Thursday, 29 July 2010

Sky Strike Deal with HBO

Huge news for fans of the best network in the US: HBO (Home Box Office).

BSkyB yesterday announced that they have acquired the rights to HBO's entire TV back catalogue and all future programming for the next five years in a deal reportedly worth £150m.

The deal will allow Sky to fill its myriad channels (including the recently acquired LivingTV family) with some of the best television produced in the last decade.

HBO has been home to the likes of Oz, Deadwood, The Sopranos, Rome, The Wire, Sex and the City and Six Feet Under.

Its current line-up boasts Bored to Death, Entourage, Curb Your Enthusiasm, True Blood, Hung, Treme and In Treatment (to name just a few) and there also the upcoming Luck, Boardwalk Empire and Game of Thrones. This deal will hopefully mean that these new HBO shows will get their UK debuts on the likes of Sky1 – who actually know how to promote and treat top notch US television.

Sadly, in regard to the likes of Entourage, Curb and True Blood, Sky will have to wait out the existing deals in place between HBO and ITV2, More4 and FX respectively before they can start broadcasting the aforementioned shows. Although given ITV2’s recent attitude towards Entourage it’s a crime they even still have the rights.

This is massive news though and it will hopefully mean that more people in the UK will be exposed to some of the greatest TV shows ever made. I still haven’t caught up on many of the series named above so if Sky start showing these shows again from the beginning it will save me a hell of a lot of money on DVD box sets!

It will also give them something else to fill the Sky2 and Sky3 schedules with other than repeats of Pineapple Dance Studios.


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