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Sky, Disney agree new multi-year programming and channel agreement

MUMBAI: UK pay TV service provider Sky has agreed a new multi-year movie and TV agreement with Disney UK & Ireland so customers can enjoy Disney entertainment either live, on-demand or on the go.

Sky Movies and Now TV Sky Movies Pass customers will be able to watch premieres like ‘Inside Out’, ‘The Good Dinosaur’ and ‘Star Wars: The Force Awakens’ in the first pay TV window from around nine months after their release in cinemas.

They can enjoy the Sky Movies Disney channel and all the latest Disney, DisneyPixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm hits, all in HD and in some cases, 3D. In addition to the latest blockbuster movies, Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior will continue to be available through Sky’s subscription packages in both standard and high definition.

Customers are consuming more Disney shows like ‘Liv and Maddie’, ‘Star Wars Rebels’ and ‘Doc McStuffins’, and Disney Channel Original Movies like ‘Descendants’ at a time of their choosing. The new agreement will offer customers more Disney Channels series through Catch Up TV and On Demand than currently available, at no extra cost.

Also included in this agreement are ABC Studios primetime drama and comedy series such as ‘Scandal’, ‘Grey’s Anatomy’ and ‘Scrubs’, available via ABC Studios on demand, through Sky Box Sets.

It’s not just TV shows that customers can watch when they want. Over half of all Sky Movies viewing is on demand, so as well as all the latest hits, customers can choose from a wide selection of classic Disney movies in Sky’s growing library of over 1,000 films available to watch when it suits them. This includes Disney favourites like ‘Frozen’, ‘Enchanted’, ‘Maleficent’, the ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ franchise, as well as DisneyPixar hits such as ‘Up’, ‘Monsters Inc.’ and ‘Toy Story’.

There is even more flexibility for customers to watch where they want with Sky Go, the mobile TV service. The agreement means customers can access the Disney movies, channels and on demand content as part of their subscriptions on over 70 compatible devices including mobiles, tablets and games consoles. All new movie titles and a large selection of classic movie titles will also be available to buy and keep, or rent, via Sky Store.

Sky MD content Gary Davey said, “Sky and Disney have been working together for almost 25 years. Our collaboration has continued to grow and the launch of the exclusive Sky Movies Disney channel two years ago has been a huge success. This new agreement means our customers can continue to enjoy the biggest blockbusters like “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “Inside Out” before they are available on any other online subscription service. They also get access to a great portfolio of family channels and a growing on demand library of amazing shows and films which we know they love.”

Disney Europe, Middle East and Africa senior VP, GM media distribution Mark Endemaño said, “With our shared goal of bringing the highest quality, creative entertainment to audiences in the UK and Ireland in ever more flexible ways, we are extending our relationship with Sky to offer subscribers our movies, series, and our channels at home and on the go. Two years on from its launch, we are particularly proud of the shared success of Sky Movies Disney, and look forward to bringing more of our much-loved stories and characters to audiences in the UK & Ireland.”