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Astral Signs Multi-Year Multiplatform Agreement With NBCUniversal Canada

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  • Astral Media Inc. and NBCUniversal Television Canada today announced that they have reached a new multi-year deal that will have more than 600 Universal titles – including exclusive first-window titles such as Little Fockers, Hop, The Adjustment Bureau and Fast Five – available to subscribers of The Movie Network, Mpix and Super Ecran. These titles will be offered on all available platforms including on-air, on-demand, mobile and online. In addition, new releases will first appear on the pay-per-view service Viewers Choice which is partially owned by Astral.

    “Universal Pictures has an outstanding slate of new movie titles both in the current pay-television window and looking forward to what’s in theatres and in production. We are pleased to be able to bring what will amount to hundreds of new titles to our pay-television services,” said Kevin Wright, Senior Vice President, Programming, Astral Television Networks. “This multi-year deal also expands upon our ability to offer this sought-after content across multiple platforms, including our on-demand channels and through TMN OnLine, our broadband streaming service which is offered through distributors such as BellTV, Rogers and Videotron.”

    “We are happy to continue our long and successful relationship with Astral and are looking forward to bringing Universal Pictures’ vast film slate to Astral’s pay-television subscribers on all available platforms, including online,” said Ron Suter, Executive Vice President and General Manager, NBCUniversal Television Canada. “The acquired films will include the blockbuster hit Bridesmaids and the highly anticipated upcoming films from Universal Pictures like The Bourne Legacy and Tower Heist.”

    This new contract with NBCUniversal Television Canada rounds out Astral’s robust studio offering which includes Sony Pictures, Warner Bros., Disney and Alliance, in addition to films and series acquired through a long-term output deals with HBO and CBS Paramount which represents Showtime’s programming.