For years HBO has made original programming for markets around the world that have never been seen in the United States. Today HBO’s CEO Richard Plepler told the crowd at Mipcom that, beginning in December, HBO plans to bring more original series from HBO Europe, HBO Latin America, and HBO Asia to the United States on HBO NOW. This will allow US viewers to watch some of HBO’s orignal shows for the very first time.
“Working with talented local writers, directors, and producers, our international networks are creating programming that live up to the high-quality storytelling that is expected of the HBO brand. This programming regularly outperforms even Game of Thrones’ record audience numbers in their respective markets. I am tremendously proud to bring such a selection of programs to our U.S. audience,” said Plepler in a statement.
The new shows include “Wasteland” (from the Czech Republic), “Pakt” (Poland), “The Teenage Psychic” (Taiwan), “Halfworlds” (Indonesia and Thailand), and “El Hipnotizador” and “La Secreta de las Parejas” from HBO Latin America.
“There is a surfeit of content out there. Some of it’s very good. Some of it’s mediocre. Some of it’s not so good. And I think what our brand reflects, and what it has always reflected, is that when you come inside HBO you’re going to see something that stands for quality,” Plepler told CNBC. “Don’t get overwhelmed with more being the definition of excellence. More is not better, only better is better,” Plepler said, but he went on to assure attendees that HBO has more than enough resources to continue to compete for content.
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