Disney Inks New Deal with U.K. Pay TV Operator Sky

LONDON — U.K. pay TV operator Sky has inked a new multi-year movie and TV agreement with Disney, continuing a relationship that has lasted almost 25 years.

Sky Movies and NOW TV Sky Movies Pass customers will be able to watch new movies 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 movie theaters.

Sky Movies subscribers can access the Disney channel and watch all the latest Disney, Pixar, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm films in HD, and in some cases, 3D. In addition they will have access to TV channels Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior through Sky’s subscription packages in both standard and high definition.

The new agreement will offer customers more Disney Channels series through Catch Up TV and On Demand than now 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.

Sky Movies customers can choose from a wide selection of classic Disney movies on demand in Sky’s library of more than 1,000 films. This includes Disney favorites like “Frozen,” “Enchanted,” “Maleficent,” the “Pirates of the Caribbean” franchise, as well as Pixar hits such as “Up,” “Monsters, Inc.” and “Toy Story.”

Sky also said that they are offering 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.

Gary Davey, managing director, Content, Sky comments: “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.”

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