Disney has inked a new multi-year film and TV output deal with Sky that will give the pan-Euro pay TV giant a significant boost in the UK and Ireland as it continues to compete with both the disruptive challenges posed by Amazon and Netflix as well as the burgeoning Liberty Global cable empire.
The output extension, which continues a quarter-century-long association between the two companies, will see Sky Movies and NOW TV Sky Movies Pass customers able to watch the likes of Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens in the first pay TV window from about nine months after their theatrical release.
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. They will also have access to TV channels Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior through Sky’s subscription packages in both standard and high definition.
“Sky and Disney have been working together for almost 25 years,” said Sky content managing director Gareth Davey. “Our collaboration has continued to grow and the launch of the exclusive Sky Movies Disney channel two years ago has been a huge success. This new agreement means our customers can continue to enjoy the biggest blockbusters like Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Inside Out before they are available on any other online subscription service. They also get access to a great portfolio of family channels and a growing on demand library of amazing shows and films which we know they love.”