HBO Europe

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HBO Europe
HBO Europe logo.png
Launched September 28, 1991
Owned by Time Warner/Home Box Office
Country Offices in: United Kingdom, Croatia (HBO Adria - regional office for Croatia, Slovenia and the Balkans located in Zagreb), Poland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Bulgaria, Romania, Hungary
Headquarters London, United Kingdom

HBO Europe is a premium pay television service operating in fourteen countries in Eastern Europe: Poland, Czech Republic, Slovakia, Hungary, Romania, Bulgaria, Slovenia, Kosovo, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Croatia, Moldova, Macedonia, Montenegro and Serbia.[1]

HBO has been available in the Netherlands as well. It was a joint venture between Time Warner and cable company Ziggo. It launched on 9 February 2012 but closed on 31 December 2016. Ziggo has acquired the broadcasting licenses of HBO content for the Dutch market.[2]

The first service launched by HBO in Europe was HBO Hungary, which launched on September 28, 1991.[3] This was followed by the launch of HBO Czech in 1994, HBO Poland in 1996, a launch in Slovakia in 1997, HBO Romania in 1998, launch of HBO Romania in Moldova in 1999, HBO Bulgaria in 2002, HBO Adria in Croatia and Slovenia in 2004[4] HBO Serbia in Serbia, Bosnia and Herzegovina and Montenegro in 2006[5] and HBO Macedonia in Macedonia in 2009.

HBO Europe has the following channel brands:

  • HBO is available in all fourteen countries.
  • HBO 2 is available in all fourteen countries.
  • HBO 3 is available in all fourteen countries.
  • HBO HD is available in all fourteen countries.
  • HBO 2 HD is available in all fourteen countries.
  • HBO 3 HD is available in all fourteen countries.
  • Cinemax was launched in 2005.[6] It is available in eleven countries.
  • Cinemax 2 is available in countries where Cinemax is available.
  • Cinemax HD was launched in Poland, Slovenia, Slovakia, Serbia, Croatia,Czech Republic, Romania and Bulgaria.
  • Cinemax 2 HD was launched in Poland in 2011, also available in Croatia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Serbia, Romania and Bulgaria.


  1. ^ HBO Europe website
  2. ^ Robert Briel (28 September 2016). "HBO Netherlands pulls the plug, Ziggo gets the programmes". 
  3. ^ "HBO Europe - History section". 
  4. ^ "HBO launch in Slovenia and Croatia" (Press release). HBO Central Europe. September 7, 2004. 
  5. ^ "HBO Europe - Montenegro History". 
  6. ^ "HBO is Launching a New Movie Channel on the 23rd of February" (Press release). Time Warner. February 15, 2005. 

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