So, do you have the HBO app on a SmartTV? I am curious what platform necessitates this level of hoop-jumping to get it to work.This is the solution for the HBO Now buffering problem:
1.) Sign out of and force close the HBONOW app.
2.) Delete the app from your device.
3.) Turn off your Modem, Router and TV.
4.) Wait at least 30 seconds.
5.) Restart your Modem, Router and TV.
6.) Reinstall the app.
The HBO Now support team only gave me a couple of these steps which didnt work. Not the entire sequence in this order
I really like Android TV on my Sony. I've encountered two real issues, 1) the wifi antenna seems to be not as good as my Roku, 2) you need to tweak Android TV by turning off some of the unnecessary processes that rob cycles.That is the only negative I've read about the Sonys.
Here's is how to sign into hbonow with Amazon prime. It took me a minute to figure this out, hopefully this will give you a head start.OK, thanks ggw2000. I just found this in Amazon site. Helps clear up things too for me.
What are Prime Video Channel Subscriptions?
Amazon Prime and Prime Video members can purchase third-party channel subscriptions (like Showtime, Starz) and other streaming entertainment channels directly through Prime Video.
Channel subscriptions from Prime Video are paid monthly subscriptions to third-party premium networks and other streaming entertainment channels. Eligible Prime members have the option to purchase these subscriptions directly through Prime Video.
All of the movies and TV programming included with the subscription are then available to watch on demand, on all compatible Prime Video devices.
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When browsing Prime Video, look for the Channel categories and filters.
If you select a specific movie or TV show, the video details also include available Channel offers alongside other purchase and viewing options.
Subscribe & Watch
When you've found a Channel you're interested in, select the Subscribe and Watch, Get Started, or Start Free Trial option.
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Follow the on-screen instructions to confirm your subscription details and complete signup.
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I have a Samsung 75 inch Smart 4k TV that came with the HBO NOW app. I can also access HBO NOW through Roku and I find using the built in app preferable than going through Roku.I view Smart TV apps as a last resort (or backup) for streaming regardless of brand/model.
The fundamental problem with Smart TVs is the shear number of different brands and models. This makes developing/maintaining a Smart TV app for all of them more difficult. As compared to developing/maintaining the same app for a handful of very popular streaming boxes like the Roku, Apple TV, Fire stuff, etc..