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This article is about the U.S. pay television channel. For HBO in other countries, see List of HBO international channels. For other uses, see HBO (disambiguation).

"Home Box Office" redirects here. For the WarnerMedia-owned parent subsidiary, see Home Box Office, Inc.

"HBO Family" and "HBO Signature" redirect here. For the Asian pay television channels, see HBO Family (Asian TV channel) and HBO Signature (Asian TV channel).

American pay television network

HBO logo.svg
TypePremium television network
CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNational
HeadquartersNew York City
Spanish (HBO Latino; also as SAP option on all other channels)
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to letterboxed480i for the network's SDTV channel feeds)
Timeshift service
  • HBO (East / West / Hawaii)
  • HBO2 (East / West)
  • HBO Comedy (East / West)
  • HBO Family (East / West)
  • HBO Latino (East / West)
  • HBO Signature (East / West)
  • HBO Zone (East / West)
OwnerWarnerMedia Studios & Networks
ParentHome Box Office, Inc.
Key people
  • John K. Billock (President, HBO U.S. Group)
  • Casey Bloys (President, Programming)
  • Amy Gravitt (Co-EVP, Programming)
  • Francesca Orsi (Co-EVP, Programming)
  • Nina Rosenstein (Co-EVP, Programming)
  • Amy Hodge (VP, Original Programming)
Sister channels
LaunchedNovember 8, 1972; 48 years ago (1972-11-08)
Available on all U.S. cable systemsChannel assignments vary by local provider
DirecTV[note 1]
  • 501, 502, 503, 506, 507, 509, 511 (East)
  • 504, 505, 508 (West)
  • 1501 (VOD)
Dish Network[note 2]
  • 310, 312–315 (East)
  • 311 (West)
Verizon FiOS
  • 899–913 (HD)
  • 400–413 (SD)
U-verse TV
  • 1802–1815 (HD)
  • 802–815 (SD)
DirecTV StreamOver-the-top TV

Available feeds

    • HBO (East/West)
    • HBO2 (East/West)
    • HBO Family (East/West)
    • HBO Latino (East/West)
Hulu + Live TV[note 3]Over-the-top TV

Available feeds

    • HBO (East/West)
    • HBO2 (East/West)
    • HBO Comedy (East/West)
    • HBO Family (East/West)
    • HBO Latino (East/West)
    • HBO Signature (East/West)
    • HBO Zone (East/West)
YouTube TVOver-the-top TV

Available feeds

    • HBO (East/West)
    • HBO2 (East/West)
    • HBO Comedy (East/West)
    • HBO Family (East/West)
    • HBO Latino (East/West)
    • HBO Signature (East/West)
    • HBO Zone (East/West)
  • (subscription required to access content)
The Roku Channel
(deprecated)[note 4]
Over-the-top TV

Home Box Office (HBO) is an American pay television network owned by WarnerMedia Studios & Networks and the flagship property of namesake parent subsidiary Home Box Office, Inc. Maintaining a general entertainment format, programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically releasedmotion pictures and original television programs as well as made-for-cable movies, documentaries, occasional comedy and concert specials, and periodic interstitial programs (consisting of short films and making-of documentaries).

HBO, the oldest and longest continuously operating subscription television service (basic or a la carte premium) in the United States, pioneered modern pay television upon its launch on November 8, 1972: it was the first television service to be directly transmitted and distributed to individual cable television systems, and was the conceptual blueprint for the "premium channel," pay television services sold to subscribers for an extra monthly fee that do not accept traditional advertising and present their programming without editing for objectionable material. It eventually became the first television channel in the world to begin transmitting via satellite—expanding the growing regional pay service, originally available to cable and multipoint distribution service (MDS) providers in the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England, into a national television network—in September 1975, and, alongside sister channel Cinemax, was among the first two American pay television services to offer complimentary multiplexed channels in August 1991.

The network operates seven 24-hour, linear multiplex channels as well as a traditional subscription video on demand platform (HBO On Demand) and its content is the centerpiece of HBO Max, an expanded streaming platform operated separately from but sharing management with Home Box Office, Inc., which also includes original programming produced exclusively for the service and content from other WarnerMedia properties. The HBO linear channels are not presently accessible on HBO Max, but continue to be available to existing subscribers of traditional and virtual pay television providers (including Hulu, which also sells its HBO add-on independently of the streaming service's live TV tier) and as live streams to legacy Roku customers through existing streaming partnerships with those companies.

The overall Home Box Office business unit—based at WarnerMedia's corporate headquarters inside 30 Hudson Yards in Manhattan's West Side district—is one of WarnerMedia's most profitable assets (after Warner Bros. Entertainment), generating operating income of nearly $2 billion each year as of 2017.[1]


As of September 2018[update], HBO's programming was available to approximately 35.656 million U.S. households that had a subscription to a multichannel television provider (34.939 million of which receive HBO's primary channel at minimum),[2] giving it the largest subscriber total of any American premium channel. (From 2006 to 2018, this distinction was held by Starz Encore—currently owned by Lionsgate subsidiary Starz Inc.—which, according to February 2015 Nielsen estimates, had 40.54 million pay subscribers vs. the 35.8 million subscribers that HBO had at the time.)[3][4] In addition to its U.S. subscriber base, HBO distributes its programming content in at least 151 countries worldwide to, as of 2018[update], an estimated 140 million cumulative subscribers.[5][6]

HBO subscribers through wireline, satellite and virtual pay television providers generally pay for the network as an a la carte service (though its seven-channel multiplex is usually priced as a single package) atop a basic programming tier that includes other cable- and satellite-originated channels. However, the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires cable providers to allow subscribers to just purchase "limited" basic cable (a base service tier including local, and in some areas, out-of-market broadcast stations and public, educational, and government access channels) and premium services such as HBO without necessitating that customers subscribe to expanded service. (Comcast—which offered HBO as part of a bundled package of limited basic cable and Internet service from October 2013 until, depending on the market, July 2014 or January 2015—is the only major provider to have actively sold the network's multiplex tier under the regulation's exact structure.)[7][8][9] As a consequence of the primary HBO channel (as well as HBO2 and/or HBO Signature, depending on their local availability as add-ons to their basic service) being migrated to digital packages on most systems during the early-to-mid 2000s, cable providers typically require the use of a digital set-top converter box, CableCARD or QAM tuner to receive HBO. (When offered on analog cable tiers, HBO subscribers had the option of receiving it through cable-ready tuners that were built into analog television sets.)

HBO also provides its content via direct-to-consumer web and mobile platforms sold independently of an existing subscription to the linear HBO channel tier: through an eponymous unit of its sister subsidiary, WarnerMedia Direct operates a co-branded subscription video on demand (SVOD) streaming service, HBO Max, which launched on May 27, 2020. Available on most digital platforms and to linear HBO subscribers of participating television providers, it provides an extensive library of HBO original programs (including current and past series, made-for-TV films, documentaries and specials), and theatrical movies from sister studio Warner Bros. Pictures and other studios that distribute film content to the linear HBO television service (including titles not licensed for broadcast on HBO and/or its multiplex channels); HBO Max, however, augments HBO linear content with a proprietary slate of original programming distributed by WarnerMedia Direct, and library content sourced from other WarnerMedia units—including its broadcast and basic cable networks (primarily The CW, CNN, TBS, TNT and Cartoon Network/Adult Swim), and Warner Bros. Television Group—as well as from additional third-party distributors.[10] HBO also maintains a la carte premium add-ons—offering its live linear television feeds, which are not currently available on the proprietary HBO Max service, and its VOD content library—that are available through Hulu (which includes East and West Coast feeds of all seven linear HBO channels), and to legacy subscribers of digital "channel" marketplace The Roku Channel (offering the primary channel's East/West feeds). Due to user data terms included in distribution agreements for HBO Max, WarnerMedia grandfathered the hubbed "channels" sold through streaming platforms without an existing vMVPD offering to customers who subscribed prior to HBO Max's launch on the respective platforms, requiring the marketplaces to end grandfathered support for the dedicated HBO channels following an extended contractual sunset window. (Apple TV Channels discontinued support for its HBO channel—which was available for sale from the March 2019 launch of the marketplace until the May 2020 launch of HBO Max—on July 22, 2021, while Amazon Video Channels discontinued its HBO channel—which remained available for sale for ten months after HBO Max was added to Amazon Fire platforms in November 2020—on September 15, 2021.)[11][12]

A TV Everywhere service, HBO Go, was launched in February 2010 for subscribers of the linear television service; since HBO Go was relegated from wide distribution in July 2020, it has been available as a default service for providers that do not have agreements to offer HBO Max, which replaced HBO Go as the network's companion streaming platform on most pay television providers. Through Home Box Office, Inc., it previously maintained HBO Now, a similarly structured SVOD streaming service (renamed "HBO" in August 2020) that did not require a subscription to the linear HBO television service; concluding with its replacement on Roku in December 2020, it was phased out and superseded by HBO Max on platforms that reached agreements to offer the latter service.[13][14]

Home Box Office, Inc. maintains a marketing unit, HBO Bulk (originally HBO Direct from 1986 to 2007), which handles sales of HBO and Cinemax's respective linear channel packages and streaming platforms as well as associated consumer marketing materials to lodging properties, apartment buildings, co-op condominiums, college and university dormitories, residential assisted living and nursing facilities, trucking fleets, and hospitals. HBO has maintained near-ubiquitous distribution in hotels and motels across the United States through agreements with DirecTV, Echostar, SONIFI Solutions, Satellite Management Services, Inc., Telerent Leasing Corporation, Total Media Concepts and World Cinema as well as cable providers that maintain hospitality service arrangements with individual hotels and local franchisees of national hotel/motel chains. (HBO Bulk licenses the network's logo to hotel coupon guide publishers, which, in most instances, use the lettermark instead of text-only references in amenities summaries.) Although Home Box Office, Inc. does not keep counts of its national hotel distribution, content and connectivity solutions company LodgeNet (now SONIFI Solutions) estimated in 2008 that HBO was available to 98% of all hotels for which the company distributes cable or satellite service. Since June 2018, through a content partnership with Enseo, HBO Go is distributed to some Marriott International hotels around the U.S.; guests staying in Marriott hotels that have access to HBO Go on connected in-room TV sets are not required to sign into the system to access content.[15][16][17] HBO began service tests at around one dozen hotels beginning in 1978; it began authorizing cable affiliates to provide the service to local hotels and motels in April 1978, and signed its first wide hospitality distribution deal with Holiday Inn in July 1979.[18][19]

Many HBO programs have been syndicated to broadcast and ad-supported pay television services (usually with edits for running time and/or objectionable content that indecency regulations enforced by jurisdictional telecommunications agencies or self-imposed by network Standards and Practices departments may prohibit from being broadcast terrestrially or through ad-supported cable networks), and have been released on DVD and predecessor home video formats. Since HBO's more successful series (including among others Game of Thrones, Sex and the City, The Sopranos, The Wire, Entourage, Six Feet Under, Oz, Boardwalk Empire and True Blood) have been shown on terrestrial broadcasters in other countries (such as in Canada, Australia and much of Europe—including the United Kingdom), HBO's programming has the potential of being exposed to a higher percentage of the population in foreign nations in comparison to the United States. Because of the cost of HBO (which is the most expensive of the U.S. premium services, costing a monthly fee as of 2015[update] between $15 and $20, depending on the provider and packaging with sister network Cinemax), many Americans only view HBO programs through DVDs or in basic cable or broadcast syndication—months or even years after these programs have first aired on the network—and with editing for both content and to allow advertising, although several series have filmed alternate "clean" scenes intended for syndication runs.[20]


For a detailed history of the network, see History of HBO.

