HBO and Amazon have not been able to reach an agreement to bring the new HBO MAX app, which is supposed to replace both HBO GO and HBO NOW apps, to Fire TV devices. According to Variety, the existing arrangement between HBO and Amazon is set to expire on July 31st, which means that, come August 1st, one or both of HBO’s apps may be removed from Fire TV devices.
What actually happens to these apps if Amazon and HBO can’t reach an agreement in time is anybody’s guess. Amazon might decide to, or be forced to, remove the apps from devices that already have them installed. What’s more likely, in my opinion, is that the apps will just be removed from the Amazon Appstore but remain on devices that already have them installed. Whether the apps remain on devices or not, it’ll be up to HBO to decide if the existing apps will remain functional or not. HBO could decide to block streaming from Fire TV devices altogether, regardless of when or how the app was installed. However, it does seem as though subscribers of the HBO Prime Video Channel will be unaffected and will still be able to stream HBO content on Fire TV devices beyond August 1st.
It’s currently possible to sideload the HBO MAX app on Fire TVs and use the app just fine. If HBO decides to block access to HBO GO and HBO NOW apps, that block could also affect users who have sideloaded the HBO MAX app. Time will tell. Let me know in the comments below if any of your HBO apps stop working in the coming days.