HBO Asia has licensed five pictures from London-based production and sales outfit J&M Entertainment, including House On Haunted Hill which was distributed in the US by HBO sister company Warner Bros.

The other movies in the deal are The Guilty and History Is Made At Night, both starring Bill Pullman, Bruno, with Gary Sinise and Kathy Bates, and A Texas Funeral with Robert Patrick and Martin Sheen.

"This is another example of our commitment to bringing the best movies to the Asian cable industry," said HBO Asia CEO Dan Murrell.

Murrell said more deals with other major independent suppliers are in the pipeline: 'HBO Asia's investments will enable more movies which typically bypass the Asian pay-TV window to come our way,' said Murrell.