Development and early expansion as a regional service (1971–1975)[edit]

Cable television executive Charles Dolan—through his company, Sterling Information Services—founded Manhattan Cable TV Services (renamed Sterling Manhattan Cable Television in January 1971), a cable system franchise serving the Lower Manhattan section of New York City (covering an area extending southward from 79th Street on the Upper East Side to 86th Street on the Upper West Side), which began limited service in September 1966. Manhattan Cable was notable for being the first urban underground cable television system to operate in the United States;[21][22][23] because of a longstanding New York City Council ordinance that restricted electrical and telecommunication wiring from being run above ground to prevent widespread service disruptions as well as the multitude of tall buildings on Manhattan Island causing impairment of television signals, the company had laid cable lines beneath the streets of and into buildings throughout Manhattan.[24]

With external expenses resulting in consistent financial losses, in the summer of 1971, while on a family vacation to France aboard the Queen Elizabeth 2, a desperate Dolan—wanting to help Sterling Manhattan turn profitable and to prevent Time-Life, Inc. (then the book publishing unit of Time Inc.) from pulling its investment in the system—developed a proposal for a cable-originated television channel. Codenamed "The Green Channel", the conceptual subscription service would offer unedited theatrical movies licensed from the major Hollywood film studios and live sporting events, all presented without interruptions by advertising and sold for a flat monthly fee to prospective subscribers. Dolan wanted to offset the service's start-up costs by having Sterling enter into carriage agreements with other cable television providers to transmit and sell the service to their customers, and draw revenue from fees charged to subscribers who added the channel onto their existing cable service (which then consisted exclusively of local and imported broadcast stations). Dolan later presented his idea to management at Time-Life, who, despite the potential benefit to the company's cable assets, were initially hesitant to consider the "Green Channel" proposal. Attempts to launch pay television services, dating back as far as 1951, had experienced minimal success because of campaigns backed by movie theater chains and commercial broadcasters to convince television viewers that pay television would threaten the viability of the movie industry and free-to-air television access; limited user interest; and FCC restrictions on the types of programming offered to subscription services. However, Dolan managed to persuade Time-Life to assist him in backing the project. On September 10, 1971, the FCC gave preemptive authorization to Time-Life and Sterling Manhattan Cable to begin a pay television operation.[25][26] On November 2, 1971, Time Inc.'s board of directors approved the "Green Channel" proposal, agreeing to give Dolan a $150,000 development grant for the project.[24][27][28]

Time-Life and Sterling Communications soon proposed for the "Sterling Cable Network" to be the name of the new service. Discussions to change the service's name took place during a later meeting of Dolan and the executive staff he hired to assist in developing the project, who ultimately settled on calling it "HomeBox Office", which was meant to convey to potential customers that the service would be their "ticket" to movies and events that they could see in their own home. The moniker was intended as a placeholder name to meet deadlines to publish a memorandum and research brochures about the new service; management intended to come up with a permanent name as development continued; however, the "Home Box Office" name stuck.[29][24]

Multiple obstacles had to be overcome to get the service on the air. Because of a pay-television franchise agreement provision by the New York City Council that prohibited Sterling Manhattan and other local cable franchises from telecasting theatrical feature films directly to their customers, Dolan chose to scout another city with two competitive cable franchisees to serve as Home Box Office's inaugural distributor. Originally, he settled on the Teleservice Cable (now Service Electric) system in Allentown, Pennsylvania. However, management found out that the city and its vicinity fell within the Philadelphia 76ers's 75-mile (121 km) television blackout radius, which the team enforced to protect revenues generated from ticket sales. Since HBO was planning to carry National Basketball Association (NBA) regular-season and playoff games, any 76ers games that the service aired would have been prohibited from being shown within Allentown. Time-Life subsequently agreed to an offer by Teleservice president John Walson to launch HBO on the company's Wilkes-Barre system (located outside of the 76ers' blackout radius), fed from an AT&T microwave link at the Pan Am Building in New York. (HBO, which elected to forego pursuing telecast rights to 76ers basketball games, would sign on to Teleservice's Allentown system as its second cable affiliate in February 1973.)[24][27][30]

Original HBO logo, used from November 8, 1972, to April 30, 1975.

Home Box Office launched at 7:30 p.m. Eastern Time on November 8, 1972.[31][32][33] The service's inaugural program and event telecast, a National Hockey League (NHL) game between the New York Rangers and the Vancouver Canucks from Madison Square Garden (part of a long-term agreement to broadcast sports events based at the Manhattan arena),[34] was transmitted that evening over channel 21—its original assigned channel on the Teleservice system—to its initial base of 365 subscribers in Wilkes-Barre. (A plaque commemorating the launch event is located at Public Square in downtown Wilkes-Barre, established in honor of Service Electric's April 1984 addition of HBO sister channel Cinemax to its lineup.)[35] The first movie presentation shown on the service aired immediately after the sports event: the 1971 film Sometimes a Great Notion, starring Paul Newman and Henry Fonda.[32][36][27][37] Initially airing nightly on an open-ended schedule dependent on the length of the evening's programs (usually from 7:00 p.m. to 12:00 am. ET), Home Box Office's programming initially consisted solely of theatrical films—including four or five recent titles per month—and event programming. Each evening's schedule was arranged to present either a double feature (which, under FCC anti-siphoning rules then maintained to protect programming supply for broadcast stations until they were struck down by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in March 1977,[38] tended to be releases dating no more than two years from their initial theatrical exhibition), or a combination of either a sports or special event and a theatrical movie, often bridged by a short film or other interstitial content.[39]

HBO's launch came with very little fanfare in the press; other than print advertisements promoting the launch in the Wilkes-Barre Times Leader, the service's debut lacked coverage from local or national media outlets. The city administrator of Wilkes-Barre declined an offer to attend the launch ceremony, while Time Inc. vice president J. Richard Munro became stranded in traffic on the George Washington Bridge en route from Manhattan, and was not able to arrive in Wilkes-Barre for the ceremony. Further complicating preparations for the inaugural telecast, in Midtown Manhattan, strong winds—produced by a storm system that brought areas of freezing rain over portions of the New York City area that evening—toppled the Pan Am Building reception dish being used to relay the Home Box Office signal to microwave towers linked to Teleservice's Wilkes-Barre headend. Time-Life representatives sent a technician to repair the antenna in time for the service's launch, completing maintenance about 25 minutes before the initial telecast.[40][41][36][42][43] By the end of 1972, the service was received by 1,395 subscribers, all from Teleservice customers in Wilkes-Barre;[44] this number increased to around 4,000 subscribers by February 1973, across Teleservice's Wilkes-Barre, Allentown and Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, systems.

On February 28, 1973, Sterling Communications announced it would spin-out HBO and associated assets into a new subsidiary, Home Box Office, Inc. Time Inc.'s controlling shares in HBO expanded to around 75% equity and Time committed a $3-million direct investment in the subsidiary. Sterling also purchased additional stock and a converted $6.4-million note obligation to raise Time's equity in the company to 66.4% in exchange for the added HBO stake. Dolan—who reportedly had major disagreements with Time-Life management on policy issues, claims which the company denied—subsequently resigned as chief executive officer of Sterling Communications and HBO, accepting a $675,000 buyout of a portion of his stock while remaining on the board of directors at both companies in the interim; Dolan used portions of the sale's proceeds to repurchase Time's share of the Sterling Nassau systems and to start the Long Island Cable Community Development Co. (the forerunner to Cablevision Systems Corporation, which would be combined with the Sterling/Cablevision systems on Long Island) as the system's parent company. Gerald M. Levin—an entertainment industry attorney previously with New York City-based law firm Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, who had been with Home Box Office since it began operations as its director of finance, and later as its vice president and director of programming—replaced Dolan as the company's president and CEO.[45][46][47][48][49]

Following an aborted attempt by Warner Communications to purchase Sterling, on July 19, 1973, Time Inc. reached an agreement to purchase and assume debt of Sterling Communications for $6.2 million. Time completed its acquisition of Sterling on September 18, 1973, formally dissolving the Sterling holding company and transferring Home Box Office and Sterling Manhattan Cable to its Time-Life Broadcast division. (The "Sterling" name was subsequently removed from the Manhattan system, which was renamed "Manhattan Cable Television".)[50][51][52][53][54] As the acquisition was being completed, HBO was struggling to grow: by October, the service had around 8,000 subscribers across 13 cable systems in Pennsylvania and southern New York that cumulatively served 110,095 subscribers,[40][55] and it was suffering from a significant churn rate as subscribers who found the channel's program scheduling repetitive, because of the limited allotment of movies outside of special events, decided to cancel their service.[40] In January 1974, HBO expanded its programming to an average of eight hours per day (from 5:30 p.m. to 1:30 am. ET/PT) on weekdays and twelve hours (from 1:30 p.m. to 1:30 am. ET) on weekends, depending on that day's programming lineup. Along with movies and sports, programming at this time had expanded to include concert specials and other music programs, daytime children's programs and various instructional series.[56] Over the two years following its launch, Home Box Office steadily expanded its regional reach: by January 1974, HBO was available on 14 cable systems in New York State and Pennsylvania;[57] and by June of that year, its regional coverage expanded into New Jersey.[58] After receiving permission by the New York City Board of Estimate to offer HBO on a two-year experimental basis on a leased channel, in exchange for a 5% fee paid to the city from the system's subscription revenue share, Manhattan Cable began offering HBO to its subscribers in Midtown and Lower Manhattan on October 18, 1974, giving the service much needed distribution in America's largest city.[56][59][60][61][62] (Manhattan Cable turned its first quarterly profits in the first half of 1976, generated in part from, among other factors, revenue from HBO subscriptions.)[63]

As Home Box Office's distribution expanded throughout the northern Mid-Atlantic and southern New England regions, Time/Sterling established a network of microwave receivers and connecting cables on utility landlines to feed HBO's programming from the New York relay antenna to the service's participating cable systems. Although HBO's base was steadily growing, Sterling Manhattan Cable's deficits continued because its subscriber base—totaling 20,000 customers—was still relatively small to generate revenue; HBO also faced financial issues, losing nearly $9,000 per month in part due to microwave link maintenance fees it paid to AT&T (averaging $11,000) that it could not make up for from the monthly fees—amounting to a share of $3.50 out of the $6.50 monthly fee paid by subscribers (equivalent to $40.22 in 2020 adjusted for inflation[64])—collected from its subscribers.[39][41] In November 1974, HBO—then available to cable television and multipoint distribution systems (MDS) in Pennsylvania, New York State, New Jersey and Delaware—had reached around 40,000 subscribers.[65] By April 1975, the service had around 100,000 subscribers within its four-state service area.[40]

National expansion, innovation and rise to prominence (1975–1993)[edit]

On April 11, 1975, Levin and Time-Life unveiled plans to begin distributing the HBO signal via geostationary communications satellite and feed it directly to cable providers throughout the United States. Although television broadcasters at the time were hesitant about venturing into satellite transmissions because of concerns that the satellites may inadvertently shut down or jettison out of their orbit as well as the cost of purchasing downlink receiver dishes (which in 1974, were sold for as much as $75,000 (equivalent to $308,427.89 in 2019 adjusted for inflation[64]), among the limited options available, HBO found satellite technology to be the only efficient method to expand it into a national pay television service, as developing a vast infrastructure of microwave and coaxial telephone relay towers in all 50 states and U.S. territories—including maintaining HBO's existing microwave network—would have been cost-prohibitive for Time/HBO due to limitations by time, expense and geography. The company announced a $7.5-million agreement with RCA Americom Communications to lease a transponder on the then-under construction Satcom I—which was expected to be launched at the end of 1975—for a five-year term. In addition, cable television equipment manufacturer Scientific Atlanta—per a proposal by company president Sid Topol—agreed to build earth-based satellite relay stations to beam the signal to and from HBO's Manhattan headquarters and client cable systems. HBO also signed an agreement to distribute the satellite feed on eight UA-Columbia Cablevision systems in California, Texas, Florida, Arizona, Arkansas and Washington State, and have earth station receivers built at their headends to intercept and relay the signal.[40][49][66][67][68][69] Time/HBO reached agreements with various cable system operators—including MSOs like American Television and Communications Corporation,[69][70]Comcast,[71]Cox Cable,[72]Jones Intercable,[70] Heritage Communications[73] and TelePrompTer Cable[74]—to redistribute the satellite feed.[75]

On September 30, 1975, at 9:00 pm. Eastern Time, Home Box Office became the first television network to continuously deliver its signal via satellite when it transmitted the "Thrilla in Manila", televised from the Araneta Coliseum in Cubao, Philippines. Subscribers of UA-Columbia's Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, Florida systems and American Television and Communications's Jackson, Mississippi system joined HBO's existing cable and MDS affiliates in the Mid-Atlantic U.S.—some of which were beginning to transition from microwave to satellite delivery of the network—in receiving the heavyweight championshipboxing match that saw Muhammad Ali defeat Joe Frazier by technical knockout.[76][77][78] HBO temporarily fed its domestic Eastern and Pacific feeds to Westar 1 for the first four months of satellite transmissions; the network's transmissions shifted to Satcom 1 when full-time commercial service began on February 28, 1976.[40][42][79][80][81] The network's programming expanded with the switch to satellite transmission, operating daily from 1:30 p.m. to 1:30 am. ET/PT in an extension of its weekend schedule to weekdays. (HBO's broadcast schedule was reduced by 20 hours per week—reverting to sign-on times of 5:30 pm. ET/PT weekdays and, with adjustments for sports events, 3:00 pm. ET/PT on weekends—on October 11, 1976, citing low afternoon viewership and a lack of G- and PG-rated films in its inventory to fill the schedule.)[82] Through the use of satellite, the network began transmitting separate programming feeds for the Eastern and Pacific Time Zones, allowing the same programs that are first broadcast in the eastern half of the United States to air at accordant times in the western part of the country.[83] Within the month following the satellite launch, preliminary estimates showed that around 8,250 of approximately 25,630 subscribers between the three charter systems had signed up for receive HBO, increasing to 58,000 customers (or approximately 32% of their combined penetration) among six of the eleven cable systems that added HBO—in Jackson, Mississippi; Fort Pierce and Vero Beach, Florida; Tulsa, Oklahoma; Fort Smith, Arkansas; and Laredo, Texas, joining 230,000 subscribers in the Northeastern U.S.—by December 1975.[84][85]

First version of HBO's current[update]logo, used from May 1, 1975, to January 31, 1981; after the revised logo (as shown in the Infobox) was introduced on April 1, 1980, HBO continued to include some promotions and on-air identifications using the original 1975 incarnation for ten months as it transitioned to the newer design.

