HBO lengthens support for older Apple TV streaming devices until May 15

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HBO-Now 2nd and 3rd gen Apple TV users have a little more time to find options to watch HBO.
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HBO reversed its plans Friday to drop support for second- and third-generation Apple TV units saying it would extend its policy until May 15.

In a statement obtained by Cult of Mac, the company said it would continue support for the older devices “a few additional months.”

In a press statement, the company said it made the decision to give “impacted users more time to make any necessary updates.”

A spokesperson said the decision was made “some weeks back” and that it was “always working with distribution partners to add new devices and retire devices when needed to make sure we’re providing the best streaming experience possible.”

HBO on Wednesday confirmed its HBO Go and HBO Now services would drop support for the devices starting April 30. At the time it said the change was being made “in order to provide the best streaming experience.”

“In order to provide the best streaming experience, we need to make some changes to our supported devices list,” read a support document on the HBO website, published Wednesday.

“Starting on April 30, 2020, HBO GO [and HBO Now] will no longer be available on the Apple TV (2nd and 3rd generation).”

Stream HBO Go and HBO Now to Apple TV

As HBO notes in its support document, it’s possible to stream content from both its services (and from YouTube) from your iPhone or iPad via AirPlay. Alternatively, you can use another device like a Chromecast.

HBO also suggests connecting your computer to your TV if wireless streaming options aren’t possible.

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