HBO (Asia)

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Launched 1 May 1992; 26 years ago (1992-05-01)
Network HBO
Owned by Home Box Office Inc. (AT&T)
Picture format 480i (SDTV) 16:9
1080i (HDTV)
Slogan It's Not TV, It's HBO.
Country Singapore
Language English
Broadcast area Brunei
Hong Kong
Papua New Guinea
South Korea
Sri Lanka
Headquarters 151 Lorong Chuan, New Technology Park 04-05, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore
Formerly called MovieVision
(1 May 1992-31 May 1995)
Replaced MovieVision
(1 May 1992-31 May 1995)
Sister channel(s) Cinemax, HBO Signature, HBO Family, HBO Hits, HBO On Demand, Screen Red
Timeshift service HBO HD (1-hour earlier)
Sky Direct (Philippines) Channel 22 (HBO HD Asia)
Astro (Malaysia) Channel 411 (HBO Asia), Channel 431 (HBO HD Asia)
MNC Vision (Indonesia) Channel 7 (HBO Asia), Channel 401 (HBO HD Asia)
Transvision (Indonesia) Channel 105 (HBO HD Asia)
OrangeTV (Indonesia) Channel 150 (HBO HD Asia)
Dish Home (Nepal) Channel 500 (HBO Asia)
Channel 923 (HBO HD Asia)
Sky Net (Myanmar) Channel 111 (HBO Asia)
Channel 118 (HBO HD Asia)
Dialog TV
(Sri Lanka)
Channel 80 (HBO HD Asia)
Cignal TV (Philippines) Channel 53 (HBO Asia)
Channel 210 (HBO HD Asia)
Channel 58 (HD 800/77/99)
Channel 78 (C01/C02)
One TV (Cambodia) Channel 28 (HBO HD Asia)
SkyCable / Destiny Cable (Philippines) Channel 54, Channel 402 (Digital) (HBO Asia)
Channel 168, Channel 710 (HBO HD Asia)
Pioneer Cable Vision Inc. (PCVI) (Baybay City, Leyte, Philippines) Channel 21 (HBO HD Asia)
StarHub TV (Singapore) Channel 601 (HBO Asia)
First Media (Indonesia) Channel 285 (HBO HD Asia ), Channel 301 (HBO Asia)
Channel 151(HBO HD Asia)
HCaTV (Vietnam) Channel 63 (HBO HD Asia)
HTVC (Vietnam) Channel 20 (HBO HD Asia)
Space Time Network (Kathmandu, Nepal) Channel 514 (HBO HD Asia)
Parasat Cable TV (Philippines) Channel 43 (HBO HD Asia)
Macau Cable TV (Macau) Channel 41 (HBO HD Asia)
Cablelink (Philippines) Channel 46 (HBO Asia)
Channel 303 (HBO HD Asia)
now TV (Hong Kong) Channel 110 (HBO HD Asia), Channel 115 (HBO Asia)
Unifi TV (Malaysia) Channel 409 (HBO HD Asia) Coming soon
PEO TV (Sri Lanka) Channel 29 (HBO HD Asia)
HBO Asia Pte Ltd.
Pte Ltd
Founded 1 May 1992
Headquarters 151 Lorong Chuan, New Technology Park 04-05, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore
Area served
Products Movie production, TV production, Broadcasting, Cable television

HBO Asia (formerly known as MovieVision, officially launched on 1 May 1992 and officially dissolved on 31 May 1995) is owned by HBO. The Singapore-based broadcast network offers a bouquet of channels and services including 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels in standard-definition and high-definition – 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.


