HBO Expands OTT to Four European Countries

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by @todotvnews the 13/11/2017
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This Monday, HBO's streaming platform rolled out in Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia to reach a total of nine European territories. 

HBO continues to expand its OTT platform around the world. This Monday the network rolled out in four new European territories: Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia.

The four countries join Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland, where the service was already available and, same as in the new territories, offers direct-to-consumer subscriptions, without the need of a pay-tv subscription.

In the US, in addition, the company has its OTT platform HBO Now, while it has been offering since 2017 in the whole of Latin America an independent version of HBO Go, a platform that had been offered as a complement to pay-tv subscriptions since 2012.

The OTT's arrival in Hungary, Romania, Czech Republic and Slovakia comes hand in hand with titles like Game of Thrones, Westworld and Silicon Valley, as well as HBO's entire library of series, films and documentaries.

As explained by the company, the service will also offer third-party content and the digital originals produced by the network in the region such as Shadows, Silent Valley (Romania), Burning Bush, Wasteland (Czech Republic) and Golden Life (Hungary).

More News in the Streaming Arena

Parallel to the launch of HBO in these four territories, the streaming market continues to make headlines around the world thanks to new original shows by Netflix and Facebook, which were announced in the last hours.

On the one hand, Netflix has just confirmed a new original production from comedian Gad Elmaleh in France.

It's an eight-episode comedy spoken in French, but set in Los Angeles. Elmaleh had already starred in a stand-up special for the platform in France and is now expanding its relationship into the scripted arena.

Meanwhile, Facebook will premiere on its Facebook Watch platform an unscripted show by Bill Murray and his brother Brian Doyle-Murray under the title Bill Murray and Brian Doyle-Murray's Extra Innings.

The show consists of 10 eight-minute episodes that will premiere weekly starting on November 20. It was produced by Oso Studios and funded by Facebook.

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