The streaming provider HBO Max is finally up to date: In addition to 4K, they are also introducing support for HDR and Dolby Atmos.
For a long time, HBO Max had only offered 1080p streaming, albeit with high bit rates. In the course of the publication of the blockbuster “Wonder Woman 1984”, however, the implementation of 4K streaming, HDR and Dolby Atmos has now begun. That is also necessary: after all, Warner Bros. wants to push all of its theatrical films into the portfolio of the streaming provider right from the start in 2021 – at least in the USA. This move also caused a lot of criticism, for example from director Christopher Nolan (“Tenet”).
The first devices to support HBO Max in conjunction with 4K and HDR include the Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, Apple TV 4K, Roku and the new Chromecast with Google TV and the Chromecast Ultra. Even Dolby Vision is now available – also for the first time for “Wonder Woman 1984”. Dolby Atmos, on the other hand, is initially only supported by the Apple TV 4K and the Amazon Fire TV. So we still have to work on the broader implementation.
HBO Max has announced that there will be many more films and series with support for 4K / Ultra HD, HDR10, Dolby Vision and Dolby Atmos in 2021. There are also plans to add the new features to other devices. In Germany, that doesn’t help us in the first step, because we don’t offer HBO Max at the moment.
HBO Max is expanding in Europe in 2021
Although HBO Max will expand in Europe next year, Germany will remain outside. The license agreement with the pay TV provider Sky is probably to blame for this. The latter still holds the rights to HBO productions for several years and is therefore the first provider to show them exclusively. Warner will probably let the agreement expire afterwards in order to send HBO Max into the race with us, at least in the long term.