New Zealand

Sky’s sale of New Zealand live sports unit OSB approved by watchdog

Sky’s sale of its New Zealand sports production business Outside Broadcast (OSB) to NEP has been approved by the country’s commerce commission. The deal was initially agreed in August 2020, and will see NEP acquire six HD outside broadcast units and two OSB warehouse facilities. Despite the undisclosed deal being agreed upon months ago, approval […]

New Zealand pay TV revenues to decline in spite of rising subs

The pay TV market in New Zealand is set for revenue decline in spite of steady growth in overall subscriptions. According to GlobalData, pay TV services revenue in the country will decline by a CAGR of 3.1% over the next five years. The firm bases this prediction due to loss in cable and DTH subscriptions, […]

Fetch TV taps Metrological to expand offering

Australian online TV service provider Fetch TV has teamed up with TV app store specialist Metrological to integrate the Metrological Application Platform integrated onto the Fetch service. Fetch will also use the Metrological Lightning Framework to enhance its user interface, the company said. The cloud-based Metrological Application Platform allows Fetch to integrate premium OTT services, […]

Hopster launches in New Zealand with Sky

Kids on-demand service Hopster has secured a distribution partnership with pay TV operator Sky New Zealand, giving subscribers to streaming services Neon and Sky Go access to Hopster’s educational preschool shows, video books and music videos. Launching in November, the service will give pre-schoold children access to shows such as Molang and Hopster Studios animated […]

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 […]

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