HBO RENEWS AGREEMENT WITH OCS IN FRANCE
(The following is a reformatted version of a press release issued by HBO and received via electronic mail. The release was confirmed by the sender.)
Paris, 10 January 2013
OCS reasserts its position as first exclusive broadcaster of HBO programs in France
- OCS and HBO renew their multi-year agreement and take their partnership to a new level
- The agreement confirms the appeal of OCS, the 100% movie and series service
Building on their partnership forged since the creation of the OCS in 2008, HBO, the leading US pay channel which has revolutionised the world of TV series, and OCS, the 100% movie and series service have renewed their multi-year agreement. “HBO has been with OCS since the beginning. The respect and care given to our programming has been everything we could ask for from a partner. We could not be happier to continue this relationship and to have them serve as the home for our premieres in France” said Charles Schreger, President, Programming Sales, HBO.
This agreement confirms and bolsters OCS’ position as the first exclusive broadcaster of HBO programming in France. OCS will continue to air HBOs new series and to offer them 24 hours after their premiere broadcast in USA. OCS subscribers will, among others, be able to view season 2 of Girls in January, season 3 of Game of Thrones in April, season 6 of True Blood in June and season 4 of Boardwalk Empire in September 2013.
In addition, OCS subscribers will be able to view on-demand past seasons of the most iconic series from the leading US Pay channel, including The Newsroom, Veep, Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire, True Blood, The Sopranos, The Wire….
For OCS, this new agreement with HBO, reinforces its editorial promise and contributes to its development states Serge Laroye, Head of Content at Orange and President of OCS, “OCS is a unique service which boasts innovative services combined with rich, high-quality film and series. HBO series are must-watch events. They are central to OCS’ positioning and help enrich its offering. We are very pleased to be able to pursue our partnership with HBO and, with this agreement, bring it to another level.”
OCS, the service dedicated to fans of cinema and series OCS is a bouquet of 5 thematic channels dedicated to cinema and series which offers its subscribers exclusive first run programming allied with innovative functionalities. Viewers have the opportunity to watch all of the programs live or on-demand. Among the innovative services there is “US+24”, which gives fans of US series access to a selection of exclusive series, available on demand, 24 hours after they are first broadcast in the United States. There is also startover function, so that a program can be rewound to the beginning while it is being broadcast.
After successful launches in 2012 on Canalsat, SFR, Parabole Réunion and Tahiti NUI, OCS continues to enrich its offering and to extend the distribution of its service to other operators.
Jeff Cusson SVP, Corporate Affairs HBO 212/512-1343 M-646/302-3314