Upcoming HBO Canada will be doc-friendly, eh?

One of the most recognizable brands in the US is coming to Canada on October 30, and it's bringing a load of docs with it. Canucks, get ready for the arrival of HBO Canada.
September 29, 2008

Starting on October 30, Canadians will be able to tune into a full slate of HBO programming – including documentaries – thanks to a recent deal involving Canadian pay TV services The Movie Network and Movie Central. While both services (owned by Astral Media and Corus Entertainment, respectively) have shown HBO’s dramatic series for years, this new deal will see an expanded offering of the US channel’s programming.

Not only will HBO Canada air new and returning drama series, including Entourage and Flight of the Conchords, day-and-date with its US counterpart, it will also offer Canadians previously unseen library titles and documentaries. Some of the new HBO doc titles include Portrait of a Lady, Section 60: Arlington National Cemetery, Dirty Driving: Thundercars of Indiana, The Trials of Ted Haggard and Le Cirque: a Table in Heaven. And, at this time, doc library titles HBO fans north of the border haven’t seen yet (but soon will) include A Father, A Son… Once Upon a time in Hollywood, about Kirk and Michael Douglas, and When It Was A Game.

Although representatives from The Movie Network say that HBO Canada’s schedule is still being firmed up, they expect to have ‘one or two new documentaries a month from HBO, plus a mix of five to 10 returning documentaries a month.’ The reps add that ‘The Movie Network acquires a handful of high-profile theatrically released documentaries, and in addition commissions one original documentary per year about the entertainment industry.’ The launch of HBO Canada will not change The Movie Network’s acquisition strategy.

HBO Canada will be available for free to existing The Movie Network and Movie Central subscribers.

For more information on this deal, see this Playback story.

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