30 Years of HBO

Oct 28, 2002  •  Post A Comment

On Nov. 8, 1972, HBO made its first transmission-a hockey game followed by the 1971 film “Sometimes a Great Notion”-to a whopping subscriber base of 350.
While recent motion pictures remain a staple of the pay-cable service, things have come a long way since then in the area of original programming.
Beginning in 1983, when HBO premiered “Not Necessarily the News,” original series have grown to become the network’s hallmark, to the point where today HBO is the television industry’s pacesetter.
Electronic Media correspondent Jennie L. Phipps contacted a number of the creators and producers responsible for these series to get their reflections on the unique experience of making programming for HBO. We present their accounts in their own words, as told to Ms. Phipps.