BSkyB buys complete HBO TV catalogue

Broadcaster gains exclusive rights to hit series including The Wire, Sex and the City and the forthcoming Boardwalk Empire

Rupert Murdoch's BSkyB has bought the exclusive rights to the entire HBO TV catalogue, which includes a huge range of American shows such as The Wire, True Blood, The Sopranos and Martin Scorsese's eagerly-awaited crime drama Boardwalk Empire, MediaGuardian can reveal.

The satellite TV company has signed a content deal with HBO, the Us channel that revolutionised the television market by launching a pay-tv service that screens big-budget dramas. The Sky deal, expected to be announced this morning, will give Sky access to HBO's archive and all forthcoming shows over the lifetime of the agreement. It is believed to be worth around £150m over five years.

The acquisition forms part of a push by Sky to improve its non-sport content as it tries to increase subscriber numbers. The company currently has 9.7 million customers,

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