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HBO logo.svg
Broadcast area
Headquarters151 Lorong Chuan, New Technology Park 04-05, Serangoon Gardens, Singapore
Picture format1080i HDTV
(downscaled to 16:9 anamorphic widescreen or letterboxed 480i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerHBO Asia Pte Ltd (WarnerMedia International)
Sister channels
Launched1 May 1992; 28 years ago (1992-05-01)
Former namesMovieVision
(1 May 1992-31 May 1995)
WebsiteOfficial website
HBO Asia Pte Ltd.
TypePte Ltd
Founded1 May 1992; 28 years ago (1992-05-01)
Headquarters151 Lorong Chuan, New Technology Park 04-05, Serangoon Gardens,
Area served
ProductsMovie production, TV production, Broadcasting, Cable television
OwnerWarnerMedia International (WarnerMedia/AT&T)

HBO Asia is the pan-Asian division of HBO. It was originally launched on 1 May 1992 as MovieVision, later rebranded on 1 June 1995 to its current name after being purchased by Home Box Office, Inc. The Singapore-based broadcast network offers channels and services with no advertisements– 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.


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 DC Enterainment, The Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures (Marvel Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Lucasfilm, 20th Century Studios, Searchlight Pictures, Fox 2000 Pictures, Blue Sky Studios), 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.[1][2][3]

The HBO-made series Entourage was taken off-air for three weeks by one cable operator in the Philippines pending clearance by the 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 in general is replaced by 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 cut.

In China, due to Western product restrictions, and the China-United States trade war, HBO was also blocked and restricted, and the replacement is currently Tencent Video and iQIYI.

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.
HBO Family Shows family oriented films and series Official site
HBO Shows Hollywood films and HBO Original series Official site
HBO HD Shows Hollywood movies and HBO Originals in High Definition
HBO On Demand Shows the best Hollywood films and outstanding HBO Originals at your control Official site
HBO Signature Shows critically acclaimed and original productions Official site
Cinemax Shows action and suspense movies Official site
RED by HBO HBO Asia's 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
Broadcast area
SloganExperience the magic
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
(downscaled to 576i for the SDTV feed)
OwnerWarnerMedia International[4] (As of 2019)
Turner International India (earlier)
Sister channels
Launched22 March 2000
Closed15 December 2020

HBO formerly aired a separate feed with commercial breaks for viewers in India, Bangladesh and Maldives. All movie promos in this beam are according to IST. Another feed for Pakistan was launched in partnership with ARY Digital Network. The schedule was same as the Indian feed with the difference being the commercial breaks and timings in PST.

Before the launch of HBO South Asia, HBO tried replicating the premium model in India. But then HBO decided it wasn't commercially viable so the South Asia channel was launched in India and also in Bangladesh, Pakistan and Maldives.[5]

HBO Asia and Eros International launched HBO Defined and HBO Hits across India on 21 February 2013 on Dish TV and Airtel Digital TV. These channels are commercial-free. The content of both the channels include movies as well as most of HBO Original Programming. When the channels launched, the main HBO channel stopped airing original series.[6]

In 2015, HBO had decided to exit the Indian market and license the channel to Turner International India.[7] The channel was revamped in February 2016 after a survey conducted by the channel team to better suit the masses.[8][9] HBO Defined and HBO Hits would be handled by Star India, however HBO Defined and HBO Hits SD was shut down on 31 December 2015 while HBO Hits HD was replaced by HBO HD on 4 September 2016.[10] It only airs Hollywood movies, as Star India has the rights to HBO Original Programming which are available on Star World and Disney+ Hotstar.[11]

WarnerMedia International announced on 15 October 2020 that HBO South Asia and WB Channel would close down on 15 December 2020. The HBO channel would no longer be available in India and Pakistan after this date, while WB Channel ceased to exist in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the Maldives.[12]

HBO India had closed down at midnight with the last movie on the SD channel being Mad Max: Fury Road (completed 1 hour before the shutdown) and the last movie on the HD channel being Memoirs of a Geisha. HBO Pakistan was also closed down at midnight.

See also


  1. ^ "A Race to Satisfy TV Appetites in Asia". The New York Times. 23 May 1993. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  2. ^ "Singapore lifts Sex and City ban". BBC News. 16 July 2004. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  3. ^ "Winter is Coming: Game of Thrones on HBO Asia". 28 August 2011. Retrieved 2 July 2016.
  4. ^ Roy, Tasmayee Laha (5 March 2020). "Pogo & Cartoon Network go local with India Originals". Exchange4media. Retrieved 24 September 2020.
  5. ^ OSBORNE, MAGZ. "HBO Asia May Expand Ad-Supported Approach". Multichannel. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  6. ^ "HBO Defined and HBO Hits go on-air". Indian Advertising Media & Marketing News – exchange4media. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  7. ^ Kohli-Khandekar, Vanita (2014-12-19). "Is HBO giving up on its India market?". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  8. ^ "HBO India gets branding, packaging revamp". afaqs!. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  9. ^ Malvania, Urvi (2016-02-24). "HBO moves from niche to mass". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2020-12-17.
  10. ^ "#Experience The Magic with HBO HD!". Turner. 2016-09-06. Retrieved 2018-01-23.
  11. ^ "Fox's Star India Strikes Exclusive Deal for HBO Originals". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 2019-12-22.
  12. ^ Team, AnimationXpress (2020-10-15). "WarnerMedia to cease HBO and WB TV channels in South Asia by 2020 end; to invest more on kids channels". AnimationXpress. Retrieved 2020-10-15.

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