Sky and NBCUniversal extend partnership.
“It’s been a very successful year for rights negotiations and we are very pleased to have secured this long-term deal for our customers. Our focus remains on providing our customers with content of the highest quality and NBCUniversal’s movies, television programming and channel brands are globally renowned. Our partners’ trust in Sky as the custodian of their brands and content enables us to not only establish, but extend, these long-term relationships and we look forward to continuing to work with NBCUniversal International.” – Gary Davey, Managing Director, Content, Sky
Sky has reaffirmed its long-standing partnership with NBCUniversal, one of the world’s leading media and entertainment companies. In an extensive multi-year agreement announced this week the deal will see UK viewers continue to see NBCUniversal channels on the service including the Universal Channel, Syfy and E! Entertainment and Movies 24 In addition, their all-reality service, hayu, will launch in 2018 on NOW TV, Sky’s streaming subscription service in the UK.
The agreement also includes content for Sky Cinema bringing to screens first-run movies like the Jurassic, Despicable Me/Minions and Fast & Furious franchises. Additionally, it covers a range of critically acclaimed and award-winning films from Working Title and Focus Features alongside numerous titles from NBCUniversal’s iconic, premium film library. These are accompanied by next generation rights to ensure, Sky state, that viewers are able to access content how, when and wherever they wish – as subscribers, or to buy or rent the latest cinema releases from the Sky Store.
“NBCUniversal International’s latest agreements with Sky, covering the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria, kick off the next exciting phase of our highly valued relationship. We are delighted that Sky’s customers can continue to anticipate premieres of NBCU’s top-quality feature film slate – including via EST and TVOD – as well as having access to our suite of compelling channel brands, through our multi-year renewed relationship. In the UK, we are also pleased to soon be bringing both hayu, our all-reality service, and Syfy to NOW TV customers.” – Belinda Menendez, President, NBCUniversal International Distribution & Networks