HBO Max is the latest big streaming platform on the market, brimming with a library of shows and films from HBO, Warner Bros, DC, The CW and Crunchyroll. If you’re looking to watch it in crystal clear 4K, then keep on reading. We also have similar guides for watching Netflix and Disney Plus.
To clarify, 4K and Ultra HD are more or less the same thing. It's currently the highest resolution that most screens are likely to have, with four times as many pixels as HD. If you've not yet got an account with HBO Max, then you can sign up over on the website.
How to watch HBO Max in 4K
To save you time - at this point unfortunately you can’t watch HBO Max in 4K. In an interview with CNET a spokesperson for HBO Max stated that "4K HDR, Dolby Vision, HDR10 Plus and Dolby Atmos are on our roadmap”, but did not specify a date for when all of these features will be available.
This is obviously quite a blow to the new service, especially seeing as rivals like Disney Plus launched with 4K available at no extra cost despite being much cheaper (HBO Max costs $14.99 a month whilst Disney+ costs £5.99/$6.99 per month, and both offer seven day free trials).
It will also be a disappointment to those who have invested in HBO Max for shows like Game Of Thrones and films like Joker, which have been filmed in 4K. If more news breaks on this, we’ll update this article.
At the moment, the highest quality you can stream in is HD (1080p). The streaming platform automatically adjusts the video quality depending on your network bandwidth and connection speeds, so you cannot manually adjust it yourself. However, on phones and tablets you can limit video playback if you’re streaming over data - find out more on the HBO Max help centre.
In the meantime, check out the best upcoming shows on HBO Max, and how to stream the platform from outside of the USA.