ITV to broadcast Bond films in HD
Published Aug 16 2010, 18:10 BST | By Andrew Laughlin
ITV has renewed its deal with MGM for terrestrial broadcast rights to the James Bond franchise, including high definition rights for the first time.
The multi-year agreement will see ITV remain the home of James Bond films on terrestrial television in a deal that includes the free-to-air TV premiere of latest movie, Quantum of Solace
The broadcaster will also be able to air all of the Bond films, including Casino Royale
, Dr. No
, on ITV1 HD across its 2010 and 2011 schedules.
ITV director of digital channels and acquisitions Zai Bennett said: "James Bond is a British cinematic icon loved by ITV's audience and we're delighted to continue the franchise's long association with ITV, as well as the chance, for the first time, to show every Bond feature film in fantastic HD."
MGM Worldwide Television co-president Gary Marenzi added: "We are pleased to be working with ITV on keeping the Bond franchise as vibrant as ever in high definition, which will be a big treat to Bond fans in the UK.
"Working closely with ITV, MGM looks forward to making this valuable franchise even more enjoyable for its scores of British fans."