Disney deal gives BSkyB pay-TV movies stranglehold
Thursday 21 February 2013
BSkyB has shown it still has a stranglehold over the best new movies on pay-TV as it signed a major rights deal with Disney, dealing a blow to online movie-streaming rivals NetFlix and Amazon's LoveFilm.
Disney becomes the fourth of the Big Six Hollywood studios to renew with Sky, after Warner Bros, NBC Universal and Sony.
The deal covers what is known as the first Pay-TV window, an exclusive period of about a year, after movies such as its latest release Wreck-It Ralph, pictured, have been shown in cinemas.
It also includes online platforms such as mobile service Sky Go and Sky's cut-price streaming website Now TV.
The arrangement goes further than other studio deals because the two are collaborating to launch a new TV channel called Sky Movies Disney, offering a wide range of Disney titles new and old, including all the Pixar cartoons such as Toy Story.
Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch claimed it was "a world first" for Disney to brand a channel with a broadcaster.
NetFlix and LoveFilm are also looking for exclusive online rights but are struggling to match Sky's money. Sky Movies costs from £16 a month, on top of a basic subscription.
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