Star India Signs Programming Deal With HBO To Screen Original Content Exclusively In India

Mumbai – December 01, 2015 – Star India and HBO have announced an exclusive programming agreement that will take HBO Original content to a wider audience via both, the hotstar digital platform and the English channels on the Star India network.

Star India is again set to redefine the viewing experience on one of the world’s fastest growing digital content platforms namely hotstar and for its viewers across India, with the very best of HBO’s Original programming including series like Game of Thrones and True Detective.

Commenting on the deal Uday Shankar, CEO, Star India, said, “Star is delighted to partner with HBO to bring world class HBO Originals programming for Indian viewers. Star will become the exclusive destination for screening HBO content in India – once again resetting the benchmark for quality and depth of content offering for its viewers. Fans will be able to watch their favourite HBO Original programs on hotstar on the same day as the telecast in the United States. Viewers will also be able to see the HBO Original programming on Star’s English channels.”

He further added, “Hotstar, is a leading destination for our growing family of content viewers. We have constantly aspired to offer high quality content across genres and languages, and HBO Originals with its outstanding program bouquet, I am sure will be yet another quantum leap in delighting and enthralling our viewers.”

Jonathan Spink, HBO Asia CEO, said “HBO is delighted to enter this new chapter in India with Star. Through the first release of our shows on Hotstar, Indian Audiences will now have unprecedented flexibility in how the consume HBO’s much loved premium programming.”

Forthcoming series of popular HBO Originals that fans can look forward to include the extremely popular Game of Thrones; True Detective; Silicon Valley; Veep; and Leftovers as well as new HBO Original series in the forthcoming season which will include the Scorsese series Vinyl scheduled to air on 14 Feb and Westworld. In addition library favourites such as Entourage, Band of Brothers, The Sopranos and Curb Your Enthusiasm will be available.

About Star India

Star India has defined the Indian media landscape for over two decades and today is one of the country’s leading media conglomerates, reaching approximately 650 million viewers a month across India and more than 100 other countries. Star generates 20,000 hours of content every year and broadcasts 40+ channels in 8 different languages, reaching 9 out of 10 C&S TV homes in India.

The network’s entertainment channel portfolio includes Star Gold, Channel V, Star World, Star Movies, Star Utsav, Life OK, Movies OK and Star Plus, India’s No. 1 Hindi General Entertainment Channel. It has a leading presence in regional broadcasting as well, through a bouquet of affiliate channels which includes Star Jalsha, Jalsha Movies, Star Pravah, Asianet, Asianet Plus, Suvarna, Suvarna Plus, Vijay and now Maa. It is also present in the Indian movie production and distribution space through Fox Star Studios, an affiliate joint venture company.

STAR India is making quantum leaps in transforming sports in the country by leveraging the group’s strengths in superior content and audience engagement. STAR’s sports business has grown rapidly to 8 channel properties (STAR Sports 1, 2, 3, 4 and STAR Sports HD1, HD2, HD3 and HD4), making it the leading sports network in the country.

With our viewers on the move, Star is set to drive the agenda on digital content consumption in the country through its wholly owned subsidiary company. starsports.com has redefined the future of sports consumption in India and now hotstar.com brings your favourite TV shows, movies and sports in one destination.

Star India is a fully owned subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

For further information, please contact:

Parul Sharma

parul.sharma@startv.com

+91 98119 88996 +91 124 6654 408

About HBO ASIA

Singapore-based HBO Asia brings the best of Hollywood to Asia first through its exclusive licensing deals with major Hollywood and independent studios including Paramount Pictures, Sony Pictures, Universal Studios, Warner Bros. and Lionsgate. HBO Asia has proprietary and award-winning HBO and HBO Asia Original programmes that are produced exclusively for HBO viewers. Wholly owned by HBO (a Time Warner company), HBO Asia reaches 23 territories across Asia and offers a bouquet of channels and services including 24-hour commercial-free subscription movie channels in standard-definition and high-definition – HBO, HBO SIGNATURE, HBO FAMILY, HBO HITS, CINEMAX and RED by HBO – as well as HBO GO and HBO ON DEMAND. HBO Asia is also the exclusive distributor of BabyFirst and the DreamWorks Channel in Asia. Log on to www.hboasia.com for more information.

For further information, please contact:

Shonali Bedi

Shonali.bedi@hbosouthasia.com

+91 9891202020