HBO estimated that eleven cable systems received its signal via satellite by the end of 1975.[86] HBO achieved coast-to-coast distribution in December 1975, when TelePrompTer added the network to its Seattle–Tacoma, Washington, systems, extending its reach to the West Coast.[81] By 1977, two fledgling cable networks had joined HBO in pioneering satellite delivery for the cable television industry, along with conceiving the concept of modern basic cable service, becoming the first of many to adopt satellite transmission over the coming years: Atlanta-based independent stationWTCG-TV (soon to become WTBS), which, through then-owner Ted Turner, became the first independent station to become a national superstation in December 1976; and the upstart CBN Satellite Service (and later to become the present-day Freeform), started by Pat Robertson as the first satellite-delivered religious network in April 1977.[42][87] By April 1976, Home Box Office reached 386,000 subscribers (306,000 through its terrestrial microwave-landline network, 75,000 through satellite distribution, and 5,000 through MDS-served apartment complexes),[88] increasing to 500,000 subscribers by August 1976 (including 180,000 added through the July 27 closure of its purchase of pay-television programming services company Telemation Program Services, which Time/HBO acquired to provide content mediation with program distributors and, with initial intent, to use Telemation to develop "customized" programing schedules for HBO's cable affiliates).[89][90] By the end of 1977, the network had around one million subscribers across 435 cable and MDS systems serving 45 states.[91][92] Time's third-quarter fiscal report that year disclosed that HBO had turned its first profit in nearly five years of operation.[44]

The network achieved full nationwide distribution in December 1978, having garnered 750 cable affiliates in all 50 U.S. states with around two million subscribers.[40][92][93] Programming gradually expanded over time; by January 1979, HBO's programming day lasted between nine and eleven hours per day (usually from 5:00 p.m. to 2:00 am. ET/PT) on weekdays and around 12½ hours (usually from 2:30 p.m. to 3:00 am. ET/PT) on weekends.[94] By April 1980, when the current version of its 1975 logo was first introduced, the full "Home Box Office" name had been de-emphasized in most on-air and other promotional parlance, in favor of identifying under the "HBO" initialism. (The full name is still used as the legal corporate name of its parent subsidiary under WarnerMedia, and is used on-air in copyright legalese during the end credits of its original programs and network IDs shown twice per day—in the morning and late afternoon—at the close of promotional breaks; presenting credits shown at the start of its original specials; and a proprietary vanity card—based on the "static noise" card that has preceded HBO's original series, specials and documentaries since 1993—shown at the close of the network's original programs.[95]) Subscribership mostly doubled each year into the early 1980s, increasing from around four million subscribers (across 1,755 systems) in December 1979 to around 10.4 million subscribers (across 3,600+ systems) by November 1982.[96][92]

On June 5, 1981, HBO announced it would transition to a 24-hour, seven-day-a-week programming schedule at the start of 1982.[97] Then-HBO President James Heyworth said the decision was effectively forced by rival Showtime's announcement of its pending switch to a 24-hour daily schedule effective July 4 (both announcements were made at that year's National Cable Television Association [NCTA] Convention),[98] as well as the prior switches of The Movie Channel (on December 1, 1979)[99] and Cinemax (on January 1, 1981) to 24-hour programming.[100] The first phase of the switchover took place on September 4, 1981, when HBO adopted a "24-hour" weekend schedule (typically running about 58 consecutive hours, from 5:00 pm. ET/PT Friday until 3:00 am. ET/PT Sunday/early Monday), facilitated through an agreement between HBO and Modern Talking Pictures, then-owner of the Modern Satellite Network (MSN; now defunct), in which both companies traded portions of the leased timeslots corresponding to their respective Satcom I transponders.[101] Three months later on December 28, 1981, it began offering a full 168-hour weekly schedule (except for occasional interruptions for scheduled early-morning technical maintenance), adding programming full-time from 3:00 a.m. to 5:00 pm. ET/PT Monday through Friday.[97]

After having only produced a limited amount of unscripted programming since the debut of its first weekly series, Inside the NFL, in September 1977, 1983 saw HBO venture into original scripted programming. On January 3, 1983, the network premiered Not Necessarily the News, a news satire lampooning the week in politics that originally aired as a comedy special in September 1982. The series was cited as having laid the groundwork for satirical news programs that came in later years (such as The Daily Show, The Colbert Report and a later HBO series, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver), and featured Conan O’Brien and Greg Daniels, among other notable comics and comedy writers, among its writing staff over its eight-season run. On January 10, 1983, HBO premiered its first regularly scheduled children's program, Fraggle Rock. Created by Jim Henson (who produced the 1978 ACE Award-winning special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas for HBO) and co-produced with Television South, the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation and Henson Associates, the series (which ran for five seasons, ending in March 1987) centered on a group of various interconnected Muppet species.[102] Later that year, on May 22, 1983, HBO premiered The Terry Fox Story, the first television movie ever produced for the network and the first to be produced for a pay television channel. The biographical film profiled the Canadian amputee runner (Eric Fryer) who embarked on a cross-country run across Canada to raise money and awareness for cancer research before Fox's deteriorating health from advanced cancer (from which he succumbed) ended the trek after 143 days.[103][104][105]

In August 1984, Home Box Office Inc. announced plans to scramble the HBO and Cinemax satellite feeds using the Videocipher II encryption system, becoming the first satellite-delivered television networks to encrypt their signals from unauthorized reception by approximately 1.5 million C-band dish owners as well as by various businesses (including hotels, motels and bars) that used rooftop satellite antennas to freely receive HBO, rather than paying for the network through its affiliated cable systems.[106] Periodic testing of Videocipher II signal scrambling began to be carried out during promotional breaks between programs on HBO's Pacific Time Zone feed on April 15, 1985, and on its Eastern Time Zone feed on April 29.[107][108][109] HBO and Cinemax began scrambling their signals full-time on January 15, 1986, requiring customers to pay an extra fee to receive one or both networks as their subscribers through cable systems had long done. The switchover elicited widespread complaints fielded to Home Box Office Inc. and satellite dish retailers from television receive-only (TVRO) dish users who previously could view HBO and Cinemax at no extra cost, particularly because of the cost of Videocipher II set-top descramblers needed to unencrypt the signal (retailing up to $395, plus $12.95 each for a monthly subscription [or $19.95 for a bundling of both HBO and Cinemax], equal to or slightly higher than the networks' cable subscription rates, and rental fees for the Videocipher receivers),[110][111][112] and spurred Congressional lobbying efforts to protect access to satellite transmissions by the Satellite Television Industry Association (SPACE) and independent satellite dealers, who were worried about the negative impact that the full-time signal scrambling of HBO and Cinemax and its expansion to other basic and premium cable networks had on the satellite business. Soon after the move, satellite dish sales began to plummet sharply and the lost revenue forced several satellite retailers across the U.S. to close.[113][114]

In protest of the adoption of full-time scrambling, on April 27, 1986, John R. MacDougall—an Ocala, Florida satellite dish retailer calling himself "Captain Midnight"—committed an act of broadcast signal intrusion by redirecting a receiver dish towards HBO's Galaxy 1 transponder and intercept the network's signal. A late-night telecast of the 1985 spy drama film The Falcon and the Snowman was overridden by MacDougall with a text-based message he wrote that decried the channel's decision to scramble its signal for home satellite subscribers and was placed over SMPTE color bars; the message also warned of possible backlash against other premium services if they followed suit ("$12.95/MONTH ? NO WAY ! [SHOWTIME/MOVIE CHANNEL BEWARE!]").[115][116][117] The Federal Communications Commission subsequently charged MacDougall for "illegally operating a satellite uplink transmitter" in violation of the Communications Act of 1934, for which he pleaded guilty after deciding to cooperate with the FCC's investigation into the incident; under a plea bargain deal, MacDougall was fined $5,000, was put on unsupervised probation for one year, and had his amateur radio license suspended for one year.[118][119][120][121][122] By May 1987, HBO's programming was received by approximately 15 million subscribers across about 6,700 cable systems nationwide.[123]

On March 4, 1989, Warner Communications—which, ironically, was part-owner of rival pay-cable service The Movie Channel from 1973 until Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment's sale of it and sister pay service Showtime to majority partner Viacom in 1986—announced its intent to merge with HBO parent Time Inc. for $14.9 billion in cash and stock. Following two failed attempts by Paramount Communications to legally block the merger, as Paramount was seeking to acquire Time in a hostile takeover bid, the merger was completed on January 10, 1990, resulting in the consolidated entity creating Time Warner (now known as WarnerMedia), which as of 2020[update], remains the parent company of the network. (Manhattan Cable Television would be integrated into Time Warner Cable, formed through a consolidation of the cable system assets of Time-owned American Television and Communications [ATC] and Warner Cable Communications; its successor entity, Time Warner Cable, would be spun-off by Time Warner as an independent company in 2009, and was later merged into Charter Communications in May 2016.)[124][125][126][127][128] By the start of 1990, HBO served 17.3 million subscribers out of a cumulative 23.7 million subscribers covered between it and sister network Cinemax.[129]

On January 1, 1993, HBO and Cinemax—accompanied by Showtime and The Movie Channel—became the first television services in the world to transmit their signals using digital compression technology. (The DigiCipher system, developed in 1992 by General Instrument to replace the Videocipher II system that was standard among satellite-delivered cable channels, was designed with an advanced encryption algorithm co-developed by AT&T that was structured to prevent the signal piracy issues that were apparent with the Videocipher II.)[130][131][132][133] The adoption of the DigiCipher allowed Home Box Office, Inc. to transmit three HBO feeds and the primary Cinemax channel through the compression standard to participating systems that adopted the technology.[134]

Rising prominence of original programming (1993–2016)[edit]

During the 1990s, HBO began developing a reputation for high-quality and irreverent original programming; it was throughout this decade that the network experienced increasing success among audiences and acclaim from television critics for original series such as Tales from the Crypt, Dream On, Tracey Takes On..., Mr. Show with Bob and David, and Arliss. One of the scripted comedy programs that premiered early in the decade, The Larry Sanders Show, arguably became HBO's flagship series of the 1990s; the show enjoyed a cult status and critical acclaim, and received multiple nominations and wins for many major television awards, including three Primetime Emmy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and two Peabody Awards.[135] The original programs that HBO has developed since the early 1990s have earned the channel numerous Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominations and wins.[136] HBO has been nominated in at least one category at the Emmys and Golden Globes since 1988 (when the network earned its first Emmy nomination for Danny Glover's performance as Nelson Mandela in the 1987 original movie Mandela), and set a record for the most Primetime Emmy nominations for a television network in a single year (137) in 2019.[137]

In July 1997, HBO premiered its first one-hour dramatic narrative series Oz. While Oz was critically acclaimed throughout its six-season run, it was not until The Sopranos premiered in January 1999 that the network achieved widespread critical success with an hour-long drama series. The Sopranos received 111 Emmy nominations and 21 wins over the course of its six-season run, including two honors for Outstanding Drama Series. The mob drama's first wins for Outstanding Drama and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series (for Drea de Matteo) in 2004, two of the four Emmys it won that year, marked the first time that a cable program won in either category over a program on one of the major broadcast networks. 1998 saw the debut of From the Earth to the Moon, costing $68 million to produce and winning three Emmy Awards, including for Outstanding Miniseries, and a Golden Globe for Best Miniseries or Television Film. In June 1998, Sex and the City made its debut on the network. Over the course of its six-season run, the comedy series received 54 Emmy nominations and won seven, including one win for Outstanding Comedy Series, and in 2004, the first wins for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series (for Sarah Jessica Parker) and Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series (for Cynthia Nixon) for HBO since the network first gained Emmy eligibility.

The 2000s opened with two series that maintained similar critical acclaim to The Sopranos, further cementing HBO's reputation as a leading producer of quality television programming: Six Feet Under and The Wire. The former premiered in August 2001, won nine Emmys, three Screen Actors Guild Awards, three Golden Globe Awards and a Peabody Award, and other awards. It has since been regarded as one of television's best all-time series including under rankings by Time,[138]The Guardian,[139] and Empire.[140]The Wire, premiering in June 2002, never won any major television awards, but earned wide critical acclaim for its writing and depictions of criminal and law enforcement issues. It was regarded as one of the best series of all time by media organizations such as TV Guide,[141]Entertainment Weekly,[142]Rolling Stone,[143] and the BBC.[144] The 2003 miniseriesAngels in America became the first (and to date, only) program to sweep all seven major categories at the Primetime Emmys in the ceremony's history, as well as the second program (after Caesar's Hour in 1957) to win all four main acting categories during the 2004 ceremony.

