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As part of a long-term deal with The Walt Disney Company Australia and New Zealand, SKY Movies customers will have exclusive Subscription TV and SVOD (subscription video on demand) rights to upcoming films from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm, including Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron, Cinderella, Inside Out and Star Wars: The Force Awakens. In addition, these new release movie titles will be on SKY GO and NEON.

Also as part of this expanded relationship, SKY is excited to announce the launch of a brand new family movie channel – SKY Movies Disney – on July 1. SKY Movies Disney will be available as part of the Movie Tier and screen Disney’s family movies in HD, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. Continue reading »

Sky begs customers to stay with themThis media release just in from Sky that attempts to explain why they failed so miserably to deliver their premium service this afternoon.

SoHo’s planned simulcast of the first episode of Season Five of HBO’s Game of Thrones was delayed today due to streaming issues experienced by the international company supplying the live feed.

SKY has been working with the HBO endorsed secure supplier to test their delivery system over the past couple of weeks and the testing had been faultless.

However due to a technical issue with the supplier’s system as they were attempting to deliver the live feed for satellite transmission this afternoon the playout failed. Their efforts to rectify the situation were unsuccessful and therefore the episode was unable to be simulcast in New Zealand. Continue reading »

There are some incredibly patient Sky shareholders.

sky-stupiditySky have been in contact again to clarify what they meant when they used the word “irrelevant” in their previous statement regarding their accidental promotion of HBO’s new SVOD service HBONow.

To clarify my use of the word ‘irrelevant’ we’ve been provided this statement from HBO. Continue reading »

The NBR’s Chris Keall has written about the announcement that HBONow is coming exclusively to Apple TV next month and how that will potentially allow kiwis direct access to shows like the fifth season of Game of Thrones without having to empty your wallet for a Sky subscription.

This couple of paragraphs are beautiful though.

During a recent visit to NZ, Netflix execs brushed off HBO Now, saying it would be expensive (which it duly is) and lacking in hit content beyond Thrones.

Sky TV CEO John Fellet picked used the same thin-on-content meme in a recent conversation with NBR. He says only 15% of HBO’s content is original series. The rest is movies. He wasn’t sure if HBO-original programmes would be enough to sustain a standalone offering.

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hbo-logoHBO is set to launch it’s new unbundled SVOD service HBO Now in April, just ahead of the launch of the fifth season of Game of Thrones and will be priced at $US15.

HBO is in talks with Apple to make Apple TV one of the launch partners for its highly anticipated streaming service when it debuts next month. HBO and streaming partner Major League Baseball Advanced Media are working to have the standalone service, called “HBO Now,” ready to launch in April in conjunction with the premiere of the fifth season of “Game of Thrones,” according to sources familiar with their plans. Continue reading »

This graphic was included in Sky’s latest interim report but there is something quite obvious that is missing.

A virtual chocolate fish to anyone who can spot what it is.


neon-logoSky announced the name and details of their new online streaming service this afternoon. The press release was a little vague so I called their GM, Dave Joyce, to get the skinny on the new service.

After hearing the pitch as to what and why, I got down to the questions the fans of shows like Game of Thrones and really wanted to know. Is the fifth season of Game of Thrones going to be available at the same time as it airs on SoHo? Continue reading »


Carry the seven kingdoms of Westeros in your pocket, spend your day off hunting for a serial killer on the Mexican border or veg for a couple of hours on the couch with Matthew McConaughey – it’s all possible with NEON.

NEON is a subscription video on demand (SVOD) service powered by SKY, which makes it easy for Kiwis to access great entertainment. NEON offers exclusive TV series, hundreds of movies, great factual entertainment, documentaries and brilliant family viewing. Continue reading »

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HBO didn’t announce a price point for the service, but it’s unlikely to be directly competitive with Netflix, Hulu Plus or Amazon Prime, which all cost around $8 a month, analysts who spoke with Digiday agreed. HBO costs between $15 to $20 as part of cable packages. That’s likely to remain consistent whether or not HBO partners with MVPDs, they said.

“I don’t see standalone pricing being any less than what it costs now. If it was [cheaper], pay TV subscribers would have an incentive to cancel,” cannibalizing an existing revenue stream and frustrating key distribution partners, said IHS television analyst Erik Brannon. “But at the same time, I don’t see them being able to get a premium compared to pay TV pricing either.”

This will be interesting to watch, as HBO have the problem of a brick’n mortar cash cow they they can’t kill.  Does this mean the higher price points will work?  Or will consumers balk at a price point that will be $200%-300% more?  It is substantial…   Continue reading »