Sky customers in Europe will have access to a slate of global box-office hits, including the Spider-Man franchise, Hotel Transylvania 2 and Angry Birds, following a multi-year content deal inked between the media giant and Sony Pictures Television.
The agreement covers Sky’s subscription and transactional movie services in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy, and includes all new and future Sony releases. It means that subscribers to Sky Movies, Sky Cinema and Sky Film will have the chance to watch all of the latest Sony blockbusters just a few months after they have been released in the cinema on mobile and tablet devices, or via the Sky Go OTT service.
Customers using Sky’s transactional movie services across Europe—Sky Store, Sky Select and Sky Primafila—will also be able to rent and, where available, buy Sony’s new releases and classic titles. Customers of Sky’s transactional streaming services, such as Now TV and Sky Online, can also watch Sony’s films live and on-demand.
The deal also provides expanded access to Sony’s on-demand library of films.
The agreement is billed as Sky’s first multi-territory deal with a major Hollywood movie studio. Previously, Sky and Sony negotiated agreements on a territory-by-territory basis.
The move comes as Sky continues to make bold moves into the streaming space. Last month, the company debuted its Sky Kids app, which streams both original and third-party content aimed at three- to nine-year-olds.