HBO experienced additional viewer acclaim with the 2008 debut of True Blood, a vampire-themed fantasy horror drama based on The Southern Vampire Mysteries gothic novel series by Charlaine Harris. While earning few major television awards throughout its run, True Blood's average viewership often rivaled that of The Sopranos, peaking at an average of 12.4 million per week (counting repeat and on-demand viewership) during its second season.[145] The network saw three more hit series premiere in the 2010s: Game of Thrones, which earned both critical and viewer praise, and set a single-year record for Emmy wins by an individual program in 2015 with 12 awards;[146]Girls; and True Detective.[147]

AT&T ownership; proposed spin-out of WarnerMedia (2016–present)[edit]

On October 22, 2016, AT&T announced an offer to acquire Time Warner for $108.7 billion.[148][149][150][151] Time Warner shareholders approved the merger on February 15, 2017.[152] On November 20, 2017, the U.S. Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against AT&T and Time Warner in an attempt to block the merger, citing antitrust concerns surrounding the transaction.[153][154][155] U.S. clearance of the proposed merger was affirmed by court ruling on June 12, 2018. The merger closed two days later on June 14, 2018, with Time Warner becoming a wholly owned subsidiary of AT&T, which renamed the unit WarnerMedia. The U.S. Court of Appeals in Washington unanimously upheld the lower court's ruling in favor of AT&T on February 26, 2019.[156][157][158][159][160][161][162][163]

On February 28, 2019, Richard Plepler stepped down from his position as CEO of Home Box Office, Inc., after a collective 27-year tenure at HBO and twelve years as head of the network and its parent unit.[164] On March 4 of that year, AT&T announced a major reorganization of WarnerMedia's assets, dividing WarnerMedia's television properties among three corporate divisions. Home Box Office, Inc. was reassigned to WarnerMedia Entertainment (although it continues to operate as an autonomous subsidiary), placing it under the same umbrella as sister basic cable networks TBS, TNT and TruTV (which were formerly part of the dissolved Turner Broadcasting System subsidiary), and under the leadership of former NBC and Showtime executive Bob Greenblatt.[165][166]

On August 7, 2020, WarnerMedia announced a major corporate reorganization in which Home Box Office, Inc. and other WarnerMedia Entertainment assets were consolidated with Warner Bros. Entertainment to form a new content division, WarnerMedia Studios & Networks Group. Casey Bloys—who has served as President of Programming for HBO and Cinemax since May 2016—added oversight of HBO Max and WarnerMedia's basic cable networks to his responsibilities.[167][168][169]

On May 17, 2021, AT&T and Discovery, Inc. reached a definitive Reverse Morris Trust agreement, in which WarnerMedia would spin out from AT&T as an independent company that in turn will acquire Discovery's assets. The $43-billion cash/securities/stock transaction, which will include the retention of certain existing WarnerMedia debt, is expected to be finalized by the second quarter of 2022. Upon completion, Home Box Office Inc. and all other assets of WarnerMedia would be combined with the Discovery assets (such as Discovery Channel, Animal Planet, Food Network and more). AT&T shareholders will own 71% of the company's stock and Discovery shareholders will own the remaining 29% share; Discovery President/CEO David Zaslav will be appointed to head the new company, replacing WarnerMedia CEO Jason Kilar.[170][171][172][173]



In an effort to reduce subscriber churn by offering extra programming choices to subscribers, on May 8, 1991, Home Box Office Inc. announced plans to launch two additional channels of HBO and Cinemax, becoming the first subscription television services to launch "multiplexed" companion channels (a term coined by then-CEO Michael Fuchs to equate the programming choices that would be provided to subscribers of the channel tier to that offered by multi-screen movie theaters), each available at no extra charge to subscribers of one or both networks. (The three prior premium services that HBO launched between 1979 and 1987, Cinemax and the now-defunct Take 2 and Festival, were developed as standalone services that could be purchased separately from and optionally packaged with HBO.) On August 1, 1991, through a test launch of the three channels over those systems, TeleCable customers in Overland Park, Kansas, Racine, Wisconsin and suburban Dallas (Richardson and Plano, Texas) that subscribed to either service began receiving two additional HBO channels and/or a secondary channel of Cinemax. HBO2, HBO3 and Cinemax 2 (now MoreMax) each offered distinct schedules of programs culled from HBO and Cinemax's movie and original programming libraries separate from offerings shown concurrently on their respective parent primary channels. (Cinemax was originally scheduled to launch a tertiary channel, Cinemax 3, on November 1, 1991, but these plans were shelved until 1996.)[174][175][176][177][178] While most cable providers collectively offered the HBO and Cinemax multiplex channels in individual tiers, some providers had sold their secondary and/or tertiary channels as optional add-ons to expanded basic subscribers; this practice was discontinued when HBO and Cinemax began migrating to digital cable in the early 2000s, as the respective multiplex channels were being packaged in each tier mandatorily.

At the time the multiplex test was announced, HBO's then-executive vice president of marketing, John K. Billock (now president of U.S. operations for the network), cited internal research that indicated HBO and Cinemax subscribers were prone to cancelling their subscriptions because they either believed that neither tended to have "anything on worth watching" or, when presented with a full monthly schedule, felt that programs they wanted to watch did not air at preferable times. A November 1991 ACNielsen survey of 550 TeleCable subscribers in the three launch markets determined that HBO and Cinemax's multiplex offerings created positive impacts on subscriber usage and attitudes that factored into whether a subscriber elected to cancel their HBO and/or Cinemax service, with declines in negative opinions on pricing (from 30% to 22%) and the perception of too many repeat program showings each month (from 52% to 35%), and increases in overall usage (rising by 11%) and favorability ratings among home media (from 30% to 50%).[179][180]

Multiplex package logo under the "HBO The Works" brand, used from April 1998 to December 2004. The arc—shown within "THE WORKS" lettering with rainbowcoloring—was used as a name separator in the thematic channels' logos (save for HBO2, following its September 2002 name change from "HBO Plus") until April 2014.

In February 1996, in anticipation of the adoption of MPEG-2 digital compression codecs that would allow cable providers to offer digital cable service, Home Box Office, Inc. announced plans to expand its multiplex services across HBO and Cinemax to twelve channels (counting time zone-based feeds), encompassing a fourth HBO channel and two additional Cinemax channels, originally projected for a Spring 1997 launch.[181] The HBO multiplex expanded to include a fourth channel on December 1, 1996, with the launch of HBO Family, focusing on family-oriented feature films and television series aimed at younger children. (HBO Family's launch coincided with the launch of Mountain Time Zone feeds of HBO, HBO2, Cinemax and Cinemax 2, which were the first subfeeds ever offered by a subscription television service to specifically serve that time zone.)[182][183]

Home Box Office, Inc. began marketing the HBO channel suite and related coastal feeds under the umbrella brand "MultiChannel HBO" in September 1994; the package was rebranded as "HBO The Works," now exclusively classified to the four HBO multiplex channels (and later applied to the three thematic channels that were launched afterward), in April 1998. (The Cinemax tier was accordingly marketed as "MultiChannel Cinemax" and then "MultiMax" at the respective times.) Concurrent with the adoption of "The Works" package brand, two of the channels changed their names and formats: HBO2 was rebranded as HBO Plus, and HBO3 was relaunched as HBO Signature—incorporating content catering toward a female audience, alongside theatrical films aimed at broader audiences and content from HBO's original made-for-cable movie and documentary libraries. (HBO Plus would revert to the "HBO2" moniker in September 2002. The "HBO Plus" brand—modified in 2019 to "HBO+"—remains in use[update] on a multiplex channel of HBO Latin America featuring mainly theatrical movies previously carried on its parent feed; HBO Latin America also operates a separate channel sharing the "HBO2" name with the shared U.S. namesake of both services.)[184]

On May 6, 1999, the HBO multiplex expanded to include two new thematic channels: HBO Comedy—featuring comedic feature films, comedy series from HBO's original programming library, and recent and archived HBO comedy specials—and HBO Zone—aimed at young adults between the ages of 18 and 34, offering theatrical movies; comedy and alternative series, and documentaries from HBO's original programming library; and music videos.[185] Rounding out the HBO multiplex expansion was HBO Latino, a Spanish language network launched on November 1, 2000, featuring a mix of dubbed simulcasts of programming from the primary HBO channel as well as exclusive Spanish-originated programs.[186][187]

The multiplex tier continued to be marketed as "HBO The Works" until December 2004; the HBO linear channel suite did not have an "official" marketed name for fifteen years afterward, although HBO and Cinemax's respective multiplex packages were marketed collectively afterward (and beforehand) as the "HBO/MAX Pak".[188] Since the platform launched in May 2020, providers that include HBO Max with subscriptions to the linear HBO channels and HBO On Demand have typically marketed the package under the streaming service's branding (Comcast Xfinity, however, markets it as "HBO | HBO Max" to emphasize the inclusion of HBO Max and HBO's linear and SVOD services in the package). HBO Family (beginning in 1998) and HBO Latino (beginning in 2000) were the only HBO multiplex channels that maintained dedicated websites independent of—although managed in conjunction with—the main HBO website, to which the other five multiplex channels had their promotion limited; both channels had their online content merged into in February 2010.

List of channels[edit]

Depending on the service provider, HBO provides up to seven 24-hour multiplex channels—all of which are simulcast in both standard definition and high definition, and available as time zone-based regional feeds—as well as a subscription video-on-demand service (HBO on Demand). Off-the-air maintenance periods of anywhere from a half-hour up to two hours occur at varied overnight/early morning time slots (usually preceding the 6:00 am. ET/PT start of the defined broadcast day) once per month on each channel.

HBO transmits feeds of its primary and multiplex channels on both Eastern and Pacific Time Zone schedules. The respective coastal feeds of each channel are usually packaged together, resulting in the difference in local airtimes for a particular movie or program between two geographic locations being three hours at most; the opposite-region feed (i.e., the Pacific Time feeds in the Eastern and Central Time Zones, and the Eastern Time feeds in the Pacific, Mountain and Alaska Time Zones) serves as a timeshift channel, allowing viewers who may have missed a particular program at its original local airtime to watch it three hours after its initial airing or allowing them to watch a program up to four hours, depending on the applicable time zone, in advance of their local airtime on their corresponding primary coastal feed. (Most cable, satellite and IPTV providers as well as its Amazon Prime Video and Roku OTT channels only offer the East and West Coast feeds of the main HBO channel; some conventional television providers may include coastal feeds of HBO2 in certain areas, while wider availability of coastal feeds for the other five multiplex channels is limited to subscribers of DirecTV, YouTube TV and the Hulu live TV service.)

HBO maintains a separate feed for the Hawaii–Aleutian Time Zone—the only American cable-originated television network to offer a timeshift feed for Hawaii viewers—operating a three-hour-delayed version of the primary channel's Pacific Time feed for subscribers of Oceanic Spectrum, which otherwise transmits Pacific Time feeds for the six other HBO multiplex channels. (The state's other major cable provider, Hawaiian Telcom, offers the Pacific Time Zone feed of all seven channels.)

Channel Description and programming
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The flagship channel; HBO airs first-run and blockbuster feature films, original series and made-for-cable movies, sports-focused magazine and documentary series, comedy and occasional concert specials, and documentaries. (Newer episodes of the channel's original series are mainly shown on Sunday and Monday evenings as well as on Fridays during the late prime time and late access periods.) The channel also airs weekly premieres of recent theatrical or new HBO original movies, marketed as the "HBO Movie Premiere", on most Saturday nights (usually at 8:00 pm. Eastern Time). The main HBO channel mainly airs R-rated films after 5:00 p.m. (or sometimes as early as 2:30 pm) Eastern and Pacific, and TV-MA-rated programs (usually edited for daytime airings to limit scenes of graphic violence, and omit sexual content and nudity included in original versions that are shown on the main channel only at night) after 1:00 pm. ET/PT.
HBO 2 (2014).svg
HBO's secondary channel; HBO2 offers a separate schedule of theatrical and original made-for-cable movies (including daytime airings of R-rated films that the main HBO channel is usually restricted from airing in the morning, early- and mid-afternoon hours), series and specials, as well as same-week rebroadcasts of newer films, and recent episodes and occasional complete-season "catch-up" marathons of original series first aired on the primary HBO channel. Launched on August 1, 1991, HBO2 originally used a channel-specific version of the main HBO channel's then-current on-air look; by 1993, this was replaced with a spartan "program grid" layout during promotional breaks, similar to the visual appearance then used by the Prevue Channel (and subsequently applied by HBO 3 [now HBO Signature], Cinemax 2 [now MoreMax] and Cinemax 3 [now ActionMax]). The channel was rebranded as HBO Plus on October 1, 1998, concurrently adopting a distinct on-air look from the primary channel.[189] Since the reversion to the "HBO2" brand in September 2002, the channel has used minor variations of the main HBO channel's on-air identity.
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HBO Comedy
Launched on May 6, 1999,[190] HBO Comedy features comedic films, as well as rebroadcasts of HBO's original comedy series and stand-up specials; although the channel broadcasts R-rated films during the daytime hours, HBO Comedy only airs adult comedy specials at night.
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HBO Family
Launched on December 1, 1996,[182] HBO Family features movies and series aimed at children, as well as feature films intended for a broader family audience. A block of children's series aimed at the 2–11 age demographic, "HBO Kids" (formerly known as "Jam" from August 2001 to January 2016), consisting of programs rated TV-Y and TV-Y7, is also offered weekdays from 6:00 to (approximately) 8:00 am; movies and family-oriented original specials occupy the remainder of the channel's daily schedule.[191][192] Movie presentations on HBO Family are restricted to encompass films rated G, PG or PG-13 (or the equivalent TV-G, TV-PG or TV-14), and as such, it is the only HBO channel that does not air R, NC-17 or TV-MA rated program content. Originally intended as a secondary service for HBO's family-oriented programming, HBO Family assumed exclusivity over the children's programs (which formerly aired in a daily morning block on the main channel) and family-oriented specials (previously shown on HBO in late afternoon or early evening timeslots) when HBO stopped running these programs on its primary channel in 2001. HBO currently offers no children's programming on its main channel, since WarnerMedia's shift of the production contract to HBO Max resulted in the July 2020 discontinuance of a Saturday morning block of series produced by Sesame Workshop added to the primary channel in 2017. (Because of this, HBO Family subsequently removed programs from the studio in November 2020, shifting the HBO Kids block exclusively towards archived original children's programs originating on both channels.)

