star_wars_rebels_villian_a_lWell.. to Australia at least.  The Walt Disney Co. is launching Disney XD and Disney Movies on Foxtel in Australia in April.  We’ve asked Sky as to whether these new channels will also end up here so as soon as we’ve heard something we’ll let you know.

They will join the two pay-TV channels the company already operates here, the Disney Channel and Disney Junior.

Foxtel Movies Disney is a new channel made up of classic Disney titles, contemporary live-action and animated features, as well as Disney-Pixar box office hits. Titles to air from April 10 include Monsters University, The Lion King, Toy Story 1, 2, and 3, CarsAlice in Wonderland, Bambi, Cinderella, Mary Poppins, Brave, Oz the Great and Powerful, and Honey, I Shrunk the Kids.

Established tween boy brand Disney XD will carry the exclusive premiere of Star Wars Rebels, the new animated series from Lucasfilm that takes place in the time between Star Wars Episode III and IV. An hour-long special and shorts will premiere on Disney XD slightly before the series launch in October. Continue reading »

skytv_logoI was asked yesterday to provide a comment for Fairfax about Sky’s latest financial report which showed that subscribers were down but those that were sticking with the subscription service were signing up for more and more premium products.

Sky TV’s days of holding a virtual pay-TV monopoly could be numbered, as Telecom’s proposed ShowMeTV joins Quickflix to nip at the broadcaster’s heels, media analysts say.

The Pay-TV provider’s half-year net profit bounced up 22 per cent to $85.1 million for the half-year to December 31, but editor Regan Cunliffe said the broadcasting behemoth now had competition. Telecom’s internet streaming service ShowMeTV is open to non-Telecom subscribers, but content details were minimal. Continue reading »

Not having the biggest music awards show on their subscription based service, Sky have now added the Brit Awards to their line up, meaning Lorde’s opportunity to scoop up some more gongs will be able to be seen live here as well.

The BRIT Awards will screen express from the UK on UKTV Thursday 20 February at 8.30pm, giving SKY subscribers the chance to see whether Kiwi pop-phenomenon Lorde can add a BRIT to her ever-increasing list of achievements.

The BRIT Awards, hosted by James Corden, are the most-anticipated night in the British music industry calendar. Continue reading »

tracksidevia the Tipline

A new page has been set up on Facebook to draw attention to the fact that Trackside is moving exclusively to Sky, something that racing fans are calling a “backward step” for the sport. Of course, this is nothing new. (Rugby, cricket, netball anyone?)

In early January it was announced that Trackside would be moving exclusively to SKY, commencing April 14. The page is intended to gain support towards keeping Trackside on the Freeview Platform. The reason has been published as “cost cutting”. However, as a result, many will miss out on Racing; somewhat of a backwards step towards the promotion of the sport.

Some argue that an extended deal with SKY has only been signed if Freeview was cut, there are many speculations. The page is intended to gain support towards keeping Trackside on the Freeview Platform. Continue reading »

TVNZ_buildingFrom the same SST article as the previous post, TVNZ’s CEO Kevin Kenrick suggests going into a bidding war with Sky for pay TV content:

TVNZ could even compete with Sky Television to acquire the pay-television right to overseas shows, which it could charge viewers to watch on the internet or through Freeview or Igloo, Kenrick says. “I think it is a very real possibility for us.”

I bet this comment went down well in Mt Wellington.

It is unfathomable to me that the CEO of our state broadcaster would publicly outline a strategic move that would no doubt piss off one of their commercial partners.  Sky quite likes their little monopoly and the thought that they might have to sacrifice some profit in order to shut the door on the SOE from taking away content rights will no doubt have Tony O’Brien on a flight to Wellington to pay Craig Foss a little visit. Continue reading »

skytv_logoThis is a smart move by Sky.  Mobile and non-broadcast content is where things are heading so it is a well timed move.

Geraldine McBride and Derek Handley have been appointed to the board of SKY today.

Victoria University graduate Geraldine is chief executive and co-founder of MyWave Holdings, a leading edge technology and consumer experience business. A former vice-president of Dell, Geraldine also had a highly successful career spanning over 17 years at SAP where her growth and transformation roles included President of North America and President of the Asia Pacific Japan region. Continue reading »

Last year we wrote a post titled The Top 10 Reasons Why You Shouldn’t Get Igloo.  For some reason, Sky took exception to this post and said a number of things behind the scenes and even accused Freeview of being behind it.  All of this is highly ironic as Sky were responsible for it themselves.  We have attempted to discuss this with Sky but it hasn’t seemed that important of an issue to them

There is a bit of a back story.  We had approached Sky, their Igloo PR company, Mango, and their ad agency, OMD, about working together with them on the launch of Igloo in a similar way as we have successfully done with Freeview in the past.  After months of to-ing and fro-ing, their end response was basically, we’re running our own influencer program and you guys don’t meet the criteria.  You can imagine how shocked I was when Igloo’s GM called a couple of hours after the post went live to protest.  Or when Sky’s head of Corporate Communications weighed in.

It wasn’t that long ago, when you searched for Igloo, this is what you saw in google:

igloo-screen-shot Continue reading »

ICC-cricket-world-cup-2015-on-sky-smWhile football’s EPL has moved on from Sky, the next Cricket World Cup is staying put with Sky announcing they have secured rights to the event.

The biggest cricket tournament in the world is coming back to New Zealand and Kiwis can catch all the LIVE action of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 with SKY Sport.

SKY has extensive LIVE coverage of every game of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 – which is being co-hosted by New Zealand and Australia – including all knockout games of this highly-anticipated event. Prime will offer selected free-to-air coverage, details of which will be released closer to the time. Continue reading »

This is the third post in a series about channel share and how each of the main players have been performing over the last few years.  On Monday we had a look at TVNZ.  Yesterday it was Mediaworks. Today we’ll look at Sky Television.

The most unfortunate thing about the Sky Television ratings is that apart from a couple of individual channels, the bulk of the data is aggregated. This gives Sky the single largest individual channel share despite it including multiple channels.  in 2011, boosted by the Rugby World Cup, Sky Televsion grew its channel share by 7.3% to 29.6%.  In 2012, the London Olympics helped maintain that share, moving up by 0.5% to 29.8% while 2013 is off to a slow start with a loss of 4.7% of the channel share so far to 28.4% which is likely to end up being lower now that he EPL rights have been lost.

Sky-share-2013 Continue reading »

skytv_logoIt’s interesting to note that Sky has already taken a hit following the loss of the Premier League broadcast rights to Coliseum Sports Media this week.

Sky’s shares have fallen six percent in the wake of the news.

Will they lose subscribers as well?