One of Sky’s promises for their Olympic coverage is “Never Miss a Moment” but it appears their iSky customers did in fact miss one of the most exciting moments of the London 2012 Olympic Games so far.

Subscribers hoping to watch the men’s 100m final featuring the likes of Usain Bolt, Johan Blake and Tyson Gay were met with a black screen and a message that said the item was unavailable.

Disgruntled viewers took to the iSky Facebook page was vent their frustration at missing Bolt’s defence of his Olympic title. Continue reading »

Sky TV has shrugged off comments that its new iSky internet TV platform has a clear advantage because Sky has premium content locked up.

A Herald story this morning has First New Zealand Capital analyst Sarndra Urlich commenting on the new platform which launches on November 24.

Urlich says Sky is safe in launching the product as they have no real threats from anyone else, as she believes stand-alone internet TV models would not work and global providers such as Netflix, Google TV and Apple TV would not be interested in NZ due to its small size.

She highlights content as being key to the success of iSky.

“The reality is, and has always been, that unless competitors have premium content their competitive threat is absolutely diluted, regardless of the distribution platform,” Urlich said.

“Sky TV has already locked up premium local and international content, both as it pertains to standard and internet rights.

“It is not a stretch to imagine that Sky has serious leverage with international studios, given its pre-eminent position in New Zealand.

“Given the benign competitive environment in New Zealand, Sky can afford to sit back and observe the [internet TV] model as it plays out,” she said.

Sky’s chief executive John Fellet dismissed calls that Sky was locking up content to dominate the market.

He pointed out that TVNZ and TV3 each have exclusive rights to replay content on their on demand websites.

Source: Herald

SKY Television is pleased to confirm that it has partnered with Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot, Woosh, Xnet and Farmside to create un-metered broadband plans for a new online TV service, iSKY.

iSKY is SKY’s new online TV service giving SKY subscribers access to an extensive selection of online content streamed directly to personal computers (both to PC and Macs).

A customer watching programmes on iSKY through an ISP partner broadband plan will not use their monthly data allowance, so they’re free to watch as much as they want.

iSKY will offer a great variety and choice of video content within a single service including three live sports and two live news channels, plus the ability to catch up on recently broadcast content at no cost for nearly all of SKY’s Basic channels (including free-to-air channel PRIME).  There will also be a Sports Highlights and a Movies catch up channel, together with an extensive library of movies, documentaries and TV series available to rent.

Earlier this week, SKY confirmed Orcon / Kordia as its content delivery partner who will build an efficient and high performance content delivery network for New Zealand.

iSKY is scheduled to launch later this year – subscribers can register now at with the opportunity to win a prize for early registration.