Star India signs programming deal with HBO to screen original content exclusively in India

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Mumbai, Star India and HBO have announced an exclusive programming agreement that will take HBO Original content to a wider audience via both, the hotstar digital platform and the English channels on the Star India network.

Star India is again set to redefine the viewing experience on one of th wo ld’s fast st g owing digital content platforms namely hotstar and for its viewers across India, with the very best of HBO’s O iginal p og a ing in luding s i s lik Ga of Th on s and T u t tiv .

Commenting on the deal Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, said, “Star is delighted to partner with HBO to bring world class HBO Originals 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.”

He further added, “Hotstar, is a leading destination or o r growing amil o content iewers. e ha e constantl aspired to o er high alit content across genres and lang ages, and HBO Originals with its o tstanding program bo et, I am sure will be yet another quantum leap in delighting and enthralling our viewers.”

Jonathan Spink, HBO Asia CEO, 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 lexibilit in how the cons me HBO’s m ch lo ed premi m programming.”

Forthcoming series of popular HBO Originals that fans can look forward to include the extremely popular Game of Thrones; True Detective; Silicon Valley; Veep; 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 Feb and Westworld. In addition library favourites such as Entourage, Band of Brothers, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm will be available.

About Star India

Star India has defined the Indian media landscape for over two decades and today is one of the ount y’s l ading dia onglo at s a hing app oxi at ly 6 illion vi w s a month across India and more than 100 other countries. Star generates 20,000 hours of content every year and broadcasts 40+ channels in 8 different languages, reaching 9 out of 10 C&S TV homes in India.

Th n two k’s entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Life OK, Movies OK and Star Plus, India’s No. 1 Hindi General Entertainment Channel. It has a leading presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of affiliate channels which includes Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus, Vijay and now Maa. It is also present in the Indian movie production and distribution space through Fox Star Studios, an affiliate joint venture company.

STAR India is making quantum leaps in transforming sports in the country by leveraging the group’s strengths in superior content and audience engagement. STAR’s sports business has grown rapidly to 8 channel properties (STAR Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and STAR Sports HD1, HD2, HD3 and HD4), making it the leading sports network in the country.

With our viewers on the move, Star is set to drive the agenda on digital content consumption in the country through its wholly owned subsidiary company. starsports.com has redefined the future of sports consumption in India and now hotstar.com brings your favourite TV shows, movies and sports in one destination.

Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

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