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HBO GO adds raft of kids programs in Asia

Eight Cartoon Network shows, plus Sesame Street and Fraggle Rock, have been snapped up by HBO Asia for its SVOD service HBO GO.
November 21, 2018

Singapore-based HBO Asia is bolstering its HBO GO streaming platform with more than 700 episodes from 10 popular kids and family series, including Sesame Street and Cartoon Network hits We Bare Bears (pictured) and The Powerpuff Girls.

Starting on December 1, HBO GO subscribers in Asia will be able to stream and download CN’s Adventure Time (seasons one to five), The Powerpuff Girls (seasons one to six), We Bare Bears (season one) and Ben 10: Omniverse (season one), as well as the first two seasons of Steven Universe, Regular Show, Dexter’s Laboratory and Foster’s Home For Imaginary Friends.

Seasons one to four of classic Henson puppet series Fraggle Rock and the 40th and 41st seasons of Sesame Street have also been acquired.

HBO GO is currently available across the region in Hong Kong, Indonesia, the Philippines, Singapore and Thailand, with more territories expected to be added. HBO Asia has exclusive content deals with major Hollywood studios including DreamWorks Animation, Paramount Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. It’s also the exclusive regional distributor of indie child development network BabyFirst.

Since HBO’s landmark deal with Sesame Workshop in 2015, the subscription-service giant has been steadily growing its children’s portfolio. Recent deals include the acquisition of eOne preschool properties Peppa Pig and Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom for its HBO GO streaming service in Central Europe.

Across the pond, HBO Family in the US premiered Sesame Workshop’s first new animated series in more than a decade (Esme & Roy) in August, and launched a new animated family special called The Emperor’s Newest Clothes on November 15.

About The Author
Jeremy is the Features Editor of Kidscreen specializing in the content production, broadcasting and distribution aspects of the global children's entertainment industry. Contact Jeremy at jdickson@brunico.com.

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