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Star Wars, Marvel and more head for Canal+ in renewed first-run pact

A main pillar of the renewed Disney-Canal+ first-run pact is a crop of Star Wars content, including the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens.
October 8, 2015

French pay-TV operator Canal+ has renewed its programming deal with Disney Media Distribution France that will include first-run feature film and SVOD offerings for both its linear and on-demand services.

The agreement, which comes into effect in January, includes first-run titles from Walt Disney Pictures titles, Marvel Studios, Disney Pixar and Lucasfilm films.

A main pillar of the pact is a crop of Star Wars content headed for Canal+, including the anticipated Star Wars: Episode VII – The Force Awakens, which hits theaters this December. All of the previous Star Wars titles are part of the agreement, as are Marvel’s Captain America: Civil War and Walt Disney Pictures’ live-action The Jungle Book.

The company’s SVOD offering, CanalPlay, will continue to carry ABC Studios on demand and Disney Movies on Demand, which gives viewers access to animated and live-action Disney classics and Disney Pixar titles, such as Cinderella and Robin Hood, Cars, Monsters, Inc. and Toy Story.

Disney certainly hasn’t been holding back on sending its Star Wars content into the global VOD and SVOD arena. Last month, for example, the company dropped the complete six-episode Star Wars franchise on China’s Tencent, which is behind the country’s largest streaming and social media platforms, WeChat and QQ. The hub was created in the wake of a deal with Disney and 20th Century Fox that grants the company exclusive transactional VOD and SVOD rights for the property in mainland China.

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