HBO – Wikipedia

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HBO The flagship channel; HBO airs first-run and blockbuster feature films, original series and made-for-cable movies, sports-focused magazine and documentary series, comedy and occasional concert specials, and documentaries. (Newer episodes of the channel’s original series are mainly shown on Sunday and Monday evenings as well as on Fridays during the late prime time and late access periods.) The channel also airs weekly premieres of recent theatrical or new HBO original movies, marketed as the “HBO Movie Premiere”, on most Saturday nights (usually at 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time). The main HBO channel mainly airs R-rated films after 5:00 p.m. (or sometimes as early as 2:30 p.m.) Eastern and Pacific, and TV-MA-rated programs (usually edited for daytime airings to limit scenes of graphic violence, and omit sexual content and nudity included in original versions that are shown on the main channel only at night) after 1:00 p.m. ET/PT. HBO 2 (2014).svg
HBO2 HBO’s secondary channel; HBO2 offers a separate schedule of theatrical and original made-for-cable movies (including daytime airings of R-rated films that the main HBO channel is usually restricted from airing in the morning, early- and mid-afternoon hours), series and specials, as well as same-week rebroadcasts of newer films, and recent episodes and occasional complete-season “catch-up” marathons of original series first aired on the primary HBO channel. Launched on August 1, 1991, HBO2 originally used a channel-specific version of the main HBO channel’s then-current on-air look; by 1993, this was replaced with a spartan “program grid” layout during promotional breaks, similar to the visual appearance then used by the Prevue Channel (and subsequently applied by HBO 3 [now HBO Signature], Cinemax 2 [now MoreMax] and Cinemax 3 [now ActionMax]). The channel was rebranded as HBO Plus on October 1, 1998, concurrently adopting a distinct on-air look from the primary channel.[46] Since the reversion to the “HBO2” brand in September 2002, the channel has used minor variations of the main HBO channel’s on-air identity. HBO Comedy (2014).svg
HBO Comedy Launched on May 6, 1999,[47] HBO Comedy features comedic films, as well as rebroadcasts of HBO’s original comedy series and stand-up specials; although the channel broadcasts R-rated films during the daytime hours, HBO Comedy only airs adult comedy specials at night. HBO Family (2014).svg
HBO Family Launched on December 1, 1996,[39] HBO Family features movies and series aimed at children, as well as feature films intended for a broader family audience. A block of children’s series aimed at the 2–11 age demographic, “HBO Kids” (formerly known as “Jam” from August 2001 to January 2016), consisting of programs rated TV-Y and TV-Y7, is also offered weekdays from 6:00 to (approximately) 8:00 am; movies and family-oriented original specials occupy the remainder of the channel’s daily schedule.[48][49] Movie presentations on HBO Family are restricted to encompass films rated G, PG or PG-13 (or the equivalent TV-G, TV-PG or TV-14), and as such, it is the only HBO channel that does not air R, NC-17 or TV-MA rated program content. Originally intended as a secondary service for HBO’s family-oriented programming, HBO Family assumed exclusivity over the children’s programs (which formerly aired in a daily morning block on the main channel) and family-oriented specials (previously shown on HBO in late afternoon or early evening timeslots) when HBO stopped running these programs on its primary channel in 2001. HBO currently offers no children’s programming on its main channel, since WarnerMedia’s shift of the production contract to HBO Max resulted in the July 2020 discontinuance of a Saturday morning block of series produced by Sesame Workshop added to the primary channel in 2017. (Because of this, HBO Family subsequently removed programs from the studio in November 2020, shifting the HBO Kids block exclusively towards archived original children’s programs originating on both channels.) Started on May 27, 2020, all the HBO Family movies and series were moved to HBO Max because the HBO Kids block was so tiny.

Even though it is a premium service, HBO Family has occasionally been offered on the basic tiers of select cable providers to temporarily replace local television stations removed as a consequence of carriage disputes; such instances include during Hearst Television’s 2012 dispute with Time Warner Cable that resulted in TWC’s associated Bright House Networks system in Tampa, Florida, substituting independent station WMOR-TV with HBO Family,[50] and a dispute between Cox Communications and LIN TV in which the channel was used as a placeholder for Fox affiliate WVBT on Cox’s Hampton Roads, Virginia system from January to February 2000.[51]

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HBO Latino Launched on November 1, 2000 (although originally slated to debut on September 18 of that year),[43][52] HBO Latino offers programming catering to Hispanic and Latino American audiences, including HBO original productions, Spanish and Portuguese series sourced from HBO Latin America, dubbed versions of American theatrical releases, and domestic and imported Spanish-language films. Outside of breakaways for exclusive original and acquired programs, and separate promotional advertising between programs, HBO Latino largely acts as a de facto Spanish language simulcast of the primary HBO channel. (All other HBO multiplex channels provide alternate Spanish audio tracks of most of their programming via second audio program feeds.) HBO Latino is the indirect successor to HBO en Español (originally named Selecciones en Español de HBO y Cinemax), which launched in 1989. HBO Signature (2014).svg
HBO Signature HBO Signature features high quality films, HBO original series and specials. Launched on August 1, 1991, the channel was originally known as “HBO 3” until September 30, 1998, maintaining a genericized format similar to HBO and HBO2; it rebranded as HBO Signature the following day (October 1), when its programming shifted focus around movies, series and specials targeted at a female audience and retransmits HBO productions.[46][41] HBO Zone (2014).svg
HBO Zone Launched on May 6, 1999,[47] HBO Zone airs movies and HBO original programs aimed at young adults between the ages of 18 and 34. Until Home Box Office, Inc. removed sister network Cinemax’s Max After Dark adult programming block and all associated programming from its other television and streaming platforms in 2018, HBO Zone also carried softcore pornographic films acquired for the Cinemax block in late-night, dependent on their inclusion on each day’s program schedule; as such, it is the only HBO channel that has aired adult-oriented pornographic movies on its regular schedule.[53]

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