Sky and Disney have just announced that they are joining forces to create an all-new channel to the existing range of Sky Movies channels called rather appropriately…Sky Movies Disney. Sky have distributed a lot of Disney channels in the past, such as Disney Junior, Disney X and, of course, Disney Channel, but this will be the first co-produced channel between the two. The channel, which seems in many aspects to be similar to the current Disney Cinemagic, will begin on the 28th March and along with the new deal, Sky has also secured the rights to air Disney produced films both on-demand and then on the channel for all Sky Movies users just 6 months after they have ended their run in the cinemas. The channel will air both new and classic Disney/Pixar animated films as well as their live action films that contains both Marvel films, and in the future, Lucasfilm releases. The films will be available exclusively on Sky for at least a year. Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, describes the deal as follows:
“Disney’s movies are loved by all ages and generations, so we’re delighted to be bringing this new channel to millions of families at no extra cost. Sky Movies Disney will be the home of new and classic Disney and Disney/Pixar movies and will offer all new titles at least a year before other TV channels or subscription services. The combination of Disney’s fantastic movies and Sky’s award-winning innovation means that customers will have the chance to enjoy the very best of Disney on their own terms, whether that’s watching on demand, on the move or in 3D.”
Jeremy Darroch, Sky’s Chief Executive, added:
“The launch of Sky Movies Disney is great news for our customers and builds on the strong relationship that Sky and Disney have enjoyed for more than 20 years. We’re delighted that an entertainment company of Disney’s international stature has chosen to work with Sky on its first co-branded linear movie channel. This is a world-first collaboration that will excite millions of families and further strengthen our market-leading movies service.”
The window in which Disney films becomes available on Freeview channels doesn’t seem to change much as they tended to run on Disney’s own channels for ages before they became available for other channels to purchase. It’s a great hit to other on demand services who will now be delayed in distributing a range of really popular film franchises such as the Marvel and Star Wars universes, so for them this might be more serious news, especially with Sky having already tied up similar exclusive deals with Sony, Universal and Warner Bros. Let us know how this affects you and whether you are more inclined to subscribe to Sky because of this.