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New HBO channel for Caribbean
published: Friday | July 6, 2007

Actor James Gandolfini is shown in a scene from the series finale of the HBO drama television series 'The Sopranos' in this undated publicity photograph. The series finale will be telecast June 10. - Reuters

MIAMI, Florida:

HBO Latin America GroupSM announced yesterday the official launch of its new HBO channel tailored-made to satisfy the needs of Caribbean audiences after two weeks of successful trials.

The new totally digital and 100 per cent English-language channel will air international blockbusters and the most acclaimed United States and global series, and major boxing matches as well.

The new HBO Caribbean feed is available for all the non-United States territory Caribbean islands, such as Curacao, Barbados, Bonaire, St. Lucia, Aruba, St. Martin, and Trinidad and Tobago, among others.

"HBO exists because and for its audience. That's why we decided to create an entertainment product that would completely satisfy the Caribbean audience's needs, by offering a more attractive and diversified product that is tailored made to their interests and needs," said Gustavo Grossman, vice-president and general manager, HBO Networks said in a release issued yesterday.

The HBO Caribbean channel will air the most exclusive content from Hollywood blockbusters to key independent and renowned international movies, and also the best series, late night shows, and long expected boxing matches exclusively broadcasted by HBO. That will be possible thanks to the exclusive rights that HBO Latin America GroupSM has with the major Studios in the U.S., Warner Bros., Sony Pictures, Buena Vista International and Home Box Office.

Continues to add

"We will continue to add more and better content to this new service. To do so, we keep permanent contact with the most renowned world producers, while analysing the chance to broadcast series from our original library, such as Mandrake or Hijos del Carnaval, dubbed or with captions," said Grossman.

This programming may be viewed on HBO in July.

Three major boxing matches may be viewed every Saturday since July 14: HBO World Championship Boxing: Antonio Margarito vs. Paul Williams (9:00 p.m.), HBO PPV World Championship Boxing: Bernard Hopkins vs. 'Winky' Wright (9:00 p.m.), and the HBO World Boxing: Carlos 'Tata' Baldomir vs. Vernon Forrest (10:15 p.m.).

The blockbusters: The Da Vinci Code, House of Sand and Fog, Take the Lead, Syriana, The Woodsman, The Producers (musical), Final Destination 3, among others.

Exclusive premiere in the Caribbean of the new BBC series Life on Mars, created by Chris Chinball, directed by John Alexander and John McKay (Crush), that is about a police officer who has an accident and wakes up in 1973, and he discovers that the same crime is closely connected to these two totally different periods of time.

The Sopranos, the most acclaimed series in TV history, created by David Chase, arrives at its great ending through nine new impressive episodes every Sunday at 9:00 p.m.

HBO Latin America GroupSM is a group of affiliated companies of Time Warner Entertainment Company, L.P., Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc., The Walt Disney Company and Ole Communications Group. The HBO Latin America GroupSM of companies own, operate and distribute the leading cable and satellite programming services in Latin America, Brazil and the Caribbean, including HBO, HBO Plus, HBO Family, Cinemax, Max PrimeSM, Warner ChannelSM, Sony Entertainment Television, A&E, The History Channel, E! Entertainment Television, AXN, The Biography Channel and Animax.

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