Huawei fell out of favor with HBO Max

Huawei’s mobile devices and tablets have been put in an unsupported status with HBO Max, so in the future, owners of devices from the Chinese manufacturer will not be able to download or update the application. One of the world’s most popular subscription online video streaming platforms informed the affected users by e-mail yesterday about the changes, which were also confirmed by HBO Max’s Hungarian press relations for HWSW.

The information does not cover some important details, such as when exactly the support has ended or will end, or which Huawei devices are affected, the personalized text only states the following:

The HBO Max app will no longer be available on Huawei phones and tablets. This means that you cannot update or reinstall HBO Max on these devices.

The service provider also lists the supported devices in the letter to his website directs users, where the panel for Android devices states that Huawei smartphones and tablets are no longer supported.

From the above, it is not clear whether a user who has previously installed the application will be able to play any content on their existing Huawei device with the older version in the future, or whether all playback options will cease on the affected models.

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Since HBO Max was never officially supported in Huawei’s own mobile ecosystem (HMS), the change clearly affects devices that have a full Google Play Services license, that is, typically models manufactured in 2019 or earlier, from Android version regardless.

The technological background of the decision is therefore believed to be that Huawei did not receive a license for the new version of the DRM solution (Widevine DRM) used by the platform, which would enable the playback of protected content on these devices. Given that this DRM solution is also widely used in the industry by other streaming providers, therefore – if DRM licensing is really behind it – it is expected that other platforms besides HBO Max will withdraw support from Huawei devices in the future.


Source: HWSW Informatikai Hírmagazin by www.hwsw.hu.

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