New Zealand


Cash-strapped MediaWorks puts TV business up for sale

MediaWorks, the largest independent broadcaster in New Zealand, is looking to sell off its TV business. The company has appointed an adviser to identify potential buyers of MediaWorks TV along with its Flower Street property which includes its TV head office and studios.  In a statement published on Friday, the company added that it will […]

Vodafone launches OTT Vodafone TV in New Zealand

Vodafone NZ has announced the launch of a new OTT set top box. The plug and play Vodafone TV, which goes on sale in September for NZ$179 (€106), will be pre-loaded with a range of apps including TVNZOnDemand, ThreeNow, Sky, Sky Sport, Netflix and YouTube. The company promises that soon after launch this will be […]

Nielsen expands measurement for YouTube app on mobile to 26 new countries

Nielsen has expanded its advertising measurement to YouTube’s mobile app. Nielsen Digital Ad Ratings for YouTube Mobile will be available in 26 new markets: Belgium, Brazil, Bulgaria, Czech Republic, Greece, Hong Kong, Hungary, India, Indonesia, Ireland, Israel, Malaysia, Mexico, Netherlands, New Zealand, Norway, Philippines, Poland, Puerto Rico, Singapore, South Africa, Spain, Taiwan, Thailand, Turkey and […]

Viacom takes Nick Jr. Play down under

Viacom International Media Networks has unveiled plans to launch an authenticated version of its Nick Jr. Play service with Sky New Zealand on November 1. Nick Jr. Play is an interactive app offering pre-schoolers access to Nick Jr. shows, games and music including full episodes, games, original videos and other content. The app will provide Sky New […]

AMC lines up new launches for Shudder and Sundance Now

AMC Networks is due to launch its direct-to-consumer streaming services, Shudder and Sundance Now, in Australia and New Zealand later this year. The new launches were announced today at MIPCOM and will build on the existing international footprint of the services, which are available in the US, Canada, the UK, Ireland, Germany and Austria. “Our […]

Discovery appoints Australia and New Zealand boss

Discovery has appointed Rebecca Kent as general manager, Australia and New Zealand, following a nine-month stint doing the job as acting general manager. Kent will focus on growing Discovery’s existing business in the region, which consists of eight channels in Australia and six channels in New Zealand.  She will report to James Gibbons, executive vice president, general manager UK, Australia and […]

TiVo to exit Australian market

TiVo is due to exit the Australian market after its licence there expires on October 31. In a statement on the TiVo Australia website, TiVo said “it’s been a delight serving Australia over the past nine years, but all good things must come to an end.” TiVo said it will cease to operate the TiVo […]

Scripps gears up for European HGTV launches

Scripps has identified a “substantial opportunity” for HGTV in Europe, and said that the global rollout of the channel is a “key priority”. Speaking on the company’s second quarter earnings call, Scripps CEO Kenneth Lowe said that the company would make more announcements about Home and Garden Television in Europe in “the coming months”. This […]

Sky Network Television shareholders back Vodafone NZ deal

Sky Network Television shareholders have approved the firm’s planned NZ$3.44 billion (€2.15 billion) merger with Vodafone New Zealand. At a special meeting of shareholders yesterday some 99.8% approved the deal, with 78.6% cent of the Sky TV shares on issue voted by proxy. Addressing shareholders, Sky chairman of the board, Peter Macourt, said together with Vodafone the […]

Vice confirms 51 international channel launches

Vice Media’s programming has found distribution in 44 new territories, making a major step forwards for its linear Viceland channel. Vice had previously revealed plans to launch its services in 12 territories following linear net Viceland’s US debut this year, but will in fact be in 51 following today’s announcement of the batch of new […]

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