Will "Attack Of The Clones" bypass cable?

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  1. Jo_C

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    By now, we probably would have seen "Star Wars: Episode II--Attack Of The Clones" on pay-per-view by now. But it appears more and more that the latest Star Wars prequel will bypass premium cable and go straight to broadcast television, which almost certainly guarantees its exclusive worth to the pay-cable community worthless.

    This is nothing new, unfortunately. As discussed before, many recent Disney animated movies have bypassed premium cable for broadcast television--this all will change soon as Starz/Encore has taken over the pay-cable rights to Disney animated films (beginning with "Monsters, Inc.").

    Question, by the way--doesn't the broadcast networks get a fee from Starz whenever a film Starz has aired makes its broadcast premiere on a network?
     
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    Thats an interesting observation, Jo, do the words "Network Broadcast Premiere" refer to NBC/CBS/Fox/ABC only? If a movie is on pay per view and then CBS airs it afterwards, is it a premiere?
     
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    "Network Broadcast Premiere" refers to commercial networks, both regular (CBS, etc.) and basic cable (TBS, TNT, Lifetime, etc.), and not pay-cable {HBO, etc.)

    "World Television Premiere" means the first time on television on any network, whether it be pay cable or broadcast network.

    Thanks for asking.
     
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    Part of the distribution deal on Star Wars, which included the transfer of copyright to the original film to Lucas is that Fox get first airing on all 3 prequels
     

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