Sky signs Fox, Disney deal to show complete Star Wars library

DetailsEditor | 03 May 2015

May the 4th be with you on Sky as the leading UK pay-TV provider begins the country’s first ever 48-hour Star Wars marathon.

Star Wars is due to arrive on Sky Movies in summer 2015, giving customers exclusive broadcast access to all six Star Wars Saga feature films, alongside additional features and programming. The collection will see the six feature films - Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones, Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith, Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: The Return of the Jedi - sit alongside the two animated Star Wars series, Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as a number of Lucasfilm specials and ‘featurettes’. Alongside the six Star Wars Saga feature films, Sky Movies has licensed both series of Star Wars Rebels and all six series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars, as well as the feature film. In addition, a selection of special programming including Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed will be available.

The marathon marks the first time this Star Wars content will be broadcast all in one place. Sky says that it is offering Star Wars fans an unrivalled opportunity to experience the films via Sky Movies’ comprehensive movie service. Non-Sky customers will also be able to enjoy the Star Wars content through the NOW TV over the top (OTT) service.

“I am delighted that we can offer the Star Wars saga to our customers,” commented Sky Movies director Ian Lewis. “As a huge fan of the saga, it gives me great personal pleasure to be able to offer my fellow fans a unique Star Wars experience. No-one will do Star Wars like Sky Movies.”

Added Dayna Donaldson, general manager, media distribution, Disney UK and Ireland: “The Star Wars saga is universally loved by fans for its rich storytelling and compelling characters and we’re thrilled that Sky Movies customers will be able to enjoy it in the run up to Star Wars: The Force Awakens theatrical release at the end of the year. This will be without doubt this year’s unmissable TV marathon”.

“We are thrilled to be part of this remarkable opportunity which will give consumers access to the original Star Wars,” concurred Gina Brogi, executive vice president, Worldwide Pay Television and SVOD Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. “May the Force be with you."