BSkyB’s Sky Movies to Exclusively Offer Entire 'Harry Potter' Franchise in U.K.
LONDON - Sky Movies, the film channel operated by U.K. pay TV giant BSkyB, has struck a deal with Warner Bros. to offer all eight Harry Potter movies starting next month.
The agreement will make the satellite TV company the only British TV service to provide consumers access to the whole franchise. It will do so in HD, on demand and on its streaming video service. Each film will be shown ad-free and uncut.
Sky Movies will offer the entire series for three months. During that period, none of the Harry Potter movies will be available on any other U.K. TV channel or streaming service. The last film in the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, will also be featured on Sky 3D.
The Potter deal is in addition to a recently announced multi-year agreement between Warner Bros. and BSkyB that will make Sky Movies the first subscription service in the U.K. to show recent Warner Bros. movies, such as The Dark Knight Rises, Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Dark Shadows and Wrath of the Titans, as well future releases such as Man of Steel, The Hangover Part III and The Great Gatsby.
Sky Movies director Ian Lewis said he was "delighted" with the multi-format deal.
Josh Berger, president & managing director, Warner Bros. UK, Ireland and Spain, said: “The Harry Potter film franchise is a uniquely British success story, one that was conceived and produced here in the U.K. with a largely British cast and crew and beloved by millions of people around the world. For the first time ever, Sky Movies customers can look forward to enjoying all of the movies in this record-breaking series in one place at one time."