TVNZ out of SKY by 2011

Is it True??

Ive heard some rumours recently that TV ONe and TV2 are no longer residing in the SKY Digital platform, well that is until the SKY-TVNZ contract ends at 2011.

That means that All of TVNZ’s 5 channels will screen only on the Freeview digital platform (TV One, TV2, TVNZ 6, TVNZ 7 and TVNZ Sport Extra), then SKY will be left without one of the cool-entertainment channels like, TV2. Then what will happen to the SKY Channels 1 and 2 slots???

And it goes onto the TVNZ 6 and 7 debate. SKY and TVNZ are still fighting about whether TVNZ should broadcast their channels: TVNZ 6 and 7 onto SKY. In Vice-versa, (I Think) SKY is doing the same technique, that is to decide whether to put PRIME onto Freeview. But, why was it screened onto Free to air analogue at the first place and also on the Pay-TV satellite service??

So…
> Is it ture that, TV ONe and 2 will no longer be available on SKY by 2011??
> What will happen to the 1 and 2 slots on SKY?
> Is it likely that PRIME will be on Freeview and why is it on both pay-tv and analogue while calling itself a ‘Free to air channel’?

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  • openmedia

    There have been some rumors that TVNZ wants to re-negotiate with Sky quite different terms as at present Sky gets to carry TV One and TV 2 for free.

    TVNZ might request that Sky pay a fee for the channels if Sky wants them to remain part of the service, but I very much doubt that any of that discussion will become public until after an agreement is reached.

  • nanisnap

    Prime is calling itself a free to air channel because it is one.

    You don’t have to pay to watch it.

  • openmedia

    In a large part of the country you do have to pay something to Sky due to the lack of coverage, and you can’t choose an alternative like freeview.

    Secondly we haven’t heard what the plans for Prime are after the analogue switch off. If it is only available on Sky it will cease to be FTA.