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And it now appears they fixed the HBO Westworld access issues.

I was impressed with the AQ and PQ for the Quarry finale, glad Amazon has all 4 premium services now.

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Anyone know if the HBO/Max apps will stream 5.1 audio?
The Roku HBO Now app supports 5.1. The FireTV HBO Now app does not.
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The Roku HBO Now app supports 5.1. The FireTV HBO Now app does not.
I'm not sure if that applies to the question, but it appears we have one vote for and one vote against.
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I'm not sure if that applies to the question, but it appears we have one vote for and one vote against.
As far as the video services app, you can now add to Amazon Prime in your account, and access series thru your Amazon watchlist, Max and HBO are 5.1 DD+ on my Roku Ultra.

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As far as the video services app, you can now add to Amazon Prime in your account, and access series thru your Amazon watchlist, Max and HBO are 5.1 DD+ on my Roku Ultra.
Again with the Roku apps. What about the FireTV? Anybody know?
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Again with the Roku apps. What about the FireTV? Anybody know?
Its the AMAZON app, why do you think the Roku Amazon app would support 5.1+ from HBO and Max through Amazon, and not the Fire TV Amazon app?

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Its the AMAZON app, why do you think the Roku Amazon app would support 5.1+ from HBO and Max through Amazon, and not the Fire TV Amazon app?
Because exactly that has happened in the past. Amazon apps are different for different devices, just as others are.
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Because exactly that has happened in the past. Amazon apps are different for different devices, just as others are.
The below post has some good info,

Devices that do NOT stream HBO NOW 5.1 (stereo only)

I haven't tried HBO through the Prime Video service but the FTVs I have(box/stick) won't do 5.1 with the stand-alone HBO Now, at least not any configuration I've tried. The FTV's audio settings are somewhat confusing, there are 4 different settings for HDMI audio which I've not seen before. In any case, none of them will output 5.1 from HBO Now. HBO Go on the other hand will do DD+ 5.1 on the FTV.

By the way, the FTV got a new UI today, at least mine did, but still no 5.1 audio for HBO Now.
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Easy solution, to add HBO or Max to your Prime membership as a video sub, you get 30 days free. Add it and check it.

All I know is using it thru the Amazon app on the Roku via my Amazon watchlist is far superior to HBO Now App or Sling TV VOD.

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^^^
Kind of what I expected. AFAIK the Roku is the only STB that does 5.1 for HBONow.

FWIW my FTV box hasn't updated since August.
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What I cant figure is, the HBO Now $15/month app PQ is worse than the video sub thru Amazon, even worse than Sling VOD. You would figure HBO would offer the best AQ and PQ thru their own app.

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What I cant figure is, the HBO Now $15/month app PQ is worse than the video sub thru Amazon, even worse than Sling VOD. You would figure HBO would offer the best AQ and PQ thru their own app.
I read something the other day that said HBO is looking to get out of their arrangement with BAM Tech as their backend provider for their streaming service, it may or may not have something to do with the quality.
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I read something the other day that said HBO is looking to get out of their arrangement with BAM Tech as their backend provider for their streaming service, it may or may not have something to do with the quality.
Ah, interesting.

I've been impressed with the 1080p HD Amazon PQ for tv shows. And it is basically the same price, or cheaper in some instances, to get Starz, Max, HBO and Showtime, so why pay the same or more for less quality.

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No PQ issues with HBO GO. Looks great on my Roku 3600r. Not sure why HBO NOW wouldn't be the same. On the other hand, I've been watching Amazon's Goliath and the picture looks a bit dark and grainy.

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Its not that it is bad, but I can see compression noise on Westworld in facees, etc.., that are not there on Sling's VOD version, or the Vue VOD version.

The Amazon video services version trumps them all.

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Its not that it is bad, but I can see compression noise on Westworld in facees, etc.., that are not there on Sling's VOD version, or the Vue VOD version.

The Amazon video services version trumps them all.
As with most content on HBO GO, there is no visible noise or compression artifacts, other then some occasional minor banding. Obviously, they are providing better service to HBO carrier subscribers.

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I'm not sure if that applies to the question, but it appears we have one vote for and one vote against.
My vote FOR 5.1 on HBO Now is based on the app on my Roku. I didn't consider that other devices might have different audio capabilities for HBO Now. So I am revising my response: HBO Now has 5.1 audio capability on Roku devices.

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