Sky has further strengthened its movies offering through a new deal with Sony Pictures Television (SPT) that will provide customers with exclusive access to hit movies including Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Django Unchained before any other TV channel or subscription service.
Under the terms of the multi-year agreement, Sky Movies will be the first subscription service in the UK and Ireland to screen new movies from Sony Pictures, including upcoming titles such as Smurfs 2, This is the End and After Earth. Sky Movies customers will be able to enjoy exclusive subscription access to Sony Pictures’ new releases around six months after they have ended their run in cinemas. Once on Sky Movies, the titles will be exclusively available for at least a year.
Alongside the new releases, Sky Movies customers will also get access to an extensive collection of classic films from the Sony Pictures library, including the first three Spiderman movies, The Da Vinci Code and Bad Santa, available on an exclusive basis while they are on the service.
Continuing Sky’s commitment to offer customers new ways of accessing Sky content, the full range of new and classic titles included in the agreement will be available to NOW TV customers with a Sky Movies monthly pass. NOW TV, Sky’s internet TV service, offers easy and flexible access to Sky Movies across many connected platforms and devices.
All movies will be available on demand, on Sky Go, HD, and, where available, 3D, further enhancing the viewing experience and adding more value for Sky customers. For customers who want to take movies with them on the move, the films will also be available on Sky’s new subscription service Sky Go Extra. For just £5 a month, Sky Go Extra customers can download movies and entertainment shows to their smartphone, mobile tablet, laptop or MacBook.
Alongside exclusive access to the first pay TV window titles, Sky and SPT have also agreed a non-exclusive deal for pay-per-view movies, which will be available to Sky customers through Sky Movies Box Office and on demand through Sky Store. Through these services, all Sky customers can rent Sony Pictures titles, from the latest movies - many at the same time as they are available on DVD - through to an extensive library of classic films.
Customers who subscribe to Sky Movies via Virgin Media, UPC and TalkTalk will also be able to enjoy the full range of subscription films from Sony Pictures.
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, comments: "We’re delighted to have secured Sony Pictures content for our customers, further extending our leadership in movies. We are committed to providing our customers with the biggest and best movies, available to watch when and how they want. That’s why Sky Movies customers enjoy access to the biggest movies first, in HD, on demand, on the go and in 3D. And with the launch of Sky Go Extra, they can now even download movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch offline."
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About Sky Movies
Sky Movies is Europe’s largest in-home movie service, showing around 450 different movies a week and up to 5 premieres every Friday. Viewers to Sky Movies get access to 70 of the year’s top 100 movies at least one year before any other free or subscription television service – all uncut and ad free. Sky Movies is available via 11 linear channels on the Sky+HD set-top box, on demand and on the move via Sky Go. Sky Movies is also available on NOW TV - the new internet TV service powered by Sky –as well as a range of other platforms including Virgin Media, UPC and TalkTalk. Films on Sky Movies are also available to download through Sky Go Extra, which is available to all 10.3m Sky TV customers for £5/month.
About Sony Pictures Television
Sony Pictures Television (www.sonypicturestelevision.com), a Sony Pictures Entertainment company, is one of the television industry's leading content providers. It produces and distributes programming in every genre, around the world and for a multitude of platforms. In addition to one of the industry's largest libraries of award-winning feature films, television shows and formats, Sony Pictures Television (SPT) boasts a current program slate that includes top-rated daytime dramas and game shows, landmark off-network series, original animated series and critically acclaimed primetime dramas, comedies and telefilms. SPT has 18 wholly-owned or joint venture production companies in 15 countries outside the U.S. and also maintains offices in 33 countries. SPT's worldwide television networks portfolio includes 124 channel feeds available in 159 countries, reaching more than 800 million households worldwide. SPT also creates original content for and manages SPE's premium video website, Crackle. Additionally, SPT owns production company Embassy Row and is a part owner of cable channel Game Show Network (GSN), 3D channel 3net, premier horror/thriller website and VOD service FEARnet and national U.S media sales company ITN Networks, Inc. SPT advertiser sales is one of the premier national advertising sales companies and handles the commercial inventory in SPT's syndicated series as well as in U.S. digital businesses including FEARnet, DrOz.com and PlayStation.