WarnerMedia has announced (via The Wrap) that it will shut down its HBO GO streaming service, with its apps becoming useless at the end of July. HBO Now, the other HBO streaming service will be called simply “HBO” going forward. The moves come in the wake of the May launch of the new HBO Max service.
WarnerMedia says most customers that use HBO GO can already use HBO Max instead. This renders the HBO GO app obsolete. HBO GO apps will disappear by July 31, and the service will be available on the web until August 31.
Now that HBO Max has launched and is widely distributed, we can implement some significant changes to our app offering in the U.S. As part of that plan, we will be sunsetting our HBO GO service in the U.S. We intend to remove the HBO GO app from primary platforms as of July 31, 2020.
Most customers who have traditionally used HBO GO to stream HBO programming are now able to do so via HBO Max, which offers access to all of HBO together with so much more. Additionally, the HBO NOW app and desktop experience will be rebranded to HBO. Existing HBO NOW subscribers will have access to HBO through the rebranded HBO app on platforms where it remains available and through play.hbo.com. HBO Max provides not only the robust offering of HBO but also a vast WarnerMedia library and acquired content and originals through a modern product.
HBO debuted its new streaming service, HBO Max, on May 27. The service combines HBO content with shows and films from Warner Bros and Turner TV. The service combines classic movies and TV shows, and is the only place to stream “Friends.” HBO Max also features original content.