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Crave App on PS4

I noticed this morning there is an app for Crave TV on the PS4 in the PS Store. When I look it up it shows as being released on Oct 14th, 2020, but the app doesn't show either a price or for free. So far I've been unable to download it.

Anybody else been able to get this?
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I noticed it recently as well but can't download it yet either, a few others on Reddit confirm the same. I've been waiting forever for this and don't use Crave much because the quality on the set top box or my HTPC browser is atrocious. I only occasionally use it to watch old HBO series on my tablet which is bizarrely the only way I can watch in 1080p but can't output that to my TV
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ReeGee wrote: I noticed it recently as well but can't download it yet either, a few others on Reddit confirm the same. I've been waiting forever for this and don't use Crave much because the quality on the set top box or my HTPC browser is atrocious. I only occasionally use it to watch old HBO series on my tablet which is bizarrely the only way I can watch in 1080p but can't output that to my TV

Just use HBO Max on Nvidia Shield or on Firecube better than crave
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Sharks316 wrote: Just use HBO Max on Nvidia Shield or on Firecube better than crave
I don't have an Nvidia shield or know what a firecube is. Tbh I'm not a big TV viewer in general and wouldn't buy separate hardware or pay to subscribe to any service just to watch TV. I only have Crave+HBO in the first place because it's included free with my condos amenities
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Sharks316 wrote: Just use HBO Max on Nvidia Shield or on Firecube better than crave
Kind of a weird response... spend more money for extra peripherals and an entirely different streaming service?! I didn't even know HBO Max was available in Canada. I get all my HBO Max content through Crave...
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Confirmed it's working now. The app seems slow as and laggy as hell but once you hit play on something it's OK. The quality is much better than the Roger set top box and their web player but still noticeably lower bitrate than my typical Usenet downloads
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M1GOmigs wrote: Kind of a weird response... spend more money for extra peripherals and an entirely different streaming service?! I didn't even know HBO Max was available in Canada. I get all my HBO Max content through Crave...
Crave is getting a lot of the exclusive HBO MAX original shows, not the entire back catalog of shows/movies that HBO MAX as (e.g. Friends, Harry Potter Films), which would all be an entirely separate licensing deal if Crave was going to buy the rights for those lol.

HBO MAX only launched with 6 original shows, and Crave got 3 of them:

Craftopia (on Crave)Love Life (on Crave)Legendary (on Crave)On the Record The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo Looney Tunes Cartoons.


I tried Crave but compared to HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz it's barebones.
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Sharks316 wrote: Crave is getting a lot of the exclusive HBO MAX original shows, not the entire back catalog of shows/movies that HBO MAX as (e.g. Friends, Harry Potter Films), which would all be an entirely separate licensing deal if Crave was going to buy the rights for those lol.

HBO MAX only launched with 6 original shows, and Crave got 3 of them:

Craftopia (on Crave)Love Life (on Crave)Legendary (on Crave)On the Record The Not-Too-Late Show with Elmo Looney Tunes Cartoons.


I tried Crave but compared to HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz it's barebones.
Fair enough and it probably is a great service, but I think you're still missing the point. As people are saying, Crave comes with some subscriptions, and the app is on the PS4. Is there any services that give Max without an extra sub, or a PS4 HBO Max app? If not, then we could all suggest a few other subs that would require different hardware than what the OP is looking to make work here.
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BernardRyder wrote: Fair enough and it probably is a great service, but I think you're still missing the point. As people are saying, Crave comes with some subscriptions, and the app is on the PS4. Is there any services that give Max without an extra sub, or a PS4 HBO Max app? If not, then we could all suggest a few other subs that would require different hardware than what the OP is looking to make work here.

No chance it's free. You need a sub!
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Sharks316 wrote: I tried Crave but compared to HBO Max, Showtime, and Starz it's barebones.
Not sure what Crave was when you tried it but Crave literally includes HBO, Showtime and Starz at this point. I still don't understand what if any difference there is between HBO and "HBO Max" but I doubt it's anything worth paying an extra subscription for, especially when I'm not paying for Crave directly in the first place.
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ReeGee wrote: Not sure what Crave was when you tried it but Crave literally includes HBO, Showtime and Starz at this point. I still don't understand what if any difference there is between HBO and "HBO Max" but I doubt it's anything worth paying an extra subscription for, especially when I'm not paying for Crave directly in the first place.
I know for the US, HBO Max replaced HBO Go, and it has a lot more more shows than Crave offers ATM. Which shows, and whether these shows are worth yet another subscription is a different question.
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BernardRyder wrote: I know for the US, HBO Max replaced HBO Go, and it has a lot more more shows than Crave offers ATM. Which shows, and whether these shows are worth yet another subscription is a different question.
All of the classic critically acclaimed and recent popular HBO series seem to be there already with regular Crave/HBO so I'm curious to know what the point of "Max" is or why anyone would want that. Off the top of my head The Wire, Curb, GOT, Outsider, Chernobyl, The Deuce, Watchmen, High Maintenance, True Detective, Westworld, countless other big HBO shows are already on Crave/HBO without needing "HBO Max"
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ReeGee wrote: All of the classic critically acclaimed and recent popular HBO series seem to be there already with regular Crave/HBO so I'm curious to know what the point of "Max" is or why anyone would want that. Off the top of my head The Wire, Curb, GOT, Outsider, Chernobyl, The Deuce, Watchmen, High Maintenance, True Detective, Westworld, countless other big HBO shows are already on Crave/HBO without needing "HBO Max"
HBO Max is a supplementary service created by the parent company, Warner Media, which goes beyond HBO offering to provide syndicated/network shows outside the broader HBO library as well. It's basically Warner Media's answer to Netflix and includes original HBO Max content (Raised by Wolves, Justice League Snyder cut, etc) along with content like Friends, Fresh Prince, Adventure Time, Dr. Who, etc...

AFAIK we don't get it in Canada yet and Crave has the license for a lot of HBO Max original content anyway.

BTW Raised by Wolves is crazy... Worth a watch via Crave (or HBO Max if you somehow subscribed to that instead)
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Raised By Wolves is also available on CTV Sci-Fi, so it seems like some HBO Max shows will also be available outside of Crave and on the different CTV channels.

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