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HBO is an American pay television network whose initials stand for “Home Box Office.” Launched in 1972, the channel was known for broadcasting movies that had played in theaters. But in the 1990s, it began producing more original TV shows, especially adult-oriented dramas.

Since then, the network has become home to numerous groundbreaking original series, such as Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones, The Larry Sanders Show, OzSex and the City, Six Feet Under, The Sopranos, Treme, True Blood, and The Wire.

The channel continues cranking out hits, including current shows like Barry, Euphoria, Insecure, Righteous Gemstones, Succession, Westworld, and The White Lotus.

In addition, the network gave rise to the subscription streaming service HBO Max, which launched in May 2020.


  • Founder: Charles Dolan
  • Year founded: 1972
  • Number of subscribers: 70 million
  • Owners: WarnerMedia Studios & Networks, Home Box Office, Inc.
  • How to watch: Paid subscription to cable TV, HBO Go app, or HBO Max streaming service
  • Cost: Starting at $9.99/month through HBO Max
  • Top programs: Barry, Euphoria, Insecure, Righteous Gemstones, Succession, Westworld, The White Lotus
  • Most popular original shows: Curb Your Enthusiasm, Game of Thrones, Oz, Sex and the CityThe Sopranos, The Wire
  • Known for: Innovative adult-oriented dramas and comedies

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