  • 1 May 1992
  • 1993
  • 1994
    • MovieVision launches in Republic of China.
    • 20 months after its launch, MovieVision eventually shifts to a full 24-hour service.
    • In a landmark deal, MovieVision concludes exclusive licensing deals with Sony Pictures Entertainment and Universal Studios, who also become equity partners. The 4-MovieVision Asia partner studios jointly claim 19 of the top 25 films released in the United States during 1993 and 1994.
    • MovieVision becomes available in Indonesia.
  • 1995
  • 1996
  • 1997
    • Dan Murrell becomes HBO Asia's Managing Director, replacing CEO and President Bill Hooks, who returns to HBO in New York City after five years at the helm.
    • HBO Asia celebrates its 5th anniversary.
    • HBO expands to 18 Asian territories.
  • 1998
  • 1999
    • HBO Asia opens a representative office in Republic of China.
    • Dan Murrell is appointed CEO and President of HBO Asia.
  • 2000
    • Cinemax Asia launches in Hong Kong as a premium service, alongside HBO.
    • HBO South Asia service is launched in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Maldives. The HBO channel in India and the Maldives is ad-supported.
    • James Marturano is appointed Executive Vice President of HBO Asia and HBO South Asia’s Managing Director.
  • 2001
    • HBO premieres the most expensive HBO original production ever, Band Of Brothers, across Asia. It is based on the best-selling novel by the late historian Stephen Ambrose. Tom Hanks and Steven Spielberg were executive producers for this ten-part World War II miniseries.
    • For the second year in a row, HBO sweeps top honours in a trade survey, reinforcing HBO as cable operators’ top choice for programming, sales and marketing, on-air look, viewer feedback, value for money and most popular channel.
  • 2002
    • HBO Asia celebrates its 10th anniversary.
    • HBO Asia launches Asia's first fully 'tapeless' system, one that fully digitalizes and archives its extensive library of movies and promotional on-air materials.
  • 2003
    • In March, Cinemax Asia relaunches to be Asia's most exciting movie channel for hits, action and suspense movies, complete with a new tagline of 'Get Into The Movies' and a brand-new on-air identity.
    • HBO channel receives the prestigious Superbrands® Award in Singapore.
    • HBO is voted as Asia's best cable and movie channel by cable operators across the region.
  • 2004
    • Jonathan Spink becomes HBO Asia's Chief Executive Officer, replacing CEO and President Dan Murrell after six years at the helm.
    • PCCW, the largest communications provider in Hong Kong, announces the launch of HBO Asia and Cinemax Asia on Now TV.
    • HBO Asia adds Cambodia to its territories.
  • 2005
    • In January, HBO Asia is the first programmer to have a five-hour block programming in People's Republic of China on China Central Television.
    • As part of its multi-channel strategy, HBO Asia launches its first additional HBO channel - HBO Signature, in April 2005. This is the first additional HBO channel that will be offered to subscribers in premium markets as a cluster of multi-channel services.
    • In August, HBO Asia signs an exclusive deal with PCCW's Now TV in Hong Kong.
    • In September, HBO launches into residential homes in Vietnam through distributor, which distributes to local operators, including Ho Chi Minh City Television, VTC, VCTV, SCTV and K+.
    • HBO premieres the second most expensive series in television history, the HBO Original Series Rome, produced at a cost of US$100 million.
  • 2006
    • HBO Asia increases the number of channels under its multi-channel bouquet with the launch of HBO Family and HBO Hits, which are distributed first through nowTV in Hong Kong.
    • HBO Signature, HBO Family and HBO Hits are launched in the Philippines as part of The HBO/MAX Pak through SkyCable.
    • In May, HBO Signature, HBO Family and HBO Hits launch for the first time in Republic of China.
    • In July, HBO Signature, HBO Family and HBO Hits are launched in Singapore as part of THE HBO PAK through StarHub Cable Vision.
  • 2007
    • In February, HBO Asia launches HBO On Demand, the company’s first Hollywood subscription movie on demand service in Asia and the company’s first Subscription Video On Demand (SVOD) service, to THE HBO MAX PAK PREMIUM subscribers on nowTV in Hong Kong.
    • In July, HBO Signature, HBO Family and HBO Hits launch for the first time in Thailand as part of the HBO package through TrueVisions, and also in Sri Lanka on Dialog TV and Lanka Broadband Networks.
    • HBO Asia celebrates its 15th anniversary.
  • 2008
    • HBO takes majority stake in HBO Asia. Previously jointly held by HBO, NBC Universal, Paramount Pictures and Sony Pictures Entertainment, HBO Asia under the new equity structure is owned by HBO and Paramount Pictures.
