BSkyB inks deal with NBC Universal

British pay TV broadcaster Sky has inked a deal with NBC Universal that gives it the rights to movies including Snow White & the Huntsman and Ted in the first pay TV window. 
The multi-year licensing agreement with NBC Universal International Television Distribution also gives Sky Movies subscribers in the UK and Ireland access to movies including Battleship, The Bourne Legacy, ParaNorman and Savages as well as forthcoming feature films including Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, The Man With The Iron Fists, Despicable Me 2 and About Time.

The deal extension also includes library titles including Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, American Pie, Mamma Mia, Gladiator and Scarface. 
The movies will be available via the 11 Sky Movies channels as well as the company’s video-on-demand service and its multiplatform service Sky Go and its over the top platform Now TV. 
Ian Lewis, director of Sky Movies said: “We are delighted to be able to announce an extension of our long-standing relationship with NBC Universal. The combination of NBCU’s hit movies with Sky’s innovation will give customers an unrivalled in-home movies experience. Whether it’s The Bourne Legacy on demand, Despicable Me in 3D, or Ted on the go, Sky Movies customers will enjoy the biggest and best selection of movies on their terms – and at least a year ahead of any other subscription service.”

Separately, Sky has extended its channel deal with NBC Universal’s channels arm Universal Networks International (UNI). The agreement will keep channels including Universal Channel, E! Entertainment, Syfy, The Style Network and Movies 24 on the pay TV platform.

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