Sky and Sony Pictures Entertainment have signed their first ever multi-year movie agreement stretch across Europe.
The arrangement covers both subscription and transactional movie services in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. It reaches across all new and future Sony releases including, significantly, Ultra HD productions.
Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky promises that Sky subscribers will have access to the latest blockbusters a year before they are available on other subscription services. “Our customers will be able to enjoy all the latest Sony blockbusters over a year before any other subscription service with the ability to watch them whenever and wherever they choose. Sony has a fantastic track record of producing big global hits with a really exciting slate of films coming up including Ghostbusters and Inferno. Along with our investments in entertainment, sport and the arts, major agreements like this help meet our commitment to provide our customers with exclusive, world-class films and programmes and the very best TV experience.”
In addition to linear subscription movie services, Sky Movies, Sky Cinema and Sky Film customers will also be able to view the content on the move through Sky Go. Now TV and Sky Online is also included.
Sky customers can look forward to major new films including Ghostbusters, Angry Birds, Money Monster and Inferno. As well as all the latest blockbusters, Sky customers can enjoy an expanded on demand library with hundreds of much-loved films ranging from Lawrence of Arabia, Philadelphia and Close Encounters of the Third Kind to major franchises such as Men in Black and The Karate Kid.
Keith LeGoy, President, International Distribution at Sony Pictures Television said: “Sky is a fantastic collaborator and this landmark movie deal across multiple territories further cements our relationship over the coming years. Together we are now able to bring what are sure to be some of the biggest and most talked-about movies and upcoming releases to Sky viewers across Europe for the first time.”
This is the first multi-territory deal with a major Hollywood movie studio that Sky has negotiated. Previously, Sky and Sony Pictures Television negotiated agreements on a territory-by-territory basis. Although the deal covers multiple territories, Sky and Sony Pictures Television will continue to deliver films in a way that preserves the local characteristics of each market and best meets the needs of Sky customers in each individual country.