Support documents for HBO Now and HBO Go indicate both services will drop support for older Apple TV models starting on April 30th. The update focuses on 2nd and 3rd Gen Apple TV models, which launched in 2010 and 2012, respectively, and have since been replaced by more modern 4th and 5th Gen options in recent years. The announcement comes as rumors continue to circulate about a new Apple TV model releasing sometime this year.
“In order to provide the best streaming experience, we need to make some changes to our supported devices list,” the support document states.
Of course, device support changing over time isn’t a new thing. Every time Apple announces a major new version of iOS, for example, questions arise about which models of iPhone and iPad will continue to receive support. And while it’s certainly an inconvenience for HBO fans with these older models, it might be time for an upgrade.
For those holding out hope for a rumored next-gen Apple TV, you still have until the end of the month to wait for an official announcement from Apple. That said, we’re still awaiting word from the company about its plans for its annual WWDC. It’s traditionally a software-focused event, but could also hold some hardware surprises. The ongoing pandemic has caused Apple and many others to adjust their event plans, but WWDC is currently still on track for June.
And if you want to stick with your older model beyond the cutoff date, HBO did provide a few ways to continue watching there content, including, perhaps unsurprisingly, using a different streaming device that the company still supports, or plugging in your computer to your TV via HDMI.
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