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Sky signs exclusive rights deal with Disney

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Sky has agreed a deal with Disney to show all of its films before any other terrestrial broadcaster or streaming service.

Such an agreement was already in place, but Sky and Disney have now extended their UK partnership in a "multi-year" agreement.

This means that Sky will continue to have first dibs on Disney's vast spread of movies once they've finished their run at cinemas and made a showing on DVD and download services.

Looking ahead, then, Sky will be the first terrestrial TV home of Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Pixar's Inside Out and The Good Dinosaur, and Marvel's Ant Man.

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The gap between cinematic releases and their appearance on pay TV has been reduced to nine months in recent years in a bid to reduce piracy. After this nine month period, Sky has exclusive rights to broadcast Disney films for one year. The broadcaster holds similar first-run deals with all of the major studios.

As The Telegraph reports, Netflix had said back in 2012 that it would complain to regulators if it was unable to wrestle some of Sky's first-run rights away from it. However, according to Netflix CEO Reed Hastings, the subscription service's success with original drama has lessened its desire to compete on movie rights.

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