HBO Max vs Roku

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November 30, 2020

Roku vs HBO Max: Side-by-Side Brand Comparison

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HBO Max vs. Roku: Side-by-Side Comparison
Winner
HBO Max
Criteria
Roku
Winner
4.8
Overall Score
Overall Score
4.2
Overall Score
5.0 stars – See brand >
Brand Popularity
4.0 stars – See brand >
4.0 stars – 1 review
User-friendly Products
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Compatible Mobile App
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Apple TV Compatibility
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
4k Content Availability
5.0 stars – 1 review
3.0 stars – 1 review
Live TV Streaming Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Roku Compatibility
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Movie Streaming Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Amazon Fire TV Compatibility
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Offline Viewing Capabilities
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
TV Streaming Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Kid-friendly Programming Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Downloadable Content
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Live Local Channel Availability
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Live Sports Channel Offerings
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Original Content
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Ad-free Viewing Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Simultaneous Streaming Abilities
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Sports Add-on Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Recording Abilities
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Family Plan Subscription Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
4.0 stars – 1 review
Live Channel Availability
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
3.0 stars – 1 review
5.0 stars – 1 review
Free Trial Availability
5.0 stars – 1 review
5.0 stars – 1 review
Free Cancellation Policies
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
5.0 stars – 1 review
Wifi Requirements
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
3.0 stars – 1 review
Account Sharing Options
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
4.0 stars – 1 review
Dependability
0.0 stars – 0 reviews
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Winner
HBO Max
Shipping & Returns Policies
Roku
Winner
Unlikely
Free Return Policies
International Shipping Policies
Unlikely
In-store Pickup
Unlikely
Winner
HBO Max
Payment Options
Roku
Winner
Unlikely
PayPal Support
Yes
Yes
Debit & Prepaid Card Support
Yes
Unlikely
Google Pay Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Apple Pay Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Amazon Pay Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Bitcoin Support
Winner
HBO Max
Pricing & Discount Policies
Roku
Winner
Unlikely
Official Coupons Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
AARP Discount Policies
Unlikely
Unlikely
Veteran's Discount Policies
Unlikely
Unlikely
Student Discount Policies
Unlikely
Unlikely
Price Adjustment Policies
Unlikely
Birthday Discount Policies
Unlikely
Unlikely
Senior Discount Policies
Unlikely
Teacher Discount Policies
Unlikely
Competitor Coupon Policies
Unlikely
Unlikely
Coupon Stacking Policies
Unlikely
Unlikely
Black Friday Ads Page
Yes
Winner
HBO Max
Customer Service Features
Roku
Winner
Unlikely
Gift Card Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Money-back Guarantee Policy
Unlikely
Unlikely
Loyalty Programs
Unlikely
Yes
Pricing Information
Unlikely
Winner
HBO Max
Financing Options
Roku
Winner
Unlikely
Affirm Financing Support
Unlikely
Afterpay Financing Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Sezzle Financing Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Klarna Financing Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
QuadPay Financing Support
Unlikely
Unlikely
Bread Financing Support
Unlikely
Winner
HBO Max
Website Features
Roku
Winner
Unlikely
Website Security & Privacy Policies
Yes
HBO Max
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HBO Max vs. Roku: Comparison Details

Best 4k Content Availability – Tie
5.0 stars

Yes, HBO Max does offer 4K content. You can find additional information about HBO Max's 4k content availability on their customer service page here. You can also visit their homepage to see if HBO Max has posted additional information on their 4k content availability.

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 4K content reviews.

5.0 stars

Based on ratings published by trusted online review sites as well as information from Roku Premiere's website, Roku Premiere performs average to better than average in terms of display quality compared to other streaming device brands.

Based on a review posted on techhive.com, Roku Premiere was rated as fairly average for display quality relative to competing media streaming device brands. Check out the entire review here. Here's a brief quote from this review:

The situation with HDR is more complicated. Like the Roku Streaming Stick+ and Roku Ultra, the Premiere line supports HDR10 in apps such as Netflix, Amazon Prime, YouTube, and Vudu. This generally provides more vibrant colors in bright scenes and more color detail in dark scenes, and it's more noticeable than 4K alone.

