Sky and CBS Corporation today announced a long-term licensing agreement for Sky Atlantic to be the exclusive home to Showtimes’s growing portfolio of programming across all Sky's territories in the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy.
It means that in addition to being the home of HBO content, Sky Atlantic will feature series including Billions, which premiered in the US with the best series debut performance ever for a Showtime original series. Other new series include the return of Twin Peaks and new seasons of hits such as Ray Donovan and The Affair. The agreement also means customers will have on-demand access to an acclaimed catalogue of premium Showtime programming including Californication, Dexter and Nurse Jackie.
Previously, Sky has licensed select Showtime content from CBS on a programme by programme basis.
The deal between the two broadcasting giants also includes online and mobile services including Sky Go and Now TV in the UK.
Alongside scripted content, Sky will have an exclusive option to take all new Showtime distributed unscripted shows such as documentaries, late night and reality shows. Premiere dates for the programming may vary by country and current rights agreements with other platforms will remain unchanged.