Sky gets new deals with HBO and other broadcasters
Sky has confirmed it has struck long-term rights renewals with UKTV, A+E Networks and NBCUniversal ensuring its customers continue to have access to content from these broadcasters, and has announced a $250million deal with HBO to produce high quality drama.
The deal with UKTV also paves the way for the arrival of UKTV’s on-demand service UKTV Play on Sky and Now TV this year, which will give Sky and Now TV subscribers access to on-demand and catch-up TV content from TV channels including Dave, Really and Drama.
The A+E Networks deal includes channels such as Lifetime and History, although more details were not released.
Earlier this year, Sky managed to secure a long-term deal with Discovery for its channels, following a very public battle over carriage rights.
Sky is also working with HBO in a new $250million deal to boost drama output. The focus of the arrangement will be on high end productions that feature engaging stories with international points of view and casting, with the first drama project from the two companies due to reach screens next year.