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HC clearance paves the way for HBO's return to Mumbai TV screens

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MUMBAI: Good news for English film buffs in Mumbai. HBO, which had been off air for several weeks, has got the all-clear to come back on air.

The Mumbai High Court today accepted the undertaking given by the channel to air only U and U/A rated movies. This will facilitate cable operators in Mumbai and other parts of Maharastra to feature HBO on their networks.

However, Star Movies, which has not yet given any such undertaking, is not covered by this development.

Asked about this, Star Entertainment India CEO Sameer Nair said, "We are working hard to ensure that viewers get to watch it (Star Movies) as soon as possible. We are positive about a quick solution to the current issue and expect that we will be on air in the next few days as well."

HBO India country manager Shruti Bajpai said, “HBO is the first premier English movie channel to screen movies as per the recent High Court order. We respect the sensitivities and the laws of countries where we operate in. The people of Mumbai and rest of Maharashtra will now be able to enjoy top Hollywood entertainment featured on HBO.”

HBO like the other English movie channels Zee Studio, Pix and Star Movies, is working closely with the Censor Board for certification of the films featured on the channel.

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