LOS ANGELES, Sept. 15 (UPI) -- Turner says it has signed multi-year, licensing agreements making TNT and TBS the exclusive, linear, basic-cable home to the Star Wars franchise.
"The Star Wars movies and characters are beloved across generations, captivating audiences and breaking box-office records around the globe for nearly four decades," Deborah K. Bradley, executive vice president of networks optimization, content strategy and commercialization for Turner, said in a statement Wednesday. "Through this deal, TNT and TBS will be the exclusive, basic-cable home of one of the most iconic, enduring and valuable movie franchises of all time, giving viewers the chance to watch this amazing collection from the very beginning."
Turner said it will celebrate the deal by airing the first six movies in the series over six, consecutive nights, starting Tuesday .
The eighth, big-screen installment in the series -- Rogue One: A Star Wars Story -- is scheduled to open in theaters on Dec. 16.