How to Stream HBO Max on Discord? (Without a Black Screen)
Written by: Hrishikesh Pardeshi, Founder at Flexiple, buildd & Remote Tools.
Last updated: Jan 19, 2023
Discord is a free and simple way to communicate with others. Users can create their own servers, invite friends to chat or play games together, and join public chat channels where they can meet people who share their interests.
It is available on almost all platforms and has many features that make it an excellent choice for gamers. Currently, Discord has over 150 million registered users, making it the most popular messaging app for gamers.
Moreover, with the ‘Go Live’ feature, it is now possible to stream movies and TV shows using Discord. So in this article, let's see how to stream HBO Max on Discord.
TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What is HBO Max?
- How to Stream HBO Max on Discord?
- How to Stream HBO Max on Discord? (Without a Black Screen)
- Frequently Asked Questions
What is HBO Max?
HBO has been in the industry for decades and is one of the most successful providers of premium content. HBO Max is a new streaming service from HBO that launched in 2020. It competes against Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, Hulu, and other streaming services.
Besides its own original content, HBO Max will also feature content from other WaynerMedia properties such as TNT, TBS, TCM, Cartoon Network, Adult Swim, and more.
HBO Max offers shows such as House of the Dragon, Game of Thrones: The Last Watch, Westworld, Euphoria, and Friends: The Reunion among others. The company says it has around 10,000 hours of premium content. You can watch it on a variety of devices including mobile devices, tablets, laptops and smart TVs.
So, in the next section, we explain how to stream HBO Max on Discord.
How to Stream HBO Max on Discord?
Streaming movies online is a fun way for people to spend their leisure time. It provides you with the opportunity to have a shared experience together.
A big advantage of streaming movies and TV shows online is that you are able to watch them at your own pace. For instance, you can pause or rewind if you need to take a break or if you want to discuss certain parts of the movie with friends in real-time.
So, here are the steps on how to stream HBO Max on Discord:
- In order to begin streaming HBO Max on Discord, you must first install the Discord desktop app. Go to Discord’s website and then select the correct operating system. Click on download to get the latest version of Discord for your desktop. Note: If you use the web version of Discord on your PC, then you won't be able to stream HBO Max on Discord.
- Log into the Discord desktop application by entering your credentials.
- Then, go to your internet browser (Chrome, Safari or Microsoft Edge) and navigate the HBO Max website page. Before you decide to stream HBO Max, make sure that the service is available in your country. You can confirm it by visiting this page.
- Next, log in and select the show that you want to stream.
- After you have selected the video, go to the User Settings (gear icon beside your username). This is located in the left corner of your screen.
- In the side menu, navigate to ‘Registered Games’ under the ‘Activity Settings’. Next, click on the ‘Add it’ option.
- Select the internet browser you used to open the HBO Max website from the available options. For example, if you used Safari, choose the same option.
- Next, choose the server where you want to stream the HBO Max content and go to a voice channel. A voice channel on Discord is a voice chat room that you can use to talk to other people on the channel. You can create your own voice channel or join one that already exists.
- Once you have joined, you will see a ‘Share Screen’ option on the bottom left corner above your username. Click on this option to open the screen sharing popup window.
- Here, you can set your preferred resolution and frame rate. By default, it is set at 720p resolution at 30 frames per second. If you have a Nitro plan, then you can choose a higher resolution and frame rate.
- Finally, select the ‘Go Live’ button on this popup. Once you have done this, HBO Max will start streaming on Discord.
- Your friends on this Discord voice channel can simply select ‘Live’ and join your HBO Max watch party! When you are done watching the video with your friends, click the end button to stop the live stream.
How to Stream HBO Max on Discord? (Without a Black Screen)
At times, you may get a black screen issue while streaming HBO Max on Discord. This basically means that you would see a black screen when you start the stream, instead of the visuals.
In order to solve this issue, you have to turn off hardware acceleration in your browsers and on the Discord app.
Hardware acceleration is a feature that enables apps and browsers to use the computer's graphics processor (GPU). But sometimes, hardware acceleration can cause videos to lag. As a result, watching a movie becomes a very unpleasant experience.
So, before streaming HBO Max on Discord, you should first check whether hardware acceleration has been disabled on the browsers and the Discord app. By doing this, you'll be able to stream without any issues.
The following steps will help you disable Hardware Acceleration on Google Chrome:
- Go to the Google Chrome browser and select the menu icon located on the top right corner.
- Next, go to ‘Settings’.
- From the sidebar menu, click on the ‘System’ option.
- Here, you can find the ‘Hardware Acceleration’ option. Toggle off this option in order to disable hardware acceleration on your Chrome browser. Then, restart your browser.
To turn off the hardware acceleration on Discord, you need to follow the steps below:
- Open the Discord application on your desktop
- Then, click on the gear icon beside your Discord username.
- Next, go to the ‘Advanced’’ section. Here you will find the ‘Hardware Acceleration’ option.
- Toggle this option in order to turn off the hardware acceleration on Discord. After this is done, you can restart your Discord app. This will help you can stream HBO Max on Discord without any issues.
Frequently Asked Questions
1. How to fix the black screen issue while streaming HBO Max on Discord?
The black screen issue is caused by having hardware acceleration enabled on your browser or your Discord application. So, as a next step, you need to disable hardware acceleration on Chrome and Discord.
To disable it on Chrome, open the application and click on the menu in the top right corner. Then, select the ‘Settings’ option. In the sidebar menu, go to the ‘System’ option. Here, you would be able to disable the hardware acceleration.
2. How to turn off hardware acceleration on Discord?
In order to disable it on Discord, go to your Discord application. Next, click on the gear icon in the lower-left corner of your screen. Then, go to the ‘Advanced’’ section and disable the ‘Hardware Acceleration’. This is how you can stream HBO Max on Discord.
3. Can I stream Hulu, Netflix or Amazon Prime on Discord?
Discord’s Go Live feature allows you to stream any video content on the app. You can watch Netflix, Amazon Prime, HBO Max, Disney Plus and Hulu on Discord, with your friends.