Sky's exclusive deal for new HBO series doesn't seem to guarantee near-US-scheduled premieres for major new series. The eagerly-anticipated Scorsese gangster drama Boardwalk Empire debuts in the US this weekend but so far Sky has only promised that it will be broadcast in the UK "in 2011". Full report in The Independent.
I expect Sky to premiere these HBO series on Sky Premiere rather than on Sky One, using these big original dramas to boost the movie channel subs much like they did with The Pacific (and HBO do in the US - HBO is first and foremost a movie channel). Which is good news for those with the Sky HD bundle, even if the wait looks like it could be far longer than many anticipated.