HBO Max Coming to Fios and Cox Subscribers at Launch

Carla Harmon
May 22, 2020

With seven days to go before HBO Max launches, Roku and WarnerMedia are racing to hammer out a deal to get the super-size streamer on Roku's popular over-the-top TV platform.

WarnerMedia, the parent company of HBO, has announced that HBO Max will be coming to PS4 and Xbox One with dedicated apps on both systems when the service launches. Those with a subscription to HBO Now will automatically have access to new content from HBO Max.

Going by that rubric, it won't be long before other select HBO Originals will arrive on Singapore's shores, as well as other countries outside the US.

HBO Max will launch in the USA on 27 May.

Under each of the agreements, existing HBO customers of the partner companies will be given access to HBO Max at launch at no extra cost while new customers will be able to purchase HBO Max directly for $14.99 per month from each provider. In addition, HBO Max will be available to smaller ops through an agreement with the National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC). And HBO Max will also be available through some Samsung TVs. With the upcoming launch of HBO Max later this month, those with a PS4 and Xbox One will have another option for streaming starting next week.

The company has also not yet made a deal with Roku to make HBO Max available on Roku platforms at launch, but Variety reported Wednesday that the parties are in talks for such an agreement.

Verizon will distribute HBO Max to customers through its Fios TV and Fios Internet services. However, the service still doesn't have distribution deals in place with important partners including Amazon Fire TV, Roku and Comcast.

Amid pandemic-driven rounds of layoffs and furloughs across the industry, AT&T's WarnerMedia is planning to hire 200 additional staff to support HBO Max. AT&T expects to have 50 million domestic subscribers and 75-90 million premium subscribers by year-end in 2025 across the U.S., Latin America and Europe.

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