Sky Movies secures franchise in three-month deal
LONDON — The “Harry Potter” franchise is set to fly exclusively to pay TV platform BSkyB in the U.K. following a three-month deal with Warner Bros.The satcaster gets exclusive access to all eight films from November, covering the key Christmas winter holidays. No other TV channel or streaming service in the market will be able to offer the films during this window. Sky Movies customers will also have access to the films through Sky’s On Demand service, on a variety of Internet-connected devices including iPhone, iPad and Android smartphones through BSkyB’s multi-platform service Sky Go, and on Now TV, the Internet TV service powered by BSkyB, which gives access to Sky Movies across a range of devices. The final film, “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part 2,” will also be available on Sky 3D. The announcement follows September’s news of a multi-year agreement between Warner Bros. and BSkyB, which will become the first U.K. subscription service to show the studio’s recent and future releases including “Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hangover, Part 3″ and “Man of Steel.” In August BSkyB announced a one-year exclusive deal for U.K. TV rights to the James Bond franchise. A dedicated channel, Sky Movies 007, launched Oct. 5 on the 50th anniversary of the world preem of first Bond film “Dr. No” and runs until Nov. 4.
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