SkyShowtime, the European streaming joint venture of Comcast and Paramount Global, continues its rollout with its largest expansion to date, launching in eight new markets in Central and Eastern Europe on February 14.
The streamer said on Tuesday it would debut in Albania, the Czech Republic, Hungary, Kosovo, North Macedonia, Poland, Romania and Slovakia on that day. This will bring the reach to 20 of the 22 target markets.
“Customers in these launch markets will have access to exclusive television premieres of first-run movies from Universal Pictures and Paramount Pictures, new and exclusive scripted series, content for kids and families, and a selection of iconic library titles and box sets from Nickelodeon, DreamWorks Animation, Paramount+, Showtime, Sky Studios and Peacock — all streaming in one place,” the company said. SkyShowtime will also feature local original programming, documentaries and specials from its markets. The company recently announced a deal to acquire 21 original series from HBO Max in Europe, including new series premiering as SkyShowtime originals in 2023.”
For example, from launch, local audiences can access movies like Downton Abbey: A New Era, Jurassic World Domination, Ray Donovan: The Movie, The Norman and Top gun: Maverickas well as series like Yellowstone, 1883, 1923, Halo, American gigolo, Law & authority season 21, Mayor of Kingston season 1 and 2, Star Trek: Strange New Worlds, The fear index, The first lady, The Midwich Cuckoos, Tulsa king and Vampire Academy.
“Launching SkyShowtime in eight new markets is such an incredible way to start the year,” said SkyShowtime CEO Monty Sarhan. “This is our biggest launch to date and I am extremely excited to build on the continued success of the service which has already launched in Scandinavia, the Netherlands, Portugal and selected Adria regions.”
Gabor Harsanyi, SkyShowtime’s regional general manager for Central and Eastern Europe added, “SkyShowtime delivers a list of incredible content. We are proud to offer our new customers in Central and Eastern Europe new and exclusive access to the latest series and biggest blockbuster films from our iconic and world-renowned studios, as well as local and original programming that will resonate with our audience.
The price varies by market. In Albania, Kosovo, North Macedonia and Slovakia, SkyShowtime is available for €5.99 ($6.48) per month. In Romania, the service costs €3.99 ($4.32) per month.