Sky has released details of a new multi-year rights agreement with Disney that’ll see Star Wars: The Force Awakens broadcast nine months after its theatrical release.
This means that the seventh episode of the Star Wars saga should land in British living rooms at some point in August – the UK release date for The Force Awakens is December 17, three days after the world premiere in Los Angeles.
The deal will also see the likes of DisneyPixar’s Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur landing on both Sky Movies and Now TV nine months after their big screen debuts.
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“They also get access to a great portfolio of family channels and a growing on demand library of amazing shows and films which we know they love.”
TV shows including the animated Star Wars Rebels series, Liv and Maddie and Doc McStuffins will also remain available through Sky On Demand, along with ABC Studios primetime shows including Scandal, Grey’s Anatomy available in Sky Box Set form.
Sky has also announced that some content will also be available to enjoy in 3D, as well as SD and HD, though it’s currently unclear which titles will get the full three dimensional treatment.
Since the Sky 3D movie channel has been taken off the airwaves so to speak, the only way you’ll be able to enjoy 3D movies at home will be to download them on an Internet-connected Sky+HD box.
Sky Movies is available with Sky, Virgin, BT, TalkTalk TV and Now TV subscriptions.
Sky Movies channels are available in SD and HD with Sky and Virgin, and in SD only with BT and TalkTalk. Now TV content is available in high definition, but only up to 720p HD compared to the 1080p Full HD broadcasts on satellite and cable.
Sky and Virgin Media customers can watch Sky Movies content on the go through the Sky Go and Virgin TV Anywhere iOS and Android apps.
Now TV is available to watch online, through iOS and Android apps (Chromecast compatible) Xbox One and 360, PlayStation 4 and 3, LG smart TVs, YouView boxes (Sky Movies only) as well as Roku and Now TV Box streamers.