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Turner makes major 'Star Wars' movie rights deal

Harrison Ford arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015.       REUTERS/Dylan Martinez  TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1Z00U

Harrison Ford arrives at the European Premiere of Star Wars, The Force Awakens in Leicester Square, London, December 16, 2015. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez TPX IMAGES OF THE DAY - RTX1Z00U

Turner networks TNT and TBS will be the exclusive basic-cable homes for all the "Star Wars" feature films, thanks to a multiyear deal with the films' studios.

The deal, announced Wednesday, includes the network premieres of last year's "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" and the upcoming "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story," opening in theaters in December.

The agreement with Walt Disney Studios also includes five of the six original "Star Wars" films, as well as the network television premieres of three future installments. The 1977 first film, "Star Wars: A New Hope," completes the collection through a previous arrangement with 20th Century Fox.

TNT is set to premiere "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" in early 2018, followed in 2019 by this year's "Rogue One: A Star Wars Story."

The "Star Wars" canon comes to Turner's airwaves beginning next Tuesday, when TNT kicks off six consecutive nights of the original six films.

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