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HBO (Home Box Office)

Home Box Office (HBO) is a cable and satellite television network in the United States known for its original TV dramas, comedies, miniseries, movies, documentaries, and sporting programs. A subsidiary of Time Warner, it was one of the first commercially successful paid-for TV ventures, as well as the first paid-for TV provider to air a sporting event live.

Technology and Growth

HBO was established in 1972 after Charles Dolan, owner of Sterling Manhattan Cable and developer of the first urban underground cable TV system in the United States, conceived of the idea of creating a new paid-for entertainment channel featuring movies and sports. HBO was launched with the broadcast of the film Sometimes a Great Notion, followed by an NHL (National Hockey League) game between the ...

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