Despite being a premium service, HBO Family has occasionally been offered on the basic tiers of select cable providers to temporarily replace local television stations removed as a consequence of carriage disputes; such instances include during Hearst Television's 2012 dispute with Time Warner Cable that resulted in TWC's associated Bright House Networks system in Tampa, Florida, substituting independent station WMOR-TV with HBO Family,[193] and a dispute between Cox Communications and LIN TV in which the channel was used as a placeholder for Fox affiliate WVBT on Cox's Hampton Roads, Virginia system from January to February 2000.[194]

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HBO Latino
Launched on November 1, 2000 (although originally slated to debut on September 18 of that year),[186][195] HBO Latino offers programming catering to Hispanic and Latino American audiences, including HBO original productions, Spanish and Portuguese series sourced from HBO Latin America, dubbed versions of American theatrical releases, and domestic and imported Spanish-language films. Outside of breakaways for exclusive original and acquired programs, and separate promotional advertising between programs, HBO Latino largely acts as a de facto Spanish language simulcast of the primary HBO channel. (All other HBO multiplex channels provide alternate Spanish audio tracks of most of their programming via second audio program feeds.) HBO Latino is the indirect successor to HBO en Español (originally named Selecciones en Español de HBO y Cinemax), which launched in 1989.
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HBO Signature
HBO Signature features high quality films, HBO original series and specials. Launched on August 1, 1991, the channel was originally known as "HBO 3" until September 30, 1998, maintaining a genericized format similar to HBO and HBO2; it rebranded as HBO Signature the following day (October 1), when its programming shifted focus around movies, series and specials targeted at a female audience.[189][184]
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HBO Zone
Launched on May 6, 1999,[190] HBO Zone airs movies and HBO original programs aimed at young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Until Home Box Office, Inc. removed sister network Cinemax's Max After Dark adult programming block and all associated programming from its other television and streaming platforms in 2018, HBO Zone also carried softcore pornographic films acquired for the Cinemax block in late-night, dependent on their inclusion on each day's program schedule; as such, it is the only HBO channel that has aired adult-oriented pornographic movies on its regular schedule.[196]

Sister channels[edit]


Main article: Cinemax

Cinemax is an American pay television network owned by the Home Box Office, Inc. subsidiary of WarnerMedia Studios & Networks. Originally developed as a companion service to HBO, the channel's programming consists of recent and some older theatrically released feature films, original action drama series, documentaries and special behind-the-scenes featurettes. While Cinemax and HBO operate as separate premium services, their respective channel tiers are very frequently sold as a combined package by many multichannel television providers; however, customers have the option of subscribing to HBO and Cinemax's corresponding channel packages individually.

On August 1, 1980, HBO launched Cinemax, a companion movie-based premium channel created as a direct competitor to two existing movie-focused premium channels: The Movie Channel, then a smaller, standalone pay movie service owned by Warner-Amex Satellite Entertainment (then part-owned by WarnerMedia predecessor Warner Communications), and Home Theater Network (HTN), a now-defunct service owned by Group W Satellite Communications that focused on G- and PG-rated films.[197] Cinemax succeeded in its early years partly because of its reliance on classic movie releases from the 1950s to the 1970s—with some more recent films mixed into its schedule—that it presented uncut and without commercial interruption, at a time when limited headend channel capacity resulted in cable subscribers only being able to receive as many as three dozen channels (up to half of which were reserved for local and out-of-market broadcast stations, and public access channels). In most cases, cable operators tended to sell Cinemax and HBO as a singular premium bundle, usually offered at a discount for customers that decided to subscribe to both channels. Cinemax, unlike HBO, also maintained a 24-hour schedule from its launch, one of the first pay cable services to transmit around-the-clock.

Even early in its existence, Cinemax tried to diversify its programming beyond movies. Beginning in 1984, it incorporated music specials and some limited original programming (among them, SCTV Channel and Max Headroom) into the channel's schedule. Around this time, Cinemax also began airing adult-oriented softcore pornographic films and series—containing strong sexual content and nudity—in varying late night timeslots (usually no earlier than 11:30 pm. Eastern and Pacific); this programming block, originally airing under the "Friday After Dark" banner (renamed "Max After Dark" in 2008 to better reflect its prior expansion to a nightly block), would become strongly associated with the channel among its subscribers and in pop culture. The channel began gradually scaling back its adult programming offerings in 2011, in an effort to shift focus towards its mainstream films and original programs, culminating in the removal of "Max After Dark" content from its linear and on-demand platforms in 2018, as part of a broader exit from the genre across Home Box Office, Inc.'s platforms.[198][199][196] In terms of mainstream programming, Cinemax began premiering original action series in the early 2010s, beginning with the August 2011 debut of Strike Back (which has since become the channel's longest-running original program). As a consequence of WarnerMedia reallocating its programming resources toward the HBO Max streaming service, Cinemax eliminated scripted programming altogether after the last of its remaining slate of action series ended in early 2021, shifting the channel back to its original structure as a movie-exclusive premium service.[199]

The linear Cinemax multiplex service, as of 2021[update], consists of the primary feed and seven thematic channels: MoreMax (launched in April 1991 as Cinemax 2, in conjunction with HBO2's rollout); ActionMax (originally launched as Cinemax 3 in 1995); ThrillerMax (launched in 1998);[184] MovieMax (originally launched as the female-targeted WMax in May 2001); Cinemáx (a Spanish language simulcast feed, which originally launched as the young adult-focused @Max in 2001), 5StarMax (launched in May 2001) and OuterMax (launched in May 2001).[200][201][202]

Take 2[edit]

CountryUnited States
Broadcast areaNationwide
(in select markets)
HeadquartersNew York City
OwnerHome Box Office, Inc.
(Time-Life/Time Inc.)
Sister channelsHBO (1979–1981)
Cinemax (1980–1981)
LaunchedApril 1, 1979; 42 years ago (1979-04-01)
ClosedJanuary 31, 1981; 40 years ago (1981-01-31)

Take 2 (informally referred to as "HBO Take 2") is a defunct American premium cable television network that was owned by Home Box Office, Inc., then a subsidiary of the Time-Life division of Time Inc., and which operated from April 1979 to January 1981. Marketed at a family audience and the first attempt at a companion pay service by the corporate HBO entity, the channel's programming consisted of recent and older theatrically released motion pictures. Take 2 was the first of three efforts by HBO to maintain a family-oriented pay service, predating the similarly formatted and short-lived mini-pay service Festival (launched in 1986) and the present-day multiplex channel HBO Family (launched in 1996).

On September 21, 1978, Home Box Office Inc. announced it would launch a family-oriented companion "mini-pay" premium service (a channel marketed as a lower-priced pay add-on to cable operators, often sold in a tier with co-owned or competing premium services), which would be transmitted via a fourth Satcom I transponder leased to HBO.[203] Originally planned to launch around January 1, Take 2 launched on April 1, 1979; developed at the request of HBO's affiliate cable providers to meet consumer demand for an additional pay television offering, Take 2 was designed to cater to family audiences and, like HBO's later family programming services (Festival and HBO Family), structured its theatrical inventory to exclude R-rated films. The service's format was intended to cater to prospective customers who were reluctant to pay for an HBO subscription because of its cost and the potentially objectionable content in some of its programming.[203]

The network maintained distinct showcase blocks that aired at various times throughout its schedule: "Movie of the Week" (a weekly prime time presentation of network-premiere theatrical films), "Center Stage" (featuring movies and specials with leading entertainers), "Family Theater" (a showcase of G-rated films for family viewing), "Passport" (an anthology block featuring programs ranging from "popular entertainment to cultural events") and "Merry-Go-Round" (a showcase of children's movies, specials and short films). G- and PG-rated movies shown on Take 2 usually made their debut on the service no less than 60 days after their initial telecast on HBO.[204][203] Slow subscriber growth and difficulties leveraging HBO's increasingly wide cable carriage to ensure supportable distribution forced the shutdown of Take 2 on January 31, 1981.[204] At the time of its shutdown, HBO was already placing resources to grow its secondary, lower-cost "maxi-pay" service, Cinemax, which launched in August 1980 and, in its first four years of operation, experienced comparatively greater success than Take 2 did in its briefer existence with its mix of recent and older movies (including unedited, commercial-free broadcasts of movies released during the "Golden Age" of Hollywood film). (Cinemax replaced Take 2 as an add-on to HBO on many cable systems that carried the latter.)


Main article: Festival (TV channel)


Festival is a defunct American premium cable television network that was owned by Home Box Office, Inc., then a subsidiary of Time Inc., which operated from 1986 to 1988. The channel's programming consisted of uncut and re-edited versions of recent and older theatrically released motion pictures, along with original music, comedy and nature specials sourced from the parent HBO channel aimed at a family audience.

On April 1, 1986, HBO began test-marketing Festival on six cable systems owned by then-sister company American Television and Communications Corporation.[205][206][207][208] It was aimed at older audiences who objected to programming containing violence and sexual situations on other premium services, television viewers that did not already have cable service, and basic cable subscribers with no existing subscription to a premium service, focusing classic and recent hit movies, documentaries, and HBO's original stand-up comedy, concert, nature and ice skating specials. Notably for a premium service, Festival aired re-edited R-rated movies intended to fit a PG rating.[209][210] Festival ceased operations on December 31, 1988; Home Box Office, Inc. cited the inability to expand distribution because of channel capacity limitations at most cable company headends for the closure of the channel. At the time of its shutdown, Festival had an estimated 30,000 subscribers, far below HBO's reach of 15.9 million subscribers and a distant last place in subscriber count among the eight American premium cable services in operation at the time.[211][206][212][213][214]

Selecciones en Español de HBO y Cinemax / HBO en Español[edit]

Selecciones en Español de HBO y Cinemax (later renamed HBO en Español in September 1993) is a defunct American Spanish language premium cable television service that was owned by Home Box Office, Inc., then a subsidiary of Time Warner, which operated from 1989 to 2000. The service's programming consisted of Spanish-dubbed versions of recent and older theatrically released motion pictures, and select HBO original and event programming aimed at a Hispanic and Latino audience. The service is a predecessor to HBO Latino, which replaced HBO en Español in November 2000.

On January 2, 1989, Selecciones en Español de HBO y Cinemax ("Spanish Selections from HBO and Cinemax"), a Spanish-language audio feed transmitted through, depending on the cable system affiliate, either an auxiliary second audio program channel (accessible through built-in and external multichannel audio decoders) or audio simulcasts via FM radio, launched. The service—which initially launched on 20 cable systems in markets with significant Hispanic and Latino populations, and aimed specifically at Spanish-dominant and first-language Spanish speakers—[215][216][211] originally provided Spanish-dubbed versions of recent feature film releases from HBO and Cinemax's movie suppliers. By that Spring, Selecciones's offerings expanded to include Spanish audio simulcasts of HBO's live boxing matches (except for certain events broadcast exclusively in Spanish on networks such as Galavisión). Selecciones en Español de HBO y Cinemax—replaced by two dedicated channel feeds, HBO en Español and Cinemax en Español, on September 27, 1993, effectively acting as part-time simulcast feeds with added first-run Spanish-language movies (mostly from Mexico, Argentina and Spain), and Spanish dubs of HBO's non-sports-event original programming—quickly gained interest from providers, expanding to an additional 35 cable systems in various U.S. markets in the weeks following its debut.[211][217][218][219]

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HBO HD[edit]

HBO HD (originally called HBO HDTV from March 1999 until April 2006) is a high definition simulcast feed of HBO that broadcasts in the 1080i resolution format.[220] HBO maintains high definition simulcast feeds of its main channel and all six multiplex channels. HBO HD is available on all major cable television providers including, among others, Charter Communications (including systems once owned by former HBO sister company Time Warner Cable); Comcast Xfinity (which, in 2016, began downconverting HBO, Cinemax and other cable channels transmitting in 1080i to 720p60);[221] Cox Communications and Optimum; as well as DirecTV; AT&T U-verse; and Verizon FiOS. From the 2008 rollout of HD simulcasts for the HBO multiplex feeds until the mid-2010s, the majority of pay television providers that carried HBO HD generally offered only the main channel in high definition, with HD carriage of the multiplex channels varying by market. As of 2020[update], most providers transmit all seven HBO multiplex channels in HD, either on a dedicated HD channel tier separate from their SD assignments or as hybrid SD/HD feeds.

Home Box Office, Inc. announced plans to launch a high definition simulcast feed on June 12, 1997, with initial plans for a rollout to television providers as early as the Summer of 1998, when electronics manufacturers planned to begin retailing their initial line of HD-capable television sets.[222] HBO began transmitting a high definition simulcast feed on March 6, 1999, becoming the first American cable television network to begin simulcast their programming in the format. For the first 23 months of its existence, the HD feed only transmitted theatrical films from the network's programming suppliers (initially accounting for about 45% of its available feature film output, expanding to around 60% by early 2001) and HBO's in-house original movies in the format, as existing widescreen prints of those films were already scalable in the 16:9 widescreen aspect ratio and could readily be upconverted to HD resolution.[222][223]

Original programming began to be made available in HD on January 14, 2001, when the network commenced a 13-week Sunday "encore" presentation of the second season of The Sopranos in remastered 1080i HD. (HBO had been requiring the producers of its original series to film their episodes in widescreen—subsequently downconverted for the standard definition feed—to fit 4:3 television screens since 1996, to future-proof them for remastering in HD.) The third-season premiere of the mob drama, "Mr. Ruggerio's Neighborhood," on March 4 was the first first-run episode of an HBO series to be transmitted in high-definition from its initial telecast, with all subsequent episodes being delivered to HBO exclusively on HD videotape (and downcoverted for the main standard-definition feed). Bob Zitter, then the network's Senior Vice President of Technology Operations, disclosed to Multichannel News in January 2001 that HBO elected to delay offering its original series in high definition until there was both sustainable consumer penetration of high-definition television sets and wide accessibility of HDTV equipment on the retail market.[224][225] Sports telecasts were upgraded to HD on September 25, 2004, with an HBO World Championship Boxing fight card headlined by Roy Jones Jr. and Glen Johnson.[226] The network began transmitting its six multiplex channels in high definition on September 1, 2008, when DirecTV began offering HD simulcast feeds of HBO2, HBO Family, HBO Signature and HBO Latino.[227]

HBO on Demand[edit]

HBO on Demand is HBO's companion subscription video-on-demand (SVOD) service that is available at no additional cost to subscribers of the linear television service, who regularly pay a premium fee to pay television providers to receive access to the channel. VOD content from the network is also available on select virtual MVPD services (including DirecTV Stream, YouTube TV and Hulu), and through HBO's dedicated Roku video channel. HBO on Demand offers theatrical feature films from HBO's distribution partners and original programming previously seen on the network (including weekly series, documentaries, sports magazine and documentary programs, and concert and stand-up comedy specials). The service's rotating program selection incorporates newer film titles and episodes that are added to the platform following their debut on the linear feed, as well as library content (including complete seasons of the network's past and present original programs).[228]

HBO on Demand, the first SVOD service to be offered by an American premium service, launched on July 1, 2001, over then sister company Time Warner Cable's Columbia, South Carolina, system.[229] The service was developed to allow HBO subscribers access to the channel's programming at their choosing, thereby reducing the frequency in which viewers were unable to find a program they prefer to watch and limiting cancellations to the service because of that issue. On January 3, 2011, HBO became the first pay television network to offer VOD content in 3D; initially available to linear HBO subscribers signed with Time Warner Cable, Comcast and Verizon FiOS, 3D content consisted of theatrical feature films available in the format.[230]

In the United Kingdom, a domestic version of HBO on Demand was launched in 2015 to subscribers of IPTV provider TalkTalk TV, which provide HBO's program offerings through the provider's YouView set-top boxes via a standalone VOD subscription.[citation needed]

HBO Go (deprecated in the U.S. only)[edit]

Main article: HBO Go

HBO Go is an international TV Everywherestreaming service for broadband subscribers of the linear HBO television service. It was accessible through, and through apps for AppleiOS and Apple TV devices;[231][232]Android devices and Android TV;[231]Amazon Fire TV;[233]Chromecast;[234]PlayStation consoles (PlayStation 3 and PlayStation 4);[235]Xbox One consoles;[236]Roku devices;[237] and most SamsungSmart TV models.[238] Content available on HBO Go included theatrically released films (sourced from the network's pay television contractual windows for recent studio releases and from library content agreements with film distributors) and HBO original programming (including scripted series, made-for-cable movies, comedy specials, documentaries, and sports documentary and magazine programs).[239] HBO Go, along with companion service HBO Now and HBO Max, did not provide live simulcasts of the seven linear HBO channels. (HBO and Cinemax are the only American premium television services not to include live network feeds in their proprietary streaming VOD platforms.)

