HBO (which stands for Home Box Office) is a premium cable television channel that specializes in showing movies, as well as original films and series.
Among the Henson productions that originally aired on HBO are Fraggle Rock, (1983-1987), The Tale of the Bunny Picnic (1986), and The Ghost of Faffner Hall (1989). Additionally, the Muppets appeared in the 1978 HBO special The Vent Event, and in December of the same year, the special Emmet Otter's Jug-Band Christmas (which originally aired on the CBC) was rebroadcast on the channel.
In 1983, HBO held a Fraggle Rock Sweepstakes contest. The grand prize was a trip for a family of four to Fraggle Rock at Toronto's CBC Studios or New York City for the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade and a tour of The Muppet Workshop. Other prizes were a Fraggle Fun Pack which included a Fraggle Rock record and poster, and a year's subscription to HBO. A promo was filmed for this contest featuring Doc and Sprocket reading about the contest in a newspaper. Doc encouraged Sprocket to enter the contest so that they can figure out what a Fraggle is. Gobo Fraggle makes a silent appearance at the end as he overheard Doc's conversation. The contest ended on May 31, 1983.
In 1997, HBO aired The StoryTeller, both re-runs and "The Three Ravens," which had not aired in America, and The StoryTeller: Greek Myths, making its belated US debut. In November 2006, two performances of Puppet Up! were filmed as part of HBO and AEG LIVE's "The Comedy Festival" at Caesar's Palace in Las Vegas.
On August 13, 2015, it was announced that Sesame Workshop entered a partnership with HBO for new episodes of Sesame Street to premiere on the channel prior to airing on PBS, starting with season 46. HBO Latino simulcasts the series in Spanish and episodes from the show's extensive library are available on the HBO Kids section of the HBO GO/Now services. (See Sesame Street episodes on HBO) Additionally, the channel premiered new Sesame Street specials, including Once Upon a Sesame Street Christmas (2016), The Magical Wand Chase (2017), and When You Wish Upon a Pickle (2018).
In a rare appearance in HBO promotional material, a 2017 brand campaign "It's What Connects Us," featured brief clips of Big Bird, Elmo and Cookie Monster among other HBO stars making the 'ahhh' sound, referencing the static logo that opens every program on the network.
On October 10, 2016, it was announced that Fraggle Rock would be returning to the network starting in December, digitally remastered in high definition.
Over the years, HBO, and its multiple channels, have aired The Muppet Movie, The Great Muppet Caper, The Muppets Take Manhattan, Follow That Bird, The Muppet Christmas Carol, Muppet Treasure Island, Muppets from Space, and The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland.
- A 2010 episode of Sesame Street features "True Mud", a parody of HBO's original series, True Blood. Oscar the Grouch introduces the sketch, stating the program is shown on the station GrouchBO.
- The Moopets sing a version of "Rainbow Connection" in The Muppets that features new lyrics that shills out for their casino. On the film's soundtrack, one of the new lyrics states that there's HBO in every room.