Whilst BT might be bringing the fight to Sky with BT Sport, there's never really been a good competitor for Sky Movies. As part of Sky's original 4 channel package on the old Astra 1A satellite, it launched on the 5th of February 1989 with the film Dirty Dancing. Before its launch Sky had struck some impressive and unprecedented deals with 20th Century Fox, Warner Bros., Columbia Pictures, Buena Vista and Orion pictures to have first run on any television broadcast of their pictures. This put Sky in a strong position with a range of films which simply couldn't be seen elsewhere.
Since then, Sky have held up Movies as one of their key products, selling it to customers across the UK, regardless of whether they're with Sky in the first place. Put simply, it's a money spinner, but Sky can't afford to sit on their hands and let customers drift away to the likes of Netflix and Amazon Prime, not when there's so much money at stake. That's why when Sky capture big films for their service they're quick to make the most of it, and with Star Wars Episode 7 due out in the very near future, there's few bigger franchises than Star Wars.
Yes, Sky have secured the rights to broadcast the entire series of Star Wars films, including the original trilogy and the prequels, but that's not all. In addition, Sky have also won the rights to all six series of Star Wars: The Clone Wars and Star Wars: Rebels to help round out the TV and cinematic universes. It's the first time Sky have broadcast TV programmes on their film channels, but the iconic status of Star Wars demands that nothing is left out.
So, for fans of galaxies far, far away, there's never been a better way to watch Star Wars as Sky present the entire saga on their Sky Movies Star Wars channel, but those without Sky don't need to miss out or use the Skyphone either. Thanks to NOW TV and their Sky Movies pass, you can get access to not only their live movie broadcasts but also their expansive streaming movie catalog featuring thousands of films which can't be found on the likes of Netflix. So, whenever you're ready to dive into the Star Wars universe, it's there ready for you to enjoy it.
For those that want to watch it as Sky broadcast it though, here's the full schedule:
8th - 9th August – The original trilogy; Star Wars: A New Hope, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back and Star Wars: Return of the Jedi as well as the first two Seasons of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
15th-16th August – The prequel trilogy; Star Wars: The Phantom Menace, Star Wars: Attack of the Clones and Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith as well as Seasons 3 & 4 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars.
22nd-23rd August – Star Wars: The Complete Saga of both trilogies back to back along with series 5 and 6 of Star Wars: The Clone Wars
29th - 31st August (Bank Holiday weekend) – Star Wars: The Complete Saga as well as Season1 of Star Wars: Rebels.
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