The new HBO Max app is using the latest version of Apple's tvOS video player with scrubbing support and a 'skip intro' button. Users can edit their watchlist and queue, too.
HBO Max on Apple TV
The app update is rolling out now and can be downloaded from the app store on Apple TV HD and Apple TV 4K. At first glance, the UI looks almost unchanged but there is a new boot-up sound and a refreshed, scrollable content carousel at the top of the homescreen.
HBO Max is now using the latest version of Apple's native tvOS video player meaning that you can 'scrub' to rewind and fast-forward (rest your finger on the scroll wheel for a while and then rotate clockwise or counterclockwise) on the 2nd Gen Apple TV 4K with the new remote control – in addition to swiping.
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HBO Max now uses the latest version of Apple's native tvOS video player
- "The biggest thing we’re conscious of is Apple users are very used to that ecosystem and how that ecosystem behaves," Sarah Lyons, EVP for Global Product Management at HBO Max, told The Streamable. "The way that they scrub on the remote is really important to them, and candidly, we had not had some good scrubbing experiences in the past... So we were very conscious of trying to make sure that the scrubbing and swiping on the remote works well."
The company has added a 'skip intro' button to skip credits at the beginning and end of individual episodes.
Another new 'My Stuff' feature lets you edit your Continue Watching and My List queues by navigating to your user profile (top left corner). You can also turn off autoplay previews.
You can turn off autoplay previews
The new app should offer improved stability and performance. The launch is part of an ongoing project to move the HBO Max app from an old platform (HBO Go / Now) to a new platform. Roku and PlayStation as well as LG, Samsung and Vizio Smart TVs have already been updated. Amazon FireTV, smartphones, tablets, and the website are next in line.
What's next? The HBO Max app for Apple TV will later be able to take advantage the Apple TV boxes' processing power to provide more dynamic interface animations, the company told Variety.
- Source: HBO via The Streamable, Variety