[Update: Nov. 25] HBO Max bug tracker: Reported or officially acknowledged issues, pending improvements, and development status

New updates are being added at the bottom of this story…….

Original story (published on June 5, 2021) follows:

Given the huge number of streaming services these days, a service must include exclusive shows and movies people can’t stand to miss to survive the video streaming wars.

And this is where HBO Max shines. Sure, HBO Max does have a smaller library than other services, but its base collection can’t be easily beaten.

With critically acclaimed recently released shows like Friends: The Reunion, Raised by Wolves, Love Life, Made for Love, and Veneno, it’s pretty clear that subscribers aren’t going to run out of great HBO exclusives any time soon.

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Subscribers can literally use almost every available platform be it Android, Android TV, Apple TV, Chromecast, iOS, PlayStation 4, Xbox One, or Samsung smart TV platforms to watch their favorite stuff to their heart’s content.

And as for Mac, Windows, and Chromebook users, one can always use the desktop web player.

Being such a widely used service that’s available on almost every possible platform means that there are new bugs and issues popping up every now and then.

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Obviously, it isn’t easy to keep track of bugs that have been acknowledged or fixed and those that are still pending acknowledgment.

Therefore, on this bug tracker, we will be tracking the status of all existing HBO Max bugs and issues to the best of our abilities in order to help you save time.

There are also improvements suggested by users that occasionally get scooped up by the HBO Max devs if they gather enough requests. We will be tracking those here too.

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The bug tracker will be updated regularly with new bugs or when there is any development on existing bugs, issues, or pending improvements on HBO Max so stay tuned.

Update 1 (June 7)

03:45 pm (IST): Apparently, the subtitles issue with Gomorrah on HBO Max has finally been fixed according to HBO’s Andy Forssell on Twitter. Head here for the full story.

Update 2 (June 8)

02:15 pm (IST): HBO app on Samsung TVs reportedly ‘breaks the system’s remote’s conventions.’ The play/pause button brings up options about using Samsung’s “Bixby” voice features.

Thankfully, HBO Max exec. says that they’re working on a fix for the issue and it should be released as early as the next build.

02:25 pm (IST): HBO is reportedly not working properly on Roku and trying to play videos takes users back to the home screen. HBO has the following to say regarding the issue:

Hi, we are aware of this and have a work-around you can try if uninstalling and reinstalling HBO Max from the Roku Streaming Channels store does not help. Please DM us for more details. Thanks.
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Update 3 (June 9)

12:13 pm (IST): HBO Max has once again enabled the Apple TV native player support after receiving a lot of complaints from users regarding the same. Head here for more details on the matter.

Update 4 (June 11)

11:49 am (IST): Apparently, HBO Max is still working on fixing the captions issue with Gomorrah season 4 according to official support. More details here.

08:40 pm (IST): It seems that some HBO Max subscribers users are experiencing issues with Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision on Amazon Firestick 4K. HBO Max Help has now said that they are investigating the said issues.

Update 5 (June 12)

12:13 pm (IST): HBO Max support has confirmed that they’re aware of some issues on consoles including the ‘Oops something went wrong’ message after the credits start and the next episode box pops up and are working to fix them.

Apart from that, the team has also confirmed that they’re going to release an update for the Roku app to address the auto-logout bug and have also claimed that they’re aware of the cursor bug on Macs.

Update 6 (June 14)

07:00 pm (IST): 1. HBO Max app on PS4 doesn’t allow users to look at the entire queue at once on TV but thankfully, a fix is coming soon for the issue.

2. Some The Batman (2004) episodes are missing on HBO Max and a company executive has responded that they currently do not have the rights to stream them.

3. Some Android 11 users report that bad scaling cuts off the subtitle button as well as moves the video really far right on the screen. Thankfully, HBO team is aware of the cut-off and is working on a player redesign.

Update 7 (June 18)

10:58 am (IST): HBO Max has sent out a spam email to thousands of its subscribers, an email with the subject “Integration Test Email #1.” This has caused quite the stir online and you can learn more on that here.

Update 8 (June 21)

11:50 am (IST): Many HBO Max users have been reporting that the audio description does not turn off even after manually toggling off the feature.

The support team has confirmed that they’re aware of the issue on Android TVs and are working on a fix.

