If you own a second- or third-generation Apple TV and are a subscriber to HBO GO or HBO NOW, the company has some bad news for you today.
Update (04/10/2020): HBO has confirmed that it will be extending support for GO and NOW subscribers with second- or third-generation Apple TV models. NOW subscribers will see support for their set-top box extended until May 15, while GO customers will have support for a few more months.
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In a pair of support documents recently published for both HBO GO and HBO NOW, HBO has confirmed that both premium streaming services are losing support for the second- and third-generation Apple TV set-top boxes on April 30, 2020. The company doesn’t really offer any details on the change here, but considering the streaming boxes were released in 2010 and 2012, respectively, perhaps it’s not surprising they’re losing support.
HBO says that if either one of these streaming services are your default option, then you have some alternative means to watch:
If Apple TV was your primary streaming device, here are some other ways to stream HBO NOW on your TV:
- Stream HBO NOW using another streaming player or a game console. See Which devices work with HBO NOW?
- Use AirPlay to stream HBO NOW to your Apple TV.
- Use an HDMI cable to connect your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV.
- Use Chromecast to cast HBO NOW from your phone, tablet, or computer to your TV.
A change like this can be frustrating, but hopefully this won’t impact a lot of Apple TV owners out there in the wild.
Do you own a second- or third-generation Apple TV? Are you losing support for HBO’s streaming options in the near future? Let us know in the comments below what you plan to do next if you fall into this category.