Sky is expanding their relationship with HBO.
The satcaster has agreed a new pan-European output deal, which makes Sky Atlantic the exclusive home of HBO content in Germany, Austria and Italy through to 2020. Sky Atlantic in the UK & Ireland was already covered by the output deal extension agreed last year, which included a co-production element, and also runs until 2020.
This deal with HBO marks the first pan-European content deal covering all Sky territories that Sky has negotiated. Under said agreement, Sky Atlantic in the various territories will have access to HBO’s catalogue of previous and upcoming series and where possible will air high profile series, such as Game Of Thrones, within 24 hours of the U.S. broadcast.
Additionally, HBO box-sets on Sky’s on-demand services will be available for longer periods, offering Sky subscribers a chance to catch up on such series as Boardwalk Empire, The Sopranos, Game Of Thrones, Silicon Valley, Veep, The Newsroom and Girls. HBO content will also be available to viewers using both NOW TV and Sky Online.
“HBO continues to deliver many of the most-talked about and exciting TV shows anywhere in the world. This new agreement, Sky’s first pan-European content deal, confirms Sky Atlantic as the home of HBO in all our markets both live and on demand”, said Sky’s Gary Davey. “Sky and HBO share many common values, as well as a passion for high-quality television like Game of Thrones and Veep. Our partnership, in its sixth year, now escalates to a whole new level. HBO has an amazing slate planned for 2016 including Vinyl and Westworld but it will also see the premiere of our first co-production together, the Young Pope starring Jude Law.”
“As a partner, Sky has always shown the greatest of respect and appreciation for the HBO brand. They have shined a spotlight on our original programming and treated the shows as preciously as if they were their own”, added Charles Schreger, HBO’s President of Programming Sales. “This ongoing relationship has been rewarding and successful to both of us and this expansion is representative of the trust and admiration we have for them as well as a belief that we can elevate each other even further.”