Sky signs exclusive deal with HBO!
"Sky has landed a major deal with HBO, securing the exclusive UK rights to its entire TV catalogue.
The deal will give Sky access to HBO's archive, including hit series The Wire, True Blood and Sex And The City, and all forthcoming shows over the next five years.
The first HBO series to be shown on Sky will be Martin Scorsese's much-anticipated gangster drama Boardwalk Empire. Set in the east coast resort town of Atlantic City in the 1920s, it stars Steve Buscemi as a mob boss who makes a fortune importing illegal alcohol. It makes its debut on HBO in America in September and broadcast in the UK shortly after.
Future HBO productions to be broadcast by Sky will also include Game of Thrones, the fantasy drama based on the series of books; A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, and Luck, executive produced by David Milch and Michael Mann, and starring two time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman.
HBO shows currently airing on rival broadcasters such as Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm will move to Sky when current deals expire. Programmes will also be available through Sky's on-demand platforms, including the soon-to-launch Sky Anytime+ service.
The corporation will also have first refusal with respect to all future HBO UK co-productions.
Sophie Turner Laing, Sky's Managing Director of Entertainment, said: “We are committed to bringing customers the best possible choice of pay content, whether that's through original UK production or the best of the US.
"Like HBO, we believe that innovative, high-quality content is worth paying for. We are therefore delighted to have partnered with one of the most renowned names in television. HBO has demonstrated year after year the opportunity for pay television to push creative boundaries and create must see TV. “
The corporation also announced today plans for Europe's first 3D channel, which will launch on Fri 1 Oct with a range of films and sports content including the Ryder Cup and two Premiership football games each week."