Sony, OCS make French connection for pay-TV

DetailsJoseph O'Halloran | 04 March 2015

Sony Pictures Television (SPT) has given Orange controlled French pay-TV operator OCS exclusive first-run access to a range of box office hits and TV series.

Since its launch in 2008, OCS claims to have consistently backed the film industry from production through to distribution. In 2013, OCS announced a commitment to invest 179 million over five years in French and European cinema.OCS is currently available on Orange TV, Canalsat, SFR, Numericable, Bouygues Telecom, Freebox, Fransat, Parabole Nui Satellite, My.T, GOtv and Zeop.

orangesamsungUnder the terms of the new deal, OCS subscribers to will have access to exclusive pay-TV rights to all of SPT's new feature films including Elysium, White House Down, Captain Phillips and Equalizer, as well as upcoming film Chappie and, in 2016, Robert Zememkis film The Walk. The deal also covers double Golden Globe-winning comedy series Transparent and comedy-drama series Mozart in the Jungle.

In addition, OCS has picked up the exclusive premiere rights to the SPT-produced superpower crime drama Powers. The comic book adaptation, which is the first PlayStation Originals series, will be available in France on March 10th 2015 the global release date of the hotly anticipated 10-part series.

"This agreement with Sony Pictures Television adds significantly and qualitatively to the content for our 100% cinema and TV series offer and confirms our position as a premium service it is exactly the kind of content our subscribers love," commented Serge Laroye, President of OCS and executive vice president, content direction at Orange. "The partnership is also a reflection of both parties' continued commitment to cinema."

Added Mike Wald, Executive Vice President, International Distribution for Sony Pictures Television: "This new partnership with OCS secures significant distribution of our world class film and TV content in one of our most important markets. We hope to expand this partnership to even greater levels in the near future."