One week after Canal Plus struck an exclusive pay-TV deal with Disney for five animated features, rival French satellite platform TPS has signed a multi-year agreement with Buena Vista International Television for live-action films from Touchstone Pictures.
The deal is for first window pay-TV and will include major current and upcoming releases and also gives second window pay-TV rights to TPS for Walt Disney features, excluding animation.
Films so far in the package are M. Night Shyamalan's Signs, Spike Lee's 25th Hour, Reese Witherspoon vehicle Sweet Home Alabama and Italian hit The Last Kiss.
Meanwhile, the Canal Plus deal gives the channel rights to air Pocahontas, The Hunchback of Notre Dame, A Bug's Life and both Toy Story films. None of the films have previously aired on television in France.