Home Box Office (HBO) has always been a leader in technology. HBO was the first satellite television network to broadcast an encrypted program across the airwaves and was also the first to have its signal shoot down. Since it's not so humble beginning in 1972 HBO has been providing millions of viewers with almost instantaneous movies via their pay-per-view service.
The way HBO works is through partnership with major film companies. Dream Works, Twentieth Century Fox, Universal Studios, New Line Cinema and Warner Bros. all have deals going with HBO which allows HBO to make their movies available via pay-per-view programming. HBO also has deals going for exclusive right to certain sports events which are also shown via pay-per-view.
Since HBO is a pay per view channel it is allowed to show R rated movies that contain a lot of sex, violence and language. So please be cautioned when letting children watch this channel, use discretion and know when to send the children to bed.
There has never been another channel that rivals HBO in on-demand programming, and I definitely suggest that you check them out. But please remember to set the parental controls on your television if you have younger children using this service also.
HBO is a very useful channel especially if you are into watching movies in the comfort of your home. I really like it because for some reason I always rent movies, come home with them, and then don't feel like watching them. But with HBO pay-per-view you can watch almost any movie whenever you feel like without having to make a trip to the rental store. HBO and all seven of its sister channels are broadcasted in full 1080i HD which is very awesome, and for that I give them a 10/10.