The services offer the popular subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand® and Cinemax On Demand®, as well as HBO GO® and MAX GO®, HD feeds and multiplex channels. On April 7, HBO NOWSM, the network’s highly anticipated standalone premium streaming service, began providing audiences with instant access to HBO’s acclaimed programming in the U.S. HBO NOW is available directly through Apple or Optimum Online for a monthly subscription. Internationally, HBO branded television networks, along with the subscription video-on-demand products HBO On Demand and HBO GO, bring HBO services to over 60 countries. HBO and Cinemax programming is sold into over 150 countries worldwide.
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 2014, HBO opened 2015 with a Golden Globe® Award for Best Performance By an Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for TV (Matt Bomer – The Normal Heart) and two Academy Awards® for Best Documentary Feature (Citizenfour) and Best Documentary Short (Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1). In April, HBO earned three George Foster Peabody Awards for Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and the documentaries Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and The Newburgh Sting, while CINEMAX earned a George Foster Peabody Awards for The Knick.
Among HBO’s top programming awards for 2014 are 19 Primetime Emmy® Awards, the most of any network for the 13th year in a row, with True Detective leading HBO programming with five awards, while Game of Thrones received four awards and The Normal Heart received two awards. HBO also received two Golden Globe® Awards, tied for the most of any television network in 2014 for Behind the Candelabra – Best Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television and Best Performance by an Actor in a Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television (Michael Douglas); 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; two News & Documentary Emmy® Awards including The Crash Reel in the Outstanding Informational Programming – Long-form category; and three Sports Emmy® Awards including Outstanding Sports News Anthology for Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel.
In January 2015, HBO introduced the new series Togetherness from brothers Jay and Mark Duplass, in their TV debut as a writing team. The series follows four adults (Mark Duplass, Melanie Lynskey, Steve Zissis and Amanda Peet) living under one roof on the fringes of Los Angeles, engaging in a tragically comedic struggle to follow their personal dreams, while still remaining good friends, siblings and spouses to each other. Debuting June 21, HBO will present two new series on the channel: the epic dark comedy The Brink, which focuses on a geopolitical crisis and its effect on three disparate, desperate men (Jack Black, Tim Robbins and Pablo Schreiber), who must pull through the chaos around them to save the planet from World War Three and Ballers, which looks at the lives of former and current football players and follows a former superstar (Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson) as he gets his life on track in retirement while mentoring other current and former players through the daily grind of the business of football. Rob Corrdry, Omar Benson Miller, John David Washington, Donovan Carter, Troy Garity, Jazmyn Simon, and Arielle Kebble also star.
Among HBO favorite series returning in 2015 are Emmy®, Golden Globe and Peabody-winning Game of Thrones, The Leftovers and True Detective; hit comedies: Girls, Looking, Silicon Valley, Doll & Em and Emmy® winner Veep; Real Time with Bill Maher, Last Week Tonight with John Oliver and the news magazine show VICE; and Emmy® winner Real Sports with Bryant Gumbel. Project Greenlight, the documentary series chronicling the search for a first-time director and exploring the filmmaking process, will also return to HBO this year for a new season.
HBO Films and HBO Miniseries' powerful slate of dramas for 2015 will include Bessie, marking a return to the network for Queen Latifah. The film, which debuts May 16, focuses on the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith’s transformation from a struggling young singer into “The Empress of the Blues,” one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and an enduring icon today. The film also stars Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg, with Charles S. Dutton and Mo’Nique. Debuting May 29, the HBO Films single-character drama NIGHTINGALE, starring Golden Globe nominee David Oyelowo, probes the darkest corners of a disturbed mind, as a war veteran begins to unravel thread by thread. This searing story of solitude and isolation offers a poignant look at how life has failed one man. Debuting April 29 and 30, HBO presents the HBO Miniseries/BBC adaptation of J.K. Rowling’s global bestseller THE CASUAL VACANCY, which centers on Pagford, a seemingly idyllic English village with a cobbled market square and ancient abbey. Behind the pretty façade, however, is a town at war: rich vs. poor, teenagers vs. parents, wives vs. husbands, teachers vs. pupils. The cast includes Michael Gambon, Keeley Hawes, Rory Kinnear, Monica Dolan and Julia McKenzie, and introduces Abigail Lawrie.
Featured HBO Documentary Films for 2015 include: Oscar winner®Citizenfour, which follows director Laura Poitras and journalist Glenn Greenwald as they encounter Edward Snowden in Hong Kong, where he hands over classified documents providing evidence of mass indiscriminate and illegal invasions of privacy by the National Security Agency (NSA); The Jinx: The Life And Deaths Of Robert Durst, a groundbreaking six-part documentary series spotlights Robert Durst, the scion of New York’s billionaire real estate family, who has been accused of three murders over the past 30 years, but never convicted; Going Clear: Scientology And The Prison Of Belief, based on Pulitzer Prize winner Lawrence Wright’s book and directed by Oscar® winner Alex Gibney, exploring the psychological impact of blind faith and shining a light on how the controversial church attracts true believers; directed by Oscar® nominee Brett Morgen, Kurt Cobain: Montage Of Heck is the first fully authorized documentary about the iconic leader of Nirvana is a raw and visceral journey through his life; and HBO Entertainment presents the documentary Sinatra: All Or Nothing At All, directed by Alex Gibney, which is a two-night, four-hour up-close and personal examination of the life, music and career of the legendary entertainer.
Debuting July 31, the Emmy®-nominated action Strike Back returns to Cinemax for its fourth and final season. Starring Philip Winchester and Sullivan Stapleton, the show follows a stealth counterterrorism unit as it spans the globe to stop potential threats, often behind enemy lines.
The Knick will return to Cinemax ten-episode second season this fall. 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.
On the technology side, HBO continues to build on the latest innovations and content distribution platforms, with the launch of HBO NOWSM, HBO’s new stand-alone premium streaming service that provides instant access to every episode of every season of the best of HBO’s award-winning original programming, more of the biggest and latest Hollywood hit movies, original HBO Films, groundbreaking documentaries, sports and comedy and music specials.
HBO also continues to bring 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®, Kindle Fire, select Android™ devices and platforms such as Apple TV®, Google Chromecast, Xbox 360®, Samsung® Smart TVs, Roku® and PlayStation®3. As of February 2015, HBO GO has over 13 million registered users in the U.S.