Sky Logo NewNBR is reporting [PAID] that Sky is likely to face rising costs for programming as rivals chase content.

Sky Network Television [NZX: SKT], which is in talks to renew its five year contract with the New Zealand Rugby Union, is likely to face rising costs for programming as new rivals chase content, analysts say.

New Zealand’s dominant payTV company, which counts almost half of New Zealand households as customers, said this week it had lost the rights to broadcast key PGA golf tournaments to a rival service, a year after it lost the rights for English Premier League football to internet competitor Coliseum Sports Media.

Competition for high-rating content is set to intensify after Spark New Zealand, formerly Telecom, launched its internet based TV service last month, adding to the sports based
service offered by Coliseum. US based Netflix, which pioneered such services, is reportedly planning to enter the New Zealand market next year, adding to offerings from Australian based Quickflix, Ezyflix and the upcoming StreamCo.

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This streaker at the All Blacks game over the weekend got absolutely pummelled by a security guard. Was it too much or justified?

I am amazed that this is going to be only the third time the All Blacks have played on US soil. Will it screen on free to air or will American’s have to pay to watch it live like the rest of us?

The day after the Zoe Marshall hosted The Great Food Race on TV3 sunk to its lowest ratings yet, her husband, Benji Marshall, has decided his switch to Rugby Union wasn’t working out and plans to return to Sydney to pursue a position with an NRL club.

In a statement made this evening, the Blues and New Zealand Rugby confirmed they have received a request from Marshall to be released early from his contract. Continue reading »

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americas-cup-logo-300If the number of press releases TVNZ have sent out about the America’s Cup ratings are anything to go by, it seems as though they don’t really care that their coverage is doing so well.

On Sunday, the average audience for the first two races of the America’s Cup was 522,720 viewers.  This peaked at 669,200 viewers at the end of the second race.

Compare this to the All Blacks vs Argentina the night before.  An average audience of 508,500 viewers tuned in with the peak only reaching 535,100.  When the All Blacks played Australia in Wellington, the average audience was 585,000 viewers and the peak was 634,500 at the end of the game.  This was, though, prime time. Continue reading »

Benji-marshall-blues-jerseyYay.  A local story on Prime’s 60 Minutes about one of their stars.

In a 60 MINUTES exclusive, Belinda Henley talks to league legend Benji Marshall about his controversial decision to turn his back on the game that made him a star, switching countries and codes.

Popular both on and off the field, Marshall talks about his remarkable 11-year tenure at the Wests Tigers, where he helped the club win an NRL Premiership title and was awarded the best player in the world. He talks frankly about where things went wrong, including the breakdown of his relationship with the Sydney club that eventually led him to turn his back on a lucrative contract and sign with the Auckland-based Blues. Continue reading »

rugby-championshipWatching the rugby championship match between the All Blacks and Wallabies on Saturday night got me thinking.  What percentage of the viewing audience are farmers?  I couldn’t help noticing all the varying farming related advertisements at half time and wondered how many viewers they were actually relevant to.

For many farmers, a game that kicks off at 10:10pm is well past their bed time.  With cows to milk before the sun comes up, many of them would be tucked up in their beds I would have thought.  Perhaps I am wrong but I just don’t see it.

374,100 tuned in to watch the All Blacks play, and the delayed coverage drew another 176,080 even later on Prime.  Certainly not the highest rating test match we’ve seen.  How many of those were farmers and how many of them were townies? Continue reading »

rugby-championshipWhile the Northern hemisphere competition is practically all in the same time zone, the southern hemisphere tournament has up to 15 hours between them and some pretty hefty long haul flights. Not only will the challenge be physical, the exhaustion of all that travel and adjustment will be gruelling.

Big stadiums, big-name players and even bigger action – the Rugby Championship is back for its second year and SKY Sport has LIVE coverage of every match of the 13-game championship.

SKY Sport’s proven and experienced commentary team of Grant Nisbett, Justin Marshall, Tony Johnson, as well as Scotty Stevenson, Melodie Robinson and Ian Smith will be there providing all the analysis and insights for New Zealand matches.

The All Blacks have a perfect Rugby Championship record, with six wins, zero losses, and will welcome back captain Richie McCaw after he missed the June Internationals against France. Continue reading »

maori-tv-logo-300pxMaori Television will be airing coverage of the Classic All Blacks v Flying Fijians rugby match next Wednesday.

The likes of Jerry Collins, Justin Marshall, Joe Rokocoko, Rupeni Caucau and Adam Thompson will front up for the Classic All Blacks team that will take part in the match as part of the centennial celebrations on the Fijian Rugby Union.

Confirmed players for the Classic All Blacks side are: Orene Ai’i, Sitiveni Sivivatu, Joe Rokocoko, Sam Tuitupou, Adam Thompson, Murray Williams, Chris Masoe, Jerry Collins, Rodney So’oialo, Rupeni Caucau, William Whetton, Kevin Senio, Jack Whetton, Bradley Mika, Joe Ward, Justin Marshall, Jay Williams, Alex Woonton, and Jason Rutledge. Continue reading »

skysport_logo_rebuild5_CMYKThe British and Irish lions may not be touring New Zealand but there’s still a big Kiwi connection to the upcoming series with both the Lions and Wallabies coached by New Zealanders.

Kiwi coach Warren Gatland and 15 Welshmen, 10 Irishmen, nine Englishmen and three Scotsmen will be responsible for keeping the British and Irish Lions’ proud history in Australia intact. The Lions have played 20 tests in Australia since 1899 and remarkably have chalked up 15 wins, five losses and just two series defeats in eight attempts. Continue reading »