Star India & HBO ink programming deal to screen original content

MUMBAI: Star India and HBO have inked an exclusive programming agreement that will bring HBO original content to a wider audience via Star’s English channels as well as its digital platform Hotstar.


Star India will now air HBO original programming including Game of Thrones and True Detective.


Star India CEO Uday Shankar said, "Star is delighted to partner with HBO to bring world class HBO original programming for Indian viewers. Star will become the exclusive destination for screening HBO content in India - once again resetting the benchmark for quality and depth of content offering for its viewers. Fans will be able to watch their favourite HBO Original programs on Hotstar on the same day as the telecast in the United States. Viewers will also be able to see the HBO Original programming on Star's English channels.”


“Hotstar, is a leading destination for our growing family of content viewers.We have constantly aspired to offer high quality content across genres and languages, and HBO Originals with its outstanding program bouquet, I am sure will be yet another quantum leap in delighting and enthralling our viewers,” Shankar added.


HBO Asia CEO Jonathan Spink said, “HBO is delighted to enter this new chapter in India with Star. Through the first release of our shows on Hotstar, Indian audiences will now have unprecedented flexibility in how they consume HBO's much loved premium programming.”


Apart from Game of Thrones and True Detective, other forthcoming series of HBO Originals include Silicon ValleyVeep, and Leftovers as well as new HBO Original series in the forthcoming season, which will include the Scorsese series Vinyl scheduled to air on 14 February and West World. In addition, library favourites such as Entourage, Band of Brothers, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm will also be available.

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