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Sky has bagged the rights to UK premieres of Anna Karenina, Les Miserables and more, after extending its agreement with NBCUniversal.

Under the terms of the licensing deal, Sky Movies has also secured the first-to-air rights for The Man with the Iron Fists, Ted, Despicable Me 2 and About Time on Sky Movies.

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Classic movies from Universal’s archive are included too, including Jurassic Park, Back to the Future, Gladiator and Scarface, to be shown across Sky’s on-demand services Sky Go and Now TV.

Ian Lewis, Director of Sky Movies, said: “The combination of NBCU’s hit movies with Sky’s innovation will give customers an unrivalled in-home movies experience.

"Whether it’s The Bourne Legacy on-demand, Despicable Me in 3D, or Ted on the go, Sky Movies customers will enjoy the biggest and best selection of movies on their terms - and at least a year ahead of any other subscription service."

Sky also currently has exclusive rights to all eight Harry Potter movies, as well as the entire James Bond canon, which air on a separate channel dedicated to 007’s espionage capers.

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