Richard Plepler

News brief: HBO chiefs to headline Banff

HBO’s Richard Plepler (left) and Michael Lombardo will headline the Banff World Media Festival. The industry confab, held in the Canadian Rockies in June, has HBO as its ‘company of distinction’ and Plepler, CEO and chairman of the premium cabler, will give a keynote address. Michael Lombardo, will also speak, in a session with Damon […]

HBO Now to rival Netflix in Brazil, Argentina

Premium cable network HBO is to launch its over-the-top subscription service in Brazil and Argentina later this year. The launches mean HBO Now will be available in nine territories, including the US and Spain, as it seeks to compete with globally-distributed SVOD rival Netflix. No exact date was put on the Latin American launches, but […]

Report: HBO Now faces Netflix in Spain

Premium over-the-top service HBO Now will reportedly launch in Spain by the year-end. The Time Warner-owned service launching in the territory means HBO will look to retain its rights from now onwards, and not license them to pay TV providers, according to report author BloombergBusiness. Existing content deals will run down, at which point the […]

HBO strikes five-season Sesame Street deal

HBO and Sesame Workshop have agreed a five-season deal for iconic kids series Sesame Street. The deal means the show will be on the HBO linear channel, its TV everywhere service HBO Go, and SVOD offering HBO Now, for at least five years. Episodes of Sesame Street will debut on the premium cable net and […]

HBO NOW set for ‘case-by-case’ int’l launches

Subscriber satisfaction for HBO’s US over-the-top service has surpassed expectations with announcements about new country launches likely to follow “in the near future”, according to HBO CEO Richard Plepler. Speaking on the second quarter earnings call of HBO parent company Time Warner, Plepler (pictured) said that less than 1% of HBO subscribers have axed their […]

Vice launching daily news and OTT channel with HBO

Youth content brand Vice is launching a daily news service on HBO in the US and a branded channel on the premium cabler’s upcoming OTT service HBO Now. The half-hour Vice daily newscast will be stripped through the week on HBO as part of a renewed, wider programming deal between and Time Warner’s HBO and […]

HBO launches SVOD Netflix rival

HBO has unveiled HBO Now, its OTT subscription on-demand service that will allow consumers access to its premium content for a monthly rate. The service will launch in April, marking a significant new entrant the competitive SVOD market that Netflix and Amazon Prime Instant Video currently dominate. Anticipation around HBO’s OTT offer has been growing […]

Time Warner: $19bn content investment coming

Time Warner chief Jeff Bewkes says spend on production and programme marketing at the US media giant will soon reach US$19 billion. Bewkes (left) said during an investors’ call the spend was currently at US$15 billion, but would increase as synergies between the Turner Broadcasting System broadcasting business, premium channel HBO and Hollywood studio Warner […]

HBO’s OTT service to shake up SVOD market

Roughly 17% of US broadband households would be likely to subscribe to HBO’s forthcoming over-the-top video service, according to new research by Parks Associates. The research firm said that among those likely to subscribe, 91% are currently pay TV subscribers, while roughly 50% would cancel their pay TV service after subscribing to HBO’s OTT service, […]

HBO appoints global distribution boss

HBO has upped Tom Woodbury to president, global distribution. The newly created role will see the HBO veteran step into a new role that oversees the premium cabler’s international and domestic businesses. Under the new structure, international president Simon Sutton reports to Woodbury, who has been at HBO since 1981, as does domestic channels executive […]