U.K.’s BSkyB inks Sony movie deal

Subscribers to get exclusive access for one year

LONDON

U.K pay TV giant BSkyB has signed a multi-year deal with Sony Pictures Television giving it exclusive access to new Sony movies around six months after their theatrical run plus library titles.

Deal covers films including “Men in Black 3” and “The Amazing Spider-Man.”

Move follows recent pacts with Universal and Warner Bros. as the satcaster fights off the threat from Netflix and Amazon’s Lovefilm. BSkyB has existing contracts with Disney, Paramount and 20th Century Fox.

The deal was announced as BSkyB posted six-monthly figures to Dec. 31 that showed operating profits up 8% to £647 million ($1.02 billion), beating most analysts’ predictions.

While the growth of new TV subscribers continued to slow — it added 25,000 new customers in the final quarter of 2012 for a tally of 10.5 million — BSkyB CEO Jeremy Darroch hailed the strong perf of services like On Demand and the Sky Go mobile platform.

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