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HBO (Home Box Office) is a premium cable television network. HBO airs theatrically-released feature films, self-produced full-length television movies, and various original series. Some of its popular series past and present include The Sopranos, Sex and the City, Six Feet Under, and Curb Your Enthusiasm. HBO broadcasts boxing matches under the banner name HBO Boxing.


HBO was the first cable network to originate as a non-terrestrial broadcast TV network. HBO went on the air in 1972 after Gerald Levin (who rose to become Chairman & CEO of future media collosus, Time Warner) through Time Inc. formed the network in 1971. Originally, the network transmitted via terrestrial microwave towers. In 1975, HBO became the first TV network to broadcast its signals via satellite when it showed the "Thrilla in Manila" boxing match between Muhammad Ali and Joe Frazier. In January 1986, HBO also became the first satellite network to encrypt its signal from unauthorized viewing by way of the Videocipher II System. Later, HBO was one of the first cable TV networks to broadcast a high-definition version of its channel.

Originally, HBO was part of Time Inc.. When Time merged with Warner Communications in 1989, it became part of Time Warner, who serves as its parent company today.

HBO also manages sister network Cinemax, which focuses more on movies and less on original series. Cinemax (or "skinamax" and "sinamax" in some circles) has been accused of being an outlet for pornography during late night hours.

HBO has also developed a reputation for offering very high quality original programming. HBO is a subscription-only service and does not carry normal commercials; both of these factors relieve HBO from pressures to tone down controversial aspects in their programs, thus allowing for explicit themes, such as graphic violence, explicit sex and profanity.

The network is currently received in roughly one-third of households in the United States . It can be quite expensive to acquire HBO because subscribers are often required to pay for an extra "tier" of service even before paying for the channel itself (though all of the HBO channels are often priced together in a single package). Someone upgrading from a standard cable package might see their bill increase more than 40%.

Since TV critics are generally obligated to keep track of HBO, but the general public is not, the network's influence can be overstated. However, several HBO programs have been re-aired on other networks (usually after some editing), and a number of them are available on DVD.

HBO has several companion channels such as HBO 2, HBO Comedy, HBO Family, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, and HBO Zone. HBO also operates the Cinemax channels.

HBO has international operations in Latin America, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Poland, Romania, Slovenia, Southern Asia and India.

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September 22, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> 'Thug' life sounds good for HBO, Epps

HBO is developing a half-hour comedy titled "The Unsuccessful Thug" starring comedian Mike Epps, sources said.

The project is said to be about Epps' life and his failed attempts to hustle back in his old neighborhood, where he was deemed too funny to be a "thug."

H... Read More

Source: Yahoo! News

September 20, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> 'Comeback' Won't Be Coming Back

LOS ANGELES ( HBO is well-known for standing by series it likes, even if critical acclaim and ratings for those shows don't reach great heights. Heck, even "The Mind of the Married Man" got a second season.

That won't be the case, however... Read More

Source: Zap2it

September 13, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> HBO renews 'Rome' for second season

HBO has renewed new historical drama "Rome" for a second season, the cable network announced Monday.

Three episodes into its rookie run, "Rome" is already slated to begin production on 12 more episodes in March. The series is scheduled to return to HBO sometime in 2007.... Read More

Source: Yahoo! News

August 23, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> New HBO Series Teaches Roman History

Back in 52 B.C., Lucius Vorenus and Titus Pullo were bit players in Julius Caesar's sweeping account of the Gallic Wars. Now these two soldiers assigned to the conquerer's 13th Legion have leading roles in HBO's lavish new series "Rome," about historic events as seen through... Read More

Source: Yahoo! News

August 19, 2005 (Posted by Leah Yoakum)
> Extra 'Extras' for Gervais, HBO

LOS ANGELES ( The first season of the BBC/HBO series "Extras" has yet to premiere in the United States, but it's already been renewed for another run.

The show, co-created by and starring "The Office's" Ricky Gervais, has been playing to ... Read More

Source: Zap2it


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