Sky Movies and NOW TV subscribers will be the first British TV viewers to watch Star Wars: The Force Awakens after the satellite giant struck a new multi-year movie and TV agreement with Disney.
As well as the long-awaited next chapter in the Star Wars saga, the deal includes pay TV premieres of Inside Out, The Good Dinosaur and and the next instalments in Disney-owned Marvel Studios’ superheroes series.
All films will be shown around nine months after their cinema release and will be available live, on demand or on the go and many titles will also be available to buy via Sky Store.
Also included in the deal are Disney’s TV channels and on demand of popular Disney and ABC shows including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy and Scrubs.
Announcing the deal, Sky’s Gary Davey said: “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.
“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.”
Mark Endemaño, SVP/General Manager, Media Distribution, Disney EMEA said:“With our shared goal of bringing the highest quality, creative entertainment to audiences in the UK and Ireland in ever more flexible ways, we are extending our relationship with Sky to offer subscribers our movies, series, and our channels at home and on the go.
“Two years on from its launch, we are particularly proud of the shared success of Sky Movies Disney, and look forward to bringing more of our much-loved stories and characters to audiences in the UK & Ireland.”