Sony’s New Marvel Films Heading To Sky In The UK/Ireland
Sony and Sky (Comcast) has announced a new multi-year continuation of their partnership, which will see major Sony Pictures Entertainment (“SPE”) feature films and popular SPT television series come to Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment customers in the UK and Ireland.
The deal will bring some of SPE’s biggest titles and franchises to Sky Cinema customers. This slate includes highly anticipated films such as Spider-Man: Across the Spider-Verse, Gran Turismo, Equalizer 3, the next instalment of the Ghostbusters franchise, and the next feature films in the Sony Pictures Universe of Marvel Characters (including Kraven the Hunter, El Muerto and Madame Web). The deal also includes recent hits such as the hugely popular Whitney Houston biopic Whitney: I Wanna Dance With Somebody and Tom Hanks in A Man Called Otto.
Sky Cinema customers will continue to have access to an extensive selection of the most popular films in the SPE catalogue, including films in the Spider-Man, Ghostbusters, Jumanji, Men In Black, Bad Boys, and Karate Kid franchises. Sky Entertainment customers will have access to future seasons of the hit series The Good Doctor and S.W.A.T.
Sony Picture’s film and television content remains hugely popular across Sky Cinema and Sky Entertainment. In under 12 months Spider-Man: No Way Home has been viewed over 3 million times. This latest deal gives customers access to over 600 hours of iconic film and television of premier Sony Pictures content.
The multi-year extension also allows Sky Store customers to buy or rent hugely popular films and TV series from the Sony Pictures library. The deal also includes live and on-demand content for the streaming service NOW.
Stephen van Rooyen, Chief Executive Officer, UK & Europe, Sky said in a statement:
“Our customers love Sony’s film and television content and with this extension they will keep enjoying it for years to come. Content is king, and the strength of our partnerships with the very best gives our customers access to 100,000 hours of world class content that can be streamed straight to their TV over Wi-Fi, and watched in the way they want”
Mark Young, Executive Vice President, Networks & Distribution, EMEA, Sony Pictures Television said in a statement:
“Sky are fantastic partners, and this deal extension means their audiences in the UK and Ireland can continue enjoying the best of Sony Pictures. We’ve seen the media landscape become increasingly competitive in recent years, but through it all, the appetite for great content, and connecting that with audiences, never changes. We’re incredibly delighted to announce this deal and extend our relationship”
This new deal means Disney+ subscribers in the UK will see many of the Marvel films within the Spider-Man universe available, nor other popular shows like “The Good Doctor”, which are available on Disney+ and Hulu outside of the UK. While Disney+ has had some access to Spider-Man films in the past, this new deal means newer titles like “Kraven” won’t be available to subscribers. In the US, Sony and Disney have a deal for a Pay 2 window for Sony’s new films for the next few years.
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