HBO Max update prepares you for Wonder Woman 1984 in glorious 4K HDR
What you need to know
- HBO Max is rolling out a new update that will enable 4K HDR streams from the app.
- 4K HDR will only be available on select devices for now.
- Wonder Woman 1984 will be the first movie to be streamed on the app in 4K HDR.
Hold on to your khakis, Kevin, because Wonder Woman 1984 is nearly here and HBO Max has finally updated its app to support 4K HDR streams. The inability to stream in 4K, let alone HDR, was a strange omission for a new streaming service in 2020. With the update, HBO Max brings support for even Dolby Atmos, which should help take things to the next level and put the service more at parity with other competing streaming services.
The update is currently rolling out, but only for users on select devices. The list includes the following:
- Supported Android TV devices
- Chromecast Ultra
- Chromecast with Google TV
- Amazon Fire TV Stick 4K
- Amazon Fire TV Cube
- 4K Fire TV Edition smart TVs
- AT&T TV
- Apple TV 4K
Fortunately, the update supports many of the best streaming devices. It doesn't seem like there's 4K support for consoles yet, which is unfortunate for users on PS4 or PS5 since the app was recently made available for the latter. There is also no mention of Roku devices either, which also recently obtained HBO Max.
Wonder Woman 1986 will be available in theaters and on HBO Max on December 25th.
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Chromecast with Google TV is perhaps the best streaming device you can buy. It offers tons of apps, 4K HDR support, and a cool remote that has buttons for quick access to Google Assistant, Netflix, and Youtube.
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Derrek is a long-time Nokia and LG fanboy who loves astronomy, videography, and sci-fi movies. When he's not working, he's most likely working out or smoldering at the camera.
Assuming this includes Nvidia Shield 2019?
4k hdr still won't make this a good movie.
Sorry that you don't have HBO Max. Most sane people just swap their streaming service creds with family. If you don't have family, you can swap with neighbors. I swapped my HBO Max and Starz creds for my neighbors Disney+and Hulu. So tomorrow I will be watching WW84 and Soul.
The app is busted on Chromecast with Google TV. Everything is a stuttering mess.
Make sure you have a good HDMI 2.1 cable for your eARC connection between your TV and soundbar or receiver. I have no studdering. I assume you have enough network/internet bandwidth to support 4K?