Sky has made a deal with Warner Bros to hold exclusive UK television and streaming rights to all eight films in the Harry Potter series. Across a three month period starting next month, no other channels or streaming providers will be able to show any of the films, which also means that Sky Movies will be the only place to see them on television over the Christmas period.
In addition to the films being available on Sky Movies, subscribers will also be able to view them using the On Demand service which is currently being rolled out to Sky+HD boxes, via Sky Go on various internet-connected devices, and on NOW TV (the Sky-powered internet TV service) with the Sky Movies monthly pass. The eighth and final film of the series, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 2, will also be available in 3D on Sky 3D. This was the only one of the films to see a 3D release in cinemas, although Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows - Part 1 was eventually released on Blu-ray 3D after the 3D conversion could not be completed in time for the theatrical release.
Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, said: "We’re delighted to be extending our partnership with Warner Bros to deliver Sky Movies customers exclusive access to the entire Harry Potter™ collection, which will not be available on any other TV channel or streaming service this Christmas. To make it even better, Sky Movies customers can also enjoy the entire series of films on demand through their Sky+HD box, or watch them while they are on the move via their smartphone or mobile tablet."
Josh Berger CBE, President and Managing Director of Warner Bros UK, Ireland and Spain, said: "The Harry Potter™ film franchise is a uniquely British success story, one that was conceived and produced here in the UK with a largely British cast and crew and beloved by millions of people around the world. For the first time ever, Sky Movies customers can look forward to enjoying all of the movies in this record-breaking series in one place at one time."
This is not the only agreement to be made between Sky and Warner Bros; Sky Movies will be the first UK subscription service to show a number of the studio's films.