How to Download HBO Max Videos to MKV Format

As an open-standard free format, MKV is very similar to other formats, such as MP4, AVI, etc (they are all container formats), and is free to use by anyone, anywhere. The most common extension for MMC is .mkv for videos with audio and subtitles. Because of this, MKV has features that other formats do not. First and foremost, it supports many various codecs. Next, it supports features for several streams of video, audio, chapters, and subtitles.

For a film and television fan, the MKV format is the best format for video downloads. Imagine the following, when you watch a favorite video from a streaming website like HBO Max, Netflix, Amazon Prime, Disney Plus, Hulu, and Paramount Plus, and want to download and save it offline, downloading it to MKV format seems to be a good choice.

Download HBO Max TV shows to MKV

If you are a senior HBO Max fan or you have favorite TV series from HBO Max that you want to keep for a long time, you can try to download your favorite videos from HBO Max into MKV format, this article is to help you solve the problem of how to download.

Guide to Download Videos from HBO Max to MKV Format

In order to solve this problem well, you need the help of a third-party video downloader. Kigo HBO Max Video Downloader is a good choice. With Kigo HBO Max Video Downloader, users can easily and quickly download different movies and TV shows from HBO Max and play them offline. These videos can be stored in MP4 or MKV format. Of course, all the audio tracks or subtitle files can also be downloaded and saved. The best quality you can download requires your HDCP check.

HBOMax Video Downloader
  • Download movies and TV shows from HBO Max to PC / Mac.
  • Select some or the whole audio tracks and subtitles to keep.
  • Download HBO Max videos to MP4 / MKV with HD videos.
  • Support AC3 and 5.1 audio downloading.
  • Fast speed and easy to operate.

Through the following tutorial, you can quickly learn how to use Kigo HBOMax Video Downloader to download HBO Max videos to MKV format. Whether you are a Windows user or a Mac user, you can download the corresponding version to your computer through the download button above.

If this is your first time using the Kigo program, please click the Download button above to download and install the latest version to your computer, and then refer to the next tutorial to implement the HBO Max video download.

Step1. Login with Your Max Account and Select Output Settings.

Before you start, you need to login with your Max account to go on.

Login with HBO Max Account

Click on the Gear icon on the top right corner of the window to set the output format (MP4 / MKV), video quality (Low, Medium / High), and so on. Here you can choose MKV as the output video format. And you can also set the audio language, and subtitle language as you need, and save subtitles as internal subtitles, external subtitles, or hardcode subtitles, and the video codec between H.265 and H.264.

Set MKV as output format

Step2. Add Max Videos to Kigo.

Enter one word of the TV show name in the search bar and all related videos will be listed below, select the TV series you want to download and click on it to open the detail page.

Add The Last of US to Kigo

When the download button in the lower right corner turns blue.

Add The Last of US to Kigo

Click the blue Download icon, and Kigo will automatically parse the information about the video and import it to the download list.

select the episode

Step3. Select \“Advanced Download” Settings.

Click the "Advanced Download" button in the lower left corner to set the video quality, audio track language and subtitle language.

Advanced download settings

Step 4. Start Downloading Max Videos.

When the above settings finished, click the "Download" button to start the download the video from HBO Max to your computer. Even if you don't have the HBO Max app, you can still download videos and watch them offline.

Downloading HBO Max Shows

When the download is complete, you can quickly find the download history through the Library. Click the "Folder" icon, you can quickly locate the downloaded video and play it.

Play Downloaded MKV Files on Your PC

Because MKV isn’t an industry standard like MP4, not all media players support it—even though support has grown rapidly. You have two main options for playing MKV files: using an MKV-compatible media player or downloading the appropriate codecs for the media player you prefer. Here we strongly recommend you use VLC Media Player to play MKV files which also supports selecting different audio tracks and subtitles. To watch an MKV file using VLC, right-click the MKV file, point to “Open With,” and then choose “VLC Media Player.”

If you would prefer to use Windows Media Player or another Windows player that doesn’t already support MKV files, you can. In order to add that support, you’ll need to install some support files known as codecs (the name is shorthand for compression/decompression). These codecs help your video player understand how to decompress files that it doesn’t natively support.


The variety of subtitles and audio makes the popularity of the video not limited by geographical location. When you download HBO Max videos and save them in MKV format with the audio track and subtitles kept, you can watch these downloaded videos on VLC Media Player any time you like

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