New HD channels and exclusive top first-run blockbuster films: Sky Deutschland extends its multi-year agreements with NBCUniversal
• Two new HD channels, Syfy HD and 13th Street Universal HD, available on Sky beginning 17 January 2013; multi-year extension to the Syfy and 13th Street Universal channel carriage agreements; further expansion of the HD portfolio in 2013 • Multi-year extension to the output deal with NBCUniversal International TV Distribution for exclusive pay TV and SVOD rights for top first-run movies, including Sky's Film channels, Sky Anytime and Sky Go • Exclusive TV premieres on Sky's Film channels including award nominees Les Misérables starring Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway, and Anna Karenina starring Keira Knightley and Jude Law, as well as the upcoming Oblivion starring Tom Cruise
Unterföhring, 07/01/2013 – Sky Deutschland is expanding its relationship with Universal Networks International Germany. As part of this new agreement, Syfy HD and 13th Street Universal HD will be available to all Sky satellite customers for the first time starting 17 January 2013, and the Syfy and 13th Street Universal carriage agreement has also been extended. Sky also plans to further expand its HD portfolio over the course of the year, as part of the multi-year deal. On top of that, highlight programs of the two channels can be made available on demand via Sky Anytime and Sky Go.
In addition, by extending its feature film licensing agreements with NBCUniversal International TV Distribution, Sky Deutschland has secured rights for upcoming top first-run films. These agreements include exclusive German pay TV and SVOD premiere broadcasting rights for transmission across satellite, cable, internet and mobile platforms, as well as via Sky´s innovative services. Sky Anytime allows Sky customers to watch their favourite films and series whenever they want – on demand, uncut, at no extra cost and before they are available on other German and Austrian channels or SVOD services. Sky Go offers true flexibility; with hundreds of fantastic films available on demand and on the go. Customers can watch online, on their Xbox 360, or on their iPad, iPhone or iPod touch.
Universal films will also be made available for rental through Sky´s pay-per-view service, Sky Select.
Gary Davey, Executive Vice President Programming at Sky Deutschland, commented: “In addition to top first-run movies, our customers can look forward to a whole host of programming broadcast in brilliant HD quality in 2013 on Syfy HD and 13th Street HD. NBCUniversal is an important strategic partner for us. Thanks to these long-term agreements, we will be able to show our subscribers more blockbuster hits and quality series in 2013, and in the years to come. And for the first time, Universal´s movies are available on demand, for no additional charge, as part of your Sky Film subscription via Sky Anytime and Sky Go."
Katharina Behrends, Managing Director Universal Networks International Germany added: "Syfy and 13th Street Universal, both among the most successful and beloved fictional pay-TV channels in Germany, now can be seen in HD by Sky's audience is the next evolution of their enjoyment of the channels. We are happy to make this present to the fans of Syfy and 13th Street Universal, together with Sky, for the new year."
Additional highlights include the start of the two new HD channels, Syfy HD and 13th Street HD (available via satellite), in January. Also in January will be the premieres of the digitally remastered versions of the second season of "Star Trek - The next Generation" on Syfy HD as well as new seasons of the popular crime drama series "Law & Order" on 13th Street Universal HD. Fans can also vote for their favourite investigative teams on television during the "Crème de la Crime" viewer voting. And with the German premiere of the science fiction drama “Alphas" in February, viewers can look forward to a new generation of investigators in brilliant HD quality on Syfy HD.
About Sky Deutschland: Sky Deutschland AG is the leading pay TV company in Germany and Austria with more than three million subscribers. Sky offers more than 70 channels with live sports, current films, award-winning TV series, kids programs, and documentaries. Sky subscribers have access to up to 62 channels in unique HD quality inclusive a 3D channel. The innovations Sky Go and Sky Anytime enable the customers to receive their program on the road as well as on demand.
About NBCUniversal International TV Distribution: NBCUniversal International Television Distribution, a division of NBCUniversal, is responsible for the distribution of NBCUniversal product to all forms of television and new media outside of the U.S. and Canada. This includes a rich library of more than 4,000 feature films and 75,000 television episodes, including current and classic titles, non-scripted programming, sports, news, long-form and short-form programming, and locally produced content from around the world.
About Universal Networks International: Universal Networks International, the international channels division of NBCUniversal, is one of the world’s premier entertainment portfolios, delivering quality content and compelling brands to over 176 territories across Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Latin America and Asia Pacific. The brands in the portfolio include Universal Channel, Syfy, 13th Street Universal, Studio Universal, E! Entertainment Television, The Style Network, DIVA Universal and Golf Channel. These unique brands deliver a full range of enter-tainment experiences to local audiences across the globe. Universal Networks Interna-tional also operates Movies 24 and has a controlling interest in the KidsCo joint venture.
Universal Networks International is a division of NBCUniversal, one of the world’s lead-ing media and entertainment companies in the development, production, and market-ing of entertainment, news, and information to a global audience. Comcast Corporation owns a controlling 51% interest in NBCUniversal, with GE holding a 49% stake.
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