Sky Atlantic becomes European home of HBO
Following a strong relationship that has seen Sky Atlantic premiere such HBO smash hits as Game of Thrones, Boardwalk Empire and Ballers in the UK, Sky and HBO have now extended that partnership with an exciting new deal.
The agreement makes Sky Atlantic the official home of HBO for Sky’s 21 million customers across Europe, meaning that Sky will have the exclusive rights to broadcast first-run HBO programmes in Germany, Austria and Italy until 2020, bringing those markets in line with the UK & Ireland.
The agreement is the first pan-European content deal covering all Sky territories that Sky has negotiated.
This will mean that we lucky Sky customers can look forward to more American premieres being aired simultaneously here and across the pond, including the much anticipated sixth season of Game of Thrones, plus new series Vinyl and Westworld.
Created by Mick Jagger, Martin Scorsese and Terence Winter (Boardwalk Empire, The Wolf of Wall Street), ten-part drama Vinyl starring Bobby Cannevale (Boardwalk Empire, Spy) and Olivia Wilde (Her, Tron: Legacy) will tell the story of Richie Finestra – an American record executive in the 1970s trying to resurrect his label and find the next ‘new sound’.
Meanwhile, Westworld is an adaptation of the 1973 film of the same name. Described as “a dark odyssey about the dawn of artificial consciousness and the future of sin”, it stars Anthony Hopkins, Evan Rachel Wood, Ed Harris, James Marsden, Thandie Newton and Jeffrey Wright.
2016 will also see the premiere of the first Sky/HBO co-production, The Young Pope, starring Jude Law and Diane Keaton, and directed by Oscar-winner Paolo Sorrentino.
So take that, American friends who get to see all of our favourite shows before us! Sky’s got our back, and there’s lots on the horizon to look forward to.