Sky and Prime pick up Fox content

This is somewhat good news but does this mean that TVNZ have missed out entirely?

SKY Television has secured a content package deal with 20th Century Fox Television which will see a range of content screen across the network’s channels, both pay and free-to-air.

SKY’s Director of Programming, Travis Dunbar, says the deal will put an end to Kiwi viewers’ speculation on how they can catch up with their favourite FOX series.

“We are excited to give critically acclaimed series Homeland, The Americans and American Horror Story a home on SoHo, SKY’s premium drama channel.  These dramas are made for US pay networks to screen un-cut and uninterrupted and in a prime time slot – making them perfect to include in our SoHo schedule.” 

He added: “Our subscribers know that when we commit to a series they can rest assured it is in an environment that is not affected by ratings and therefore is not subject to being moved dependent on performance.”

“We are also mindful that fans have had to wait longer than usual to see the latest episodes of these popular series so we are working hard with FOX to get them on-air as soon as possible.  Going forward we will screen them on fast turnaround after their US premiere as we do with the majority of our SoHo series.”

The package deal also includes the breakout new season hit Sleepy Hollow and well-established favourites Bones and Modern Family, all of which will screen free-to-air on Prime.

“We are very excited to include these key shows in Prime’s schedule,” said Head of Prime Karen Bieleski.

“Over the years Kathy Wright and her team have been steadily investing in Prime’s programming slate. It is terrific to bring our viewers these much-loved series which we are confident will find a great free-to-air home with us,” she said.

Schedule information for all titles will be released in due course.

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  • J

    Any word on Chicago Fire coming back

    • Drew Horan

      Hopefully Sky/Prime picks this up as well because TV3 have decided to not bring it back next year. Surprised TVNZ didn’t fight for Modern Family for TV2 and Bones for TV ONe! This deal suxxxs because Prime aint in HD and the aclaimed shows are now behind a paywall! How long before Sky snaps up all the programme deals like they have done to sport!

      • Jas

        The Americans was always going to go from TV3 as no one watched it anyway, it was quite a niche programme and those don’t do that well on FTA.
        The one that some will be upset about is Homeland but again the viewing audience for that had dropped also, so I doubt TV3 was willing to pay the price for the viewership numbers that it got.
        Both these shows are cable shows in the US and only attract so-so viewing numbers so it is no wonder that they don’t attract big numbers in NZ either.

  • Kyle Wadsworth

    Ugh I hate Soho.

  • Jeseta

    Well it looks like I’ll be torrenting AHS then…..

  • Grabate

    That’s great. We won’t have to wait for American Horror Story 7 months after it finishes in the US.

  • Russell Gray

    Will Homeland and The Americans eventually appear on Prime?

  • Stephen Falepau

    Thievery I say and LOL.. SKY thinks I will pay money to watch SoHo for Bones and all that.. Wrong 🙂

    • jess

      Bones will be on PRIME Free to air.

      • Stephen Falepau

        My bad! I misread it… I do what I do best.. scan the paragraphs quick.

  • Drew Horan

    Brooklyn Nine Nine has been picked up by TV2!

    • Reece

      So mediaworks new deal with NBC Universal deal wasn’t exclusive either. Lets face it though the show can succeed much better on TV2 than on TV3 of Four.