HBO Launches Stand-Alone Streaming Service in Four Central European Countries

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The direct-to-consumer HBO Go service is available in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia with such hit shows as 'Game of Thrones,' 'Westworld' and 'Silicon Valley.'

Time Warner's HBO said Monday it has launched direct-to-consumer services in four Central European countries.

The HBO Go subscription VOD service became available as a direct-to-consumer offer online without the need for a pay TV subscription in Hungary, Romania, the Czech Republic and Slovakia on Monday. It offers HBO's entire library of original series, films and documentaries, HBO Europe's local productions, "a big selection of the best series from other premium content providers," as well as movies and kids programming.

In the four countries, the direct-to-consumer offering will be offered in addition to the already established HBO channels and services, and HBO Go will also continue to be available through local distribution partners with TV and Internet packages.

The HBO Go service offers all seasons of such HBO originals as Game of Thrones, Westworld and Silicon Valley, as well as popular classic series like Sex and the City, The Sopranos and The Wire.

Subscribers also get access to HBO Europe's local programming, including all seasons of series like Shadows, Silent Valley (Romania), Burning Bush, Wasteland (Czech Republic) and Golden Life (Hungary), as well as a large selection of documentaries.

"In addition, HBO Go premieres a long list of brand new hit movies, such as Beauty and the Beast, Trainspotting 2, Jackie and Assassin’s Creed, an extensive catalogue of movies, a wide range of kids programming, as well as top series from other content providers e.g., The Handmaid's Tale, Babylon Berlin, Billions, Twin Peaks and Luther," HBO Europe said. New titles will be added weekly, with many set to premiere simultaneously with the U.S.

"HBO Go via affiliates is already a huge success in Central Europe, but our goal is to make it even easier for the many series lovers in these countries to access HBO’s premium content," said Herve Payan, CEO of HBO Europe. "The launch of HBO Go direct to consumers in Central Europe is a natural step for us after successful launches of HBO streaming services in Spain, Sweden, Denmark, Norway and Finland."

The new over-the-top service will be available on computers, smartphones, tablets, Apple TV, Chromecast, Samsung Smart TVs and Sony's PlayStation. Each subscriber can add up to five devices and use two concurrent streams at the same time.