Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Renews ViacomCBS Deal

Ahead of ViacomCBS’s mid-year launch of streaming service Paramount+ in Australasia, the distributor has announced a multi-year renewal of its deal with Sky.

Here’s the media release:

Sky and ViacomCBS announce renewed multi-year content deal

More premium drama from Showtime and fan favourite TV Hits for Sky, Neon and Prime.

 Sky and ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group, one of the world’s leading distributors of premium entertainment content, have today announced a renewed multi-year deal that will see Sky and Neon customers continue to enjoy a huge variety of content from CBS, The CW and Showtime plus Paramount Television Studios programming.

The agreement includes exclusivity for Showtimecontent and rights across a variety of Sky channels and platforms, including Neon, Sky Go, Sky On Demand and free-to-air channel Prime.

Showtime  is home to acclaimed series like Billions, Ray Donovan, Twin Peaks: A Limited Event Series, The Affair, Penny Dreadful and Dexter, as well as new shows including Your Honor and The Good Lord Bird.

Sky customers will continue to have access to returning seasons of their favourite CBS and The CW shows such as NCIS: New Orleans, FBI: Most Wanted, Charmed and Nancy Drew.

Sky Chief Executive Sophie Moloney said: “Our renewed agreement with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group has been shaped with our customers front and centre of our decision-making.

“We’ve utilised customer insights including our 25,000 strong Sky Nation panel and, in doing so, we’ve secured our customers the content that they love and value. From binge-able premium drama to the ever-popular top tier crime series, we believe the depth and breadth of quality content will delight our customers.

“Our recent long-term partnership renewals with Discovery and now ViacomCBS are all part of our constant focus to simplify content discovery for New Zealanders, giving them access to the best and broadest range of content, all in one place and in ways that work for them.”

Dan Cohen, President, ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group said: “Through the renewal of our deal with Sky, we’re pleased to provide audiences in New Zealand with some of the highest-quality content available in the world.

“From established titles with global fanbases to new hits featuring A-list talent, our portfolio of brands including Showtime, CBS, Paramount Television Studios and The CW consistently deliver top-notch series we’re confident viewers will continue to fid relatable and entertaining for years to come.”

Sky’s agreement with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group follows a long-term deal Sky has in place with ViacomCBS for hit channels and mega brands MTV, Comedy Central, Nickelodeon, Nick Jr, Nick Music and MTV Music channels.

“We’re pleased to follow that up by giving Sky and Neon customers access to hundreds more hours of exceptional TV shows for all the family through this deal with ViacomCBS Global Distribution Group,” said Sophie.

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3 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Renews ViacomCBS Deal”

  1. Guess there won’t be any Paramount+ in NZ in the near future.

  2. Quite the contrary, Paul W. Distributors like ViacomCBS want to maximise reach and revenue by being on as many platforms as possible. In the US, for instance, it’s spread across CBS All Access (soon to be rebranded Paramount+), Paramount Network, Showtime and CBS to name just four. No way would it want to jeopardise its Sky partnership, in terms of lucrative programme deals and channel partnerships, simply to launch P+ in a market as tiny as ours. Sky will have exclusivity on only Showtime content, not the rest of ViacomCBS’ vast library. Also expect P+ to commission its own original series that will be exclusive to P+.

  3. I’m looking forward to getting Paramount+. I quite like their movies including The Naked Gun movies, assuming they will be included 🙂

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