HBO Max has quickly become a popular streaming service for many people. With a price tag of $15 a month, it’s important to know how many simultaneous streams you can have running at once to determine if it’s worth the investment.
Unfortunately, HBO is purposefully vague about the number of streams you can have running at the same time. While they do state that you can have any number of devices on one account, they don’t provide a clear answer on the number of streams.
To find out, Adam Jessica from Adam Answers signed up for HBO Max and tested it out. He found that you can have up to three streams running simultaneously. Once you hit the fourth stream, you will get a message on one of your devices that you can no longer watch on that device because too many streams are running at the same time.
HBO doesn’t provide this information in their marketing materials, and it’s unclear why. It’s possible they don’t want people to share account information with others, or they may change the limit in the future.
If you need to bypass the three-stream limit, there is an alternative. You can download movies or episodes to watch offline. You can have up to 30 downloads, and they’ll sit on your device for 30 days before they expire. If you begin watching a download, it will expire after 48 hours. You can also renew downloads to watch them again later.
In conclusion, for most people, three simultaneous streams will be enough. If you need more, use the download feature to watch something offline. While the lack of clarity on the number of streams is frustrating, it’s good to know that there are alternative options available.