New Zealand

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 […]

Sky Network Television and Vodafone NZ agree €2.15bn merger

Sky Network Television and Vodafone New Zealand have agreed a NZ$3.44 billion (€2.15 billion) merger that will see them offer content “across all platforms and devices”. Citing a “rapidly evolving media landscape” the companies said that the combined group will provide an “enhanced customer experience and greater choice of products and services” – spanning entertainment […]

Sky Network Television in talks over Vodafone NZ merger

New Zealand pay TV operator Sky Network Television has confirmed that it is holding talks with Vodafone about a potential domestic merger. In a statement released to the New Zealand stock exchange, Sky said that it is in discussions with Vodafone Group regarding a “potential transaction involving a combination of the businesses of Sky and […]

Bravo goes free-to-air for the first time

Cable net Bravo will become a free-to-air offering for the first time after NBCUniversal and Mediaworks in New Zealand inked a deal to rebrand Channel Four. A commission was also announced for the new Kiwi Bravo channel, with a local version of the Real Housewives reality format – The Real Housewives of Auckland – being […]

Netflix Australia runs into billing problems

Netflix has charged a number of its Australian and New Zealand customers numerous times, prompting a social media outcry from the overcharged subs. A billing error led to the US-listed streaming service charging subs up to 15 times. The SVOD company subsequently apologised for the billing discrepancy via its local Twitter feed and pledged to […]

Netflix goes live in Australia, New Zealand

Netflix launches today in Australia and New Zealand, offering streaming packages priced from AU$8.99 (€6.47) to AU$14.99.  The entry-level package offers single-stream, standard definition content, while the AU$14.99 ‘family’ plan supports 4K Ultra HD quality and gives access to four streams. A mid-priced AU$11.99 plan offers HD quality and two streams. Viewers in Australia and […]

Netflix to launch in Australia on March 24

Netflix is to launch in Australia and New Zealand on March 24. Netflix will be available on most Australian broadband operators, according to the streaming video provider. Netflix has struck its first un-metering agreement with a major broadband provider in Australia, with second ranked DSL provider iiNet. Content on the service will include all three […]

Netflix sets March launch date for Australia, New Zealand

Netflix is due to launch its subscription video-on-demand service in Australia and New Zealand on March 24, it has announced.  Netflix will be available on all major Australian broadband operators, while iiNet has agreed the first “un-metered” agreement with the video service in Australia, giving customers unlimited access to Netflix with the usage not counting […]

MTV launches OTT apps

MTV has launched new international over-the-top apps, MTV Play and MTV Trax, in an effort to target millennials and adapt to “changing consumer viewing habits.” MTV Play is a VoD service featuring many of MTV’s most popular shows, while MTV Trax is a music streaming app designed for casual music consumers that may be “put […]

Netflix strikes Disney deal ahead of Australia launch

Netflix has struck a deal with Disney ahead of its Australia and New Zealand launch in March to bring Disney, Walt Disney Animation Studios, Pixar Animation Studios, Marvel Studios and Lucasfilm content to subscribers in the two countries. At launch, Australian and New Zealand members will be able to watch movies including Cars, Monsters, Inc. […]