September 14, 2013 15.50 Europe/London By Robert Briel
Orange is rebranding its Orange Cinéma Séries (OCS) bouquet and in the process will launch a dedicated channel for HBO content called OCS City.
As of October 10, OCS, the 100% film and series service will change, bringing its subscribers the brand new channel, OCS City, “génération HBO”. The channel will broadcast HBO’s series as part of its exclusive output deal with HBO. On Monday evenings, OCS City will also broadcast HBO originals within 24 hours after the first US broadcast, in VO (original version) with French subtitles.
Orange will also be launching OCS Go, the TV Everywehere on-demand service which will offer HBO content inclsduing The Sopranos, The Wire, Six Feet Under and Bored to Death, as well as other HBO comtent.
In the rebranding process, the OCS Max and OCS Happy channels are merging and OCS Novo will be discontinued with some of its programming finding a new home on OCS City “génération HBO” channel.
The OCS offer will now consist of OCS Max: the main event channel for all the family; OCS City “génération HBO”; OCS Choc: the full adrenaline channel and OCS Géants: the classic film channel as well as OCS Go.
HBO CEO, Richard Plepler said in a statement, “We have worked closely with OCS for many years now and are thrilled by this significant step in the creation of the official French “home of HBO” channel. OCS City “génération HBO” is where our programming will first be seen in France and it is a privilege to have our brand play such a pivotal role in this new venture.”
OCS Managing Director, Guillaume Jouhet, added, “When we created the first 100% film and series service, there was never any doubt that there would be a place for HBO productions in the OCS schedule. Today, we are proud to announce this partnership between our two brands, with the aim of creating the best channel for fans of TV series”.