channel and confirm your choice.
Other users confirmed the following workaround did the trick for them.
- On your phone, launch the HBO Max app. Then go to Settings → Devices and sign out of all your devices.
- Now, remove the HBO Max from Roku and restart the device.
- After restarting Roku, reinstall HBO Max.
The reason you need to sign out of all the devices is that Roku might be holding onto your old HBO login information. As a result, the new HBO Max channel will crash.
Alternatively, you can also unsubscribe from HBO. Then remove the HBO channel and restart your Roku device. Re-add the HBO Max channel after you did all that.
Search the Title
Instead of using the home screen to select the title you want to watch, use the search feature. Play the title from the search screen.
There are certain disadvantages if you choose to use this workaround. There are only four controls you can access: the 7-second replay, Pause, Forward, and Backward. The closed caption and the HBO Max menu are not available.
Additionally, try moving very slowly across the menu. Let two or three seconds pass between various actions and selections. Many users confirmed they managed to avoid frequent crashes by using this simple workaround.
Clear the Cache
- Navigate to your Homescreen.
- Select the HBO Max channel.
- Then remove the channel. To do that, you need to press the asterisk button on your remote and select Remove channel.
- Restart your Roku device to clear the cache.
HBO Max and Roku 3500x Devices
Many Roku users who own 3500x Roku stick models complained about not being able to play HBO Max on their devices. Oftentimes, HBO Max struggles to load the content but then suddenly stops working and exits back to the home screen.
It seems that the HBO Max app requires more RAM and CPU power Roku 3500x models can deliver. If you’re using older Roku models, you may want to upgrade your device.
It’s very unlikely that HBO develops a light version of HBO Max for older Roku devices. And we don’t think Roku will invest the time and resources to develop a special app version that automatically dumps the cache before HBO Max launches.