We are aware that some users are having difficulties with audio and audio description on Android TVs and working towards a resolution now. (Source)

Update 9 (June 22)

03:50 pm (IST): Several Google Chromecast users have started reporting (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7) that they are an ‘error 905’ message while streaming Last Week Tonight on the HBO Max application. The majority of users experiencing the problem have the Chromecast Ultra model.

HBO Max’s support team confirmed that they fixed the issue earlier this month but it seems that many users continue to face the issue.

Update 10 (June 23)

07:15 pm (IST): It seems users of the Samsung smart TVs are facing the playback issues with HBO Max where the app keeps freezing or crashing but the same is being investigated. More details here.

Update 11 (June 24)

12:30 pm (IST): HBO Max subscribers are having trouble logging in on Xfinity boxes as per several reports. HBO Max on Twitter says that they’re aware of the issue and are working on a fix.

12:50 pm (IST): Several PS5 users are running into the ‘Oops! Something went wrong’ error on the HBO Max app. HBO is already working on a fix.

01:00 pm (IST): Some users report that no subtitles are available for Gomorrah Season 4, episode 7 onwards when streaming from Pixel or MacBook to Chromecast. But it’s available for earlier episodes/seasons. HBO says that the issue has now been resolved.

Update 12 (June 26)

07:30 pm (IST): According to a recent report from Twitter, HBO Max has fixed the issue where users were unable to stream content on the Comcast box (X1 devices).

Hey, thanks so much for your patience as we’ve investigated this issue. We just released an update for X1 devices that should help you stream smoothly again – can you please try streaming again and letting us know if you continue to run into trouble? Thanks. ^SL
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Update 13 (June 28)

11:43 pm (IST): Some users are reporting that the HBO Max app is returning them to the home screen when they’re trying to play anything. HBO just released an update to resolve it though.

Update 14 (July 02)

08:25 pm (IST): HBO Max users are still facing the issue where the subtitles alignment is making the content unwatchable. It seems that this issue has been inconveniencing users for quite some time now.

Update 15 (July 06)

06:20 pm (IST): HBO Max support has acknowledged that there is an issue with Doctor Who Season 12 Episode 10 at the 31:52 mark and the same is being looked into by the relevant team.

Thanks for the info. It was enough of an approximation to locate the problem at 31:52. We were able to duplicate the issue. We have passed this on to our team to resolve it and we will update you once it is resolved. Thanks. ^SL
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06:25 pm (IST): The issue where the HBO Max app freezes and crashes back to the home screen on Roku devices is still troubling many users. Check out the complete coverage by heading here.

Update 16 (July 08)

06:46 pm (IST): The ‘Oops! Something went wrong’ issue that has been affecting HBO Max across several platforms has been fixed. Head here for details.

08:02 pm (IST): Reports now indicate that users of the HBO Max service are unable to update the app on their Samsung Smart TVs. For more on this issue, check out our coverage of the same here.

Update 17 (July 09)

11:05 am (IST): HBO Max users now report that the autoplay feature appears to be broken as the service repeats the same episode instead of going to the next one. The company says it is aware of this and is working on a solution. More on this here.

Update 18 (July 10)

09:05 am (IST): The autoplay feature has been fixed according to a recent tweet from HBO MAX Help on Twitter. More on that here. They’ve also acknowledged the missing subtitles from Gossip Girl.

Update 19 (July 12)

11:55 am (IST): HBO Max support has confirmed that they’re aware of the audio and video sync issues with Rush Hour 2 and are working on a fix for it.

we’re aware that some of our users are experiencing a sync issue with Rush Hour 2 and are working to get this resolved as soon as possible. (Source)

Update 20 (July 13)

03:19 pm (IST): The streaming service’s support team has confrimed that they’re aware that Gomorrah is only available in the dubbed version. A fix is in the works but there’s no ETA.

We’re aware that it’s currently only showing the dubbed version of Gomorrah. We’ve escalated this issue and a resolution is in the works. (Source)

Update 21 (July 15)

03:24 pm (IST): Those who’re facing the cursor bug wherein the cursor does not disappear while the media is playing are suggested to switch browsers as a temporary workaround by HBO Max support.

We’re aware of the cursor issue and appreciate your patience while we work on a fix – switching browsers should work as a temporary workaround. (Source)

Update 22 (July 17)

01:24 pm (IST): Just in case you’re trying to figure out how to access the HBO Max app on your LG TV, please be informed that you need a streaming device for doing so. Here is what LG support USA has to say regarding this:

Thanks for reaching out. Since HBO has not provided an app that is compatible with LG Smart TVs, you need to connect a streaming device to the TV that is compatible with HBO Max in order to view that content.

