Germany's digital pay TV service Premiere can now boast output deals with every one of the major Hollywood studios, having agreed a multi-year licensing agreement with Sony Pictures Television International (SPTI) on Monday (Oct 13).
Premiere already has deals in place with Universal, Warner Bros., Paramount, MGM, 20th Century Fox, Buena Vista, Lucasfilm and Dreamworks.
Premiere's CEO Georg Kofler said that his platform would now be "able to offer our subscribers a unique blockbuster guarantee: all of the big films will celebrate their premiere on German television at Premiere."
The first titles from the Sony deal will be the premieres of Panic Room (Dec 14, 2003) and Spider-Man (Dec 25, 2003). Other highlights in the package include the blockbusters Men In Black 2, Stuart Little 2, XXX, Manhattan Love Story, Terminator 3, and the current release Bad Boys 2.
In July, Germany's ProSiebenSat.1 Group signed an exclusive free-TV deal with SPTI for all of Sony Picture Entertainment's output from 2001-2003.
The package, which was concluded for a reported three digit million Euro sum, also included several TV movies and series such as The Shield, The Guardian, Joan Of Arcadia and Stephen King's Kingdom Hospital (ScreenDaily.com, July 2003)