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It’s Not TV: Watch HBO’s Award-Hoarding History In 4 Minutes

Remember how The Sopranos changed everything? That’s not all the top cable channel has done.

It’s Not TV: Watch HBO’s Award-Hoarding History In 4 Minutes
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HBO’s history is full of convention-shattering moments. Swearing! Sex! Blood and Guts! Awards! Long, successful runs of risky shows that would never succeed on broadcast channels! And now the world is watching to see how the brand will succeed when untangled from traditional cable. That’s right, the company’s answer to Netflix, launched this week.

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Before this weekend’s new Game of Thrones episode, watch the video above to see how HBO has evolved since its first sign-on in the groovy ’70s.