And here’s what HBO Max support says:

Hi, thank you for contacting us. HBO Max isn’t available on LG Smart TVs right now, but we’re working to make HBO Max available on as many devices as possible. Stay tuned for updates.

For a list of supported devices, visit https://hbom.ax/3wMdpz0. Thanks.

Update 23 (July 20)

11:35 pm (IST): 1. Some HBO Max subscribers are getting an “Oops something went wrong. Service code: H-4addca-39-877f-48bd-a474-ed0acffb7888” error when trying to watch Wonder Woman ’84 to which HBO Max has responded that they’re aware of the issue.

2. Some users have reported that they don’t see any closed captions for S2E3 of Doom Patrol to which HBO Max responded by saying that the issue has now been resolved.

Update 24 (July 22)

02:14 pm (IST): The HBO Max app crash issues on Roku devices have now been acknowledged and a fix is in the works. Head here for details.

02:14 pm (IST): HBO Max casting issues on Android and iOS have been present for quite some time now and an official statement on the fix is yet to materialize. Details here.

Update 25 (July 24)

03:57 pm (IST): It seems that HBO Max subscribers have started noticing that the content buffers a lot or the app freezes more often than not as highlighted by Redditors on this thread and even by several Android users on the Play Store.

05:50 pm (IST): When subscribed through iTunes to HBO Max, users are not able to restore their purchases on the app.

Instead, they get the “Sorry we can’t reach iTunes right now. Please try again later” error. The company says they are aware of the issue.

Update 26 (July 27)

06:30 pm (IST): A recent Bloomberg report has highlight that HBO Max users, particularly those with Roku devices, are pretty unhappy with the user experience due to the constant crashing, freezing, and more issues. More on that here.

Update 27 (July 30)

10:50 am (IST): Roku has acknowledged an issue with a mislabeled Scooby-Doo episode, noting that they’re working on a resolution. The company also notes that the bug causing users to not be able to access the platform has been resolved.

Update 28 (July 31)

12:05 am (IST): It’s been nearly a month since users started facing issues with Rush Hour 2 on HBO Max, however, the problem has still not been fixed. The company’s support team has confirmed that they’re still working on fixing it.

We’re aware of an audio sync problem with “Rush Hour 2” and are still working on resolving this issue. (Source)

Update 29 (August 02)

01:05 pm (IST): The HBO Max crashing issue on Roku devices now has an officially recommended workaround. Head here to know more.

Update 30 (August 05)

04:15 pm (IST): HBO Max help has once again confirmed they’re still working to fix the audio issue with Rush Hour 2 and hope that a fix will be out “soon”. But there’s no ETA, yet again.

Update 31 (August 09)

12:11 pm (IST): An affected user on the community forum has brought forward a few suggestions that should see affected Samsung TV owners be able to update their HBO Max app on their TVs.

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We can’t speak to the effectiveness of this workaround but we shall be sure to report back as soon as we get feedback from affected users so stay tuned.

Update 32 (August 10)

IST: 12:43 pm: Now, HBO Max has come out to offer an official workaround to this issue, a workaround that involves resetting the Smart Hub

If you’re using a Samsung Smart TV, we can suggest you try a Smart Hub reset (which also clears all apps and settings) and then after the TV reboots, try installing the HBO Max app first, before the TV starts downloading updates to the internal apps. Thanks. ^SL
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IST: 12:51 pm: HBO Max now says it is aware of the bug afflicting a number of smart devices, an issue causing problems when users try to fast forward or rewind shows.

Hi there, we’re aware at this time of the FF & RW issues on some devices and we’re working to get this resolved. In the meantime we recommend updating the app and your Samsung TV software to hopefully help with the glitching. Let us know if you need further help! ^GB

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Update 33 (August 13)

IST: 05:20 pm: HBO Max subscribers would be pleased to know that the company is working on developing a brand new application after receiving feedback about the various bugs and issues with the existing app. More details here.

Update 34 (August 16)

IST: 01:34 pm: New reports now indicate that HBO Max plans to completely overhaul the buggy Apple TV app by the end of the year. More on that here.

Update 35 (August 20)

IST: 05:40 pm: HBO Max subscribers who’re getting the ‘Service Code: H-817ec5e1-d4e1-4eff-81e8-91e170301cce’ error can try clearing the cache and restarting their browser to fix the problem according to HBO Max Help.

