What Kinds of Movies Does HBO Televise?


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Movies shown on HBO are typically high-profile films, both recent and classic. The channel also produces its own original movies that are shown both on television and on HBO Go.

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HBO was founded in 1972, and has been airing major Hollywood releases since its inception. These movies air on the main HBO channel, subsidiaries such as HBO 2 and HBO Comedy, and HBO Go, the company's streaming service. As of Dec. 27, 1992, some of the films available on HBO services include "12 Years a Slave," "300: Rise of An Empire," "A Million Ways To Die in the West" and "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter."

In addition to movies produced by other studios, HBO has produced its own films since 1983, with the creation of HBO films. The first movie produced by HBO was "The Terry Fox Story," and the company would go on to produce critically acclaimed films such as "American Splendor" and "Elephant," with the latter winning the Palme d'Or at the Cannes Film Festival. These films, among others, were theatrical releases, but the company has also produced television films, such as "The Normal Heart" and "Phil Spector." HBO has also acquired movies from film festivals and premiered them on television, such as "Kurt Cobain: Montage of Heck."

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