The wide-ranging pact between Warner Bros and Sky announced today will see the two companies collaborate on distributing Warners’ movies across multiple platforms and boost releases and marketing in the UK and Ireland. The tie-up gives Sky’s Sky Movies channels subscription pay TV and PPV windows that will give its customers exclusive access to new Warner Bros releases about six months after their theatrical runs, and they’ll stay on Sky Movies exclusively for more than a year.
The agreement includes movies like the UK-produced Sherlock Holmes: A Game Of Shadows, The Dark Knight Rises, Dark Shadows and Wrath Of The Titans, as well the upcoming Man Of Steel, The Hangover Part 3 and The Great Gatsby; in addition to catalog titles. The platforms involved in the deal include 11 dedicated Sky Movies channels; Sky’s TV on-demand service; multiplatform TV service Sky Go; and NOW TV, which offers streaming access to Sky Movies across PC, Mac, iPhone, iPad, YouView, Xbox and selected Android smart phones, with films available to stream instantly. Sky customers also will be able to rent on a non-exclusive basis Warner Bros titles through Sky Movies Box Office at the same time the movies become available on DVD.