HBO receives Polish deal approval

By Chris Dziadul
January 13, 2010 09.57 UK

Poland’s Office of Competition and Consumer Protection (UOKiK) has given the go-ahead to a deal involving HBO Acquisitions and HBO Central Europe.

In it, the former will buy two-thirds of the shares in HBO Central Europe, currently held by Walt Disney Company and Sony Pictures.

HBO Acquisitions is currently responsible for – amongst other things – the provision of channels placed in basic packages. These include Cartoon Network and CNN international.

HBO Central Europe, on the other hand, provides premium services such as HBO and Cinemax.

The deal will effectively give HBO full control of operations that bear its name.