Based on the prototype HBO on Broadband service that was originally launched in January 2008 to linear HBO subscribers of Time Warner Cable's Green Bay and Milwaukee, Wisconsin systems, HBO Go launched nationwide on February 18, 2010, initially available to existing HBO subscribers signed with Verizon FiOS.[240] Initially carrying 1,000 hours of program content available for streaming in standard or high definition, the on-demand streaming service was conceived as a TV Everywhere platform marketed exclusively to existing subscribers of the linear HBO television service. (The HBO Go website and mobile apps, including its apps for streaming devices such as Roku and Apple TV, and some video game consoles, required a password accompanying a linear HBO subscription by a participating television provider to access content on the service.) On June 12, 2020, WarnerMedia announced that HBO Go's mobile and digital media player apps would be discontinued in the U.S. on July 31, as most traditional and virtual MVPDs have secured distribution deals for HBO Max. Those providers that have not yet made an HBO Max deal continue to allow customer access to HBO Go (mainly Altice USA's brands, Mediacom, smaller cable providers, and closed-circuit university television systems which had not had personnel available during the COVID-19 pandemic to contractually transfer their credentials to HBO Max), though only through the HBO Go desktop website. The "HBO Go" moniker remains in use as the brand for HBO's streaming platforms in select European, Latin American and Asian markets.[241]

HBO Now (defunct)[edit]

Main article: HBO Now

Former HBO Now logo, used from April 7, 2015, until July 31, 2020.

HBO Now (formally named HBO from August to December 2020) is a defunct over-the-top (OTT) subscription streaming service that provided on-demand access to HBO's library of original programming and theatrical films, and was marketed independent of a pay television subscription to the linear HBO service as a standalone platform targeting cord cutters.[242] HBO Now was available online and as apps for Apple iOS and Apple TV devices;[14] Android tablets, phones and Android TV devices; Amazon Fire TV;[243]Roku devices;[244] Xbox consoles (Xbox 360 and Xbox One);[245] PlayStation consoles (PlayStation 3 and later);[246] and select TiVo devices;[247] and as a premium add-on through Amazon Prime Video, Sling TV,[248] AT&T TV and Hulu.[244]

On October 15, 2014, HBO announced plans to launch an OTT subscription streaming service in 2015, which would be distributed as a standalone offering that does not require an existing television subscription to access content.[249][250][251] The service, HBO Now, was unveiled on March 9, 2015, and officially launched one month later on April 7.[14][242][252][253] The service was initially available via Apple Inc. to Apple TV and iOS devices for a three-month exclusivity period following its formal launch, before becoming available for subscription through other participating Internet service providers.[14][242] Available for $15 per month, HBO Now was identical to the former HBO Go in terms of content and features. New episodes of HBO series were made available for streaming on the initial airdate, and usually uploaded at their normal airtime, of their original broadcast on the main linear HBO channel.[254] By February 2019, subscribership of HBO Now subscribers had reached over 8 million customers.[255] On June 12, 2020, WarnerMedia announced that HBO Now would be rebranded solely as HBO on August 1. Following HBO Max's launch, the HBO streaming service had served as the network's default OTT platform for Roku customers, as WarnerMedia has not yet signed deals to distribute HBO Max on that platform; until its replacement by HBO Max on those platforms in November 2020, it also served as a default HBO OTT service for Amazon Fire and Fire TV customers.[241] As a consequence of an agreement with WarnerMedia announced the day prior to offer HBO Max on Roku devices starting the following day, the HBO streaming service was discontinued on December 17, 2020.[256]

HBO Max[edit]

Main article: HBO Max

HBO Max is an over-the-top subscription streaming service operated by WarnerMedia Direct. Though built around HBO's programming, HBO Max serves in principle as a content hub for WarnerMedia's broader entertainment assets; in addition to featuring original programs and licensed theatrical films from HBO (which is compartmented into a dedicated library "hub," one of nine focused on individual WarnerMedia properties, that includes both programs available on the linear television service and supplemental VOD-exclusive archive programming), it offers standalone original programming and library content sourced from Warner Bros. Studios, WarnerMedia's various television network and distribution properties—including, among others, Warner Bros. Television Group (including content from Warner Bros. Television Studios, Warner Bros. Television Studios International & Formats, Warner Horizon Scripted Television, Warner Horizon Unscripted & Alternative Television, Telepictures and Alloy Entertainment), CNN Worldwide and Turner Entertainment Networks (including content from Turner Studios and Studio T)—and third-party distributors. The service is available online, through participating mobile and broadband providers (including co-owned AT&T Mobility), through subscriptions to the linear HBO add-on tier via traditional and virtual pay television providers (including YouTube TV,[257] Hulu,[258] and former HBO Max sister properties DirecTV, DirecTV Stream and U-verse TV, which, by way of existing deals signed prior to AT&T's July 2021 spin-off of its MVPD/vMVPD assets and as with AT&T Mobility, allowed their subscribers access to the service at launch for no additional charge), and through apps for Android tablets, phones and Android TV devices, Apple iOS and Apple TV devices,[259]Amazon Fire OS devices (including Amazon Fire tablets and Fire TV devices),[260] Roku devices,[256]Xbox One and PlayStation 4 consoles.[261]

On October 10, 2018, WarnerMedia announced that it would launch an over-the-top streaming service in late 2019, featuring content from the company's various entertainment brands.[262] In mid-May 2019, AT&T CEO Randall Stephenson indicated that the planned service would use the HBO brand, and would also tie into HBO's existing relationships with cable operators as subscribers of the linear HBO television service would have access to the then-unnamed platform as would broadband providers who could purchase the service through third-party sellers.[263] On July 9, 2019, WarnerMedia announced that the service—then scheduled for a Spring 2020 launch—would be named HBO Max. ("Max" has been a trademark and on-air shorthand for Cinemax since its 1980 launch, resulting in some confusion between the co-owned premium and streaming services since the latter's branding announcement, particularly because of longstanding co-marketing of HBO and Cinemax by Home Box Office Inc. and by pay television providers, and the omission—for reasons not made public—of Cinemax content on HBO Max since its launch.) Reese Witherspoon's Hello Sunshine and Greg Berlanti signed production deals with the service to develop supplementary original programming (branded as "Max Originals"), originally to be co-produced by Warner Max, an HBO Max-specific production unit formed as a joint venture between Home Box Office, Inc. and Warner Bros. Pictures Group that Warner Bros. phased out in an October 2020 corporate restructuring.[264][265]

The service launched on May 27, 2020, with WarnerMedia concurrently beginning to phase out HBO Go and HBO Now; existing subscribers of the two legacy services were converted to HBO Max on that date as it replaced HBO Go and HBO Now's respective apps on all initial partner platforms.[266] Availability on other major devices was delayed for several months due to disagreements over contractual distribution terms: Amazon Fire OS and Fire TV devices began offering HBO Max on November 16,[260] while Roku began offering the service through supported devices on December 17.[256] Due to impacts on U.S. movie theaters by the COVID-19 pandemic, on November 18, 2020, Warner Bros. announced Wonder Woman 1984 would deviate from the traditional release window and be distributed simultaneously on HBO Max at no extra charge to subscribers for one month following its December 25 theatrical release;[267] furthermore on December 4, the studio announced that it would simultaneously release its 17-film slate of 2021 releases (including Dune, In the Heights, The Matrix 4, Space Jam: A New Legacy and The Suicide Squad) on HBO Max for the first month of their theatrical windows. (After their initial limited streaming release, each film will return to HBO Max upon their pay television premiere on the linear HBO service.)[268]


Main article: List of HBO original programming

HBO's programming schedule currently consists largely of theatrically released feature films and adult-oriented original series (including, as of August 2020[update], dramas such as Euphoria, Lovecraft Country, Perry Mason, My Brilliant Friend, Succession and Westworld; comedies such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Insecure, Barry, Los Espookys and High Maintenance; and topical satires Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and Real Time with Bill Maher). In addition, HBO also carries documentary films (mainly produced through in-house production unit HBO Documentary Films), sports-focused documentary and magazine series (produced through its HBO Sports production unit), occasional original made-for-TV movies, occasional original concert and stand-up comedy specials, and short-form behind-the-scenes specials centered mainly on theatrical films (either running in their initial theatrical or HBO/Cinemax broadcast window). Newer episodes of most HBO original programs usually air over its main channel after 9:00 pm. Eastern and Pacific Time; depending partly on the day's programming schedule, repeats of original series, made-for-cable movies and documentaries (typically excluding programs with graphic violent or sexual content) are shown during the daytime hours on the main channel, and at various times on HBO's themed channels. Four of the themed multiplex channels—HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Comedy and HBO Zone—also each carry archived HBO original series and specials dating to the 1990s. (Outside of HBO Family, which regularly airs archived family-oriented series and specials, airings of older original programs may vary based on the channel's daily schedule.)

Beginning with its programming expansion to afternoons in 1974, the primary HBO channel had imposed a longstanding watershed policy prohibiting films assigned an "R“ rating from being broadcast before 8:00 p.m. ET/PT. (At various points, HBO also prohibited showings of X-/NC-17-rated and foreign art films.)[269][270][271] The policy—which extended to films shown between 6:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m. ET/PT, when HBO began offering 24-hour programming on weekends in September 1981—may have once stemmed from HBO's pre-mid-2000s availability on analog cable tiers (whereas its multiplex channels generally require a digital cable subscription or at least scrambling), and, because of controversy surrounding daytime showings of R-rated films that began being scheduled on competing premium services as early as 1980, remained in place well after the V-chip became standard in newer television sets.[97] From April 1979 to April 1986, rating bumpers preceding HBO telecasts of R-rated films included a special disclaimer indicating to viewers that the movie would air exclusively during the designated watershed period (“Home Box Office/HBO will show this feature only at night"). The watershed policy was extended to cover TV-MA-rated programs when the TV Parental Guidelines were implemented industry-wide on January 1, 1997, although HBO had already been withholding airing original programs incorporating mature content that would now qualify for a TV-MA rating outside the watershed period.[272] As of 2021[update], HBO employs a fairly fluid enforcement of the watershed policy, varying based on the content scheduled to air on its main channel during each individual programming day. The policy began to be weakened in January 2010, when the main HBO channel started allowing original series, movies and documentaries given a TV-MA rating for strong profanity and/or non-graphic violence to air during the daytime on Saturdays and Sundays; in January 2012, HBO began offering occasional Sunday daytime airings of R-rated films within its weekly encore showing of the Saturday movie premiere (airing as early as 4:00 pm. ET/PT, depending on the previous night's scheduled premiere film, that film's length, and the Sunday night block of HBO original series that usually follows the rebroadcast); by 2017, afternoon R-rated movie airings (which occasionally have been shown as early as 2:00 pm. ET/PT since then) were permitted in random afternoon timeslots any day of the week on the main channel at the network's discretion. Most of the six HBO thematic multiplex channels—except for HBO Family, which prohibits programming containing either equivalent rating by effect of the channel's target audience and format[273]—air TV-MA and R-rated programming during morning and afternoon time periods. HBO also does not typically allow most NC-17 rated films to be aired on the primary channel or its multiplex channels.[citation needed]

HBO pioneered the free preview concept—now a standard promotional tool in the pay television industry—in 1973, as a marketing strategy allowing participating television providers to offer a sampling of HBO's programming for potential subscribers of the service.[274] Cable providers were given permission to offer the unscrambled HBO content—aired for a single evening or, beginning in 1981 at the network level (as early as 1978 on some providers), over a two-day weekend (later extended to three days in 1997, then to a Friday-to-Monday "four-day weekend" format by 2008)—over a local origination channel, though satellite and digital cable providers elected instead to unencrypt the channels corresponding to each HBO feed for the preview period.[275] Until 2002, interstitials hosted by on-air presenters (notably including, among others, Norm Crosby, Greg Kinnear, Sinbad and Ellen DeGeneres



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HBO International: Laetitia 

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When a young man returns to the race-torn neighbourhood where he came of age, political and emotional forces are set in motion.

