Sky Movies has signed a new deal with Sony Pictures Television which will see Quentin Tarantino’s hit movie Django Unchained arriving first on Sky Movies a year before any other channel or subscription service.
The deal will also see The Amazing Spider-Man, Men in Black 3, Smurfs 2, This is the End and After Earth landing on Sky Movies and Now TV first before they’re live elsewhere.
New movies will be available on Sky Movies and Now TV six months after they've finished their run in UK cinemas.
Older titles such as the first three Spider-Man movies and The Da Vinci Code will also be available to watch in the near future and again, they will be exclusive to Sky Movies and Now TV for a limited period.
February 4, 2013
- Django Unchained tied down in exclusive Sony Pictures deal
- Sky+HD to profile viewers for targeted ads
- Exclusive deal nabs The Bourne Legacy and Jurassic Park
- How to get the Sky Movies 007 channel
How can I get Sky Movies?
Sky Movies is one of Sky’s main premium TV subscription offerings. As well as being readily available to Sky TV customers it’s also available to Virgin Media and TalkTalk TV customers.
Additionally, much of the movies available from Sky Movies on demand can also be accessed through Now TV, the Sky-owned on-demand service that’s similar to Netflix and Lovefilm.
So, how can you get Sky Movies and how much does it cost? We tell you everything you need to know and break down the prices below:
How can I get Sky Movies on Sky TV?
Sky TV customers can get Sky Movies (natch) for £16/month on top of the standard Sky Entertainment Pack (£21.50/month). You can also take Sky Movies with the Entertainment Extra Pack (£26.50/month) if you’re after a fuller package.
So at the cheapest possible offering, the prices of Sky Movies with Sky TV work out as follows:
Sky Entertainment and Sky Movies: £21.50 + £16.00 = £37.50/month
Sky Entertainment Extra and Sky Movies: £26.50 + £16.00 = £42.50/month
Virgin Media TV subscribers have the option to signing up for either Sky Movies 1 or Sky Movies 2 or the Sky Movies Collection, which includes Sky Movies 1 and 2, plus Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Premiere +1, Sky Movies Showcase and Disney Cinemagic.
In most cases, the cost of the Sky Movies Collection on Virgin Media is the same as taking out Sky Movies 1 or 2, so it makes sense to just go for this much better value for money option.
Virgin Media TV subscribers can get the Sky Movies Collection added to their package for either £26/month or £19.50/month depending if you’re a Virgin TV M or TV M+, L, or XL subscriber.
Similarly, those subscribing to the Virgin Media Classic Collection bundle will need to pay £26/month for Sky Movies with those signing up for a Virgin Media Premiere Collection bundle paying £19.50/month.
Total monthly prices for all these permutations are as follows:
Virgin Media TV M+ with Sky Movies Collection: £12.00 + £19.50 = £31.50/month
Virgin Media TV L with Sky Movies Collection: £19.50 + £19.50 = £39.00/month
Virgin Media TV XL with Sky Movies Collection: £31.50 + £19.50 = £51.00/month
Virgin Media Classic Collection: £18.00 + £26.00 = £44.00/month
Virgin Media Premier Collection: £22.50 + £19.50 = £42.00/month
Virgin Media VIP Collection: £46.62 + £19.50 = £66.12/month
Note that Virgin Media TV M is a legacy product and no longer available to order from Virgin Media.
TalkTalk’s recently relaunched YouView-powered TV package is available free to all TalkTalk Plus subscribers. If you want to get Sky Movies to bundled with your subscription, then that’ll be an extra £15/month on top of whatever else you’re paying.
This gets you the following channels: Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Showcase, Sky Movies Comedy, Sky Movies Classics, Sky Movies Drama & Romance, Sky Movies Family, Sky Movies Modern Greats, Sky Movies Action & Adventure, Sky Movies Crime & Thriller, Sky Movies Indie, Sky Movies Sci-Fi & Horror.
With no other up front costs besides that of the TalkTalk Plus broadband package, TalkTalk TV is one of the cheapest ways to get Sky Movies on your TV.
TalkTalk Plus and Sky Movies: £14.50 + £15.00 = £29.50/month.
Sky will be launching tailored TV adverts later this year.
Called Sky AdSmart - which is entirely opt-in - the service will ask you various questions such as the number of people living in your home and their ages, and location information.
A catalogue of adverts will then be sent to the Sky+HD box with relevant ads inserted in between programmes.
This could see you getting adverts for local car dealerships during breaks in, say, Top Gear repeats. Families would potentially see adverts for big people carriers whereas younger couples might see adverts for sports cars.
This will allow advertisers to target specific postcodes as well, so in between the breaks in Boardwalk Empire you could start seeing adverts for the local off licence.
You’ll be able to opt out of AdSmart at any time and change information as and when. AdSmart-powered ads will only be shown during breaks in Sky-owned channels like Sky 1, Sky Atlantic and Sky Movies, but it won’t be active on any of the sports or news channels.
Sky AdSmart is expected to roll out in the second half of this year ahead of a full launch in 2014.
February 1, 2013
Sky has inked yet another exclusive deal, this time with NBCUniversal, which will see upcoming titles such as Anna Karenina, Les Miserables and Despicable Me 2 coming to Sky Movies and Now TV a year before they’re available on any other subscription service.
Other NBCUniversal classics such as Alan Partridge’s favourite 90’s CGI dino-fest Jurassic Park and the Back to the Future films will rub shoulders with newcomers The Bourne Legacy, Snow White & The Huntsman and Ted on Sky Movies and Now TV.
The deal is a ‘multi-year’ renewal of the existing licensing agreement between Sky and NBCUniversal and will see the likes of Universal Channel, E! Entertainment, SyFy Movies 24 and The Style Network remaining on Sky TV.
November 6, 2012
Today marks the 50th anniversary of the first James Bond movie hitting cinema screens.
To celebrate, Sky has launched it’s new 007 channel, Sky Movies 007. This will be screening all of the previous Bond films, everything from Dr. No to Quantum of Solace, up until the launch of Skyfall on the 26th of October.
This includes 1987’s The Living Daylights, aka the one where Bond, played by Timothy Dalton teams up with an Afghan militia to fight the Russians (Taliban much?) and all three versions of Casino Royale - the 1967 David Niven version, the 2006 Daniel Craig version and a long-thought-to-be-lost 1954 TV version starring Barry Nelson. An American playing 007? Shocker.
Whichever your favourite Bond movie or moment is, you’ll be able to get them all with Sky. In order to watch the Sky Movies 007 channel (channel no. 303), you’ll need to have the Sky Movies pack in your subscription.
Best of all, if you’ve not got or can’t get a Sky TV subscription but you can access Now TV, you’ll be able to get Goldeneye, Live And Let Die and all the rest on-demand here as well. Skyfall, the 23rd Bond film in the franchise, will also be parachuting down to Sky Movies and Now TV in 2013, before it’s available anywhere else.
October 5, 2012