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Winter Is Coming... to SKY

My readers in the UK have been emailing me for months, wanting to know whether GAME OF THRONES would be shown over there. The answer (I hoped) was "yes," but I could not give details, because (1) I didn't know, actually, and (2) some major negotiations were going on behind the scenes.

But now the GUARDIAN has broken the story, so all can be told:

http://www.guardian.co.uk/media/2010/jul/29/bskyb-buys-hbo-tv-catalogue

The short version: SKY has bought the UK rights to the entire HBO catalog of original shows, past and present.

So, yes, GAME OF THRONES will be seen in the UK... on SKY.

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werthead
Jul. 29th, 2010 02:58 am (UTC)
I recall the early discussions that the BBC would be involved, which I had a mixed reaction to. It was the BBC's involvement in co-funding ROME and then pulling out which triggered the sequence of events that led to the show being cancelled before its time, plus they completely butchered the series, cut and edited badly, and showed it months and months after US transmission. Last year they also didn't do a great job showing THE WIRE, hiding it near midnight on BBC-2.

All of that said, the thought of GAME OF THRONES airing on prime-time BBC-1 where it would be exposed to a massive audience was very encouraging.

Whilst Sky will undoubtedly treat the show with a lot of respect, show it at a good time and so on, the profile of the series in the UK when it airs will now be a lot lower, due to Sky's much smaller audience. However, the final and best thing this news means is that THRONES should air in the UK almost immediately after the US. Sky are very hot on showing US shows within days of US transmission to beat the downloaders, and in fact simulcast the LOST series finale for UK die-hard fans (at 5am in the morning!). So that is very good news :)
isis_newton
Jul. 29th, 2010 07:47 am (UTC)
Wertykins, I've seen you mention before (I think about the election stuff) Sky not having as many viewers as the BBC - while that is undoubtedly true, do you know what the comparative figures are? Like, how many people watched something like Lost vs. Dr Who (or maybe something that's on BBC during the week rather than the weekend would be a better comparison).
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hinka83
Jul. 29th, 2010 05:57 am (UTC)
What about germany?
I glad for the uk people, that sky will show game of throne... but do you have some information if there is a plan to show it also in germany?

hope sun is coming out, that you do not need to shovel as much snow as before ;)
blueseaisland
Jul. 29th, 2010 06:05 am (UTC)
excellent news! I also thought it would be the BBC, but Sky is much more reliable.
naddogg5
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:20 am (UTC)
I agree, that on the whole the series is better with Sky as they will show it immediately in conjunction with the US. The BBC do good work and it would get a more mainstream audience, but only if it was shown in a suitable time slot. I missed the 1st 2 series of The Wire because it was tucked away after midnight.

Also Sky will not edit as the BBC would have done if shown in the regular slot anyway, plus we will get (sometimes annoyingly) continuous repeats on Sky2 & 3
scrofula
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:22 am (UTC)
Hugely relieved, I'd prefer a BBC showing for the lack of adverts mainly but am really really pleased that the UK will be getting GoT.
Hurrah for this news!
la_marquise_de_
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:24 am (UTC)
Cable/satellite only then, alas.
evilnioj
Jul. 29th, 2010 08:39 am (UTC)
SKY?????????????????????????????????????????WHY???????????????????????????????????????????
BBC-HBO co production! The Beeb should be showing it. The beeb are the best even if they do make some silly mistakes. Come on auntie beeb, get your finger out and broadcast this already. My parents didn't pay work hard all their life just so Sky could make off with the most eagerly anticipated fantasy show in the history of history.
werthead
Jul. 29th, 2010 07:36 pm (UTC)
Re: SKY?????????????????????????????????????????WHY???????????????????????????????????????????
Unfortunately, it appears that the planned co-production never happened. The BBC and HBO have a good relationship (some ex-BBC staff work at HBO) and seemed to pursue the project for a while, but the BBC was unable to commit because of its sweeping budget cuts, whilst Sky stepped in with this killer offer. So from a business perspective I can understand why HBO did this.
nickpheas
Jul. 29th, 2010 09:36 am (UTC)
Which totally sucks
I thought it was a BBC co-Production.

Well I guess I was almost certainly buying the DVDs anyhow.
oxmatt
Jul. 29th, 2010 10:26 am (UTC)
Gah, damn you Murdoch!
hotclaws
Jul. 29th, 2010 10:37 am (UTC)
woo hoo
findmealone
Jul. 29th, 2010 11:07 am (UTC)
Yay yay! That's great news - I was getting very jealous. ;)
arethosemyfeet
Jul. 29th, 2010 11:08 am (UTC)
A real disappointment. No fault of yours, Mr. Martin, but I was hoping to see GoT without adverts and having to pay extortionate subscription fees. This will kill any chance of the show taking off in a serious way in the UK. Just try and make sure the DVD boxed set comes out ASAP after the show airs.
elvithrarith
Jul. 29th, 2010 12:05 pm (UTC)
gah
I have to say, I'm really disappointed by this. I too had heard about the BBC's apparent involvement, and couldn't wait to watch it! Now, like Stargate Universe, I have the horrible feeling that Game of Thrones is going to be one more sci-fi/fantasy show that I've gotten massively overexcited about, and won't get a chance to see until it comes out as a massively-overpriced DVD. The overpriced isn't a dig at you, but Sky. I can't afford to buy Stargate. Now I can't afford to buy Game of Thrones either :(

*sobs and wanders away sadly*
psamphire
Jul. 29th, 2010 12:28 pm (UTC)
Well, a bit of a shame it's Sky, but at least it'll be over here. The Sky subscription is too high, so I'll just buy the episodes from iTunes when they become available. :)
flowerydreams
Jul. 29th, 2010 01:08 pm (UTC)
Good news!!!
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