Monster's Ball (2001)

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When the ancient Titans are unleashed upon the world, Perseus braves the underworld to stop them and rescue his father, Zeus.

Dante's Peak (1997)

A scientist travels to a small town to warn the people that a volcano could erupt and they are all in danger.

Clueless (1995)

A chic Beverly Hills teenager sets out to 'make over' an unpopular new student.

Diego Maradona (2019)

This documentary covers the life and career of the legendary football player Diego Armando Maradona, and features footage from 500 hours of never-seen-before video.

War Horse (2011)

After his beloved thoroughbred horse is sold to the British cavalry, a young man becomes a soldier during World War I. When the man crosses paths with the horse years later, he becomes determined to bring him home again.

Dreamgirls (2006)

Three black women try to make it in the music industry in the 1960's, starting out as backup singers and working their way up to their own lead roles.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)

An executive wonders why he has been invited to a dinner party where the host celebrates the idiocy of the guests.

We're Here

Small town residents participate in one-night drag performances.

Black Hawk Down (2001)

An elite team of peacekeepers attempt to kidnap a crime lord's top lieutenants in Somalia.


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Dinner for Schmucks (2010) Playing Now!
2021-10-15 13:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 15:30:00 PST

Comic misadventures follow when a rising executive (Paul Rudd) brings a blundering IRS agent (Steve Carell) to a monthly gathering hosted by his boss.

We're Here
Spartanburg, South Carolina
2021-10-15 15:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 16:30:00 PST

Shangela, Bob, and Eureka return to Spartanburg, S.C., to catch up with Noah, who grapples with gender expression; plus-size lesbian model Faith; and Olin, who wants to bring his family together by walking in his brother's shoes - literally.

Black Hawk Down (2001)
2021-10-15 16:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 19:00:00 PST

U.S. soldiers (Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore) take heavy fire while trying to capture a warlord's associates in Mogadishu, Somalia.

Real Time With Bill Maher
Steven Pinker; Robert Costa; Michael ``Killer Mike`` Render
2021-10-15 19:00:00 PST - 2021-10-15 20:00:00 PST

Harvard psychology professor and author Steven Pinker (``Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters``); the panel includes Washington Post reporter Robert Costa and activist-rapper Michael ``Killer Mike`` Render.

Scenes From a Marriage
In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World
2021-10-15 20:00:00 PST - 2021-10-15 21:00:00 PST

Mira and Jonathan reassess their love story.

Nuclear Family
2021-10-15 21:00:00 PST - 2021-10-15 21:55:00 PST

Following a landmark court decision, Ry grapples with her sperm donor's terminal illness and its implications for her future.

Magic Mike XXL (2015)
2021-10-15 21:55:00 PST - 2021-10-15 23:55:00 PST

Three years after retiring from stripping, Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) reunites with the rest of the Kings of Tampa (Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello) for one final, outrageous performance in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

The Square (2017)
2021-10-15 23:55:00 PST - 2021-10-16 02:30:00 PST

Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum.

J. Edgar (2011)
2021-10-16 02:30:00 PST - 2021-10-16 04:50:00 PST

Controversy surrounds the life of J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), the first director of the FBI.

The Lost World: Jurassic Park (1997)
2021-10-16 04:50:00 PST - 2021-10-16 07:00:00 PST

Mercenaries and scientists (Jeff Goldblum, Julianne Moore) pursue genetically engineered dinosaurs inhabiting a Costa Rican island.

Matchstick Men (2003)
2021-10-16 07:00:00 PST - 2021-10-16 09:00:00 PST

After meeting his daughter (Alison Lohman) for the first time, a con man (Nicolas Cage) and his partner (Sam Rockwell) try to swindle a boorish businessman.

Dunkirk (2017)
2021-10-16 09:00:00 PST - 2021-10-16 10:50:00 PST

Germany advances into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops are slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every vessel that can be found.

Godzilla vs. Kong (2021)
2021-10-16 10:50:00 PST - 2021-10-16 12:45:00 PST

Fearsome monsters Godzilla and Kong square off in an epic battle for the ages. The initial confrontation between the two titans -- instigated by unseen forces -- is only the beginning of the mystery that lies deep within the core of the planet.

Voyagers (2021)
2021-10-16 12:45:00 PST - 2021-10-16 14:35:00 PST

With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they soon become consumed by fear, lust and an insatiable hunger for power.

HBO First Look: The French Dispatch
2021-10-16 14:35:00 PST - 2021-10-16 14:56:00 PST

Benicio Del Toro and Adrien Brody star in the comedy drama film from filmmaker Wes Anderson.

News of the World (2020)
2021-10-16 14:56:00 PST - 2021-10-16 17:00:00 PST

A Civil War veteran agrees to escort a 10-year-old girl across the harsh and unforgiving plains of Texas. However, the long journey turns into a fight for survival as the traveling companions encounter danger at every turn -- both human and natural.

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
2021-10-16 17:00:00 PST - 2021-10-16 18:40:00 PST

A smoke jumper and a traumatized boy fight for their lives as two relentless assassins pursue them through a raging fire in the Montana wilderness.

We're Here
Spartanburg, South Carolina
2021-10-16 18:40:00 PST - 2021-10-16 19:45:00 PST

Shangela, Bob, and Eureka return to Spartanburg, S.C., to catch up with Noah, who grapples with gender expression; plus-size lesbian model Faith; and Olin, who wants to bring his family together by walking in his brother's shoes - literally.

Nuclear Family
2021-10-16 19:45:00 PST - 2021-10-16 20:40:00 PST

Following a landmark court decision, Ry grapples with her sperm donor's terminal illness and its implications for her future.

Scenes From a Marriage
In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World
2021-10-16 20:40:00 PST - 2021-10-16 21:40:00 PST

Mira and Jonathan reassess their love story.

Collateral (2004)
2021-10-16 21:40:00 PST - 2021-10-16 23:40:00 PST

A contract killer (Tom Cruise) hijacks a cab and forces the driver (Jamie Foxx) to transport him to his assigned jobs in Los Angeles.

The 40-Year-Old Virgin (2005)
2021-10-16 23:40:00 PST - 2021-10-17 01:40:00 PST

Three dysfunctional co-workers embark on a mission to help their newfound friend (Steve Carell) lose his sexual innocence.

Shall We Dance? (2004)
2021-10-17 01:40:00 PST - 2021-10-17 03:32:00 PST

A married Chicago attorney (Richard Gere) takes dancing lessons with a beautiful woman (Jennifer Lopez) he saw through a window.

She's All That (1999)
2021-10-17 03:32:00 PST - 2021-10-17 05:10:00 PST

A cool teen (Freddie Prinze Jr.) bets a friend that he can transform the school's geekiest girl (Rachael Leigh Cook) into a prom queen.

The Man in the Iron Mask (1998)
2021-10-17 05:10:00 PST - 2021-10-17 07:25:00 PST

Musketeers (Jeremy Irons, John Malkovich) try to displace corrupt King Louis XIV (Leonardo DiCaprio) with his twin brother, imprisoned in the Bastille.

Bend It Like Beckham (2002)
2021-10-17 07:25:00 PST - 2021-10-17 09:20:00 PST

An Anglo-Indian teenager does not tell her tradition-minded parents that she has joined a women's soccer team.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2021-10-17 09:20:00 PST - 2021-10-17 12:05:00 PST

Eight years after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and vanished into the night, Batman (Christian Bale) is forced out of his self-imposed exile by a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy).

Super 8 (2011)
2021-10-17 12:05:00 PST - 2021-10-17 14:00:00 PST

A series of unexplained events follows a horrifying train derailment, leading some young filmmakers (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney) to suspect that the catastrophe was not an accident.

We're Here
Spartanburg, South Carolina
2021-10-17 14:00:00 PST - 2021-10-17 15:00:00 PST

Shangela, Bob, and Eureka return to Spartanburg, S.C., to catch up with Noah, who grapples with gender expression; plus-size lesbian model Faith; and Olin, who wants to bring his family together by walking in his brother's shoes - literally.

2021-10-17 15:00:00 PST - 2021-10-17 15:30:00 PST

Curb Your Enthusiasm
Happy New Year
2021-10-17 15:30:00 PST - 2021-10-17 16:10:00 PST

Larry kicks off the new year with new rival Mocha Joe; at a cocktail party hosted by Jeff and Susie, Larry gets roped into lunch plans and has a misunderstanding with a caterer.

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
2021-10-17 16:10:00 PST - 2021-10-17 18:00:00 PST

A smoke jumper and a traumatized boy fight for their lives as two relentless assassins pursue them through a raging fire in the Montana wilderness.

2021-10-17 18:00:00 PST - 2021-10-17 19:03:00 PST

2021-10-17 19:03:00 PST - 2021-10-17 20:06:00 PST

2021-10-17 20:06:00 PST - 2021-10-17 21:10:00 PST

2021-10-17 21:10:00 PST - 2021-10-17 21:40:00 PST

The Way, Way Back (2013)
2021-10-17 21:40:00 PST - 2021-10-17 23:25:00 PST

After his mother's lover (Steve Carell) belittles him, a boy befriends a water-park employee who helps give him the confidence to come out of his shell.

HBO First Look: The French Dispatch
2021-10-17 23:25:00 PST - 2021-10-17 23:45:00 PST

Benicio Del Toro and Adrien Brody star in the comedy drama film from filmmaker Wes Anderson.

The Little Things (2021)
2021-10-17 23:45:00 PST - 2021-10-18 01:55:00 PST

A deputy sheriff joins forces with a sergeant to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles.

Strange but True (2019)
2021-10-18 01:55:00 PST - 2021-10-18 03:35:00 PST

A woman tells her deceased boyfriend's family that she is pregnant.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
2021-10-18 03:35:00 PST - 2021-10-18 05:25:00 PST

Family and friends are unsure how to react when a lonely young man (Ryan Gosling) forms an emotional attachment to a life-size plastic woman and treats it like a real person.

The Shadow (1994)
2021-10-18 05:25:00 PST - 2021-10-18 07:14:00 PST

Dashing Lamont Cranston's (Alec Baldwin) alter ego battles a villain (John Lone) named Shiwan Khan in 1930s Manhattan.

The Photograph (2020)
2021-10-18 07:14:00 PST - 2021-10-18 09:04:00 PST

A woman develops an unexpected romance with a rising journalist while delving into her late mother's early life.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
2021-10-18 09:04:00 PST - 2021-10-18 10:59:00 PST

Comic misadventures follow when a rising executive (Paul Rudd) brings a blundering IRS agent (Steve Carell) to a monthly gathering hosted by his boss.

The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (2003)
2021-10-18 10:59:00 PST - 2021-10-18 12:50:00 PST

Allan Quatermain (Sean Connery), Capt. Nemo, Dorian Gray (Stuart Townsend), Dr. Jekyll, Tom Sawyer (Shane West) and others unite to stop a mad bomber.

Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
2021-10-18 12:50:00 PST - 2021-10-18 14:25:00 PST

In 1965 New England, a peaceful island community descends into turmoil when two love-struck 12-year-olds run away together just before the approach of a violent storm.

2021-10-18 14:25:00 PST - 2021-10-18 14:55:00 PST

2021-10-18 14:55:00 PST - 2021-10-18 16:00:00 PST

Promising Young Woman (2020)
2021-10-18 16:00:00 PST - 2021-10-18 18:00:00 PST

Nothing in Cassie's life is what it appears to be -- she's wickedly smart, tantalizingly cunning, and she's living a secret double life by night. Now, an unexpected encounter is about to give Cassie a chance to right the wrongs from the past.

We're Here
Temecula, California
2021-10-18 18:00:00 PST - 2021-10-18 19:00:00 PST

Bob, Eureka, and Shangela work with James, an often-misgendered trans man navigating neurodiversity; Jake, his faith influencer mom Michelle, and his partner Brad; and Andrei, a cheerleader who longs for his mother's acceptance.

We're Here
Temecula, California
2021-10-18 19:00:00 PST - 2021-10-18 20:00:00 PST

Bob, Eureka, and Shangela work with James, an often-misgendered trans man navigating neurodiversity; Jake, his faith influencer mom Michelle, and his partner Brad; and Andrei, a cheerleader who longs for his mother's acceptance.

2021-10-18 20:00:00 PST - 2021-10-18 20:30:00 PST

Night Catches Us (2010)
2021-10-18 20:30:00 PST - 2021-10-18 22:05:00 PST

A former Black Panther (Anthony Mackie) faces enmity from family and neighbors after he returns to his hometown to bury his father.

Julia (2008)
2021-10-18 22:05:00 PST - 2021-10-19 00:30:00 PST

An alcoholic (Tilda Swinton) becomes involved in a fellow A.A. member's plan to kidnap her young son from the boy's wealthy grandfather.

The Rite (2011)
2021-10-19 00:30:00 PST - 2021-10-19 02:25:00 PST

A veteran priest (Anthony Hopkins) introduces a skeptical seminary student (Colin O'Donoghue) to the dark side of their faith at a Vatican school where clergymen become exorcists.

Dante's Peak (1997)
2021-10-19 02:25:00 PST - 2021-10-19 04:15:00 PST

A volcanologist (Pierce Brosnan) and his new love (Linda Hamilton) flee a deadly eruption in the Pacific Northwest.

