Maori Television will screen this weekend’s much anticipated Super Rugby final free-to-air after coming to an agreement with Sky TV, owners of Prime Television.
This will allow rugby fans to enjoy coverage of the final on Maori Television at the same time allowing Olympics fans to enjoy the unprecedented coverage of London 2012 free-to-air on Prime.
Maori Television will screen delayed coverage of Saturday’s Super 15 Final between the Chiefs and the Sharks, kicking off at 9.00pm. The agreement will also allow Maori Television to screen uninterrupted delayed coverage of two NRL matches over the coming two weekends. Live coverage will continue as usual on Sky Sport.
John Fellet, Sky’s CEO commented, “Our Olympic coverage on Prime has been incredibly popular and viewers have told us they don’t want any interruption to this spectacular event.
“So we’ve listened to them and worked with Maori Television to create a win-win situation to please all sports fans.”
The Warriors v Cronulla game will screen on Maori Television on Sunday, August 5 at 4.00pm, just two hours after kick-off at Mt Smart Stadium, and the Warriors v North Queensland game will air on Saturday, August 11 at 11.00pm.
Maori Television chief executive Jim Mather is pleased to offer the three games.
“We understand how important these games are to the New Zealand public and we’re happy to be able to step in and make it happen. This arrangement allows Prime to focus on delivering comprehensive coverage of the Olympics and ensures that rugby and league fans won’t miss out on the action.”
A Super 15 special of Boil Up, Maori Television’s popular sports show hosted by Te Arahi Maipi will air at 8.30pm on August 4 to preview the final.
Viewers can tune in to Maori Television on Freeview 5, SKY 19 and Analogue.