Can I adjust the stream quality?

HBO Max automatically adjusts the stream quality based on your subscription plan, network bandwidth, and connection speed. If your network bandwidth is too low or the connection speed fluctuates, you might get a lower resolution stream. If this happens, see Video buffers or pauses. Stream quality settings are not currently available in HBO Max.

Streaming resolution

  • Standard plan: Most shows and movies stream in high-definition (HD).
  • Mobile plan (not available to new or returning subscribers): Shows and movies stream on your phone or tablet in standard-definition (SD).
Some movies are available to stream in 4K on select devices. To learn more, see Watch in 4K HDR.

HBO Max has options to limit playback based on your connection type: cellular or WiFi. For more info, see Limit cellular data usage.