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Disney Looking for New TV Broadcast Deal for Star Wars Films

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Star Wars has been missing from the cable TV landscape for over a year. What had become a frequent rotation of Star Wars weekend marathons on the Spike TV network, ended when the deal with the network concluded in 2014. Since that time, Star Wars has not been available on TV as Disney and Lucasfilm concentrated their efforts on the release of The Force Awakens and waited to see just what sort of demand the new film would create for a new TV package.

 

Well, it seems Disney is aiming high. Variety is reporting that Star Wars is being pitched to prospective new homes at a record price tag of 30 million per movie for the new sequel trilogy. Exact prices for the original and prequel trilogy are unknown at this time, but Variety speculates it will also be very high with exact numbers dependent on the length of the deal.

 

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Variety also goes on to speculate on a few other factors and possibilities. First being the possibility that the Starz pay cable deal for the initial run of the new films and Netflix streaming rights could cause reluctance among the non-pay cable networks to go to such high costs for a film that will have significant availability elsewhere. Disney, meanwhile will try to make the case that Star Wars is unique in the fact that people will want to watch it when it airs regardless of availability elsewhere, and that the demand is so high that it will still draw ratings after you remove cord cutters who will stream via Netflix and A/V quality aficionados who will purchase the films on Blu-Ray.

 

An additional consideration the article mentions is that Disney could be using this pitch process to determine what exactly the market value is for the TV rights to these films before turning away to sell the rights to a network they already own such as the newly minted Freeform network (formerly ABC Family). Regardless of where it ends up, the drought of Star Wars on TV seems likely to end soon. Before we know it, we will be back to seeing all day marathons on holiday weekends, complete with all the commercial interruptions and forced screen aspect ratios that people love.

 

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  • Dakit

    “Before we know it, we will be back to seeing all day marathons on holiday weekends, complete with all the commercial interruptions and forced screen aspect ratios that people love.”

    LOL

    • Jedibob

      Is that sarcasm I sense? Haha

  • Peter Jackson

    I really don’t mind what happens… What fan won’t buy this movie when it comes out?

  • Mightyhawk1

    we had it in the UK on Sky, they had a specific Star Wars channel oover Xmas in the UK. Showed all the films (no ads) and tv series – all 5 series of clone wars and rebels.

    • Clone11038

      a really similar star wars week was on italian sky

  • Xtraflo Xsane

    When are we going to start hearing more about Rogue One??

  • Irvin Lira

    Is it insane to think that most people have the movies at home? I know they’re not thinking of doing anything soon, but they should focus more on creating tv shows. Not shopping it to a network.

    • Peter Jackson

      From a financial standpoint, selling movie rights could potentially increase funding for an effects-heavy TV show.

  • MaxboxOne

    Cool

  • Clone11038

    who cares I already decided I’ll buy it ASAP , and when the trilogy pack comes out will buy it in the other language I speak

  • Bluemilk7

    any hardcore fans who don’t buy TFA on Blu-Ray are going to miss out.. it is a visual masterpiece. and of course we’ll all catch the marathons on tv because we have nothing better to do. #nerds

  • Snark Vader (alias Grant)

    If they can do an average of one planet per episode in TOS over 50 years ago, I think the tightwads at Disney can manage a SW series.

    • TUD

      TOS?

      • Peter Jackson

        I think he means “The Original Series”, as in Star Trek.

        • Snark Vader (alias Grant)

          Correct.

      • Snark Vader (alias Grant)

        PJ has the answer.