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HBO Max kills HBO Go, a shot at Roku and Fire TV with you in the crossfire – CNET

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HBO Max is one of two remaining apps to stream the premium cable network’s programming. 

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HBO, the jewel of AT&T‘s $85 billion takeover of WarnerMedia, overhauled its various apps Saturday. What was once three — HBO Go, HBO Now and the newer, big-budget HBO Max — is now winnowed down to just two: Max remains, and Now became a renamed app simply called HBO. For a change that AT&T claims would simplify matters, streaming HBO is more complicated than ever, especially if you’re a Roku or Amazon Fire TV user. And if your pay-TV company doesn’t have an upgrade deal for Max, you’re really stuck. 

You just got caught in the middle of a power battle over the future of TV. 

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HBO Max launched at the end of May as the premium cable network’s newer,

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