Best Man Down (2012)
2021-10-19 04:15:00 PST - 2021-10-19 05:45:00 PST

When their best man (Tyler Labine) dies suddenly, two newlyweds (Justin Long, Jess Weixler) must cancel their honeymoon to arrange his funeral.

Best in Show (2000)
2021-10-19 05:45:00 PST - 2021-10-19 07:20:00 PST

Pampered pooches and their quirky owners (Michael Hitchcock, Parker Posey, Eugene Levy) converge on Philadelphia to compete in a prestigious dog show.

The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy (2005)
2021-10-19 07:20:00 PST - 2021-10-19 09:10:00 PST

A human (Martin Freeman) and his extraterrestrial friend (Mos Def) begin an interstellar journey after the destruction of Earth.

The New Mutants (2020)
2021-10-19 09:10:00 PST - 2021-10-19 10:45:00 PST

Five teenage mutants undergo treatments at a secret institution that will cure them of their dangerous powers. As their memories turn into terrifying realities, they soon start to question why they're being held and who's trying to destroy them.

Jurassic Park (1993)
2021-10-19 10:45:00 PST - 2021-10-19 12:55:00 PST

An entrepreneur invites scientists (Sam Neill, Laura Dern), a mathematics theorist (Jeff Goldblum) and others to his jungle theme-park featuring dinosaurs regenerated from DNA.

The Spirit (2008)
2021-10-19 12:55:00 PST - 2021-10-19 14:40:00 PST

A ghostlike crime fighter (Gabriel Macht) faces a villain known as the Octopus (Samuel L. Jackson), whose aim is to destroy Central City while searching for the secret to immortality.

HBO First Look: The French Dispatch
2021-10-19 14:40:00 PST - 2021-10-19 14:55:00 PST

Benicio Del Toro and Adrien Brody star in the comedy drama film from filmmaker Wes Anderson.

Voyagers (2021)
2021-10-19 14:55:00 PST - 2021-10-19 16:45:00 PST

With the future of the human race at stake, a group of young men and women embark on an expedition to colonize a distant planet. As life on the ship descends into chaos, they soon become consumed by fear, lust and an insatiable hunger for power.

2021-10-19 16:45:00 PST - 2021-10-19 17:20:00 PST

Those Who Wish Me Dead (2021)
2021-10-19 17:20:00 PST - 2021-10-19 19:00:00 PST

A smoke jumper and a traumatized boy fight for their lives as two relentless assassins pursue them through a raging fire in the Montana wilderness.

REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel
2021-10-19 19:00:00 PST - 2021-10-19 20:00:00 PST

Student athletes are legally allowed to endorse brands and make money; some of the world's tallest men have been lured to America from overseas for the NBA; Jalen Rose makes efforts to provide free education to underserved youth in Detroit.

2021-10-19 20:00:00 PST - 2021-10-19 21:05:00 PST

Phone Booth (2002)
2021-10-19 21:05:00 PST - 2021-10-19 22:30:00 PST

A sniper traps a New York publicist (Colin Farrell) in a phone booth and threatens to kill him if he hangs up.

Stoker (2013)
2021-10-19 22:30:00 PST - 2021-10-20 00:10:00 PST

After the tragic death of a girl's father, an eccentric uncle comes to live with the teen (Mia Wasikowska) and her unstable mother (Nicole Kidman). Though she suspects the man has ulterior motives, she becomes increasingly infatuated with him.

The Reader (2008)
2021-10-20 00:10:00 PST - 2021-10-20 02:15:00 PST

In postwar Germany, a teenager (David Kross) has a love affair with an older woman (Kate Winslet) who is hiding a terrible secret.

Dreamgirls (2006)
2021-10-20 02:15:00 PST - 2021-10-20 04:30:00 PST

After an ambitious manager (Jamie Foxx) gives them a shot at stardom, three singers learn that fame can carry a high personal cost.

Loser Leaves Town (2018)
2021-10-20 04:30:00 PST - 2021-10-20 04:45:00 PST

A young wrestler uses his vivid imagination to make it through the toughest weekend of his life.

Life of Pi (2012)
2021-10-20 04:45:00 PST - 2021-10-20 06:55:00 PST

After the freighter they're on sinks in a storm, a teenager (Suraj Sharma) and a Bengal tiger wind up on a small lifeboat and must learn to trust each other to survive.

Strange but True (2019)
2021-10-20 06:55:00 PST - 2021-10-20 08:35:00 PST

A woman tells her deceased boyfriend's family that she is pregnant.

The Dark Knight Rises (2012)
2021-10-20 08:35:00 PST - 2021-10-20 11:25:00 PST

Eight years after he took the blame for Harvey Dent's death and vanished into the night, Batman (Christian Bale) is forced out of his self-imposed exile by a cunning cat burglar (Anne Hathaway) and a merciless terrorist called Bane (Tom Hardy).

HBO First Look: The French Dispatch
2021-10-20 11:25:00 PST - 2021-10-20 11:40:00 PST

Benicio Del Toro and Adrien Brody star in the comedy drama film from filmmaker Wes Anderson.

Super 8 (2011)
2021-10-20 11:40:00 PST - 2021-10-20 13:35:00 PST

A series of unexplained events follows a horrifying train derailment, leading some young filmmakers (Elle Fanning, Joel Courtney) to suspect that the catastrophe was not an accident.

REAL Sports With Bryant Gumbel
2021-10-20 13:35:00 PST - 2021-10-20 14:35:00 PST

Student athletes are legally allowed to endorse brands and make money; some of the world's tallest men have been lured to America from overseas for the NBA; Jalen Rose makes efforts to provide free education to underserved youth in Detroit.

2021-10-20 14:35:00 PST - 2021-10-20 15:40:00 PST

J. Edgar (2011)
2021-10-20 15:40:00 PST - 2021-10-20 18:00:00 PST

Controversy surrounds the life of J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio), the first director of the FBI.

Four Hours at the Capitol
2021-10-20 18:00:00 PST - 2021-10-20 19:35:00 PST

Examining events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with previously unseen footage, first-hand accounts from lawmakers, staffers, police, protesters and people who stormed the building where the 2020 election results were being certified.

2021-10-20 19:35:00 PST - 2021-10-20 20:35:00 PST

Black Hawk Down (2001)
2021-10-20 20:35:00 PST - 2021-10-20 23:00:00 PST

U.S. soldiers (Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore) take heavy fire while trying to capture a warlord's associates in Mogadishu, Somalia.

The Square (2017)
2021-10-20 23:00:00 PST - 2021-10-21 01:35:00 PST

Disaster strikes when a curator hires a public relations team to build some buzz for his renowned Swedish museum.

Sneakers (1992)
2021-10-21 01:35:00 PST - 2021-10-21 03:45:00 PST

An ex-'60s-radical computer hacker (Robert Redford) and his company are tapped for a shady black-box job.

Agents of Chaos
Part 2
2021-10-21 03:45:00 PST - 2021-10-21 05:50:00 PST

Filmmaker Alex Gibney examines the circumstances surrounding Russia's interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

War Horse (2011)
2021-10-21 05:50:00 PST - 2021-10-21 08:25:00 PST

After being forcibly parted from its beloved owner, a remarkable horse changes and inspires the lives of all it meets as it moves through the battlefields of World War I.

Dunkirk (2017)
2021-10-21 08:25:00 PST - 2021-10-21 10:15:00 PST

Germany advances into France, trapping Allied troops on the beaches of Dunkirk. Under air and ground cover from British and French forces, troops are slowly and methodically evacuated from the beach using every vessel that can be found.

The Aviator (2004)
2021-10-21 10:15:00 PST - 2021-10-21 13:05:00 PST

During the 1930s and '40s, wealthy industrialist Howard Hughes (Leonardo DiCaprio) gains fame as a movie producer, airplane designer and pilot.

Mama (2013)
2021-10-21 13:05:00 PST - 2021-10-21 14:50:00 PST

As a woman (Jessica Chastain) tries to reintroduce her lover's (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau) traumatized nieces to a normal life, disturbing questions and occurrences suggest that a supernatural presence has followed the girls to her home.

The Little Things (2021)
2021-10-21 14:50:00 PST - 2021-10-21 17:00:00 PST

A deputy sheriff joins forces with a sergeant to search for a serial killer who's terrorizing Los Angeles.

Wonder Woman 1984 (2020)
2021-10-21 17:00:00 PST - 2021-10-21 19:35:00 PST

Wonder Woman musters all of her strength, wisdom and courage as she finds herself squaring off against Maxwell Lord and the Cheetah, a villainess who possesses superhuman strength and agility.

2021-10-21 19:35:00 PST - 2021-10-21 20:40:00 PST

We're Here
Temecula, California
2021-10-21 20:40:00 PST - 2021-10-21 21:40:00 PST

Bob, Eureka, and Shangela work with James, an often-misgendered trans man navigating neurodiversity; Jake, his faith influencer mom Michelle, and his partner Brad; and Andrei, a cheerleader who longs for his mother's acceptance.

Broken City (2013)
2021-10-21 21:40:00 PST - 2021-10-21 23:30:00 PST

A former cop (Mark Wahlberg) becomes embroiled in a bigger scandal than he realized after being hired to tail the cheating wife of the mayor (Russell Crowe).

Four Hours at the Capitol
2021-10-21 23:30:00 PST - 2021-10-22 01:00:00 PST

Examining events at the U.S. Capitol on Jan. 6, 2021, with previously unseen footage, first-hand accounts from lawmakers, staffers, police, protesters and people who stormed the building where the 2020 election results were being certified.

HBO First Look: The French Dispatch
2021-10-22 01:00:00 PST - 2021-10-22 01:15:00 PST

Benicio Del Toro and Adrien Brody star in the comedy drama film from filmmaker Wes Anderson.

Lars and the Real Girl (2007)
2021-10-22 01:15:00 PST - 2021-10-22 03:05:00 PST

Family and friends are unsure how to react when a lonely young man (Ryan Gosling) forms an emotional attachment to a life-size plastic woman and treats it like a real person.

Brown Sugar (2002)
2021-10-22 03:05:00 PST - 2021-10-22 04:55:00 PST

A producer (Taye Diggs) for a record company falls for his longtime friend (Sanaa Lathan) shortly after proposing to his girlfriend.

Past Shows (Last 2 Weeks)

Magic Mike XXL (2015)
2021-10-15 21:55:00 PST - 2021-10-15 23:55:00 PST

Three years after retiring from stripping, Mike Lane (Channing Tatum) reunites with the rest of the Kings of Tampa (Matt Bomer, Joe Manganiello) for one final, outrageous performance in Myrtle Beach, S.C.

Nuclear Family
2021-10-15 21:00:00 PST - 2021-10-15 21:55:00 PST

Following a landmark court decision, Ry grapples with her sperm donor's terminal illness and its implications for her future.

Scenes From a Marriage
In the Middle of the Night, in a Dark House, Somewhere in the World
2021-10-15 20:00:00 PST - 2021-10-15 21:00:00 PST

Mira and Jonathan reassess their love story.

Real Time With Bill Maher
Steven Pinker; Robert Costa; Michael ``Killer Mike`` Render
2021-10-15 19:00:00 PST - 2021-10-15 20:00:00 PST

Harvard psychology professor and author Steven Pinker (``Rationality: What It Is, Why It Seems Scarce, Why It Matters``); the panel includes Washington Post reporter Robert Costa and activist-rapper Michael ``Killer Mike`` Render.

Black Hawk Down (2001)
2021-10-15 16:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 19:00:00 PST

U.S. soldiers (Josh Hartnett, Ewan McGregor, Tom Sizemore) take heavy fire while trying to capture a warlord's associates in Mogadishu, Somalia.

We're Here
Spartanburg, South Carolina
2021-10-15 15:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 16:30:00 PST

Shangela, Bob, and Eureka return to Spartanburg, S.C., to catch up with Noah, who grapples with gender expression; plus-size lesbian model Faith; and Olin, who wants to bring his family together by walking in his brother's shoes - literally.

Dinner for Schmucks (2010)
2021-10-15 13:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 15:30:00 PST

Comic misadventures follow when a rising executive (Paul Rudd) brings a blundering IRS agent (Steve Carell) to a monthly gathering hosted by his boss.

Dreamgirls (2006)
2021-10-15 11:15:00 PST - 2021-10-15 13:30:00 PST

After an ambitious manager (Jamie Foxx) gives them a shot at stardom, three singers learn that fame can carry a high personal cost.

War Horse (2011)
2021-10-15 08:45:00 PST - 2021-10-15 11:15:00 PST

After being forcibly parted from its beloved owner, a remarkable horse changes and inspires the lives of all it meets as it moves through the battlefields of World War I.

Diego Maradona (2019)
2021-10-15 06:35:00 PST - 2021-10-15 08:45:00 PST

On July 5, 1984, Diego Maradona arrives in Naples for a world-record fee. The world's most celebrated soccer icon and the most passionate but dangerous city in Europe are a perfect match for each other.

Clueless (1995)
2021-10-15 04:55:00 PST - 2021-10-15 06:35:00 PST

A Beverly Hills teen (Alicia Silverstone) plays matchmaker for teachers, transforms a bad dresser (Brittany Murphy) and examines her own existence.

Dante's Peak (1997)
2021-10-15 03:05:00 PST - 2021-10-15 04:55:00 PST

A volcanologist (Pierce Brosnan) and his new love (Linda Hamilton) flee a deadly eruption in the Pacific Northwest.

Wrath of the Titans (2012)
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Moonrise Kingdom (2012)
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We're Here
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2021-10-15 15:30:00 PST - 2021-10-15 16:30:00 PST

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