What are some facts about the HBO Archives?


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HBO Archives is a stock footage and image library that contains over three decades of media, including sports events, entertainment news, documentaries and wild life images. The archive lists sports events that aired on HBO from 1972 to the present. As of 2015, HBO Archives videos are available for licensing to film and video production companies.

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HBO Archives catalogues its content into four collections: the Sports Collection, the Contemporary Collection, Entertainment News and Wildlife Collection. The Sports Collection contains over 40 years of sporting events and interviews, with documentary footage covering events from 1934 to 1967. The Contemporary Collection showcases images from various HBO productions throughout the world.

The Entertainment News collection includes interviews, behind-the-scenes footage and news coverage filmed in the late 1970s. The Wildlife Collection features modern wildlife videos, along with some from "Wild, Wild World of Animals," a series that aired from 1973 to 1978.

Some of the videos and images in the Sports Collection are the 1979 Gold Skate Classic, World Champion Boxing, Magic Johnson's and Larry Bird's college basketball days, and videos of Olympians Mary Lou Retton and Greg Louganis. The collection covers a variety of sporting events, such as boxing, swimming, track and field, soccer, and basketball.

HBO Archives launched in 2002 and is updated daily. Some of its videos are available to sample on Getty Images. "Blue Jasmine," "Don Jon" and "The Internship" are movies that used HBO archival footage.

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