BSkyB signs Disney for movie channel in the U.K.


DisneyU.K. pay TV giant BSkyB and Disney have agreed to extend their movie alliance, marking the company’s fourth renewal with one of the big six Hollywood studios.

Under this deal, BSkyB, in which News Corp. owns a 39% stake, will keep first subscription pay TV rights to new and older Disney films, including Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm releases, and get expanded rights on various platforms.

“Sky Movies Disney,” launching 3/28, will have first-run rights to the newest Disney films such as “Brave,” “Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings” and “Wreck-It Ralph,” typically shown about six months after their cinema release, the two companies said in a statement. Older Disney films, including titles such as “Finding Nemo,” “Cars” and “A Bug’s Life,” will also be available on the channels, reports Bloomberg.

Also under the terms of the deal, BSkyB also has first-run rights to show movies from Lucasfilm and Marvel Studios, such as “Iron Man 3” and “Avengers Assemble,” across other Sky channels.

See the Bloomberg story here