HBO retained its position as the #1 rated domestic premium pay television service in both primetime and total day in 2013. HBO’s most watched series, Game of Thrones, grew its audience 24% over last season delivering viewer tallies on par with The Sopranos in its final seasons. True Blood continued to deliver strong numbers in its sixth season, while Girls maintained its ranking as HBO’s most watched half-hour, growing its audience 9% in Season 2. Debuting in May, Behind the Candelabra emerged as HBO’s most watched original film of the last decade. On Cinemax, Banshee successfully launched early in 2013, while Strike Back’s audience in its third season increased 45% from Season 2.
In the awards arena, HBO's original productions continue to raise the bar with some of the most innovative, honored and critically acclaimed programming on television, with wins in virtually every major programming award category. Following a stellar awards year in 2013, HBO opened 2014 with 2 Golden Globe® Awards, tied for the most of any television network, for Behind the Candelabra – Best Mini-series or Motion Picture Made for TV and Best Performance By an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for TV (Michael Douglas); and three George Foster Peabody Awards for the documentaries Life According to Sam, Mea Maxima Culpa: Silence in the House of God and Six by Sondheim; and five Sports Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Sports News Anthology for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
Among HBO’s top programming awards for 2013 are 27 Primetime Emmy® Awards, the most of any network for the 12th year in a row, with Behind the Candelabra receiving 11 awards (the most of any program), while Boardwalk Empire received five awards (the second-most of any program). HBO also received five Golden Globe® Awards, the most of any television network in 2013, with three for Game Change and two for Girls; five Peabody Awards for Game Change, Girls (Season 1), The Loving Story, Marina Abramovićc: The Artist is Present and Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; six Sports Emmy® Awards including two for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel; and six News & Documentary Emmy® Awards including Saving Face in the Best Documentary category.
In 2014, HBO is introducing five new series: The dramas True Detective, starring Matthew McConaughey and Woody Harrelson as Louisiana detectives whose lives collide and entwine during a hunt for a ritualistic killer, following the pair’s changes and contradictions over 17 years; and The Leftovers, from Damon Lindelof (Lost) and acclaimed novelist Tom Perrotta, featuring Justin Theroux, Amy Brenneman, Christopher Eccleston and Liv Tyler in a story about The Rapture and the people who didn’t make the cut. Premiering comedies include Silicon Valley, featuring an ensemble cast in a look at the modern-day world of high-tech where the people most qualified to succeed are the least capable of handling success; Looking, starring Jonathan Groff, Frankie J. Alvarez and Murray Bartlett as three friends in San Francisco who explore the fun and sometimes overwhelming options available to a new generation of gay men; and Doll and Em, written and starring real-life best friends actress Emily Mortimer (The Newsroom) and Dolly Wells in a semi-improvised six-episode series about a Hollywood actress who hires her childhood friend to be her personal assistant with disastrous results. Also debuting is Last Week Tonight with John Oliver, starring the breakout Emmy® and Writer’s Guild Award-winning writer and correspondent for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, in a topical talk show presenting a satirical look at the week in news, politics and current events.
Among HBO favorite series returning in 2014 are the Emmy®, Golden Globe® and Peabody-winning Game of Thrones, Emmy® and Golden Globe® winners True Blood (final season), Girls and Boardwalk Empire (final season); Emmy® winners Veep and The Newsroom (final season); the Emmy®-winning Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel as well as Real Time with Bill Maher and the news magazine show VICE.
HBO Films and HBO Miniseries' powerful slate of dramas for 2014 include: The Normal Heart, a film written and adapted by Larry Kramer from his groundbreaking Tony Award-winning play. Starring Mark Ruffalo, Matt Bomer, Taylor Kitsch, Jim Parsons and Julia Roberts, the film tells the story of the onset of the HIV-AIDS crisis in New York City in the early 1980s. The miniseries Olive Kitteridge, an adaptation of Elizabeth Stout’s Pulitizer Prize-winning novel of the same name, and starring Academy Award® winner Frances McDormand and Oscar® nominee Richard Jenkins, tells the a story about a seemingly placid New England town wrought with illicit affairs, crime and tragedy.
Featured HBO Documentary Films for 2014 include: Herblock – The Black and White which traces the life of political cartoonist Herbert L. Block who won four Pulitzer Prizes and the Presidential Medal of Freedom during his 55-years at the Washington Post; Paycheck to Paycheck: The Life and Times of Katrina Gilbert which explores complex issues of women and poverty in the U.S. today through the story of Gilbert; The University of Sing Sing which follows several inmates at the infamous maximum-security correctional facility as they pursue their education through Hudson Link, a rigorous college program that yields impressive results; The Dead Mothers’ Club which shares the stories of three women who lost their mothers during childhood and are now navigating their way through motherhood themselves; and The Case Against 8 which takes an inside look at the groundbreaking Supreme Court case that overturned Proposition 8, California’s ban on same-sex marriage.
In 2014, Cinemax presents the new series The Knick, starring Academy Award® and Emmy® nominee Clive Owen and directed by Academy Award® winner and Emmy® nominee Steven Soderbergh. The ten-part series, set in 1900, centers on the Knickerbocker Hospital in New York and the groundbreaking surgeons, nurses and staff who push the bounds of medicine in a time of astonishingly high mortality rates and zero antibiotics.
Returning on Cinemax is the 4th and final season of Strike Back and the 2nd season of the Emmy®-winning series Banshee from True Blood creator Alan Ball.
On the technology side, HBO continues to build on the latest innovations and content distribution platforms, bringing its programming libraries online though its highly successful and acclaimed brand extensions HBO GO and MAX GO, which are also available on iPad®, iPhone®, iPod touch® and select Android™ Smartphones.
HBO GO is also offered on multiple consumer platforms including Xbox 360®, Samsung Smart TVs™, Roku®, Kindle Fire, Apple TV®, PlayStation®3 and Google Chromecast. To date, HBO GO has over 9 million registered users in the U.S. and is available in 22 countries around the world.
Internationally, HBO and Cinemax branded networks are available in over 60 countries throughout Latin America, Central America and the Caribbean Basin, Europe, Asia and South Asia. HBO's original programming is also licensed to television networks in over 150 countries worldwide and is also distributed via DVDs, Blu-ray™ and digital downloads in over 70 countries.