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Sky and Sony have signed a deal that will see the TV, home phone and broadband provider's customers gain access to top Sony films within six months of their cinema run.

Under the terms of the agreement, Sky Movies will be the first subscription service in the UK and Ireland to screen new movies from Sony Pictures, which will then be exclusively available for at least a year.

In addition to new releases, Sky Movies subscribers will have access to a vast collection of classic films from the Sony Pictures library, which will also be available on an exclusive basis while they are on the service.

It means that Sky customers can access new movies such as Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man and Django Unchained before any other TV channel or subscription service, while also having access to an array of popular films such as The Da Vinci Code, Bad Santa and Sam Raimi's Spiderman trilogy.

The deal will also see the full range of new and older titles become available to customers with a Sky Movies monthly pass on Sky’s internet TV service, NOW TV, providing people with flexible access across a range of connected devices and platforms.

Furthermore, all of the movies will be available on demand, on Sky Go, in HD and even in 3D, where available.

Sky also announced that the films will be available on its new subscription service Sky Go Extra, which enables customers to download movies and entertainment programmes to their smartphone, tablet or laptop for £5 a month.

Finally, Sky and Sony have signed a deal for pay-per-view movies, which will be available to customers through Sky Movies Box Office or Sky Store and enable people to rent a collection of titles from Sony Pictures including those new to DVD and Blu-ray.

Those who subscribe to Sky Movies through Virgin Media, TalkTalk and UPC will also be able to enjoy the full range of subscription films from Sony Pictures.

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, said the company is "delighted" to have secured Sony Pictures content for customers.

"We are committed to providing our customers with the biggest and best movies, available to watch when and how they want. That’s why Sky Movies customers enjoy access to the biggest movies first, in HD, on demand, on the go and in 3D," he said.

"And with the launch of Sky Go Extra, they can now even download movies to their smartphones and tablets to watch offline."

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