Apple refunds HBO subscribers and offers HBO Max discount

Apple on Thursday offered customers a refund for any unused portion of their subscription and a discount for HBO Max, following HBO’s removal of HBO’s Apple TV Channel.

Apple to distribute HBO Max


HBO officially shuttered its Apple TV Channels for all users [on Thursday], urging existing subscribers to migrate to its standalone HBO Max app. Apple subsequently informed users of the situation and began to issue refunds.

In an email to subscribers, Apple said HBO customers are eligible to receive a refund or credit for the unused portion of their subscription period. Credit can be used to purchase a subscription to the ad-free version of HBO Max, access to which is being offered at a discounted rate of $9.99 per month for the first three months.

MacDailyNews Take: The refund is a must, but pimping a service that now refuses to work with Apple TV Channels makes Apple look weak (even if HBO is paying Apple for the promo): “Hey, sure, walk all over us, inconvenience our mutual customers as much as you want, and then we’ll promo your non-compliant service anyway!”

Steve would’ve told HBO to go pound sand.


    1. I have to agree. I wouldn’t even have HBO if I didn’t get it for free. AppleTV+ is the service we use the most followed by Netflix, Disney+ at least for me is going to be a decision to cancel or not when my term expires, might just do a month at a time to binge watch.

      1. just curious, what is it that you watch on Apple TV+ that’s so great? I don’t watch any of it, even though i have access, because it all looks pitiful to me.

        1. That’s right, ckh… stand on the sidelines, “don’t watch ANY of it”, and throw rocks at what you don’t know. You’d fit right in with today’s journalists.

        2. Start with the show, See. It’s amazing.

          Also, The Morning Show, Ted Lasso, The Servant… Seriously… Just start trying some of them. Do you often complain about something you’ve never experienced?

  1. Hope Paramount+ doesn’t do the same thing. Right now, I have it bundled with Showtime for $9.99/month through TV+, because I had the CBS All Access + Showtime deal previously. It’s like getting Showtime at no extra cost.

  2. Amazon, Netflix, HBO, et al have thousands of titles, 95+% is pure crap. Anything worth watching is an extra fee. That isn’t going to change any time soon, if at all I do get frustrated because, by comparison, there are so few Apple originals, but they are really good. I’d rather pay $5.00/month for AppleTV for the quality they produce, than $12.99 to wade through hundreds of junk titles.

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