Orange bags exclusive HBO rights

Orange has renewed its multi-year agreement with US cable network HBO to exclusively carry HBO programmes in France and other countries on its Orange Cinema Series (OCS) package, available on a number of pay-TV platforms including ‘Orange TV’.

Orange Cinema Series, a package of five thematic channels dedicated to cinema and TV series, will continue to air HBO’s new programmes 24 hours after their US premiere, which this year include season 2 of ‘Girls’ in January, season 3 of ‘Game of Thrones’ in  April, season 6 of ‘True Blood’ in June and season 4 of ‘Boardwalk Empire’ in September 2013.

OCS subscribers will also be able to view past seasons of HBO’s most iconic series on-demand, including ‘The Newsroom’, ‘Veep’, ‘Game of Thrones’, ‘Boardwalk Empire’, ‘True Blood’, ‘The Sopranos’, and ‘The Wire’.

Orange Cinema Series launched on a number of pay-TV platforms last year, ranging from Canalsat and SFR in France, all the way to Parabole Réunion and Tahiti NUI, which serve various French-speaking islands in the Indian ocean.

Pay-TV services again delivered a much-needed prop for France Telecom/Orange in the third quarter of this year, as overall revenues declined once more due to increasing competition and price erosion in France and other countries.