Max today added several new distribution partners for its upcoming streaming service but Amazon Fire TV and Roku are still not on the list.
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Max will be available on Altice USA Inc, Cox Communications, Microsoft Corp, National Cable Television Cooperative (NCTC), Samsung, Sony Interactive Entertainment and Verizon Communications Inc when it launches on May 27, the company said.
"While we don't typically comment on specific deal terms or negotiations, the fact is that in this instance while we believe that HBO Max would benefit greatly from distribution on Roku at launch, we do not now have an agreement in place", Roku said in a statement to Variety, to whom it had confirmed that the talks were ongoing.
The company has also not yet made a deal with Roku to make HBO Max available on Roku platforms at launch, but Variety reported Wednesday that the parties are in talks for such an agreement.
Although HBO Max offers more content and capabilities than HBO, at the same $14.99-per-month price, there has been much speculation as to whether HBO Max may be overpriced, particularly in the context of the onset of a recession and formidable competitors such as the $6.9-per-month Disney+. Verizon's remaining and new Fios TV and Fios Internet customers will be able to purchase HBO Max directly from the company, as an add-on to video services or as a standalone streaming service available to internet-only customers. Over the years, there have been various iterations to respond to shifts in viewing behavior.
Meanwhile, Dish Network is unlikely to be part of the HBO Max launch, given that it hasn't carried HBO or Cinemax on its satellite or Sling TV services since November 2018.
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