We're told that all programs will be available to subscribers for less than €10 via the network's streaming service hbonordic.com, but a specific breakdown of costs for those who do not subscribe to HBO via cable or satellite has yet to be hashed out. Regardless, we certainly hope this is a sign of good things to come; the U.S. could definitely use a company like HBO to break the ice on a la carte offerings.
HBO NORDIC TO LAUNCH MID-OCTOBER
The first HBO® branded service will be available in Sweden, Norway, Finland and Denmark offering hit series like Boardwalk Empire?, The Newsroom?, Game of Thrones?, True Blood?, Veep?, Girls? plus films, documentaries and much more.
Stockholm, August 30th, 2012 – HBO Nordic AB, the newly formed joint venture of Home Box Office, Inc. and Parsifal International, has announced that it will launch its linear and on-demand premium pay TV service mid-October 2012 in Denmark, Sweden, Norway and Finland.
As the first HBO-branded service in the region, HBO Nordic will offer a premium, 24-hour, advertising-free channel. HBO will offer both subscription and transactional video-on-demand services, providing premium content directly to consumers via HBO Nordic's untethered, "over-the-top" platform, hbonordic.com, and also via local distribution partners.
"We saw a rapid change in Nordic TV
consumption these past years. Our target group is younger and more urban
than the existing premium pay TV subscribers and they consume TV on
multiple screens, particularly on computers, smartphones and tablets.
Most of them associate HBO with best in class series. We view this as a
unique opportunity for HBO to grow digital pay-TV subscriptions in the
region", says Hervé Payan, CEO of HBO Nordic.
HBO Nordic will offer subscribers all seasons and behind- the-scene materials of hit series, including Boardwalk Empire?, The Newsroom?, Game of Thrones?, True Blood?, Veep? and Girls?, as well as classics like Sex and the City?, The SopranosSM and The WireSM and new series premiering in the Nordics from other content providers including titles such as Magic City?, Hit and Miss?, Continuum?, and Borgia. The HBO Nordic offering will also include feature films from major Hollywood and international studios, local distributors and independents.
"HBO Nordic is the first service in the Nordic countries to combine day-and-date delivery and streaming of the latest episodes of an HBO original series subtitled in the local language, with all past seasons. This service will be available on any internet connected device", says Hervé Payan.
All programs will be available to subscribers for less than €10 via the network's streaming service hbonordic.com.