Update 36 (August 21)

IST: 05:36 pm: The bug with Audio Descriptions is still haunting users several weeks after it popped up. HBO Max support claims that a they’re working to get this fixed “soon,” but that does not seem to be the case.

Wanted to let you know our team is aware and working to get this fixed soon. (Source)

Update 37 (August 23)

IST: 05:53 pm: YouTube has confirmed that it is working on a fix for a bug that’s preventing HBO Max subscribers from using their YouTube TV credentials to access the app.

Thanks for reaching out – we’ve seen similar reports from other members about issues accessing the HBO Max app using their YouTube TV credentials. Note that our team is already looking into it. (Source)

Update 38 (August 24)

IST: 01:26 pm: A section of HBO Max subscribers not that Season 4 of Search Party is suddenly missing from the platform.

Now, HBO Max Help says they are aware of this issue and are currently looking into it.

Hey there, we hear you! Our team is aware of the issue and are currently looking into it. We appreciate your patience as we do what we can to correct this. Thanks! ^GB
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Update 40 (August 28)

IST: 06:08 pm: HBO Max is now again urging users to update the app and their Roku devices to fix the issue where Roku dashboards the app when trying to load/resume a show or movie.

Update 41 (September 02)

IST: 06:17 pm: Army Of Darkness on HBO Max is not playing as per subscribers as it throws an error message every time it is clicked. HBO says that they’re aware of the problem and are working to resolve it as quickly as possible.

Update 42 (September 14)

IST: 07:30 pm: YouTube TV users who are subscribed to HBO Max report that HBO occasionally forgets that they are subscribed to the service. The issue is yet to be acknowledged by HBO and YouTube TV.

In the meantime, you can try the workaround mentioned here.

Update 43 (September 21)

IST: 06:08 pm: Reports on the NVIDIA community suggest that many Shield TV users aren’t able to play shows with Dolby Atmos audio on HBO Max as the Shield TV only outputs DD+ 5.1. An NVIDIA staff member stated that they passed the info to the HBO Max team.

Update 44 (September 24)

IST: 12:01 pm: Well, following a recent update (version 50.45) of the HBO Max app on Roku, users report that the crashing issues have been resolved and the platform works more seamlessly now.

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Update 45 (September 29)

IST: 12:03 pm: Reports from HBO Max subscribers indicate that the Looney Tunes season timeline is not numbered right as there are two Season 20s and number 14 is missing.

HBO Max Help says they’re aware of this and are working hard to resolve it.

Hi Michael, thank you for bringing this to our attention. We are working hard to resolve this. Feel free to check for updates, and we appreciate your patience, thank you. ^UW
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Update 46 (October 07)

IST: 04:44 pm: Apparently, the latest update for the HBO Max app on Roku devices improves the user experience on the platform. More details here.

Update 47 (October 18)

IST: 05:30 pm: Responding to a user’s complaint regarding the Spanish subtitles missing for Doom Patrol’s latest episode, the support team claimed that they’ll pass on the info to the rest of their team.

Update 48 (October 22)

IST: 04:46 pm: A staff member on NVIDIA Shield’s community forums confirmed that a fix for the Dolby Atmos bug with HBO Max on the Shield TV should be out by the end of the month.

The cause of this issue appears to be changes related to naming in exoplayer which changed the strings that represent atmos support. HBO is working on resolving the disconnect and hopes to deploy the fix by mid to end of October. (Source)

Update 49 (October 26)

IST: 05:20 pm: HBO Max is coming to Europe, but many former HBO Nordic users are reporting problems trying to switch to the HBO Max annual subscription plan.

According to the reports (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6), when trying to contract the annual subscription of HBO Max, the system throws an error and the operation cannot be done.

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HBO Max Nordic support confirmed that the company is aware of the problem. Currently, they are working on the fix. They seek to have it fixed on this same day (evening).

Update 50 (October 29)

IST: 06:20 pm: Many HBO Max subscribers are saying that the subtitles are placed almost in the center of the screen. This is really frustrating for many since subs are now interfering with the video.

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HBO Max has acknowledged the issue and said they are looking into it. However, there is no fix for the ETA.

Hey Mikko, thanks for reaching out. Our team is aware of this issue and is looking into this. We hope to have more updates soon, sorry for the inconvenience.
(Source)

Update 51 (November 01)

05:57 pm (IST): HBO Max confirmed that they fixed the issue where Nordic users were facing issues trying to switch to the HBO Max annual subscription plan.

