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HBO GO Launches in Vietnam


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HBO Asia’s streaming platform HBO GO is now available in Vietnam via the FPT Play service.

It was unveiled by HBO Asia, its agent in Vietnam, Q.net, and FPT Play that the streaming service launched on the FPT Play app on July 1. In Asia, HBO GO is currently available in Hong Kong, Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Singapore and, after Vietnam, it will soon be launching in more Asian territories.

HBO GO is an internet-based service that allows subscribers unlimited access to stream HBO’s library of original content—including series, movies and documentaries—from the U.S. and Asia, Hollywood blockbusters, Asian hit movies as well as kids’ programs. The latest series will premiere on HBO GO on the same day as the U.S.

The standalone HBO GO service can be purchased for 79,000 VND (US$3.40) per month, and the price drops to 50,000 VND (US$2.15) with the purchase of other FPT Play content packages.

Jonathan Spink, CEO of HBO Asia, said: “We are pleased to launch HBO GO in Vietnam through our partner, Q.net. HBO Asia’s online streaming service is now available for the first time through FPT in Vietnam and will soon be available on more platforms. With HBO GO, subscribers will have access to a vast library of thousands of hours of studio blockbusters and HBO Originals programs from the U.S. and Asia anytime, anywhere, through their digital and mobile devices. Subscribers can also live stream the HBO, Max by HBO and Red by HBO channels, which are subtitled in Vietnamese.”

Nguyen Hanh, president of Q.net, said: “By paving the way for the successful launch of HBO GO in Vietnam, Q.net has entered the digital delivery field, the new dominant paradigm for entertainment content. We have been preparing to unveil HBO GO in the market for over three years, ensuring that the service is in full compliance with local law, and that we can provide local audiences with the greatest entertainment programming service ever brought to Vietnam. We wish to express our sincere thanks to HBO Asia for its comprehensive support, and special thanks to FPT Play for its joint efforts, as well as the whole-hearted commitment we both share in making HBO GO for Vietnamese audiences a reality.”

Vu Anh Tu, deputy general director of FPT Telecom, representing FPT Play, added: “HBO’s brand has long captured the hearts of millions of Vietnamese viewers. It is our great pleasure to become the very first internet-TV service provider to offer HBO, Red by HBO and Max by HBO with its thousands of hours of movies to Vietnamese audiences. It will be the first time young Vietnamese audiences have a chance to enjoy Band of Brothers, the latest season of Game of Thrones, and thousands of blockbusters and action programming on platforms including smartphone, tablet, smart TV, the web and FPT Play Box.”

He continued, “The launch of HBO GO marked a critical breakthrough for FPT Play in providing the best audience experience. Working with a world-leading content provider, we will do our utmost to utilize technologies and infrastructure capable of offering audiences the most entertaining and relaxing programming, worthy of the number-one-rated OTT service provider in Vietnam.”








About Alison Skilton

Alison Skilton is an associate editor of World Screen. She can be reached at askilton@worldscreen.com.

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