Films from leading independent studio include Chicago, Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, The English Patient and Good Will Hunting
LONDON, UK, and SANTA MONICA, CA, January 31, 2012 - BT and Miramax today announced a licensing agreement that will bring films from the leading independent studio to BT Vision customers in the UK.
The agreement gives BT Vision Unlimited subscribers instant access to a range of films from the Miramax collection, which has received 284 Academy Award nominations and won 68 Oscars.
The films available will include: Academy Award Best Picture winner Chicago; Pulp Fiction, the modern classic directed by Quentin Tarantino, as well as Kill Bill 1 and 2; nine-Academy Award winner The English Patient; Good Will Hunting, written by and starring Matt Damon and Ben Affleck; The Talented Mr. Ripley, starring Matt Damon, Gwyneth Paltrow and Jude Law; The Aviator, directed by Martin Scorsese; and the first three instalments of the horror franchise, Scream.
BT Vision subscribers will be able to access the Miramax films in a unique Miramax-branded environment in the BT Vision Film area.
Marc Watson, CEO, BT Vision, said: “Movies are very popular with Vision customers – they watch well over two million films on demand every month. This deal will give our customers the chance to see a broad range of Miramax’s independent, ground-breaking and crowd-pleasing films and will further strengthen our position as the UK’s best on demand television provider.”
Mike Lang, CEO of Miramax, said: “Partnering with BT Vision – an exciting company with a strong digital model and reach – is another important step for Miramax as digital channels continue to open up around the world. We remain laser-focused on finding new ways to make the unmatched mix of Miramax films easily accessible – and for BT Vision subscribers, we have for the first time jointly developed a special Miramax branded environment that will make finding and viewing Miramax films as easy as possible.”
BT’s broadband and digital TV service, BT Vision gives customers up to 50 Freeview television channels, lets them pause, record and rewind live TV and offers catch up and on demand content.
BT Vision customers will get Miramax movies included in the Unlimited option, which for £12.50 a month gives unlimited access to on-demand content with Vision Kids, Film Club, TV, Sport & Music as well as free ESPN and optional Sky Sports 1 and 2. The price includes BT’s Vision+ digital TV box, 70 Freeview channels and catch-up TV from the last seven days, including BBC iPlayer.
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Miramax is a leading worldwide film and television studio with a library of more than 700 motion pictures. Miramax sells directly and licenses its titles globally through strategic partnerships including: Lionsgate, Netflix, Facebook, Hulu and StudioCanal. The Miramax library holds some of the world’s most original and acclaimed independent films including Pulp Fiction, Shakespeare In Love, Chicago, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, No Country for Old Men, Kill Bill Volumes I and II, Life is Beautiful, Reservoir Dogs, Sex, Lies, and Videotape, Cinema Paradiso and My Left Foot — as well as scores of commercially successful films such as Bridget Jones’s Diary, Bad Santa, and the Scream, Hellraiser, Scary Movie and Spy Kids franchises. In 2011, Miramax released 3 new films including the critically acclaimed film The Debt, starring Helen Mirren and Jessica Chastain, directed by John Madden. Collectively, the Miramax library has received 284 Academy Award nominations and 68 Oscars, including four Best Picture Awards. Miramax is headquartered in Santa Monica, California with a sales office in London. For more information, please visit www.miramax.com, like the company on www.facebook.com/miramax or follow Miramax on Twitter @Miramax.
About BT Vision
BT Vision gives customers 50 Freeview television and 20 radio channels as standard and lets them pause, record and rewind live TV. Customers can catch up with the best of the last seven days’ TV from BBC, ITV, Channel 4 and Channel 5 and watch thousands of US and UK TV shows, blockbuster and classic films, kids’ shows, music videos, and sport on demand.
BT Vision also offers Sky Sports 1 and Sky Sports 2 plus ESPN and films in HD and 3D.
Customers can choose how they want to pay for BT Vision; they can watch unlimited shows with pay monthly or enjoy the flexibility of pay-as-you-go.
For more information, please visit www.bt.com/vision
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