At the end of last week we detailed an update to the HBO Max Apple TV app that introduced a whole host of issues, making the app almost unusable. Check out our article for the very long list.
The issues were so bad that HBO exec Andy Forssell even addressed them in a reply to John Siracusa on Twitter.
Thankfully, HBO has now issued a software update that reverts the playback UI to the original tvOS version. I've verified this in the 50.30.2 update and can confirm everything is back to normal from skipping ahead to asking Siri 'What did they say?' and everything in between.
HBO Max's support Twitter account also tweeted about the update, even acknowledging that they 'missed the mark'.
While this update was bizarre, frustrating and baffling as to why it even saw the light of day, it is good to see HBO address it reasonably quickly and apologise for it. Hopefully HBO Max decide to stay with native tvOS playback and we won't be forced down this road again.
Your HBO Max app should update automatically but if it doesn't you can find it in the App Store and hit the Update button.