HBO
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CountrySingapore
Broadcast area
NetworkHBO
Headquarters151 Lorong Chuan, New Technology Park 04-05, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore
Programming
Language(s)English
Chinese
Japanese
Malay
Filipino
Indonesian
Thai
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 anamorphic widescreen or letterboxed 480i/576i for the SDTV feed) (20??- (HD), 25.05.2019- (SD))
576i SDTV (4:3) (01.05.1992-24.05.2019)
Ownership
OwnerHBO Asia Pte Ltd (Warner Bros. Discovery International)
History
Launched1 May 1992; 30 years ago (1992-05-01)[3]
ReplacedRed by HBO (SatLite Only, Philippines)
Former namesMovieVision (1992–1995)
Links
WebsiteOfficial website

HBO Asia is the Asian division of HBO. It was originally launched on 1 May 1992 as MovieVision, later rebranding on 1 June 1995 to its current name after being purchased by Home Box Office, Inc. The Singapore-based broadcast network offers channels and services with no advertisements– HBO, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits, Cinemax and Red – as well as HBO Go and HBO on Demand. HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst in Asia.[4]

Programming

HBO Asia has licensing deals with two major Hollywood conglomerate film studios: Warner Bros. Discovery (Warner Bros. Pictures; New Line Cinema, HBO Films, Castle Rock Entertainment; Warner Independent Pictures, Franchise Pictures) and Paramount Global (Paramount Pictures, Paramount Vantage).

Original Programming

HBO also aired their Original Series or Original Films from Asian creators which aired on Sunday nights. Some other Asian original title may also simultaneously release in other platform, for example Catchplay, which has co-produce some HBO Asian titles.

This television-related list is incomplete; you can help by adding missing items. (October 2021)

TV series

Drama
Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Language(s) Status
Grace[5] Horror drama October 17, 2014 4 episodes Un­known
  • English
  • Mandarin
Miniseries
Halfworlds Dark fantasy thriller November 29, 2015 2 seasons, 16 episodes Un­known
  • English
  • Indonesian (season 1)
  • Thai (season 2)
Renewed[6]
Folklore Horror anthology October 7, 2018 2 seasons, 12 episodes 60 min various languages Pending
Grisse[7] Epic Western March 6, 2019 1 season, 8 episodes Un­known
  • English
  • Indonesian
Ended
Food Lore[8] Slice of life anthology November 3, 2019 1 season, 8 episodes Un­known Various languages Ended
Invisible Stories[9] Psychological drama/Anthology January 5, 2020 1 season, 6 episodes Un­known
  • English
  • Mandarin
  • Thai
Ended
Dream Raider[10] Science fiction mystery drama August 16, 2020 1 season, 8 episodes Un­known
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese
Ended
Miss S[a] Period action drama October 5, 2020 30 episodes Un­known Mandarin Miniseries
On The Job Action thriller September 13, 2021 6 episodes 45-63 min Filipino Miniseries
Who's By Your Side[11] Family thriller October 3, 2021 10 episodes 50 min
  • Mandarin
  • Hokkien
Ended
Comedy
Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Language(s) Status
Sent[12] Comedy drama September 17, 2017 1 season, 8 episodes Un­known English Ended
Adventure of the Ring[13] Romantic comedy-drama December 13, 2020 8 episodes Un­known Mandarin Miniseries
Unscripted
Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Language(s) Status
Traffickers: Inside the Golden Triangle[14] True crime docuseries July 23, 2021 3 episodes Un­known English Ended
Co-productions

These shows have been commissioned by HBO Asia with a partner network.

Title Genre Partner/Country Premiere Seasons Runtime Language Status
Serangoon Road Period drama ABC/Australia September 22, 2013 1 season, 10 episodes 55 min English Ended
The Teenage Psychic Supernatural coming-of-age drama PTS/Taiwan April 2, 2017 2 seasons, 14 episodes 50 min
Ended
The Talwars: Behind Closed Doors True crime docuseries Star World/India November 26, 2017 4 episodes Un­known English Miniseries
Miss Sherlock Crime drama Hulu/Japan April 27, 2018 1 season, 8 episodes 45-50 min Japanese Ended
The Bridge Crime drama Viu/Malaysia November 26, 2018 2 seasons, 20 episodes 60 min
  • English
  • Malay
  • Indonesian
Ended
The World Between Us Psychological drama PTS and Catchplay/Taiwan March 24, 2019 10 episodes 50 min Mandarin Miniseries
Workers[15] Dark comedy-drama myVideo/Taiwan May 10, 2020 6 episodes Un­known
  • Hokkien
  • Mandarin
Miniseries
The Head Mystery thriller
June 12, 2020 1 season, 6 episodes 47–65 min.
  • English
  • Danish
  • Swedish
  • Spanish
Renewed[16]
Trinity of Shadows[17] Crime drama June 13, 2021 1 season, 15 episodes Un­known Mandarin Ended[citation needed]
Twisted Strings[18] Comedy thriller/Anthology March 27, 2022 7 episodes ~60 min. Mandarin Ended

