HBO is one of the key reasons for any movie and television enthusiast to subscribe to satellite TV. A far cry from network TV sit-coms, chalked full of cheesy studio audience laughter and politically correct banter, HBO produces series that people change their schedules to watch. With first run showings of award winning movies, original television programming that surpasses many silver screen productions, and sports offerings that outshine those of cable television, HBO is an entertainment upgrade for any and every household.
HBO in high definition, on the other hand, is like turning a home into a home entertainment theater. Leading all television networks with 16 Creative Arts Emmy Awards for the second year in a row, and an additional five Primetime Emmys, HBO has once again proven that it is in a league of its own when it comes to television programming.
The film lineup on HBO is simply unparalleled in television. The 2008 film House of Saddam, recounting the rise and the rule of Saddam Hussein, as well as life within his inner circle in Iraq, garnered an Emmy for Outstanding Supporting Actress. Likewise, Generation Kill, the HBO Film that chronicled the first 40 days of the Iraq War from the perspective of the U.S. Marine’s First Recon Battalion, took home three Emmy Awards. Grey Gardens, the most acclaimed HBO Film of 2008, documented the lives of Jackie O’s family members in East Hampton, New York, and won six Emmy’s for HBO.
2009 Has been equally promising for HBO. Into the Storm is a film that tells the tale of Winston Churchill, examining the events that created the leader, and detailing his leadership during the Second World War. Continuing on the theme of World War II, The Pacific is the next film offering from HBO, a Tom Hanks, Stephen Spielberg, and Gary Goetzman production that will pick up the story of American forces in the Pacific Theater of the Second World War where Band of Brothers left off.
With all of these movies available in high definition, a satellite TV package that includes HBO in HD threatens to turn every subscribers home into the best movie theater in town. Add to the film lineup the availability of championship boxing in high def, as well as the multitude of HBO television series, and subscribers will welcome the oncoming winter weather.
The programming does not end with movies, however, as HBO comedy offerings include Real Time with Bill Maher, and special events such as Wanda Sykes: I’ma Be Me, as well as HBO Original Series Curb Your Enthusiasm, Flight of the Conchords, Eastbound & Down, and Little Britain, USA. HBO supplies drama in the form of True Blood, Entourage, Hung, and the all-new Number 1 Ladies’ Detective Industry. Lastly, with upcoming documentaries including Schmatta: From Rags to Riches, detailing the rise and fall of New York’s Garment District, and By the People: The Election of Barack Obama, HBO is a must-have for any home entertainment enthusiast.