HBO Review

Updated 16.02.2020

HBO´s full name is Home Box Office inc. It is an American cable television company that has turned into the leading cable station for its diversity of movies and innovative original programming. It was established in 1972 by Time Inc. The programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television shows, along with made-for-cable movies, documentaries and occasional comedy and concert specials
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HBO is a Home Box Office Inc., American cable television company that has became the leading cable station for its diversity of movies and innovative original programming. It was established in 1972 by Time Inc. The company´s main office is located in New York City.

HBO—as its full name, Home Box Office, implied—originally emphasized uncut and commercial-free movies, and from the beginning cable subscribers paid more for the channel. In 1975 it became the first American network to deliver its programming by sattelite and thus became the first national cable channel. Competing cable channels arose, including Showtime, which was owned by the media company Viacom Inc.

The number of channels grew, and each service offered several additional channels, such as HBO Family, which specialized in programming suitable for children, and HBO Latino, a Spanish-language channel. In 2010 HBO released HBO Go, an internet-streaming service on which subscribers could watch HBO programming.

Beginning in the 1990s, HBO became more deeply involved in producing its own programs. It presented a range of adult-oriented dramatic series that were popular with audiences and lauded by critics as having the expansive detail and the rich characters of the greatest novels. The most influential of these series was The Sopranos (1999–2007), which focused on Mafia boss Tony Soprano, who struggled with rival bosses, panic attacks, and his own family. Although not as popular as The Sopranos, the crime series The Wire (2002–08), which chronicled the decay of American institutions such as public education and the press, was acclaimed by critics.

HBO also significantly influenced television comedy. Since 1975 many premier stand-up comedians have appeared on HBO specials. In 1989 HBO created the Comedy Channel, which two years later merged with Viacom’s competing channel HA! to become Comedy Central, the home of The Daily Show with Jon Stewart (1999–2015), South Park (1997– ), and Chappelle’s Show (2003–06). HBO’s The Larry Sanders Show (1992–98), starring comedian Garry Shandling, did to late-night talk shows what Tanner ’88 had done to political campaigns, to great critical acclaim.

HBO’s original programming also included miniseries such as Band of Brothers (2001), which followed a company of American soldiers during World War II, and John Adams (2008), about the second U.S. president. The cable network also produces many movies and documentaries and airs programs of special events, such as boxing matches and music concerts. 


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