Based on a review posted on businessinsider.com, Roku Premiere was rated as fairly average for display quality relative to competing media streaming device brands. Check out the entire review here. Here's a brief quote from this review:

Roku has been bringing high-quality video streaming to the masses with its affordable streaming devices. The Roku Express ($29.88) is a great pick for those without a 4K-capable TV, while the Ultra ($100) offers 4K streaming, HDR support, voice control, gaming features, and more.

Based on a review posted on cordcutters.com, Roku Premiere was rated as fairly average for display quality relative to competing media streaming device brands. Check out the entire review here. Specifically, this reviewer pointed out the following:

Roku Premiere (and Premiere+, too) is a simple product. It's 4K video, with HDR and Dolby Atmos, tucked into a small box. I wouldn't go so far to say it's hobbled by only having Wifi 4, but that's definitely a limiting factor when it comes to network performance.

Learn more at the company's website.

You can also check out the top 10 streaming device brands for display quality, or the overall best-performing media streaming device brands on our main review grid.

Looking for Roku Premiere coupons? Check out the latest deals here. Want more reviews on Roku Premiere? Read a more in-depth review of Roku Premiere on this page.

Last reviewed July 8, 2019. Read all 2 4K content reviews.

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Best Free Use – Winner: HBO Max
5.0 stars

Yes, HBO Max does support free use. You can find additional information about HBO Max's free use on their customer service page here. You can also visit their homepage to see if HBO Max has posted additional information on their free use.

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 free use reviews.

3.0 stars

Based on our research, it appears that Roku may not support free to use at the current time. You may be able to find additional information about Roku's free use support on their customer service page here. You can also visit their homepage to see if Roku has posted any updated information about their free use support.

Last reviewed March 6, 2019. Read all 2 free use reviews.

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Best Free Trial Availability – Tie
5.0 stars

Yes, HBO Max does offer free trials. You can find additional information about HBO Max's free trial availability on their customer service page here. You can also visit their homepage to see if HBO Max has posted additional information on their free trial availability.

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 free trials reviews.

5.0 stars

Yes, Roku does offer free trials. You can find additional information about Roku's free trial availability on their customer service page here. You can also visit their homepage to see if Roku has posted additional information on their free trial availability.

Last reviewed June 6, 2018. Read all 2 free trials reviews.

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Best PayPal Support – Winner: Roku
Does HBO Max accept PayPal?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 PayPal reviews.

Does Roku accept PayPal?
Yes

Last reviewed April 13, 2018. Read 1 PayPal review.

Best Debit & Prepaid Card Support – Tie
Yes

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read 1 debit & prepaid cards review.

Yes

Last reviewed June 20, 2018. Read all 2 debit & prepaid cards reviews.

Best Google Pay Support – Tie
Does HBO Max accept Google Pay?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read 1 Google Pay review.

Does Roku accept Google Pay?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 6, 2018. Read all 2 Google Pay reviews.

Best Apple Pay Support – Tie
Does HBO Max accept Apple Pay?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Apple Pay reviews.

Does Roku accept Apple Pay?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 6, 2018. Read all 2 Apple Pay reviews.

Best Amazon Pay Support – Tie
Does HBO Max accept Amazon Pay?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Amazon Pay reviews.

Does Roku accept Amazon Pay?
Unlikely

Last reviewed March 9, 2019. Read all 2 Amazon Pay reviews.

Best Bitcoin Support – Tie
Does HBO Max accept Bitcoin?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Bitcoin reviews.

Does Roku accept Bitcoin?
No

Last reviewed July 1, 2020. Read all 2 Bitcoin reviews.

Best Official Coupons Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 official coupons page reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed March 8, 2019. Read all 2 official coupons page reviews.

Best AARP Discount Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 AARP discounts reviews.

