ESPN

espn_logoAnother sporting event has vanished from free-to-air television. Wimbledon, which has been an annual fixture for TVNZ, will screen on ESPN from Monday.

SKY’s diverse sporting content continues to grow with LIVE coverage of Wimbledon to screen on ESPN for the first time this month.

Haydn Arndt, ESPN General Manager for Australia/New Zealand, is thrilled to add LIVE coverage of Wimbledon to ESPN’s schedule. Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxFree-To-Air sport seems to be pretty rare these days thanks to Sky’s monopoly on it.  While TVNZ have pretty much given up on it other than covering it in their news bulletins and TV3 having no funds to even consider bidding, thankfully Maori Television are there to at least bring us some sports documentaries.

Maori Television has acquired the rights to some of the greatest sports stories of our time from ESPN’s renowned 30 for 30 and Nine for IX documentary series.

Starting Thursday, October 24 at 8.30pm, the channel will screen 20 documentaries, each one focusing on a particular story or moment in sporting history, usually told from the perspective of the sports star or personality involved at the time.

Maori Television general manager of programming Haunui Royal says the acquisition of the ESPN documentaries shows the broadcaster’s commitment to quality documentary-making. Continue reading »

espn_logoESPN will have live coverage of the 2013 NBA Draft later this month so Kiwis will be able to see whether up-and-comer Steven Adams lands a professional contract in the top league in the world.

The New Zealander is tipped to be picked in the first round of the draft, something no other Kiwi has managed.

The NBA Draft will air live on ESPN on Friday, June 28 at 11.30am.

NBA-logoGood news for basketball fans today with ESPN announcing they are upping their NBA coverage in New Zealand.

An extra 10 regular season games will air during the 2012-13 season with an extra two First Round Playoff games and two additional Second Round Playoff games.

The 2013-14 season will receive an extra three regular season games each week alongside the two additional First Round and Second Round games.

The Eastern Conference Final will be added to ESPN this year with the Western Conference Final to be added in 2014. Continue reading »

Beckham’s MLS finale on ESPN

ESPN will air an exclusive interview with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid star – as he prepares to depart the MLS five years after joining the US’ top football league. On Saturday, ESPN will air a live one-hour special edition of ESPNFC Press Pass, its global football debate and discussion show, entitled, Beckham’s Goodbye To Hollywood. On Sunday morning, ESPN will have live and exclusive coverage of the MLS Cup Final – between Beckham’s Los Angeles Galaxy and the Houston Dynamo – as Beckham tries to help his Galaxy teammates to a second straight title. Continue reading »

ESPN has today announced the launch of ESPN HD on SKY NZ and ESPN3.com on ISKY.

ESPN’s HD signal is well known for its unrivalled crystal clear clarity, delivering the best of international sport through an amazing picture experience.

The detailed life like picture quality, with up to five times the sharpness of today’s television, delivers sports fans with a truly amazing viewing experience.

ESPN3.com’s broadband channel allows sports fans the option to choose from multiple simultaneous events, to view events on demand at their leisure and view short form news clips and full length programs featuring their favourite teams and athletes.

ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN3.com will deliver NZ Sports fans more LIVE and EXCLUSIVE sport than ever before.

With a portfolio of international sport that continues to expand, ESPN, ESPN HD and ESPN3.com will offer more choice and more unrivalled and exclusive international sports coverage – including Live and Exclusive coverage of the ATP World Tour, NBA, NFL, MLB, European Football and Rugby, College Sports, action sports and thousands of hours of news and information programming, all delivered in ESPN’s market-leading High Definition.

ESPN3.com will be the online home for LIVE and ON DEMAND sports video available to SKY Sport subscribers with multiroom , delivering exclusive access to more than 2500 LIVE events each year.

ESPN3.com offers EXCLUSIVE access to LIVE online coverage of games that are not broadcast anywhere in New Zealand, as well as simulcasts of games televised on ESPN and ESPN HD.

ESPN3.com’s new video player will allow users to participate in social networking features such as FACEBOOK live stream conversations with friends and other fans who are watching ESPN3.com events.

“This is a very exciting time for ESPN, the launch of ESPN HD and ESPN 3.com represent a significant expansion of ESPN’s business in New Zealand,” said Mike Morrison, ESPN’s VP & General Manager, Asia Pacific.

“In conjunction with our partner SKY, we are able to deliver New Zealand sports fans more of the best sporting content from around the globe. ESPN remains at the forefront of sports broadcasting from our coverage of the best games from some of the world’s biggest leagues to our innovative and entertaining news and information programming. The addition of ESPN HD and ESPN3.com will allow us to bring more content, more choice and unrivalled crystal clear pictures to an ever-increasing fan base.”

To access ESPN3.com, SKY Sport subscribers with multiroom can go to www.isky.co.nz/ESPN3.com. Subscribers can watch it in standard or full-screen mode in high-quality.

ISP charges may apply for this service and some corporate networks may restrict access.