I’ve tried almost every streaming service — and this one is unmatched

At Tom’s Guide, we really like HBO Max. It’s currently ranked as our best streaming service overall, and new staffers are jumping on board every day. At the risk of taking the road more traveled, I also have to sing HBO Max’s praises. And that’s strange, considering that a few years ago, I thought that HBO had an impossibly messy and narrow approach to streaming.

The reasons why HBO Max succeeds where so many other streaming services flounder aren’t hard to parse. You can watch a huge variety of excellent shows and movies, and the interface puts as little distance as possible between you and your media. Of all the streaming services, only HBO Max seems to realize that, all other things being equal, viewers don’t have an affinity for platforms; they feel an affinity for the things they watch. Brand loyalty to a streaming service is about as logical as brand loyalty to a candy bar wrapper.

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