HBO Max, one of the top streaming services over the past couple of years has fused with Discovery+ and changed its name to simply “Max”. However, the older service still exists, and people are still enjoying it, though not for much longer. According to a new announcement, HBO Max is losing some major features like 4K video streaming.
This should be expected; you can’t expect older services to retain their features forever. HBO allowed HBO Max to stay active over these months for people who didn’t want to switch up just yet. The company announced that the service will maintain the full feature set over a six-month period. Well, that period is almost up, and the company is soon to make some changes.
HBO Max is losing 4K video and other features
If you’re on the second highest-paid tier of HBO Max, which costs $15.99/month, you have the ability to watch crisp 4K video on your plan. However, in December, your top resolution will only be 1080p, which is a major downgrade. That’s a 75% dip in resolution, so you’ll definitely notice it.
If you want to keep your 4K streaming, then you will need to upgrade to the $19.99/month Ultimate package. However, if you’re on this plan, you’re not immune to changes and cuts. You will no longer have access to multiple concurrent streams. This means that you’ll only be able to stream content on one screen at a time.
If you’re on either of these plans, you’ll see these features hit the road come December 5th. We’re not sure how long HBO Max will remain functional after that, but you can bet that the company is going to further push people to switch over to Max.
It might be the right move, as Legacy HBO Max will continue to be picked dry until it’s eventually shut down. However, Max will continue to be supported for years to come.