Does Roku offer AARP discounts?
Unlikely

Last reviewed April 28, 2019. Read all 2 AARP discounts reviews.

Best Veteran's Discount Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 military discounts reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed July 11, 2020. Read 1 military discounts review.

Best Student Discount Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed May 23, 2020. Read all 2 student discounts reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed July 20, 2020. Read 1 student discounts review.

Best Price Adjustment Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 price matching reviews.

Does Roku offer price matching?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 12, 2017. Read 1 price matching review.

Best Birthday Discount Policies – Tie
No

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 birthday discounts reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed March 9, 2019. Read all 2 birthday discounts reviews.

Best Senior Discount Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed May 18, 2020. Read all 2 senior discounts reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed July 14, 2020. Read 1 senior discounts review.

Best Teacher Discount Policies – Tie
No

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 teacher discounts reviews.

No

Last reviewed April 9, 2019. Read all 2 teacher discounts reviews.

Best Competitor Coupon Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 competitor coupons reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed March 10, 2019. Read all 2 competitor coupons reviews.

Best Coupon Stacking Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 coupon stacking reviews.

Does Roku allow coupon stacking?
Unlikely

Last reviewed March 6, 2019. Read all 2 coupon stacking reviews.

Best Black Friday Ads Page – Winner: Roku
Unlikely

Last reviewed November 20, 2020. Read all 2 Black Friday Ads Page reviews.

Yes

Last reviewed November 26, 2018. Read all 2 Black Friday Ads Page reviews.

Best Gift Card Support – Tie
Does HBO Max offer gift cards?
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 gift cards reviews.

Does Roku offer gift cards?
Unlikely

Last reviewed July 30, 2020. Read 1 gift cards review.

Best Money-back Guarantee Policy – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 money-back guarantee reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed December 5, 2018. Read all 2 money-back guarantee reviews.

Best Loyalty Programs – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 loyalty programs reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed July 20, 2020. Read 1 loyalty programs review.

Best Pricing Information – Winner: HBO Max
Yes

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 price transparency reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed March 9, 2019. Read all 2 price transparency reviews.

Best Website Security & Privacy Policies – Winner: Roku
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 website security & privacy reviews.

Yes

Last reviewed June 6, 2018. Read all 2 website security & privacy reviews.

Best Affirm Financing Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Affirm financing reviews.

Does Roku accept Affirm financing?
No

Last reviewed February 21, 2019. Read all 2 Affirm financing reviews.

Best Afterpay Financing Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Afterpay financing reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed January 18, 2019. Read all 2 Afterpay financing reviews.

Best Sezzle Financing Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Sezzle financing reviews.

Does Roku accept Sezzle financing?
Unlikely

Last reviewed February 20, 2019. Read all 2 Sezzle financing reviews.

Best Klarna Financing Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Klarna financing reviews.

Does Roku accept Klarna financing?
Unlikely

Last reviewed March 14, 2019. Read all 2 Klarna financing reviews.

Best QuadPay Financing Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 QuadPay financing reviews.

Does Roku accept QuadPay financing?
Unlikely

Last reviewed March 13, 2019. Read all 2 QuadPay financing reviews.

Best Bread Financing Support – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 Bread financing reviews.

Does Roku accept Bread financing?
Unlikely

Last reviewed January 26, 2019. Read all 2 Bread financing reviews.

Best Free Return Policies – Tie
Unlikely

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 free returns & exchanges reviews.

No

Last reviewed April 17, 2018. Read 1 free returns & exchanges review.

Best International Shipping Policies – Tie
No

Last reviewed June 26, 2020. Read all 2 international shipping reviews.

Unlikely

Last reviewed April 8, 2019. Read all 3 international shipping reviews.

Best In-store Pickup – Tie
No

Last reviewed November 12, 2020. Read all 2 curbside pickup reviews.

Does Roku offer curbside pickup?
Unlikely

Last reviewed November 19, 2020. Read all 2 curbside pickup reviews.

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