Modern Times Group (MTG), the international entertainment broadcasting group, has announced that Viasat Broadcasting has signed an exclusive four year pan-Scandinavian distribution agreement with Twentieth Century Fox Television Distribution. The deal is the first of its kind in Scandinavia as it covers the broadcasting of a range of movies and TV series on Viasat’s Scandinavian free-TV channels, as well as the online and mobile rights to the Hollywood Studio’s content for the Viaplay multi-screen online video streaming service. The four year deal starts from 2012.
The agreement covers first run rights to recently released Fox feature films including Black Swan, Gulliver’s Travels and X-Men: First Class. The agreement also provides access to classic library titles including Titanic, Independence Day and Braveheart. Viasat has also acquired all first run rights to Fox US network television TV series produced from the beginning of 2012.
TV viewers in Scandinavia will be able to watch this selection of newly released and library movies and TV series on Viasat’s nine free-TV entertainment channels (TV3, TV3 HD, TV6, TV8, TV3+, TV3+ HD, Viasat4, TV3 Puls and TV10). The same selection will also be available via web-connected devices from Viaplay, which includes free-TV catch-up services (TV3 Play in Sweden and Norway, TV3 Gensyn in Denmark, TV6 Play and TV8 Play in Sweden, Viasat 4 Play in Norway, and TV3+ Gensyn and TV3 Puls Gensyn in Denmark), as well as pay-TV video-on-demand services.