Virgin Media and TalkTalk have secured a deal with NBCUniversal, which, akin to the Sky deal announced earlier this week, will allow its customers to watch some of the studio’s new releases on the same day they hit cinemas.
Virgin Media and TalkTalk customers will be able to watch DreamWorks Animation’s newest film Trolls World Tour, the sequel to the blockbuster hit Trolls, on April 6th – the same day as its UK cinema release.
NBCUniversal titles that are currently in theatrical release will also be available on-demand on Virgin Media Store from March 20th. This includes recent films from Universal Pictures and its speciality label Focus Features such as The Hunt, The Invisible Man and Emma.
David Bouchier, Chief Digital Entertainment Officer at Virgin Media, said: “In these challenging times, its great news for our customers that they won’t be missing out on the latest cinema releases. At a click of a button, friends and families can sit back, relax and enjoy the latest blockbusters from the comfort of their sofa.”
Will Ennett, Head of TV Content at TalkTalk, said: “We welcome NBCUniversal’s decision to make new cinema releases available in the home during this time and are pleased we can help TalkTalk TV customers continue to enjoy the latest films. In such an uncertain time for everyone, we know that consumers are going to be increasingly looking for things to do together at home and hope the partnership with the studio will provide some welcome entertainment and quality time over the coming weeks.”
Additionally, Virgin Media says it is also helping its customers stay connected to the people and things that matter most right now.
From March 23rd, over 2.7 million Pay Monthly customers will be given unlimited minutes to landlines and other mobile numbers, plus a 10GB data boost, at no extra cost, for a month. Other extended extras will be coming in the near future.