Films

Title Genre Release Date Runtime Language(s)
Dead Mine Action horror September 27, 2012 1 hour, 27 min. English
Master of the Drunken Fist: Beggar So Action drama December 25, 2016 1 hour, 33 min. Mandarin
Master of the Shadowless Kick: Wong Kei-Ying December 26, 2016 1 hour, 40 min.
Master of the White Crane Fist: Wong Yam-Lam February 20, 2019 Un­known
The Garden of Evening Mists Romantic period drama September 13, 2020 2 hour English
Gensan Punch Sports biopic September 27, 2021 1 hour, 40 min.
  • English
  • Filipino
  • Japanese

Censorship

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HBO Asia was heavily censored in Asia, with many shows such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, Entourage, The Wire, Hung, Girls, True Blood, Game of Thrones and Boardwalk Empire aired in edited versions; certain programmes are not shown in some territories at all. This has been liberalised to an extent in recent years.[19][20][21]

The HBO-made series Entourage was taken off-air for three weeks by one cable operator in the Philippines, pending clearance by the MTRCB.[citation needed] The entire series continued to air without disruption on all other Philippines cable operators.

In Vietnam, every movie with content which is considered to oppose or distort the American War, the Communist Party of Vietnam or Communism in general is replaced by another film. In addition, if the Ministry of Culture and Information considers a movie has contents of a serious sexual or horrific nature not conforming with Vietnamese society, it will not be aired.[citation needed]

Output that feature visuals such as the middle finger, nudity, passionate intimacy and vulgar language are cut out.

In China, due to Western product restrictions, and the China-United States trade war, HBO was blocked and restricted, and the replacement is currently Tencent Video and iQIYI.[22][23][citation needed]

Other channels

Network Description Website
HBO Shows Hollywood films and HBO Original series Official site
HBO Hits Shows hits and blockbuster films Official site[b]
HBO Family Shows family oriented films and series Official site[b]
HBO Signature Shows critically acclaimed and original productions Official site[b]
Cinemax Shows action and suspense movies Official site[b]
HBO On Demand Shows the best Hollywood films and outstanding HBO Originals at your control Official site[b]
BabyFirst 24-hour channel for babies and infants distributed by HBO Asia Official site

HBO South Asia

HBO South Asia
HBO logo.svg
CountryIndia
Broadcast area
Programming
Language(s)English
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
Ownership
OwnerWarnerMedia International[24] (As of 2019)
Turner International India (earlier)
Sister channels
History
Launched22 March 2000
Closed15 December 2020
Links
Websitehbosouthasia.com

HBO formerly provided a separate feed with commercial breaks for audiences in South Asia, namely India, Bangladesh, and the Maldives. All movie promos in this beam are according to IST. A timeshifted feed for Pakistan was launched in the mid-2000s in partnership with ARY Digital Network.[25] The schedule was same as the Indian feed with the difference being the commercial breaks and timings in PST.

Before the launch of HBO South Asia, HBO tried replicating the premium model in India. But then HBO decided it wasn't commercially viable so the South Asia channel was launched in India and also in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldives.[26]

HBO Asia and Eros International launched HBO Defined and HBO Hits across India on 21 February 2013 on Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV. These channels are commercial-free. The content of both the channels include movies as well as most of HBO Original Programming. When the channels launched, the main HBO channel stopped airing original series.[27]

In 2015, HBO had decided to exit the Indian market and license the channel to Turner International India.[28] The channel was revamped in February 2016 after a survey conducted by the channel team to better suit the masses.[29][30] HBO Defined and HBO Hits would be handled by Star India, however HBO Defined and HBO Hits SD was shut down on 31 December 2015 while HBO Hits HD was replaced by HBO HD on 4 September 2016.[31] It only airs Hollywood movies, as Star India has the rights to HBO Original Programming which are available on Star World and Disney+ Hotstar.[32]

WarnerMedia International announced on 15 October 2020 that HBO South Asia and WB Channel would close down on 15 December 2020. The HBO channel would no longer be available in India and Pakistan after this date, while WB Channel ceased to exist in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives.[33]

HBO India had closed down at midnight with the last movie on the SD channel being Mad Max: Fury Road (completed 1 hour before the shutdown) and the last movie on the HD channel being Memoirs of a Geisha. HBO Pakistan was also closed down at midnight.

See also

Notes

  1. ^ Acquired by HBO Asia from Tencent Video
  2. ^ a b c d e The link has been redirected to the schedule page

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