Getting the premium a la carte services (HBO, Showtime, Starz, Epix, Cinemax) as Apple TV Channels or Prime Video Channels gives you better picture quality than you're going to get in the standalone apps (HBO Now, Showtime, Starz, Epix Now, and, well, there is no Cinemax standalone app). And they have WAY better PQ for their on-demand streams than you're going to get watching the linear channels from cable or satellite. That's generally true of all streaming subscription on-demand sources versus cable/satellite. One Thing We Don't Talk About When We Talk About Cord-Cutting BTW, when a service offers you their entire library on-demand, then linear channels become kinda pointless. I do think it's nice when at least one linear channel is offered (the way that Showtime offers the east and west feeds of their original channel in their app) because sometimes you just want someone to serve something up to you to sample rather than go out foraging for content. But the idea of these services maintaining a multiplex of linear channels seems passe as they morph into SVODs. I noticed that when AT&T (who owns HBO now) created their new channel packages for DirecTV Now recently, they included HBO in them, not as an add-on but just part of the base package. But it only comes with the main HBO channel plus HBO Family and HBO Latino (plus the full on-demand library, of course). Sooner or later, I bet we'll see AT&T kill all those other HBO channels: HBO 2, HBO Signature, HBO Zone, etc. They're not really differentiated content-wise and don't serve a purpose as HBO becomes primarily an SVOD.