HBO Europe

HBO Europe is a premium television group of channels by HBO. It is available as a group of film channels and streaming television services in Hungary, Poland, the Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia and Moldova while VOD-only services with original programming is available in Spain, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland and Portugal.

HBO Europe
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CountryHungary, Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Romania, Bulgaria, Croatia, Slovenia, Serbia, Montenegro, Bosnia and Herzegovina, North Macedonia, Moldova, Portugal, Spain, Finland, Sweden, Denmark, Norway
HeadquartersBudapest, Hungary (Central Europe & Portugal)
Stockholm, Sweden (Nordic countries and Spain)
Prague, Czech Republic (original programming)
Ownership
OwnerWarnerMedia International
Sister channelsHBO 2
HBO 3
Cinemax
Cinemax 2
History
LaunchedSeptember 28, 1991
Links
Websitehbo-europe.com

The administration of Central European countries and Portugal is headquartered in Budapest, Hungary; meanwhile the Nordic and Spain services operate from Stockholm, Sweden. HBO Europe has offices also in Prague, Belgrade, Bratislava, Bucharest, Zagreb, Lisbon, Madrid, Copenhagen, Helsinki, Sofia and Warsaw.

HistoryEdit

The first channel was launched in Hungary on September 28, 1991.[1] This was followed by the launch in Czech Republic, founding HBO Europe's predecessor under the name HBO Central Europe. In 1995 Walt Disney entered in joint-venture, and in 1996 it was launched in Poland (1996), Slovakia (1997), Romania (1998), Moldova (1999), Bulgaria (2002), Croatia, Slovenia (2004),[2] Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Montenegro (2006) and North Macedonia (2009).

In September, 2003 a new premium channel HBO2 was launched as the sister channel of HBO. In November, 2005, Cinemax and Cinemax2 stated to broadcast, while in September, 2007 a third channel named HBO Comedy was introduced as well.

Upon the launch of HBO in the Netherlands, HBO Central Europe was renamed HBO Europe in 2012. In 2011 HBO entered the market of streaming services with launching HBO Go's localized Central European version. Following HBO Go's launch, in 2012 HBO Nordic was launched in Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland, the first countries where HBO introduced only streaming services without any linear television channels. It was followed by the launch of HBO España in 2016 (the Dutch version was closed in the same year) and HBO Portugal in 2019, both of them being VOD-only services.

BrandsEdit

Television channelsEdit

HBO Europe owns premium film channels in its Central European operating area under the names HBO, HBO2, HBO3, Cinemax and Cinemax2. HBO serves as the flagship channel of the portfolio, while HBO2's programming consists of mainly family-friendly content. Former comedy channel HBO Comedy was rebranded in 2016 as HBO3, a premium channel focusing on television series. Cinemax serves as a mainstream cinema channel, while Cinemax2 offers art films.

Currently operating channelsEdit

CinemaxEdit

Streaming servicesEdit

HBO Europe owns streaming services throughout Europe. It has been operating services branded as HBO Go in Central European countries since 2011. Localized subtitles are available in Hungarian, Czech, Romanian, Bulgarian, Croatian, Polish, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian and Macedonian. Localized dubbing and voiceover feeds are available in Hungarian, Czech and Polish usually a week after an original series' episode premieres. HBO Go is the leading streaming service in all of the countries in which it operates - as of August, 2019, it has 5.5 million subscribers throughout Central Europe. Its platform is developed in Budapest.

HBO was launched as a VOD-only brand in Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland as HBO Nordic and in Spain as HBO España. Meanwhile, HBO Go is developed in Budapest, Nordic and España services are headquartered in Stockholm.

In 2019, HBO's streaming service was introduced in Portugal as well, as HBO Portugal. Despite it is not branded as HBO Go, it uses the Central European platform.

Current programmingEdit

Foreign seriesEdit

Original seriesEdit

Acquired seriesEdit

Movie LibraryEdit

HBO premiere movies after 8 months from theatrical release of the following studios:

Studio Note
Walt Disney Studios
20th Century Fox
Columbia Pictures
Paramount Pictures

Original programmingEdit

HBO Europe is also one of the largest producer companies for television in Central and Eastern Europe, operating HBO Europe Original Programming Ltd., headquartered in London, producing several local original scripted programming and series based on licensed formats.

Licensed formats include BeTipul (Bez tajemnic, Terapie, Terápia), Small Time Gangster (Umbre), Mammon (Mamon, The Pact) and When Shall We Kiss? (Társas játék, Rămâi cu mine, Až po uši).

CroatiaEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Uspjeh Drama and Crime January 6, 2019 1 Seasons, 006 episodes 47-56 min. Pending

CzechiaEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Terapie Drama October 9, 2011 3 Seasons, 116 episodes 21-29 min. Ended
Burning Bush Drama and Biography January 27, 2013 3 episodes 72-84 min. Miniseries
Až po uši Romantic, Drama and Comedy November 2, 2014 2 Season, 23 episodes 35 min. Pending
Wasteland Drama and Mystery October 30, 2016 8 episodes 60 min. Miniseries
The Sleepers Drama November 17, 2019 6 episodes 60 min. Miniseries

HungaryEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Terápia Drama October 22, 2012 3 Seasons, 110 episodes TBA Ended
Társas játék Dramedy October 23, 2013 2 Seasons, 26 episodes TBA Ended
Golden Life Crime drama November 8, 2015 3 Seasons, 24 episodes 48-57 min. Ended

PolandEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Bez tajemnic Psychological October 17, 2011 3 Seasons 17-29 min. Ended
Wataha Criminal, Thriller and Sensacional October 12, 2014 3 Seasons 55 min. Ended
The Pact Detective, Crime and Thriller November 8, 2015 2 Seasons 60 min. Ended
Blinded by the Lights Criminal and Thriller October 27, 2018 8 episodes 55-60 min. Miniseries

RomaniaEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Rămâi cu mine Drama December 1, 2013 13 episodes TBA Miniseries
Umbre Drama and Crime December 28, 2014 3 Seasons, 21 episodes 41-59 min. Pending
The Silent Valley TBA 2016 TBA
Hackerville Drama and Crime October 21, 2018 6 episodes TBA
Awaiting release
Tuff Money TBA 2020 TBA Pending
RUXX TBA

SpainEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
The Pioneer Documentary July 7, 2019 1 Seasons, 4 episodes 50 min. Miniseries
Foodie Love Romance and Comedy December 4, 2019 1 Seasons, 8 episodes 30-45 min. Pending
En Casa Anthology June 3, 2020 1 Seasons, 5 episodes 20-45 min. Miniseries
One Way or Another Comedy July 22, 2020 1 Seasons, 10 episodes 30 min. Pending
Stage 0 Anthology September 13, 2020 1 Seasons, 6 episodes 70 min. Miniseries
Patria Historical drama September 27, 2020 1 Seasons, 8 episodes 50 min. Miniseries
30 Coins Mystery and Horror November 29, 2020 1 Seasons, 8 episodes 50 min. Pending

SwedenEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Gösta Comedy July 1, 2019 1 Season, 12 episodes 30 min. Pending
Beartown Drama October 18, 2020 1 Season, 5 episodes 60 min. Pending
Pray, Obey, Kill Docuseries April 4, 2021 1 season, 6 episodes 60 min. Ended

NorwayEdit

Title Genre Premiere Seasons Runtime Status
Beforeigners Crime drama and Sci-fi August 21, 2019 1 Season, 6 episodes 45 min. Renewed

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "HBO Europe - History section".
  2. ^ "HBO launch in Slovenia and Croatia" (Press release). HBO Central Europe. September 7, 2004.

External linksEdit