(Last Updated on : 07-07-2014)
HBO is one of the popular Indian Entertainment channel
which is basically known for wide variety of hit English movies which also includes programmes like theatrically released motion picture along with original series, made for cable movies and documentaries, occasional sports like boxing matches. Though originally launched in 1975 this channel went through lot of changes from time to time to keep it at par with other Hollywood channels. Very recently HBO launched HBO South Asia along with HBO Asia, Canada, HBO international etc which expands its network in almost all the countries of the world. With its popular channels like HBO Family, and HBO Latin this channel every time came up with some sort of innovations that mark its success.
HBO which is popular since 1992 expanded its transmission with the launch of HBO Asia, HBO Canada and HBO international which finally included HBO South Asia. While the other channels are viewed in other parts of the world in Asia HBO is telecasted through HBO Asia and HBO South Asia which are mainly telecasted in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Maldives in which it shall function with licence along with Sony Entertainment and Universal Studios who also become equity partners. In Asia it has popularly telecasted a number of box office hit Hollywood movies which include Godzilla, The Mask Of Zorro, Step Mom, Forest Gump, The River Wild, The Truman Show, Clear And Present Danger, Jerry Maguire, Shakespeare In Love, Mission Impossible And My Best Friend's Wedding are some of the famous movies that have been shown on HBO. HBO has also featured the three highest rated movies across English movie channels, namely Spider-Man, The Mummy Returns and The Mummy. In addition to this it featured seven of the top 10 rated movies in the one-year period, including all-time greats such as Enter the Dragon, Rumble in the Bronx, Terminator 2: Judgment Day and The Matrix. HBO claims to be the World's greatest movie channel- brining to its viewers the best from the magical world of Hollywood. With more than 70 movies every month, including 52 movie premieres on HBO Saturday Nights and favourite Hollywood stars on every HBO Superstar Sunday, primetime and weekends for all movie lovers have changed totally! HBO has been very well received among the Indian movie buffs. In the year 2004, HBO went one step further and for the first time the channel aired three movies - The Mummy, The Mummy Returns and The Scorpion King - all dubbed in Hindi.
HBO till recently has added some new achievements. Since2000 when it launched its new channel HBO South Asia, it added nearly 3.9 million subscribers in addition to its existing crowd. Since then it added a number of new programmes. While the channel HBO South Asia is received by nearly 15 million households, they receive some of the most popular programmes of the channel like the premiers of Band of Brothers and many more. It also telecasted some of the latest movies under Cinemax which was launched in 2003. Till 2008 this channel has been one of the high definition channels that telecasted a number of programmes along with latest movies of Hollywood. Along with some popular music concert that was telecasted in HBO this channel tried to place some kind of varieties to its viewers.
Thus, as one of the most popular channels of the world this channel is enlisted among the leading English movie channels of the world.