As a frustrated Vizio Smart TV owner, I recently found myself searching for solutions on how to stream HBO Now/Go/Max to my TV. After hours of research, I found some helpful tips and tricks that worked for me.
In this blog post, I want to share my solution, as well as the solutions I discovered while researching. If you’re looking to stream your favorite HBO content to your Vizio Smart TV, then this post is for you!
HBO content can be streamed to a Vizio Smart TV by downloading the HBO app on the TV itself. It can also be done by using Apple AirPlay or a Google Chromecast device.
3 Methods to Stream HBO to Vizio Smart TV
There are several ways in which you can enjoy your favorite HBO movies and shows on your Vizio TV.
Here are detailed step-by-step instructions on how you can use each one:
1. Get the HBO Max App on Your TV
Before we get into the details of how to use this method, it’s important to note that it might not work if you own an old Vizio TV model.
Once you’ve checked that your TV’s model is compatible with this method, here’s what you’ll need to do:
The first step is to visit the HBO website from any device and create an account. Once you’ve done so, press the Home button on your TV’s remote. Next, launch the Vizio App Store and search for the HBO Now, Go, or Max app.
When you find the desired app, press Install and then Add to Home.
At this stage, you’ll need to press the Home button once again to access the HBO app. You can also launch the app by pressing the Input button and selecting SmartCast. The next step is to select the HBO app from the list of apps installed on your TV by highlighting it and pressing OK.
Finally, log in using your HBO credentials and enjoy your favorite content.
2. AirPlay From iPhone/iPad/Mac
If your Vizio TV doesn’t support the method illustrated above, don’t worry, you can still stream HBO using any Apple Device that supports AirPlay. You won’t need any additional hardware to use this method if your Vizio TV supports AirPlay.
If you’re unsure whether it does, you can easily find out by using Vizio’s Find Your Manual Tool and checking the specs of your TV model. In case you find that AirPlay isn’t supported, you’ll need to connect an Apple TV device to your TV to use this method.
Before diving into the steps of streaming HBO using AirPlay, make sure that your Apple device and TV are connected to the same WiFi network. Furthermore, you should ensure that your internet connection is fast enough to allow you to cast content without experiencing any lag.
On the other hand, if you’re using a Macbook to cast, here’s what you’ll need to do:
First, click the TV icon in the top-left portion of your screen. If it’s not there, go into System Preferences, select Display, and then Show Mirroring Options in the Menu Bar.
Once you’ve done this, select your Vizio TV (or the Apple TV device you’ve connected to it) from the drop-down menu that shows up. You’ll find an AirPlay password on your TV. Enter this password into your Macbook and you’re good to go.
3. Cast From Your PC
One way you can enjoy your favorite shows and movies on your Vizio TV is to use a Google Chromecast device. This is an easy and quick way to mirror your PC’s screen onto your TV.
One thing you’ll need to make sure of is that you have a valid Google account. You’ll also need to connect your PC and Chromecast device to the same WiFi network.
Once you’re signed in, and all devices are connected, here’s what you need to do:
Press the Input button on your remote and select the HDMI input that your Chromecast device is connected to.
Then, power on your PC, launch the HBO app, or open HBO on your browser and select the show you want to watch.
What you’ll need to do next is to open up the Google Chrome browser. Click on the three-dotted icon located on the right-hand side of the address bar.
Next, click on Cast and select the tab you’ve opened HBO in as the source.
The final step is to select your Chromecast device from the list of devices available for casting.
If you want to stream HBO to your Vizio smart TV, there are several methods that you can use to do so.
In case you have a newer Vizio TV model, you can download the HBO app from the Vizio App Store and stream content directly from your TV.
Other methods you can use include casting from an Apple device using AirPlay or from your PC using a Google Chromecast device.