Sky has extended its exclusive content deal with HBO to cover its services in Germany, Austria and Italy.
The five year deal enshrines Sky’s status as the first-run home to hits such as Game of Thrones and True Detective and gives it greater access to on-demand boxsets of past seasons and older shows including The Newsroom and The Sopranos.
Upcoming shows covered by the deal include Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter’s Vinyl, a new drama set in the music business in 1970s New York, and Jonathan Nolan and J.J Abrams’s Westworld which is inspired by the 1973 Michael Crichton film of the same name.
Shows will be available on all Sky platforms, including its NOW TV streaming service.
Announcing the deal, Sky’s Gary Davey said: “This new agreement, Sky’s first pan-European content deal, confirms Sky Atlantic as the home of HBO in all our markets both live and on demand.
“Sky and HBO share many common values, as well as a passion for high-quality television like Game of Thrones and Veep. Our partnership, in its sixth year, now escalates to a whole new level.”
Charles Schreger, HBO’s President of Programming Sales, added: “As a partner, Sky has always shown the greatest of respect and appreciation for the HBO brand.
“They have shined a spotlight on our original programming and treated the shows as preciously as if they were their own.
“This ongoing relationship has been rewarding and successful to both of us and this expansion is representative of the trust and admiration we have for them as well as a belief that we can elevate each other even further.”