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Sky Movies Disney channel to launch on Sky in March

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Sky is to launch a brand new, dedicated satellite television channel that will become the pay-TV home of Disney Studios movies in the UK and Ireland.

Sky Movies Disney will go live on the Sky platform in late March. It is part of a wide-ranging partnership deal between Sky and Disney, that follows similar collaboration agreements between the part-Rupert Murdoch media giant and Warner Brothers, Universal Pictures and Sony.

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© Sky

The new Sky Movies Disney channel is to launch in late March



Sky Movies Disney marks the first time that The Walt Disney Channel has been involved in a co-branded linear movies channel anywhere in the world.

The channel's launch is also the latest initiative in Sky's strategy of dedicating entire channels to a certain genre or brand, following the debut of Formula One network Sky Sports F1, and Bond films channel Sky Movies 007 last year.

New Disney movies will be available on Sky Movies Disney around six months after they have ended their cinema run, and will then be exclusive to Sky Movies subscribers for at least a year.

Available in standard and high definition, the channel will launch on March 28 and exclusively air new Disney movies such as Brave, Tinker Bell: Secret of the Wings and Wreck-It Ralph on pay-TV in 2013, along with Oz the Great and Powerful, Monsters University and The Lone Ranger after they finish their cinema runs. Disney films available in 3D will also be shown on the Sky 3D channel under the deal.

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Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer in The Lone Ranger


Alongside the new releases, Sky Movies Disney will offer classic Disney titles, such as Bambi, Pinocchio, Finding Nemo, Cars and A Bug's Life, along with live action titles including Pirates of the Caribbean and National Treasure.

Sky Movies subscribers will be able to access a range of new and classic movies from Disney via the Sky on-demand and multiplatform service Sky Go. Subscribers to the NOW TV internet streaming service will also get access to the content.

Alongside core Disney and Pixar movies, Sky's deal with the US company gives it first subscription pay TV movie rights to movies from Marvel, such as Iron Man 3, and also LucasFilm, after Disney acquired the Star Wars studio last year.

Sky's chief executive Jeremy Darroch said that Sky Movies Disney is a "world-first collaboration" for Disney.

Film still from the 'Finding Nemo' movie

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Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006)


"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," he said.

"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 Walt Disney Company EMEA president, Diego Lerner, added: "In launching these new initiatives, we are underlining Disney and Sky's shared goal: bringing high quality, creative entertainment to audiences in the UK and Ireland.

"The ways in which people watch TV and movies have changed immeasurably in the past 20 years, but consumers always seek out Disney's great stories and memorable characters."

Also under the Sky-Disney deal, the satellite broadcaster has renewed its carriage deals to the suite of Disney networks, including the Disney Channel, Disney XD and Disney Junior, along with Disney Junior HD, which will launch in April.

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