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HBO Max: Same Price But More Content

If you need the simple answer, that’s it. The main difference between HBO Go / Now and HBO Max is that although they cost the same price, HBO Max has more content! The new service, HBO Max went live on May 27. It now includes the legacy HBO content but also more content from the larger Warner Media world. What is strange is that both services will co-exist and to make things more complicated they are priced the same. HBO and HBO Max cost both $14.99 a month. But as mentioned above, HBO Max includes movies and tv shows from TBS, Cartoon Network, TNT, TruTV, CNN, Adult Swim, and even selected shows from Turner Classic Movies.

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HBO Max Supported Devices

You can watch HBO Max on the following devices:

  • PC Windows 7 or newer
  • Android TV
  • Android phones and tablets with Android 5 or newer
  • iPhone, iPad and iPod Touch with iOS 12.2 or newer
  • Mac with macOS 10.10 (Yosemite) or newer
  • Google Chromebooks
  • Any web browser (Chrome, Firefox, Edge, Safari)
  • Samsung TVs (selected models only)
  • Apple TV 4 / 4K or newer
  • PlayStation 4
  • Xbox One
  • Chromecast
  • AirPlay

What To Expect on HBO Max

As we mentioned above, HBO Max features everything from HBO Go / HBO Now and more. As Netflix and Amazon Prime Videos, HBO Max will have new movies every month. It also will feature HBO Originals like Westworld and Insecure. Some of the newest addition currently in May 2020 are: Legendary, Love Life, On The Record, Craftopia, Looney Tunes Cartoons and The Now Too Late Show With Elmo.

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More To Come In 2020

HBO Max has also confirmed the following upcoming originals too:

  • The Flight Attendant, starring Kaley Cuoco
  • The Friends unscripted cast reunion
  • A new season of Search Party
  • Expecting Amy, with Amy Schumer
  • Raised by Wolves, Sci-Fi series from director Ridley Scott
  • Close Enough, comedy series
  • Adventure Time: Distant Lands, the first out of four Adventure Time specials.

To find out more on HBO Max, visit the platforms official website here: www.hbomax.com/.

TiVo Stream 4K

The Android TV-powered TiVo Stream 4K was originally expected to launch with a $50 promotional pricing this April. It offers an Android TV experience that’s all about live TV and also uses some changes to Android TV than we’d usually see, including a proper channel surfing experience.

Originally, TiVo announced the Stream 4K to arrive in April 2020, but that date has come and gone. Speaking to TVTechnology recently (via ZatzNotFunny), TiVo confirmed the Stream 4K would be at least slightly delayed, set to arrive “in the next few weeks”.

While it is possible this could be related to coronavirus production issues that also other companies have faced this period, TiVo hasn’t released any further information. In any case, here at Dimitrology.com we’re still pretty excited to test out this new Android TV dongle for ourselves. We’ll keep you updated on when it’s officially released.

IPTV, which means Internet Protocol Television, is gaining a lot of popularity over the years around the world. People in every country have been using it more and more each year in order to cut the cord and to watch their favourite content. However, you may also heard that is best when using IPTV to have a certain level of protection, that is also true when it comes to the use of pretty much anything on the internet these days. And the best way for protecting yourself online is a VPN. But, do you really need a VPN for IPTV? In my opinion the answer to that question is an absolute yes but let’s also explain why. Also by using a reliable and secure VPN like Surfshark you will make sure to be invisible and protected online.

IPTV is monitored

IPTV is typically closely monitored, meaning that if you use it without protection, you might find yourself monitored as well. You may have heard the latest news regarding Xtream Codes and the privacy issues that were created from it. Some IPTV use may involve streaming copyrighted material and this makes it topic open to debate. But with that in mind, it is important to protect your privacy online. What you watch is no one’s business but yours, and it should stay that way. That doesn’t mean we condone streaming copyright material and you should ensure whatever IPTV services you’re using are completely legal and you have the rights to be watching them. But since in some cases that is also not always easy to control, making sure your privacy is protected by using a secure VPN like Surfshark will let you sleep safe at night.

IPTV streams suffer from ISP bandwidth throttling

This is not always the case but unfortunately it is becoming a trend lately among ISPs. Not just for IPTV but also other streaming sources like Netflix, Youtube and more, are suffering by this bad practise of some ISP that is throttling, meaning intentional slowing the internet service. This is their way to limit usage of not promoted applications by the specific ISP and forcing to subscribe to their own services. In a lot of countries that is illegal, but not in the United States anymore. Even if in some countries this is illegal, there is no real control and it is also hard to prove, so some ISP are abusing their ability to control your internet speed. By using a secure VPN there is no way for the ISP to know what you are actually doing online so that they can limit your speed. So in order to avoid buffering, using a VPN is a really wise choice. Surfshark makes sure to bypass internet throttling, giving you back your real internet speed whatever you do online.

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Some IPTV is Geo blocked

Some IPTV services are geo-blocked. That means that will only work for some geographical locations and if you are not living in one of them, you wouldn’t be able to access them. But one of the advantages of using a VPN is that you get to choose which country’s server you want to use. That means that you can live for example in Europe but still be recognized as a US resident by those services. And this applies not just for IPTV but also other streaming (or not just streaming) services as well. But make sure to use a reliable VPN like Surfshark with different servers worldwide and that can guarantee optimal speeds.

Disney Plus Is Ready To Go Live

Disney Plus is the upcoming streaming service from Disney. The service that will offers other than Disney’s original content also Pixar, Marvel, Star Wars and Nation Geographic content is set to launch this November. But if you are looking to make sure to have a subscription, good news is that you pre-order one. The official launch for the USA and Canada is on November 12th 2019 and the monthly cost is $6.99 a month. You can also opt for the year subscription which will then cost you $69.99. As with most of these services, also Disney Plus is renewed automatically so you may want to mark that down when the free trial expires. Oh yeah, there is a seven day free trial for all new subscribers so you can test the Disney + streaming services.

Disney Plus For Australia and Europe

You can also pre-order Disney Plus if you leave in Australia and New Zealand. Launching on November 19th the service will cost $6.99 / AU$8.99. But no news for Europe yet we still expect Disney to announce official dates and prices. But if you are from one of those regions you can register so you will be updated when the service will be available at the Preview Disney Plus Registration page.

What Will You Get With Disney Plus

Other than the Disney immense catalogue of shows and movies also 21st Century Fox franchise will be part. With shows like The Simpsons which has 30 years of original Seasons. The new and very anticipated shows like Star Wars: The Mandalorian and the Loki TV show have set the expectations highly. And let’s never forget the Disney Animated Classics like the 101 Dalmatians, Big Hero, Frozen, Hercules, Lady and the Tramp, Zootopia just to mention a few and a lot more!


Compatible Devices

Disney Plus would be available on at launch on plenty devices. The full list includes: desktop web browsers, Android mobile devices, Android TV, Chromecast, iPads, iPhones, Apple TV, PlayStation 4, Roku players, Roku TV, and Microsoft’s Xbox One. So you got a lot of options there. On Android TV the Nvidia Shield TV and Xiaomi Mi Box S are confirmed to fully support Disney Plus, let’s wait and see if on other Android TV Boxes that will be a thing too.