The Sopranos

Amazon Prime Instant Video launches on Android phones

Amazon has launched its Prime Instant Video OTT service on Android phones in the UK, Germany and US for the first time. The retail giant said that Amazon Prime members will be able to access its Prime Instant Video catalogue of “tens of thousands of movies and TV episodes” via an update for the Amazon […]

Game of Thrones crowned HBO’s most popular show ever

Game of Thrones has become the most-watched show ever on US premium cable net HBO. The fantasy series, which goes out on Sunday nights on HBO in the US, has overtaken The Sopranos, which set the previous audience record for HBO in 2002. Game of Thrones garners 6-7 million live viewers, but the overall viewing number […]

Amazon snags HBO shows with exclusive deal

Amazon has struck an exclusive licensing deal with HBO and will carry a raft of the premium cabler’s shows on its Fire and Prime Instant TV services. HBO has its own TV everywhere service, HBO Go, but the Amazon deal gives it access to catalogue HBO series including The Sopranos (below right), Six Feet under, […]

HBO on basic cable for first time

HBO is being offered as part of a basic tier channel package in the US for the first time. To this point, HBO has always been a premium tier channel, though Jeff Bewkes (left), CEO of HBO parent Time Warner, has recently made noises suggesting he was looking at more competitive pricing options. HBO and […]

HBO Go launches on Polish pay platform

Liberty Global-owned UPC Poland has made the HBO Go multiscreen on-demand service available to its subscribers for the first time and has launched the full range of HBO HD services on its platform. UPC customers will now be able to access four channels new to the platform – HBO 2 HD, HBO Comedy HD, Cinemax […]

HBO plans Sopranos on-demand marathon

Premium US cable network HBO is launching all seasons of its groundbreaking mobster series The Sopranos on-demand following renewed interest in the series after the death of its lead actor, James Gandolfini. Gandolfini unexpectedly passed away on June 19, sparking a wave of tributes for his role as Tony Soprano, the conflicted mafia boss in […]

blinkbox snaps up new Game of Thrones

UK online video store blinkbox has become the first digital platform to secure rights to season three of HBO fantasy drama Game of Thrones. The series joins other HBO shows such as True Blood, Band of Brothers and The Sopranos available without a subscription via the blinkbox service. Game of Thrones runs on UK pay […]

Gandolfini onboard as HBO revives Criminal Justice

The Sopranos star James Gandolfini is to star in another HBO series – the newly revived drama Criminal Justice. US premium cablenet HBO passed on Justice’s pilot in February but has now commissioned a seven-part limited series with Gandolfini attached to star as an attorney defending a Pakistani man accused of murdering a girl in […]

Time Warner channels biz up, Warner Bros. down

US media giant Time Warner’s networks business, which houses Turner Broadcasting System and HBO, posted strong revenues and earnings in its parent’s first quarter financial results. Time Warner’s networks’ business grew revenues 3% to US$3.7 billion for the three months to March 31, 2013, and operating income was up 11% to US$1.3 billion. However, declines […]

Latin Media Leaders: HBO Latin America/HBO Go

DIGITAL INNOVATOR HBO LATIN AMERICA, HBO GO   In late 2011 HBO Latin America gave notice of its intention to launch its TV Everywhere service HBO Go throughout Latin America and 2012 was about delivering on that pledge. Emilio Rubio, president of HBO Latin America Group, says ownership of the digital space is a key […]