Should be fix now! Can you try again please? (Source)

Update 52 (November 05)

1:23 pm (IST): The fix for the audio output issue that plagued HBO Max users has rolled out in the latest HBO max app. 50.55.0.182.

4:40 pm (IST): HBO Max subscribers who are facing issues while adding their accounts on the Hulu app may find some solace in the fact that Hulu is aware and working on a fix for the problem. Head here for the full story.

Update 53 (November 09)

10:40 am (IST): HBO Max has come out to acknowledge an issue with Insecure Season 5 Episode 3 saying they’re working to fix it. More on that here.

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Update 54 (November 15)

06:40 pm (IST): HBO Max confirmed they are aware of the missing minutes in the new ew season episode of Final Space. The missing English subtitles for the latest episodes of Succession and Curb Your Enthusiasm issue is also acknowledged.

Update 55 (November 25)

05:49 pm (IST): HBO Max’s Nordic team confirmed they are aware of an issue where the new episode of ‘The Sex Lives of College Girls’ isn’t available yet.

Hey Elle, we’re experiencing some difficulties with the new episode. Our team is working hard to fix it. Sorry for the delay. (Source)

HBO Max bugs and issues tracker
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Fast forward/rewind, subtitles, Siri, remote functions broken Apple TV Acknowledged
Gomorrah season 4 captions (subtitles) not working Possibly all platforms Fixed
Language issues where shows are defaulting to Spanish Possibly all platforms Fix in works
Conjouring not working Possibly all platforms Unacknowledged
HBO Max not working Roku Acknowledged
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Messed up remote controls Samsung Smart TVs Fix in works
Dolby Atmos and Dolby Vision issues Amazon Firestick 4K Investigating
Have to re-enter credentials every time Roku Acknowledged
Cursor does not hide Macs Workaround
Error: “Oops! Something went wrong” PlayStation Fixed
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Subtitles button cut off Android Fix in the works
Missing The Batman (2004) episodes Amazon Firestick 4K Investigating
Can’t see entire queue PS4 Fix in the works
Integration test spam mail All platforms Unacknowledged
Audio description won’t turn off Android TV Acknowledged
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Error 905 Chromecast Claimed to have been fixed, but it isnt
Playback issue (HBO Max app keeps freezing or crashing) Samsung smart TVs Investigating
Trouble logging in on Xfinity boxes Xfinity boxes Investigating
App crashes and takes users back to home screen on playing anything TV Fixed
Weird substitles alignment TV Unacknowledged
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Broken autoplay feature All Fixed
Missing subtitles from Gossip Girl All Acknowledged
Audio and Video sync issue with Rush Hour 2 All Acknowledged
Gomorrah dubbed version available only All Acknowledged
HBO Max app not available LG TVs Expected behavior
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
WW84 playback error All Acknowledged
Doom Patrol no closed captions All Acknowledged
HBO Max casting issues iOS & Android Unacknowledged
HBO Max cannot restore purchase through iTunes store iOS Acknowledged
HBO Max freezing then crashing on Roku devices Roku Improvements available
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Unable to Install HBO Max app Samsung Smart TVs Official workaround
Service Code: H-817ec5e1-d4e1-4eff-81e8-91e170301cce Wesbite Official workaround
Unable to access HBO Max app with YouTube TV credentials All Acknowledged
Missing Season 4 Search Party episodes All Acknowledged
Army Of Darkness not playing All Acknowledged
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
HBO Max forgets subscription YouTube TV Workaround
Dolby Atmos audio unsupported on NVIDIA Shield TV NVIDIA Shield TV Fixed
Looney Tunes season timeline numbered incorrectly Roku Acknowledged
Missing Spanish subtitles for Doom Patrol’s latest episode All Complaint passed along
HBO Nordic users cannot purchase the annual HBO Max subscription All Fixed
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
HBO Max subtitles almost in the center of the screen All Under investigation
Unable to login or connect to Hulu app iOS Under investigation
Issues streaming Insecure Season 5 Episode 3 All platforms Acknowledged
Missing English subtitles for latest Succession and Curb Your Enthusiasm episodes All platforms Acknowledged
Missing minutes in the new season episode of Final Space All platforms Acknowledged
Bug/issue Affected platform Status
Latest episode of The Sex Lives of College Girls missing or not available All Acknowledged
HBO Max pending improvements tracker
Suggested/Official features & functions Platform Status

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