February 19, 2024
It doesn't come as a surprise that most streaming services nowadays include 4K content in their library, and HBO Max is one of them. As long as you have everything you need, you can enjoy these Ultra HD titles on your compatible devices since it's not that hard to watch HBO Max in 4K.
Of course, you may not know your devices' capabilities or how to ensure all is set correctly, so stick until the end to find out all there is to know on how to watch HBO Max in 4K.
Here's what you need to stream in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos audio:
If you have the above requirements and the title is available in 4K, HBO Max should automatically play the title in 4K HDR. HBO Max automatically adjusts the video quality based on your network bandwidth and connection speed (HBO Max doesn't allow you to manually adjust the resolution).
You can see movies in 4K Ultra HD, HDR 10, and Dolby Vision on supported devices with the Ad-Free plan. We should note that streaming in 4K HDR and Warner Bros. same-day premieres are only available with the Ad-Free plan.
If the 4K title doesn't play in 4K HDR with Dolby Atmos, there are a few things you can try.
Not all 4K devices are supported by HBO Max, so check to see if yours is. You can watch HBO Max in 4K on the following devices:
Unfortunately, Dolby Atmos is not available with Amazon Fire TV, Android TV, and Xfinity devices, HBO Max has yet to enable 4K streaming on PlayStation consoles.
You can also make sure your TV supports 4K resolution and HDR 10, so search the internet for details about your TV's resolution using your TV model number.
HBO Max will play the highest quality audio and video available for your device. However, movies available in 4K HDR are also available in HD on all supported devices.
You can set up the display options the way you want, and for that, you should look in the Settings menu of your device to check if they are set correctly to permit a 4K definition. We have two extra tips - we recommend you set your picture mode to Cinema or Movie and we suggest turning off motion blur (you can find this option in the TV Settings section, but the steps for doing this vary depending on the TV model).
For more exact steps, find your streaming device below.
Ultra HD TV ports labeled "Mobile High-Definition Link" (MHL), "HDCP 2.2," "UHD," or "4K" typically support HDCP 2.2.
As we said before, you need high-speed internet, so make sure your download speed is at least 25 Mbps. HBO Max automatically adjusts the video quality based on your connection's download speed, and if that's less than 25 Mbps, the episode or movie you want to watch won't stream in 4K HDR. However, higher speeds make 4K HDR streaming more consistent, and we recommend you have a download speed of 50+ Mbps on your streaming device in order to enjoy the best experience.
Making sure you have the latest version of HBO Max helps. On the devices that have one, open the app store and search for HBO Max. If there's an update available, you will see an Update button there. Tap it to download the new app version.
Also, check to see if you have the latest software update installed on your device since that should clear any problems related to old soft.
If you're using a streaming player (like Apple TV):
The following devices and OSs are supported by HBO Max:
You can post a comment below in case you have any questions, and we'll make sure to respond as soon as possible. And, of course, enjoy watching HBO Max in 4K on your devices!