Turner, HBO help Time Warner beat Street view

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By Sai Sachin R

(Reuters) - Time Warner Inc reported quarterly profit and revenue above analysts' expectations, boosted by higher advertising and subscription revenue at its Turner division and Home Box Office network.

Revenue at Turner, which owns channels such as CNN, TNT and Cartoon Network as well as NCAA.Com, rose 4.5 percent in the quarter, helped by the NCAA Division I men's basketball tournament and growth in Turner's news businesses.

Advertising revenue at Turner grew 4 percent, while subscription revenue rose 3 percent.

Evercore ISI analyst Vijay Jayant said the advertising growth at Turner was better than expected.

Revenue at HBO, whose popular shows include hit medieval fantasy series "Game of Thrones", increased 4.4 percent.

HBO's standalone streaming service, HBO Now, was launched on Apple Inc's devices this month, in time for the fifth season premiere of "Game of Thrones", reaching millions of viewers who do not subscribe to pay TV.

"The initial response (to HBO Now) has been very positive both in terms of subscribers and usage," Chief Executive Jeff Bewkes said on a post-earnings call.

Time Warner said the "Game of Thrones" premiere was watched by a total of 18.1 million people in its first two weeks, over 1 million more than the viewership for the prior season's first episode.   Continued...

A woman walks past the Time Warner Center near Columbus Circle in Manhattan, New York July 16, 2014. REUTERS/Adrees Latif