Sky New Zealand

WorldRugby secures control of RugbyPass in deal with Sky New Zealand

Rugby Union’s global governing body World Rugby has unveiled a wide-ranging deal with Sky New Zealand, which will see it secure control of RugbyPass, a leading digital destination for rugby fans which has a monthly audience of seven million. Sky New Zealand acquired RugbyPass in 2019 from Coliseum Sport for $40m. As part of the […]

Sky New Zealand partners with Irdeto

Sky New Zealand has selected Iredto as the security partner for its Sky Box STB. The operator will deploy Irdeto’s Cloaked CA to protect content on the Android TV-based set-top box. The solution is a cardless conditional access system for broadcast and IPTV operators, which Irdeto says is the most advanced and widely deployed across […]

Sky New Zealand completes Lightbox acquisition

Sky New Zealand has acquired SVOD Lightbox from Spark. The deal, which was originally announced in December 2019, will see Sky merge Lightbox with its own Neon entertainment streamer to create what it calls is “a super-charged service for New Zealand customers.” The deal includes Spark customers who receive ‘Lightbox on us’ from Spark continuing […]

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 […]

New Zealand Rugby agrees “revolutionary broadcast agreement” to become 5% stakeholder in Sky New Zealand 

Sky New Zealand has announced a “revolutionary broadcast agreement” with New Zealand Rugby (NZR). The five-year agreement includes the rights to broadcast rugby in the country from 2021-25, a record investment in New Zealand and SANZAAR rugby along with New Zealand Rugby becoming a 5% shareholder in Sky. Rights-wise, all Investec Rugby Championship, Steinlager Series, […]

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 […]