Sky Germany to keep Paramount films

Jörn Krieger ©RapidTVNews | 28-12-2011

German pay-TV broadcaster Sky Deutschland will continue to make movies from Paramount Pictures available to its subscribers.

The output deal with the Hollywood studio will expire at the end of 2011, but this would only affect a small part of Sky's movie line-up, Sky spokesman Wolfram Winter told Rapid TV News.
Through rights dealers and other film studios which distribute Paramount titles in international markets, Sky would retain access to some Paramount movies, Winter explained. He added that Paramount productions would also continue to be available at Video-on-Demand (VOD) service Sky Select and on third-party channels such as 13th Street and Syfy, for example "Navy CIS" or the "Star Trek" series. Also, Paramount subsidiary Dreamworks would not be affected.
Through the non-renewal of the Paramount contract, only around 3% of the movies on Sky's total movie line-up would be lost, said Winter. But, below the line, the number of movie premiers would remain unchanged as Sky has recently signed several new contracts with other movie rights dealers such as Tele München Gruppe.
Winter declined to elaborate on the reasons why no new deal with Paramount was reached. Insiders believe that, besides financial aspects, there could have been differences regarding the right to distribute movies on Sky's services Sky Go and Sky Anytime.
Winter stressed that Sky continues to have output deals with all other major Hollywood studios as well as many smaller studios and independent producers.