    • HBO continues to lead in Asia as the top-ranked channel with the best programming quality, on-air promotions, as well as sales and marketing support, as voted by pay television operators across the region according to the 2008 Asia Pacific Pay TV survey by Fusion Consulting.
    • HBO On Demand is made available to subscribers of THE HBO PAK in Singapore through StarHub TV.
  • 2009
    • Cinemax refreshes as Max, a channel dedicated to action, suspense and science-fiction programs targeted at men.
    • Mandarin subtitling is offered in addition to Malaysian for HBO subscribers in Malaysia. HBO is the first movie channel to offer dual subtitling in Malaysia.
    • HBO is offered on the newly launched direct-to-home pay television operator in the Philippines, Cignal Digital TV
    • Papua New Guinea’s HiTron Pty Ltd and Cambodia's Royal Group add three of HBO Asia’s multiplex channels, HBO Signature, HBO Family and HBO HiTS, to their existing HBO channel offerings.
    • All 5-HBO Asia multiplex channels launch on Mongolia's Dish TV while in Indonesia, Indovision (now MNC Vision) adds HBO Family and HBO Hits to their existing three HBO Asia channel offerings
    • All 3-HBO Asia's multiplex channels, HBO Signature, HBO Family and HBO Hits are added to Palau National Communications Corporation (PNCC)’s channel offerings, HBO and MAX in Palau.
    • HBO retains its overall lead for the third year running in the 2009 Pay TV Operators Survey conducted by Fusion Consulting and ContentAsia. HBO tops the movies genre, overall marketing and sales support, positive feedback from subscribers and best value for money categories.
    • HBO is the first regional movie channel to broadcast in high definition in Asia in October. HBO HD launches on nowTV in Hong Kong, StarHub TV in Singapore, Cignal Digital TV in the Philippines, and on kbro in Republic of China.
    • The television premiere of Kung Fu Panda is available for the first time in dual audio languages in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia and Singapore.
    • HBO Asia becomes the exclusive distributing agent for Warner Channel and BabyFirst in the Asia-Pacific region.
    • HBO HD launches on Astro in Malaysia in December.
  • 2010
    • In April, The Pacific, the highly anticipated companion piece produced by the award-winning team behind the Emmy-winning HBO original mini-series Band of Brothers, premieres on HBO less than three weeks after the US premiere.
    • All movies on HBO during the Chinese New Year weekend are available in dual sound in selected territories. From the weekend starting February 20, all 9:00 pm (SIN) movies on HBO are available in dual sound in selected territories.
    • HBO HD launches in Thailand on TrueVisions in May and in Indonesia on First Media in August. First Media adds RED to their channel offerings in August.
    • HBO retains overall lead for the fourth year running in the 2010 Pay TV Operators Survey conducted by Global Intelligence Alliance Group (the former Fusion Consulting) and ContentAsia. HBO tops in terms of programming quality, the movies genre and best value for money categories.
    • Screen Red, Warner Channel and BabyFirst launch on Telekom Malaysia in October.
    • Warner Channel launches in Republic of China on DishHD in September.
    • Screen Red is distributed across various parts of The Philippines with Cable Boss.
    • HBO Asia wins two gold (Best Logo Design for RED and Best Collateral for The Pacific) and two silver awards (Best Print for Chick Flicks campaign and Something For Nothing for Cinemax War Movies stunt) at the PromaxBDA Asia 2010 Awards.
    • HBO HD launches in Sri Lanka in December.
  • 2011
    • HBO HD launches in Vietnam.
    • HBO Asia increases its high-definition channel offering to two with HBO Hits HD which delivers Hollywood blockbuster hits 24-hours in daily, commercial-free in 100% true high-definition television. HBO Hits HD mirrors the programming on HBO Hits HD and is available in Indonesia on First Media In this same month, Screen Red is also launched on Global Destiny Cable in the Philippines. In Malaysia, prime-time programs on HBO shift by an hour to 10:00 pm.
    • HBO Hits HD is also available in Singapore on StarHub TV and in Republic of China on several cable and satellite operators. In Malaysia, selected Sunday prime-time movies are now available in dual language.
    • The prime time for HBO is shifted to 10:00 pm (9:00 pm Thai/JKT) while prime time for HBO Family shifted to 7:00 pm (6:00 pm Thai/JKT). In addition to Sunday prime-time movies, Saturday prime-time movies are also available in dual language in Malaysia. HBO On Demand launches in Vietnam.
  • 2012
    • HBO Asia celebrates its 20th anniversary.
    • HBO Asia strengthens content for 2012 with more than 140 hours of original programming, a 40% increase in original series compared to 2011.
    • The television premiere of The Bodyguard is available for the first time in dual audio languages in United States and Canada while full broadcast schedules in addition to closed-captioned subtitles in Indonesia, Malaysia, Singapore, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam, People's Republic of China, Hong Kong, Macau and Republic of China.
