No advertisers to please, no censors to placate, no commercial
interruptions every eleven minutes, demanding cliffhangers to draw
viewers back after the commercial breaks: HBO has re-written the
rules of television; and the result has been nothing short of a
cultural ground shift. The HBO Effect details how the
fingerprints of HBO are all over contemporary film and television.
Their capability to focus on smaller markets made shows like
Sex and the City, The Sopranos, The Wire, and even the
more recent Game of Thrones and Girls, trigger
shows on basic cable networks to follow suit. HBO pioneered the use
of HDTV and the widescreen format, production and distribution
deals leading to market presence, and the promotion of greater
diversity on TV (discussing issues of class and race).
The HBO Effect examines this rich and unique history for
clues to its remarkable impact upon television and popular culture.
It''s time to take a wide-angle look at HBO as a producer of