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LaunchedNovember 8, 1972; 45 years ago (1972-11-08)
Owned byHome Box Office, Inc. (Time Warner)
Picture format
  • "It's Not TV. It's HBO."
  • "It's What Connects Us."
CountryUnited States
  • English
  • Spanish (HBO Latino only and via SAP audio track on primary HBO channel and all other multiplex channels; some films may be distributed in their native language and subtitled into English)
Broadcast areaNationwide
HeadquartersNew York City, New York, U.S.
Sister channel(s)
Timeshift service
  • HBO East
  • HBO West
  • HBO2 East
  • HBO2 West
  • HBO Comedy East
  • HBO Comedy West
  • HBO Family East
  • HBO Family West
  • HBO Latino East
  • HBO Latino West
  • HBO Signature East
  • HBO Signature West
  • HBO Zone East
  • HBO Zone West
  • HBO:
  • East: 501 (HD/SD)
  • West: 504 (HD/SD)
  • HBO2:
  • East: 502 (HD/SD)
  • West: 505 (HD/SD)
  • HBO Signature: 503 (HD/SD)
  • HBO Comedy: 506 (HD)
  • HBO Family:
  • East: 507 (HD/SD)
  • West: 508 (SD)
  • HBO Zone: 509 (HD)
  • HBO Latino: 511 (HD)
  • HBO On Demand: 1501
Dish Network
  • HBO:
  • East: 300 (HD/SD)
  • West: 303 (HD/SD)
  • HBO2:
  • East: 301 (HD/SD)
  • West: 304 (SD)
  • HBO Signature:
  • 302 (HD/SD)
  • HBO Family: 305 (HD/SD)
  • HBO Comedy: 307 (HD/SD)
  • HBO Zone: 308 (HD only)
  • HBO Latino:
  • 309 (HD/SD)
Available on all U.S. cable systemsConsult your local cable provider or program listings source for channel availability
Verizon FiOS
  • 899–913 (HD)
  • 400–413 (SD)
AT&T U-verse1802–1815 (HD)
802–815 (SD)
CenturyLink Prism
  • 1802–1815 (HD)
  • 802–815 (SD)
TalkTalk TV (UK)On Demand – Buy & Keep
Zazeen (Canada)172–173 (HD/SD)
Streaming media
  • (U.S. cable Internet subscribers only; requires login from pay television provider to access content)
PlayStation VueInternet Protocol television
Sling TVInternet Protocol television
DirecTV NowInternet Protocol television
Amazon Video
Home Box Office, Inc.
FoundedNovember 8, 1972 (1972-11-08)
HeadquartersNew York City, United States
Area served
Key people
  • Richard Plepler (CEO)
  • John K. Billock
  • (President of HBO U.S. Group)
  • Casey Bloys
  • (President of HBO Programing)
ProductsPay television, television production
RevenueIncreaseUS$5.890 billion (2016)[3]
IncreaseUS$1.928 billion (2016)[3]
ParentTime Warner

Home Box Office (HBO) is an American premium cable and satellite television network owned and operated by Home Box Office, Inc., a division of Time Warner. Programming featured on the network consists primarily of theatrically released motion pictures and original television series, along with made-for-cable movies and documentaries, boxing matches, and occasional stand-up comedy and concert specials.

HBO is the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service (basic or premium) in the United States, having been in operation since November 8, 1972. In 2016, HBO had an adjusted operating income of US$1.93 billion, compared to the US$1.88 billion it accrued in 2015.[3] HBO has 49 million subscribers in the United States and 130 million worldwide as of 2016.[4][5] The network provides seven 24-hour multiplex channels, including HBO Comedy, HBO Latino, HBO Signature, and HBO Family. It launched the streaming service HBO Now in April 2015 and has over 2 million subscribers in the United States as of February 2017.[6]


