Satcaster takes all U.K. TV rights to 007 franchise
LONDON — U.K. paybox BSkyB has grabbed all U.K. TV rights to the James Bond franchise.
From October, all 22 official Bond films will be available on the Sky Movies channel in high definition.
The acquisition ends free-to-air web ITV’s long association with Bond pics, which have been a staple of its movie offer since 1975.
BSkyB has held pay TV rights to new Bond movies since the 1990s, giving the satcaster the British TV premiere of each film.
Until now, ITV has held the rights to repeat old Bond movies and broadcast the free-to-air preems of new films.
The BSkyB deal, whose length and value were not disclosed, will kick off with the screening of “Dr No,” timed to coincide with its 50th anniversary on Oct. 5.
The latest Bond pic, “Skyfall,” which is released theatrically Oct. 26 in the U.K., will bow on Sky Movies in spring 2013.