HBO Max 'missed the mark' with update, restores native tvOS player

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The HBO Max app on Apple TV 4K has been updated to revert to using Apple's tvOS API, accompanied with an apology to users.

When HBO Max replaced Apple's tvOS API with its own video playback system, users reported bugs, and Screentime described it as "horrifically bad." Now the company has reverted to using Apple's system, and also issued an apology.

We just released an update to our Apple TV app, restoring the native tvOS video playback experience you know and love, with more improvements to come. Ensuring HBO Max viewers have a quality experience is our top priority and we missed the mark here. Thank you for your patience.

— HBOMaxHelp (@HBOMaxHelp) June 9, 2021

HBO Max is not the only Apple TV app to use its own playback system instead of entirely relying on Apple's. Disney+ has also developed a system, and while more successful than HBO Max, it is why the app can't yet support the scrolling of the new Siri Remote.

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