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#1 Simon

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:26 AM

Sky Movies HD will dedicate an entire channel to the full James Bond film catalogue from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios, with Sky Movies 007 HD.

For the first time in history all 22 Bond films, as well as two non-EON titles 1967 Casino Royale and Never Say Never Again, will be available to enjoy in one place, in HD and without commercial interruption.

Bond fans will have the films at their fingertips via Sky Movies’ comprehensive TV on-demand service Sky Anytime+, with all of the films also available on demand and on the move via Sky Go, Sky’s award-winning multiplatform TV service available across PC, Mac, laptop, iPhone, iPad and Android phones. In addition, customers who subscribe to Sky Movies via NOW TV, the brand new internet TV service from Sky, will also be able to enjoy entire the Bond catalogue. The twenty-third film in the franchise, Skyfall, will be available to rent through Sky Store and on Sky Movies in 2013.

The films arrive on Sky Movies to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the franchise, with the first film, Dr No, released on 5 October 1962.



'A very special franchise'

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies told today@sky, “The Bond movies are a very special franchise and we want to ensure that our customers to be able to experience it in a way they’ve never been able to before, and so we’re going to create a dedicated channel SKY MOVIES 007 HD devoted entirely to James Bond showing the entire catalogue of films and loads of extra material. We’re delighted that our customers will have the best Bond movie-watching experience ever with Sky Movies - uninterrupted, in HD, on demand and on the go.”

The SKY MOVIES 007 HD channel will launch on 5 October.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:41 AM

Blimey.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:43 AM

That's going to be brilliant. Thanks for the heads up...should be quite interesting how it's going to run, expecially the comment "loads of extra material" - could we have documentaries and behind-the-scenes features from 'Skyfall' and the other 22?

I'm still enjoying the run of the Bond films on UK ITV1 at the moment, and somehow I will miss the adverts in a way, lending to part of that charm.

But great they are getting a dedicated channel..imagine that? 007 HD Channel, that's ace. Can't wait to see what's in store and how they will have them on, be it random, one a day repeated...?

And how long will the channel run for, just 1 month to cover 31 days? If they've only got the 22 films with 2 un-official offerings,...who knows.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:50 AM

Not sure.

Must admit I haven't seen any news released blurb and have only seen this because I am currently working at Sky. The above being a direct copy of material from the Intranet, and is the only reason I didn't stick this in the Quick News section - I reckon the URL wouldn't be available from outside the Sky network.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:08 AM

Ahh I see, well thanks for the confirmation of the date Simon. Can't wait to see what Sky have in store for celebrating Bond and having it on the channels!

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 03:12 PM

Wow.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 05:52 PM

Tremendous!

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 06:06 PM

I reckon the URL wouldn't be available from outside the Sky network.


A shapely irony in not being able to hack into a Murdoch enterprise.

#9 Royal Dalton

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 07:21 PM

All seems rather pointless, what with the Blu-ray set coming out a fortnight earlier.

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 08:38 PM

I guess for those not wanting to splash out £90/$120 for the set, it's a nice way to have HD Bond at your fingertips! I hope to get the Blu-Ray, but will still catch Bond on HD on SKY...seems quite novel, him having his own channel!

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Posted 07 August 2012 - 09:58 PM

You'd still be paying to watch them on Sky (with inferior picture quality).

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Posted 08 August 2012 - 09:16 AM

You can watch Bond in HD every weekend at the moment.

I think this is a bit of an odd move but I'm sure they'll promote the bottom off it and it'll do well enough for the time it's on.

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Posted 09 August 2012 - 12:06 AM

Wot, no CR'54?

...or does that get its own special 24 hr a day, 365 days a year channel?

Edited by glidrose, 09 August 2012 - 12:07 AM.


#14 Simon

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 08:50 AM

Seems the channel may only exist for the one month.

http://www.reuters.c...E87613520120807

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 09:41 AM

Yes, wasn't that already mentioned? They'd hardly do this permanently!

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 11:18 AM

Not in the above or what I had seen.

Just that it was released on the 5th October - no mention of duration. And while permanence was not expected, duration wasn't clarified.

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 03:02 PM

I think Broadcast mentioned it when it was announced:

https://twitter.com/...759287947087874

"Sky to broadcast a James Bond channel throughout October - Sky Movies 007. Clever marketing move after winning the film rights."


And the Guardian too:
http://www.guardian....-sky-movies-007

Interesting thing about that last piece is that it says that Sky's exclusive rights to the Bonds is 'understood' to only be for a year.

#18 Simon

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Posted 12 August 2012 - 10:14 PM

Ah - I concede the media hound honours.

Must admit to not having specifically looked for it elsewhere...




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