HBO - Other Ventures - International


See also: HBO Latin America Group

Since 1991, HBO has overseen a number of partnerships that operate HBO-branded programming-networks around the globe. As HBO was launched in new markets the brand has been used in several countries.

  • HBO Canada, launched on October 30, 2008 by the Canadian movie services Movie Central and The Movie Network, is a dedicated multiplex channel carried on both services. Beyond the required brand license by Astral Media (owner of The Movie Network) and Corus Entertainment (owner of Movie Central) to use the HBO trademarks and logomark, Time Warner does not own HBO Canada and has no stake in the network. The channel carries HBO's original programming (though some programming on the network also includes programs that air in the United States on HBO's rival Showtime). It also airs a selection of Canadian films and series to satisfy Canadian content requirements.
  • HBO Asia was originally co-owned by UIP Pay TV, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Time Warner and SingTel.
  • HBO Brasil was launched in 1991 by TVA, Time Warner and Sony as an analogue pay channel, but using OTA UHF frequencies and broadcasting nine hours a day. After the Brazilian financial crisis of the late-1990s, TVA sold its share to Time Warner.
  • HBO Central Europe (Poland, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Moldova, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro and Macedonia).
  • HBO Adria (Macedonia, Bosnia-Herzegovina, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, and Montenegro, as part of HBO Central Europe).
  • HBO OLE (now HBO Latin America), was originated as a partnership between Venezuelan broadcaster Omnivisión and HBO. Then Sony and The Walt Disney Company joined the partnership. Later, Omnivisión sold its share to Time Warner.
  • Movie Network an Australian premium television service launched in 1995, was founded by HBO (Time Warner), Village Roadshow, MGM and Disney-ABC International Television.
  • Sky Movies (New Zealand) was originally a joint-venture between HBO and Sky Network Television. The channel was renamed HBO in 1993, but Time Warner sold its share to Sky in 1998 and was renamed back to Sky Movies.
  • HBO Caribbean offers English-language broadcasts of HBO material geared towards the English- and Dutch-speaking Caribbean. HBO set up the channel to replace the Spanish foreign-language feed which formerly served the English-speaking Caribbean market. The cable-TV systems of Columbus Communications, Cable Bahamas, and Multi-Choice TV (among others) sell HBO Caribbean.
  • In 2005, the HBO Mobile wireless service launched via Vodafone in the UK, Ireland, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, Spain and South Africa, and via SK Telecom in Korea in 2006. In 2006, HBO's SVOD service, HBO On Demand, launched in Israel on HOT, marking the first HBO stand-alone service offered outside the U.S. The service was launched in the UK in 2007 via BT Vision, TalkTalk TV and Virgin Media. Following in 2008 was Cyprus launching HBO On Demand via PrimeTv of PrimeTel Ltd.
  • In February 2011, audiences within the UK and Ireland will be able to watch the majority of HBO programming on one channel with the launch of Sky Atlantic on the Sky platform in both territories. Under a five year broadcasting agreement between HBO and Sky, all new HBO programming will air on the channel before airing on other television channels within the United Kingdom and channels in Ireland.
  • In February 2012, audiences within the Netherlands will be able to watch a small number of HBO programming on three channels with the launch of HBO Nederland on the Ziggo area. HBO GO will also be made available and viewers will have a 1 day delay from the US broadcast time. HBO is currently available for subscribers of Ziggo, KPN, XS4ALL and Telfort, with a planned launch date of September 25th for fibre subscribers of Glashart Media & Vodafone Glasvezel, followed on October 1 by satellite broadcaster CanalDigitaal.
  • On August 15, 2012, HBO announced plans to launch HBO Nordic, a multiplatform video distribution service serving the Scandinavia region of Europe created through a joint venture with Parsifal International. Details on what the new service would include were not initially disclosed, though details on the venture would be revealed in a formal announcement to be held in Sweden at the end of August.

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