Cricket fans around New Zealand are pretty upset. The Blackcaps tour of South Africa isn’t being televised here because Sky was “unable to secure the rights”.

While hardcore fans who are desperate to watch coverage will still be able to see the games via other means online, it does raise some questions about Sky’s ability to secure content in the new media landscape.

Having been the home of live cricket on TV in New Zealand for quite some time now, most were expecting the South African tour rights to be finalised at the last minute to ensure fans weren’t left in the lurch, much like the Rugby League rights have done in recent years. Last minute negotiations have still found in favour of the fans but this latest incident shouldn’t just concern fans of sport, but the shareholders in Sky who must surely be considering whether a panic over media stocks that has happened recently in the US is about to play out here. Continue reading »


At SKY Sport we don’t like cricket – oh no – we love it, and because we adore our summer game so much all SKY Sport domestic customers can access a ICC Cricket World Cup pop-up channel free of charge this month.

The channel will screen full replays and highlights from selected matches from the 1992 World Cup, and one-hour documentaries of other Cricket World Cups – howzat?

The 1992 Cricket World Cup is littered with golden moments for New Zealand, including Martin Crowe’s superb 100 in the opening match against Australia and the four-wicket win over India at Carisbrook, Dunedin. Continue reading »


Lou Vincent was once one of New Zealand’s most exciting cricketers, but now he is world-renowned as a cheat.

Tomorrow night he sits down with 3rd Degree’s Paula Penfold to explain and confess: how he did it, why he did it and how he can live with himself. Continue reading »

This two part series screens on Sky Sport 3 from Sunday March 23rd at 8:30pm.

After a memorable summer of cricket in New Zealand, SKY Sport brings you Howzat! Kerry Packer’s War, a two-part series about how Australian businessman Kerry Packer changed the sport forever by creating the World Series Cricket.

In 1977, media mogul Kerry Packer renovated the game by secretly signing 50 of the world’s best players and introducing cricket played under lights with teams wearing coloured uniforms – what a great idea! Continue reading »

Earlier this week, protests were made about Sky not screening the third cricket test between South Africa and Australia. Good news though. The test is being screened!

The highly-anticipated third and final test match between South Africa and Australia will be screened LIVE on SKY Sport, followed by three T20 matches between the same teams.

While SKY Sport were keen to screen the first two tests, scheduling clashes meant we were unable to – however – we know our cricket fans around the country will be on the edge of their seats during the deciding match of what’s been a gripping and tense test series. Continue reading »

SkySportlogoYesterday, Keeping Stock asked Sky, after their recent profit announcement, to show the Australia vs South Africa cricket test series.

Dear Sky TV

We see that your profit for the first half of the year is well up on expectations at $82.1 million. We’re not shareholders, but we have been subscribers for almost 20 years, so we feel that a share of your profit is the dosh we’ve paid you.

We were disappointed when you lost the English Premier League rights. With the benefit of 20/20 hindsight, d’you think your offer was a bit on the low side? We do. Continue reading »

I was at Sky Television this morning when Brendon McCullum got his triple century in the test match in Wellington.  The previous record had been Martin Crowe’s 299 which he scored at the same ground in 1991 against Sri Lanka.

We may have lost the game buy I highly doubt this guy cares

ICC-cricket-world-cup-2015-on-sky-smWhile football’s EPL has moved on from Sky, the next Cricket World Cup is staying put with Sky announcing they have secured rights to the event.

The biggest cricket tournament in the world is coming back to New Zealand and Kiwis can catch all the LIVE action of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with SKY Sport.

SKY has extensive LIVE coverage of every game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – which is being co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia – including all knockout games of this highly-anticipated event. Prime will offer selected free-to-air coverage, details of which will be released closer to the time. Continue reading »