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TV Network
    (November 8, 1972- )
    Home Box Office
    Owned by Time Warner
    First cable only network
    Pay Cable Network
    Offer HBO2, HBO on Demand and HBO Latino
    HBO original series include 'Sopranos,' 'Sex and the City,' 'Curb your Enthusiasm,' 'Da Ali G. Show,' 'Six Feet Under' and 'Oz'
    Slogan is 'It not TV, It's HBO' and 'H20 - Making Water Cooler'
    They were the first pay cable channel.
    They premiere movies on HBO many months after they have been in video stores.
    In one of the worst business moves ever, HBO's parent company Time-Warner merged with AOL and then eventually split.
    Michael Jackson collapsed while rehearsing his HBO special (December 6, 1995).
    As if they don't make enough money from their network they put major (and not so major) boxing events on Pay Per View.
    They were the first to scramble their signal.
    They prosecute those who intercept their signal, without paying.
    TV pirate, Captain Midnight (John R MacDougall) embarrassed HBO by commandeering their signal and televising over HBO (April 27, 1986).
    Their original TV series are usually about ten episodes and there is more than a year delay between seasons.
    They paid a fortune for their opening theme, using a full city miniature, special effects and hiring a symphony orchestra.
    When cable TV was unavailable in most of the outer boroughs of New York City, HBO was offered as a one channel pay service.
    They were the first TV network to use satellites (1976).
    They are commercial free.
    Because they dominated the annual ACE Cable Awards, the award was discontinued.
    They then dominated the EMMY awards.
    They were instrumental in launching a heavyweight boxing title unification tournament in 1986.
    They introduced tons of new comedians on their comedy specials.
    They televised the Muhammad Ali-Joe Frazier 'Thrilla From Manila' boxing match (1986).
    If you miss an episode of a show it is usually repeated a day or two later.
    They offer HBO on-demand, which allows the viewer to select what show they want to see.
    Slogan:
    It's not TV, it's HBO
    For 2019, as of last week, Out of 94 Votes: 47.87% Annoying
    In 2018, Out of 22 Votes: 72.73% Annoying
    In 2017, Out of 19 Votes: 52.63% Annoying
    In 2015, Out of 13 Votes: 23.08% Annoying
    In 2014, Out of 15 Votes: 53.33% Annoying
    In 2013, Out of 10 Votes: 60.0% Annoying
    In 2012, Out of 18 Votes: 66.67% Annoying
    In 2011, Out of 18 Votes: 83.33% Annoying
    In 2010, Out of 55 Votes: 69.09% Annoying
    In 2009, Out of 113 Votes: 53.10% Annoying
    In 2008, Out of 55 Votes: 47.27% Annoying
    In 2007, Out of 96 Votes: 47.92% Annoying
    In 2006, Out of 1280 Votes: 43.28% Annoying
    In 2005, Out of 291 Votes: 47.77% Annoying
    In 2004, Out of 245 Votes: 43.27% Annoying
 
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