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Yash Raj Films inks deal with BSkyB for movies on-demand

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MUMBAI: In a move to cater to international audiences, Yash Raj Films (YRF) has partnered with BSkyB to provide its movies on the Sky Store for audiences in the UK & Ireland.

About 30 YRF films have been made live on Sky Store and users can watch them digitally directly on demand. The charges appear on the monthly bill, making for an easy transactional process. FilmKaravan has enabled this distribution.

The United Kingdom & Ireland have been one of the top five preferred territories worldwide for the banner with almost 1.5 million Bollywood fans constantly seeking to watch blockbuster titles.

Yash Raj Films vice president – digital Anand Gurnani said, “Consumers today want to watch their favourite content at the time they want to watch it and on a platform they prefer the most. It is important to understand their choices and enable reach via reducing friction to access our content. Our movies are easily accessible now digitally via Sky, thus tapping into a hybrid platform accessible directly on TV. Making our films available through the Sky Store platform was a natural extension to our digital distribution efforts. It's imperative that we be where our consumers are.”

Sky Store director Nicola Bamford added, “Sky Store offers the complete service – straight to your TV, across your devices and you get the DVD in the post too. We are delighted with the early success our hybrid proposition has seen with Bollywood movies from Yash Raj Films. This partnership with Yash Raj Films enabled by FilmKaravan has further strengthened Sky’s presence amongst South Asian audiences in the UK and based on the fantastic initial response, we look forward to bringing in many more films from Bollywood studios.”

FilmKaravan managing director Sanjay Bachani said, “Yash Raj Films understand the content game and strategy exceptionally well. The pioneers of Indian cinema are yet again at the forefront of engaging viewers in a preferred territory via the cable and satellite’s digital platform eco system. Sky Store is a great innovation by Sky and we are thrilled to facilitate this phenomenon of bridging the gap between fans and their favourite films.”

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