HBO Max joins Netflix in offering viewers a shuffle option – but there's a twist...

HBO Max joins Netflix in offering viewers a shuffle option – but there's a twist...

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HBO Max is joining Netflix successful the binge ticker shuffling stakes. (Image credit: WarnerMedia)

HBO Max has added the enactment of shuffle play connected a prime fig of shows. 

Shuffle, which chooses thing astatine random for you to stream, is already an enactment connected Netflix, and has been trialled by some Prime Video and Hulu

HBO Max launched the enactment connected Tuesday (March 22), but it's lone disposable connected the service's desktop interface astatine the clip of writing. Announcing the plan, a spokesperson for the work said: "With an added constituent of serendipity, selecting the shuffle fastener lets you footwear your feet up and commencement watching faster."

But, dissimilar Netflix's shuffle offering, which launched successful the mediate of 2021, HBO Max's caller relation has a twist...

The Play Something diagnostic   connected  Netflix is present  disposable  for Android devices

A shuffle-style diagnostic is already disposable connected Netflix. (Image credit: Netflix)

What is Shuffle Play?

Much arsenic you would with a lengthy playlist of songs oregon an artists' backmost catalog connected a streaming service, Shuffle Play offers viewers the accidental to beryllium randomly assigned thing to watch. 

With Netflix, that's a fastener called 'Play Something', which picks a TV amusement oregon movie based connected what the streaming giant's algorithms think you'll love, oregon thing you've already popped connected your watchlist. 

HBO Max are present getting successful connected the act, but their offering is antithetic to Netflix successful that it’s constricted to 45 shows, astatine slightest initially, and the shuffle enactment volition take a random occurrence of 1 of those shows for you. 

Why person HBO Max taken this approach?

It's a antithetic purpose from Netflix, which wants to crook you to thing wholly new. HBO Max's feature, though, knows you similar the amusement already – you conscionable don't privation to scroll done aggregate seasons to find the occurrence you want. 

The database of shows successful the archetypal 45 are offerings similar South Park, Friends, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Big Bang Theory; shows with 100s of episodes and shows that HBO Max subscribers volition ticker implicit and implicit again. 

Likewise, with question programming similar Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown, wherever each occurrence finds the sadly departed TV cook successful a antithetic metropolis crossed the world, oregon cooking shows similar Selena + Chef – wherever Selena Gomez cooks alongside antithetic chefs – you aren't pursuing a narrative. Being taken to a random mounting is portion of the joyousness of the amusement to statesman with...

Anthony Bourdain

Anthony Bourdain's HBO Max offering is 1 of 45 shows that supports Shuffle Play. (Image credit: CNN)

Which HBO Max shows tin you shuffle?

The list, frankincense far, is arsenic follows:

  • A World of Calm
  • Adventure Time
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown
  • Apple & Onion
  • Chappelle Show
  • Courage the Cowardly Dog
  • Craig of the Creek
  • Curb Your Enthusiasm
  • Ed, Ed and Eddy
  • ER
  • Flight of the Conchords
  • Fresh Prince
  • Friends
  • Full House
  • Great Pottery Throwdown
  • Hot Ones
  • How It Really Happened
  • Impractical Jokers
  • Key and Peele
  • Looney Tunes
  • Martin
  • Mike & Molly
  • Regular Show
  • Reno 911!
  • Rick & Morty
  • Robot Chicken
  • Scooby-Do, Where Are You!
  • Selena + Chef
  • Sesame Street
  • South Park
  • Teen Titans Go!
  • The Amazing World of Gumball
  • The Big Bang Theory
  • The Boondocks
  • The Mentalist
  • The Middle
  • The Nanny
  • The Office
  • The Shot: Uninterrupted
  • Tom and Jerry
  • Total Dramarama
  • Two and a Half Men
  • We Bare Bears
  • Whose Line is it Anyway
  • Young Sheldon
Tom Goodwyn

Tom Goodwyn is TechRadar's Senior Entertainment Editor. He loves thing much than spending each time successful the cinema, well, helium did earlier helium had 2 children...

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