    • HBO Asia jointly develops Dead Mine, the first original co-production with Infinite Frameworks.
    • In May, HBO Asia migrates all HBO Services on satellite Apstar 2R (also known as Telstar 10) to Apstar 7.
    • In June, HBO Original movie Hemingway & Gellhorn premieres on HBO just days after its US premiere.
    • HBO expands its High Definition Channels by adding HBO Family HD and HBO Signature HD. This services is currently available through First Media subscribers in Indonesia[1][2]
  • 2013
    • HBO Asia, nowTV and SkyCable officially launched HBO GO in Hong Kong and the Philippines on February 28 for HBO Super Pak subscribers.
    • HBO Asia and Eros International launch India's first 100% advertising free channels - HBO Hits and HBO Defined in Standard Definition and High Definition - on February 21, 2013 with two DTH operators Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV under the banner of Home Box Office India Pvt. Ltd.
    • In May, HBO Signature, HBO Hits and HBO Family launch in Malaysia on the Astro B.yond IPTV platform.
    • HBO Asia wins gold and silver awards at the 2013 PromaxBDA Promotion, Marketing and Design Global Excellence Awards held in Los Angeles on 20 June.
    • In August, HBO Asia records and presents the movie Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted, with a Bahasa Indonesia / Bahasa Malaysia audio option for the first time in Indonesia and Singapore, with regional celebrities lending their voices to the characters.
    • HBO Asia’s first prime-time drama series Serangoon Road premieres on 22 September. A co-production with Australia’s ABC TV, this ten episode hour-long fast-paced detective drama series is set against the exotic, tumultuous backdrop of 1960s Singapore and stars Hollywood’s Joan Chen, Australia’s Don Hany, Hollywood-based Singaporean Chin Han, Indonesian Ario Bayu, Singaporeans Alaric Tay and Pamelyn Chee, and many more.
    • In October, HBO Asia’s distribution increases to 23 territories with HBO/HBO HD and Cinemax launching in Myanmar. Screen RED launches in Thailand and Myanmar.
    • In the same month, Cinemax and RED launch in high definition; all of HBO Asia’s channels are now available in high definition.
    • From November, new HBO Originals premiere in Asia within one week of their debut in the United States
    • In December, HBO Defined and HBO Hits launch on India’s leading DTH platform, TataSky, increasing the channel's distribution across 11 leading DTH and digital cable platforms in India
  • 2014
    • HBO GO launches in the Philippines in March, exclusively with SkyCable.
    • In July, HBO Asia premieres HBO and Cinemax Original scripted content less than a day after the United States, starting with The Knick.
    • HBO Asia engages in the largest audience outreach to date in August, offering a free preview of its content for the very first time via streaming on its website and YouTube channel, as well as nowTV's Video Express First platform starting with the full pilot episode of The Knick.
    • HBO Asia's four-part horror miniseries, Grace, premieres in October. Starring Russell Wong, Grace is the first production wholly conceived and developed in-house by HBO Asia.
    • In December, HBO Asia wins exclusive distribution rights as the only regional network with the rights to broadcast the Oscars® live.
  • 2015
    • HBO Asia, the new home of the Oscars® in the region, brings a complete Oscars® experience across multiple screens to complement HBO's live on-air broadcast of The 87th Annual Academy Awards®, with exclusive direct-from-Hollywood red carpet pictures and interviews, and backstage interviews on HBO Asia's website and social media platforms.
    • Turner International India takes over HBO South Asia, shuts down HBO Defined.[3]
    • In April, HBO Asia announces the live simulcast of its Original content, starting with season five of Game of Thrones premiering in Asia same time as the United States.
    • July 1: DreamWorks Channel officially launches. HBO Asia is the official distributor of the DreamWorks Channel in Asia, available in Thailand via CTH (July) and Malaysia via TM's HyppTV (September).
    • HBO GO launches as a standalone over-the-top streaming service without a pay TV subscription in Hong Kong via nowTV (April) and in Singapore via StarHub Go (August).
    • On October 1, SCREEN RED is rebranded as RED BY HBO, bringing to viewers a new vibrant look and internationally acclaimed content from Southeast Asia, in addition to those from Japan, Korea and Greater China.
  • 2016
  • 2017
    • On January 1, HBO Asia's channels in Thailand left TrueVisions and launched on AIS Play including HBO GO in February. [5]
    • HBO Asia celebrates its 25th anniversary.
  • 2018
    • On April 1, HBO Asia's channels in Vietnam left VTVCab and NextTV


