In a clear end-of-hour agreement between WarnerMedia and Amazon, Fire TV users will be able to continue streaming HBO.
Let’s back up a bit because a couple of things happening at the same time seemed to put Fire TV users at risk of losing HBO apps altogether. HBO Go is go away as of today, July 31, leaving HBO Max and HBO (the reclassified app previously known as HBO now). But HBO Max has not hit Fire TV yet, and Variety reported Earlier this month that Amazon’s contract for HBO Now expired today as well.
Without a renewal agreement in place, Fire TV would have had exactly zero HBO apps. When asked to comment on an extension of the HBO Now-Turn-HBO app, WarnerMedia declined to comment earlier this week.
But the two have reached an agreement on “a short-term extension”, a spokesman for WarnerMedia told Gizmodo in a statement via email today. Amazon too informed customers in an email this week that the HBO app and streaming HBO via Prime Video will continue to be supported, according to a copy of the email to Gizmodo. Variation earlier reported on the email sent to customers.
But unfortunately for Fire TV users, HBO Max will still be absent. A spokesman for Fire TV said today there was no update there right now. A spokesman for WarnerMedia told Gizmodo that the company continues to “work hard to reach agreements with the few outstanding distribution partners that remain to bring the entire HBO Max to customers on platforms”, presumably with reference to Roku.
Of course, missing HBO Max is a dumb, considering absolutely bananas features of content that WarnerMedia has introduced to the service. But some HBOs are definitely better than no HBO. And in the meantime, there are now about 4 million others streaming services to choose from.