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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 »

Every year, I get excited about the start of the NRL season. Once again, the Warriors have let me down.

skysport_logo_rebuild5_CMYKMore good news for petrol heads.  The Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix races are getting their own Sky Sport formula one pop up channels.

Ever wondered what it’s like whip off a tyre in a Formula One pit stop? Or how it feels to ignore team radio orders and overtake your racing partner? Well ponder no more petrolheads as SKY Sport and SKY GO are including additional pop-up channels for the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix this year.

For no additional cost, SKY Sport domestic customers can access pop-up channel SKY Sport 5, which includes pit lane coverage and team radio audio for all practice sessions, qualifying and the Grand Prix race for the Australian and Malaysian Grand Prix. 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 »

skysport_logo_rebuild5_CMYKI can’t wait for the day where Sky do the same thing for drama

2014 is proving to be a big year for SKY Sport, with two new rugby shows and a brand-new motorsport show joining our existing line-up of world-class local sports programming.

SKY Sport is kicking off the rugby season in style with two new LIVE shows #SKYRUGBY and #SKYRUGBY - ENGAGE.

Hosted by former All Black legend Jeff Wilson, #SKYRUGBY is a weekly Monday night 30-minute studio show that zones in on the key water-cooler moments from the weekend and will include a discussion panel of former top players and experts.  Continue reading »

skysport_logo_rebuild5_CMYKThe number of times I have been watching a game and wondered what was being said to a player before being marched off the field by the ref, as well as the players response.  I wonder how many codes will end up introducing this technology to their commentary.

Be one step closer to the Super Rugby action this season as SKY Sport subscribers have the option of tuning into the referee’s microphone for all Super Rugby matches played in New Zealand.

All SKY Sport basic subscribers can tune into the referee’s microphone for the duration of the Crusaders v Chiefs and Highlanders v Blues matches this weekend, by accessing alternative commentary on their  SKY remotes. 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.

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This is an interesting announcement.  Sky has chosen to gift the Free-To-Air delayed broadcast rights of the Warriors games to Maori Television.  It does have some implications though.  The games won’t necessarily screen a few hours afterwards, or even potentially on the same day.  It seems like a good move for Maori Television but not so much for fans who were expecting delayed coverage on Prime.  It will, I imagine, encourage more fans to subscribe to Sky for their live coverage on Sky Sport.

Maori Television has confirmed a two-year deal with SKY to screen all Vodafone Warriors games free-to-air from March with the start of the 2014 NRL Telstra Premiership.

The Vodafone Warriors games will be shown on Maori Television on Sunday or Monday nights from March 9 on a delayed basis.  Commentary for the 13 home games will be provided by ex-Warriors’ coach Tony Kemp and Maori Television presenter Te Arahi Maipi. Continue reading »

If you were wondering if Lydia Ko’s professional career was going to be screened on TV in New Zealand in 2014, wonder no longer.

New Zealand golfing sensation Lydia Ko’s participation in the 2014 LPGA Tour will be screened LIVE after SKY Sport secured the rights to the LPGA (Ladies Professional Golf Association) Tour for this year. Continue reading »