  • 1992–2009: "Simply The Best"
  • 2009–present: "It's Not TV, It's HBO."


HBO Asia has first run deals with three major Hollywood conglomerates: Warner Bros., Universal Studios and Paramount Pictures, and licensing deals with four major Hollywood conglomerates Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios and Warner Bros, in addition to its proprietary HBO Original programmes. It also licences content from The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures, Marvel Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, MGM Studios, Lionsgate, Relativity Media, Millennium Films, Castle Rock Entertainment, CBS, Europacorp, FilmNation Entertainment, Focus Features, IM Global, Morgan Creek, New Line, Paramount Classics, Screen Gems, Sony Picture Classics, Village Roadshow, and Warner Independent Pictures.

  • HBO Central is a monthly program giving information about which movies and series will be shown in the coming month.
  • New seasons of HBO's Original Series or Original Productions air on Sunday nights.


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.[6][7][8]
The HBO-made series Entourage was taken off-air for three weeks by one cable operator in the Philippines pending clearance by MTRCB. 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 Vietnam War, the Communist Party of Vietnam or communism is replaced by a black screen or 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.
Movies that have the middle fingers show up are cutted.

Other channels

Network Description Website
HBO Hits Shows hits and blockbuster films Official site
HBO Hits HD Shows hits and blockbuster films in High Definition. Official site
HBO Family Shows family oriented films Official site
HBO Shows Hollywood films and HBO Original series Official site
HBO HD Shows Hollywood movies and HBO Originals in superb clear pictures
HBO On Demand Shows the best Hollywood films and outstanding HBO Originals at your control Official site
HBO Signature Shows critically acclaimed productions Official site
Cinemax Shows action and suspense movies Official site
RED by HBO HBO Asia's brand new 24-hour, Asian movie channel Official site
BabyFirst 24-hour channel for babies and infants distributed by HBO Asia Official site

HBO South Asia

HBO South Asia
Launched 2000
Owned by Turner International India
Picture format 4:3 (576i)
16:9 (1080i)
Slogan Experience the magic
Country India
Language English
Broadcast area India
Timeshift service HBO Pakistan
Tata Sky (India) Channel 364
Dish TV (India) Channel 413
Airtel Digital TV (India) Channel 194
Big TV (India) Channel 355
Videocon D2H (India) Channel 245
Sun Direct (India) Channel 402
Asianet Digital (India) Channel 466

HBO airs a separate feed with commercial breaks for viewers in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Maldives. The channel is labeled as HBO South Asia and often referred to as HBO India since it specifically caters to the Indian market. All movie promos in this beam are according to IST. The channel ownership transferred to Turner International India on 1 January 2015.[9] The feed in Pakistan is a timeshift version in PST excluding the Indian adverts.

HBO Asia and Eros International launched HBO Defined and HBO Hits across India on February 21, 2013 on Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV. These channels are commercial-free and available in both SD and HD formats. The content of both the channels include movies as well as most of HBO Original Programming.[10] HBO Defined was shut down on December 31, 2015 while HBO Hits was replaced by HBO HD on September 4, 2016.[11]

HBO South Asia used to air HBO Originals but now they are aired on Star World and Hotstar instead.[12]

See also


  1. ^ "Channel: HBO FAMILY HD". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  2. ^ "Channel: HBO SIGNATURE HD". Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Turner International to rebrand HBO Hits as HBO HD in 2016". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  4. ^ "HBO HD to launch on 4 September |". Retrieved 2017-12-10. 
  5. ^ "AIS to show HBO channels - The Nation". The Nation. 
  6. ^ "A Race to Satisfy TV Appetites in Asia". The New York Times. 23 May 1993. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  7. ^ "Singapore lifts Sex and City ban". 16 July 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2016 – via 
  8. ^ "Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones on HBO Asia". 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2016. 
  9. ^ Kohli-Khandekar, Vanita (2014-12-19). "Is HBO giving up on its India market?". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-01-23. 
  10. ^ "HBO Defined and HBO Hits go on-air". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 2018-01-23. 
  11. ^ "#Experience The Magic with HBO HD!". Turner. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2018-01-23. 
  12. ^ "Fox's Star India Strikes Exclusive Deal for HBO Originals". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2018-01-23. 
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