Ultra HD is promised before the end of the year as Sky drops the Sky Movies name in favour of Sky Cinema.
Paramount says it wouldn’t prevent a pay-TV company from offering its content to another EU territory.
Frozen has given Sky Movies its highest-rated premier ever. The Disney animation gained an audience of five million in the first week of the pay-TV window.
IPTV operator TalkTalk added another 185,000 new TV (YouView) customers in the quarter taking the installed base to over 1.1 million. An extended wholesale carriage agreement with BSkyB has also been announced for Sky Sports and Sky Movies.
BT and Sky have signed a multi-year contract for the distribution of Sky Movies over BT TV (the former BT Vision).
“Studios are now in a position to go direct-to-consumer with Over-the-Top services. HBO is well placed to seed the UK market,” according to Guy Bisson, director of TV at IHS Electronics & Media.
Sky Movies has signed a defining agreement with Warner Bros for exclusive access to all eight Harry Potter movies.
The James Bond franchise, once a staple of rainy bank holidays on ITV, is to be given its own channel by Sky Movies.
Virgin Media, which once said it lost money on every Sky premium subscription it sold, has announced plans to reduce the cost of the Sky Sports and Sky Movies channels.