Home Box Office (HBO) - Statistics & Facts

Home Box Office, better known as HBO, is a subscription-based television network based in the United States. Founded in 1972, it is the oldest pay television network in the United States and has since been offering services to several other countries and created spinoff channels, such as HBO 2 and HBO Latino. Recent years have also seen the emergence of HBO Now and HBO Go, which allow subscribers to view their content with ever-increasing flexibility. HBO is best known for producing and airing many popular and critically-renowned television series, such as Game of Thrones, Silicon Valley, and True Detective. They also produce and screen original TV movies, sports events, and documentaries, among other programs.

HBO’s worldwide subscriber base had risen steadily from 2010 to 2014, when it peaked at 138 million subscribers. In 2016, HBO had 134 million subscribers worldwide, with approximately a third of those subscribers residing in the United States, demonstrating HBO’s popularity both domestically and overseas. According to a 2016 survey, 31% of respondents in the United States reported that they subscribed to the network.

The number of weekly viewers of HBO in the United States has been steadily declining since autumn 2015. In spring 2017, approximately 43.74 million Americans had watched HBO on the television in the previous seven days, compared with approximately 45.09 million viewers two years prior. In spite of this, HBO’s annual subscription revenue has risen from approximately 3.77 billion U.S. dollars in 2011 to five billion U.S. dollars in 2016. Additionally, HBO headed the list of cable TV channels that U.S. consumers were willing to pay the most for in the second quarter of 2017.

Much of this popularity can be attributed to the variety of original programming that has helped HBO distinguish itself from other subscription television networks on the air. Perhaps the most well-known series currently on HBO is Game of Thrones, based on a series of fantasy novels by George R.R. Martin, which has recently aired its seventh season and has been renewed for an eighth season. Since the shows inception in 2011, the number of viewers per episode has risen from 2.51 million in Season 1 to 7.72 million in Season 6. The number of viewers of the season 7 finale in 2017 reached approximately 12.1 million, nearly five times the number of viewers per episode for season 1.

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