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Sky strikes deal with Disney empire for May 4th Star Wars movie marathon

Sky Movies will broadcast the first 48 hour Star Wars movie marathon in UK TV history on May 4 – aka Star Wars Day. 

Ahead of The Force Awakens the seventh episode in the saga hitting cinemas later this year, Sky Movies will show the other six films both in sequence and in order of release. 

This means you’ll be able to watch from The Phantom Menace all the way up to Return of the Jedi, or start with A New Hope and finish things off with Revenge of the Sith

Sky Movies director Ian Lewis said:  “I am delighted that we can offer the Star Wars saga to our customers. As a huge fan of the saga, it gives me great personal pleasure to be able to offer my fellow fans a unique Star Wars experience.”

Both Sky TV subscribers with Sky Movies and Now TV customers with a Sky Movies pass will be able to watch and stream the biggest movies marathon in the galaxy over May 4 and May 5. 

In addition to the six movies, Sky will also screen episodes from the animated Star Wars Rebels and Star Wars: The Clone Wars shows plus the making-of documentaries Empire of Dreams: The Story of the Star Wars Trilogy and Star Wars: The Legacy Revealed

There’s no word on whether fans will get to see the infamous Holiday Special, Caravan of Courage or the 1980’s Ewoks and Droids cartoons. 

Sky Movies costs £17/month in addition to your regular bundle of Sky TV channels. To get Sky Movies in HD, you’ll need to take the Family Bundle of channels, which costs £36/month. 

Now TV customers can get content from all 11 Sky Movies channels for £9.99/month. While this is significantly cheaper than the Sky TV deal, Now TV doesn’t currently stream content in 1080p Full HD – the best you’ll get is 720p on selected devices. 

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is due for release in the States on December 18. A UK release date has not yet been revealed. 

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