One of the biggest mysteries surrounding the launch of Disney Plus in the UK has been solved, according tomedia reports: The Simpsons will be available online. A representative for Sky recently told The Verge that The Simpsons will continue to air exclusively on Sky – a joint exclusive and includes the old catalogue.
Asked if sky would share the past few seasons with Disney, the representative confirmed. A Twitter message from Disney confirmed that the more than 600 episodes will be available online on its streaming platform. There are currently more than 670 episodes of The Simpsons.
Although Disney has all the rights to play “The Simpsons” in the United States, those rights do not extend overseas.
In 2018, Sky, the British satellite TV provider, was sold to Comcast by 21st Century Fox and Disney. Because Sky previously acquired the rights to Fox content, including The Simpsons, those rights were transferred to Comcast. The deal opens the door for Comcast to enter major European markets such as the UK, Ireland, Germany, Austria and Italy. However, a multi-year agreement between Sky and Disney today will introduce Disney Plus into Sky’s Q set-top box. Before Disney Plus, Netflix’s app was integrated into the Sky Q set-top box.
“We have built a strong relationship with Disney over the past 30 years and we are pleased that our customers in the UK and Ireland continue to enjoy their world-class programming, all of which can be broadcast simultaneously on Sky Q,” Sky CEO Jeremy Darroch said in a statement. “
The move represents Disney’s involvement in a number of licensing agreements, similar to the one Disney negotiated with several companies before the launch of Disney Plus in the United States. To bring “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” back, the company teamed up with Starz to promote its rival streaming service before the launch of Disney Plus.
The final question is whether the high-width ratio of The Simpsons will be determined by March 24 — a question that has yet to be resolved in the United States.