The channel you've been waiting for has arrived!


SKY’s brand new entertainment channel, THE ZONE, will have local fans of Science Fiction, Cult, Fantasy, Superhero and Horror genres battling for the remote.

Launching this November, THE ZONE’S line-up will include some of the planet’s most anticipated premiere series including Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Defiance featuring New Zealand’s own Grant Bowler and Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn, along with a mix of modern and classic series including drama and comedy, movies and the odd documentary.

THE ZONE, made right here by Kiwis for Kiwis (with the occasional Kiwi appearance too), will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers at no extra charge as part of SKY’s Basic package and will also stream live from launch on SKY GO, so fans won’t miss a minute of the action wherever they are.

SKY’s Head of General Entertainment Karen Bieleski said “This is the channel that many of our viewers have literally been clamouring for. We looked at a variety of options for satisfying their requests and decided that the best way was to make our own channel, so that we could select from the widest possible range of international content.

Our research has uncovered an incredibly diverse fan base so it was imperative to make THE ZONE available to as wide an audience as possible by being included in SKY’s basic package.

THE ZONE has a fairly broad remit for acquiring programmes, our rule of thumb being that anything which could feasibly promote itself at Comic-Con has a place on the channel. We are very aware that fans of this type of content are keen social media users so once the channel has launched, we aim to screen our key shows as close to international premieres as possible to ensure that spoilers are kept to a minimum on their newsfeed.

The team involved putting this channel together, myself included, are passionate about this type of content and we are excited to create and curate a channel for Kiwi fans of the many genres THE ZONE w/7/ encompass. I can’t wait until we’re actually on air in November.”

More details on THE ZONE will be released over the next few months. Fans can interact with THE ZONE team and find out more about programming with weekly updates on THE ZONE’S facebook page. and Twitter

New entertainment channel encompassing a range of great titles from the Science Fiction, Cult, Fantasy, Superhero and Horror genres launching this November.

Will contain a mix of must-see premiere series as well as great classic content.

After launch, key shows will screen as close to international premieres as possible.

Available to all SKY domestic subscribers with the Basic package at no extra cost.

Weekly programming updates will be released on THE ZONE’S facebook page and Twitter

Viewers can look forward to a range of great new & classic titles from the Science Fiction, Cult, Fantasy, Superhero and Horror genres including:

Set in the near future, this epic drama introduces a completely transformed planet Earth, inhabited by the survivors of a universal war. Forced to co-habitate, the disparate group struggles to build a new society among the devastation. At the center of this world is Lawman Jeb Nolan (Grant Bowler – True Blood), who enlists the help of deputies and occasionally some civilians in the struggle to maintain law and order in the town and region. To survive in this unforgiving landscape, it will take strength. It will take will. It will take Defiance.

Starring: Grant Bowler (Outrageous Fortune, True Blood), Stephanie Leonidas, Julie Benz (Dexter, Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Graham Greene (Die Hard with a Vengeance, The Green Mile), Tony Curran (This Life, Ultimate Force, Blade //, Underworld: Evolution), Jaime Murray (Hustle, Dexter), Mia Kirshner (The L Word, 24), Jesse Rath (18 to Life).

Expanding on the Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriguez co-directed original film, this new series is a supernatural crime saga centered around the Gecko Brothers who are on the run from the FBI. After the brothers hijack a RV owned by former minister Jacob Fuller, taking him and his family hostage, an unpredicted stop at a run-down strip club in the middle of a desolate Mexican desert exposes the late night haunts fagade and the legion of Mesoamerican vampires who dwell there. The series, directed by
Rodriguez goes deeper behind the mythology of the creatures in the club and the backstories of the characters as they fight until dawn to stay dead.

Starring: D.J. Cotrona (G.I. Joe: Retaliation), lane Holtz (The Perks of Being a Wallflower), Eiza Gonzalez, Wilmer Valderrama (That ’70s Show), Don Johnson (Miami Vice, Nash Bridges), Jesse Garcia (Quinceahera, Locker 13), Brandon Soo Hoo (Tropic Thunder, Incredible Crew), Jake Busey (Contact, Starship Troopers).

The Strain is a high concept thriller that tells the story of Dr. Ephraim Goodweather (Corey Stoll), the head of the Center for Disease Control Canary Team in New York City. He and his team are called upon to investigate a mysterious viral outbreak with hallmarks of an ancient and evil strain of vampirism. As the strain spreads, Eph, his team, and an assembly of everyday New Yorkers, wage war for the fate of humanity itself. Co-Creators, Executive Producers and Writers Guillermo del Toro and Chuck Hogan co-wrote the pilot script for The Strain, which was directed by del Toro.

Starring: Corey Stoll (Homeland, House of Cards), David Bradley (Harry Potter, Game of Thrones), Mia Maestro (Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 & 2)

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  • Trevor Ashman

    YIPPEE but will it be in HD? 🙂

  • aaronimpact

    Yay. Can’t wait for Sky to steal all the horror and Sci-Fi TV shows off the free to air channels *rolls eyes*.

    • Preston

      Uh… what horror and sci-fi shows on free to air channels???

  • James

    “…no extra charge as part of SKY’s Basic package…” But I’ll be expecting them to up the basic package in a few months as always!

    • aaronimpact

      Actually Sky just recently upped the price of their basic package. But good to see this channel will be added on to Basic.

  • Jas

    Unless it is HD what is the point?

    • roger

      You survived fine without HD in the past, why is there no point without it. You still have eyes.

      • Jas

        Because the programmes are flimed in HD. Why watch something not in the way it is intended to be watched by the maker?
        Using your argument we might as well not use any new technology if there was something similar but not as good in the past.

  • rouppe

    Now, if only Sky Go was available on all Android devices…