HBO’s upcoming streaming service for Spain, HBO España, will be made available to Vodafone Spain clients following a carriage deal between HBO and the Spanish telco, HBO announced Thursday, as some details of HBO’s launch in Spain become clearer.
HBO España’s catalog lineup will offer seasons of HBO hit series such as “Game of Thrones,” “True Detective,” “Veep” and “Silicon Valley, as well as a variety of HBO movies, documentaries and classic series. It will also take in new series from top-tier third-party TV series providers, an HBO press statement said.
Vodafone Spain clients will be able to access HBO España via its dedicated TV service, Vodafone TV, as well as on their mobile devices, tablets and computers.
With current and future seasons of “Game of Thrones” and other current top series at HBO locked into an output deal with Telefonica’s Movistar Plus, Spain’s biggest paybox, HBO España’s offer of series may kick off with back seasons of “Game of Thrones” before first seasons of new series kick in.
In 2015, Vodafone Spain closed a carriage agreement with Netflix and went on last October to offer Netflix free for six months to Vodafone Spain TV and HDTV customers. Netflix also operates a standalone service in Spain. It remains to be seen whether it will do the same with HBO España.
Launched in 2012, HBO Nordic struck a deal in 2014 with CBS Studios International for new programming from Showtime, such as “Penny Dreadful” and “Ray Donovan,” plus a large number of library titles.
HBO’s video streaming launch in Spain was originally announced in January by HBO CEO Richard Plepler. At that time, Plepler said the service would be up and running by year’s end. HBO España’s launch date and full details of HBO España’s programming offer will be published in due course, the press release said.