Sky extends NBCUniversal contracts

November 6, 2012 10.03 Europe/London By Julian Clover

Sky has entered a new multi-year licensing agreement with NBCUniversal International Television Distribution for exclusive television rights for future and library titles from NBC Universal for Sky Movies.

The UK & Ireland agreement runs across On Demand, Sky Go and includes high definition and HD formats when available. Newly launched streaming service Now TV will also have access to the titles with the agreement shutting out rival streaming services, including Netflix and LoveFilm for at least a year.

A separate agreement has been made with Universal Networks International (UNI) to extend the availability of UNI’s television channels on Sky’s subscription TV packages.

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies said: “We are delighted to be able to announce an extension of our long-standing relationship with NBCUniversal. The combination of NBCU’s hit movies with Sky’s innovation will give customers an unrivalled in-home movies experience.”

Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Television Distribution and Universal Networks International, adds: “We are very proud of the NBCUniversal portfolio of titles and channels represented by these two separate agreements”

Included in the package are exclusive first run rights to movies including Snow White & the Huntsman (pictured), Battleship, Ted, The Bourne Legacy, ParaNorman and Savages. Upcoming releases that are also part of the agreement include Anna Karenina, Les Miserables, The Man With The Iron Fists, Despicable Me 2 and About Time.

Sky customers will also get exclusive subscription access to classic NBCUniversal titles including Jurassic Park, Back to the Future and the American Pie series of films, as well as iconic titles such as Mamma Mia, Gladiator and Scarface.

The NBCUniversal channel portfolio on Sky includes Universal Channel, E! Entertainment Television, Syfy, The Style Network and Movies 24.