As of July 2015, HBO's programming is available to approximately 36,493,000 households with at least one television set (31.3% of all cable, satellite and telco customers) in the United States (36,013,000 subscribers or 30.9% of all households with pay television service receive at least HBO's primary channel),[7] making it the second largest premium channel in the United States (Encore, owned by Starz Inc., reaches 40.54 million pay television households as of July 2015[7][8]). In addition to its U.S. subscriber base, HBO distributes content in at least 151 countries,[9] with approximately 130 million subscribers worldwide.[5]

HBO subscribers generally pay for an extra tier of service that includes other cable- and satellite-exclusive channels even before paying for the channel itself (though HBO often prices all of its channels together in a single package). However, a law imposed by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) requires that cable providers allow subscribers to get just "limited" basic cable (a base programming tier that includes local, and in some areas, out-of-market broadcast stations and public, educational, and government access channels) and premium services such as HBO, without subscribing to expanded service (Comcast is the only major provider to have purposefully offered the network in such a manner utilizing this law, as it offered a bundled cable/Internet package that included limited basic service and HBO from October 2013 to July 2014, or January of the latter year in some markets).[10][11][12] Cable providers can require the use of a converter box – usually digital – in order to receive HBO.

HBO also provides its content through digital media; the channel maintains HBO Go, a video on demand streaming service available as a website and slate of mobile apps exclusively to existing subscribers of the linear channel suite and a separate, but similar standalone service, HBO Now, which launched in April 2015 as a subscription streaming platform that does not require a subscription to the HBO television service.[13][14]

Many HBO programs have been syndicated to other networks and broadcast television stations (usually after some editing for running time and/or content that indecency regulations enforced by jurisdictional telecommunications agencies or self-imposed by network Standards and Practices departments may prohibit from airing on broadcast and cable networks), and a number of HBO-produced series and films have been released on DVD. Since HBO's more successful series (most notably shows such as Sex and the City, The Sopranos, The Wire, Entourage, Six Feet Under, Boardwalk Empire, Game of Thrones and True Blood) air on over-the-air broadcasters in other countries (such as in Canada, Australia and much of Europe – including the United Kingdom), HBO's programming has the potential of being exposed to a higher percentage of the population of those countries compared to the United States.

Because of the cost of HBO (which is the most expensive of the U.S. premium services, costing a monthly fee as of 2015 between $15 and $20 depending on the provider), many Americans only view HBO programs through DVDs or in basic cable or broadcast syndication – months or even years after these programs have first aired on the network – and with editing for both content and to allow advertising, although several series have filmed alternate "clean" scenes intended for syndication runs.[15]

Other Languages
العربية: إتش بي أو
asturianu: HBO
বাংলা: এইচবিও
Bân-lâm-gú: HBO
български: HBO
bosanski: HBO
čeština: HBO
Cymraeg: HBO
dansk: HBO
eesti: HBO
Ελληνικά: Home Box Office
español: HBO
Esperanto: Home Box Office
euskara: HBO
فارسی: اچ‌بی‌او
français: Home Box Office
Gàidhlig: HBO
galego: HBO
한국어: HBO
Հայերեն: HBO
हिन्दी: एचबीओ
hrvatski: HBO
Bahasa Indonesia: Home Box Office
íslenska: HBO
italiano: HBO
עברית: HBO
Basa Jawa: Home Box Office
ქართული: HBO
қазақша: HBO
latviešu: HBO
Lëtzebuergesch: Home Box Office
lietuvių: HBO
magyar: HBO
македонски: HBO
მარგალური: HBO
Bahasa Melayu: HBO
Nederlands: Home Box Office
नेपाली: एचबीओ
日本語: HBO
norsk: HBO
norsk nynorsk: HBO
ਪੰਜਾਬੀ: ਐੱਚ.ਬੀ.ਓ.
پنجابی: ایچ۔بی۔او۔
polski: HBO
português: Home Box Office
română: HBO
русский: HBO
Scots: HBO
Simple English: Home Box Office
slovenčina: HBO
српски / srpski: Ејч-Би-Оу
srpskohrvatski / српскохрватски: Home Box Office
suomi: HBO
svenska: HBO
தமிழ்: எச்பிஓ
Türkçe: HBO
українська: HBO
Tiếng Việt: HBO
粵語: HBO
中文: HBO