Sky Sport (New Zealand)

Sky Sport is a group of sports-oriented television channels operated by New Zealand's satellite pay-TV company, Sky.

Sky Sport
Sky Sport logo
Launched18 May 1990
NetworkSky
Picture format1080i (HDTV) 16:9
SloganThe Home of Sport
Life Needs More Sport
CountryNew Zealand
Pacific Islands
LanguageEnglish
Websiteskysport.co.nz
Availability
Satellite
Sky050 Sky Sport Select
051 Sky Sport 1
052 Sky Sport 2
053 Sky Sport 3
054 Sky Sport 4
055 Sky Sport 5
056 Sky Sport 6
057 Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports
058 Sky Sport 8
059 Sky Sport 9
IPTV
Vodafone TV050 Sky Sport Select
051 Sky Sport 1
052 Sky Sport 2
053 Sky Sport 3
054 Sky Sport 4
055 Sky Sport 5
056 Sky Sport 6
057 Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports
058 Sky Sport 8
059 Sky Sport 9
Streaming media
Sky Sport Nowskysportnow.co.nz

HistoryEdit

Sky Sport 1 is the original Sky Television sport channel in New Zealand. It was first introduced in 1990 as Sky Sport on the Sky UHF service. When Sky Sport began it operated between the hours of noon and around midnight, and occasionally screened live sports events outside these hours. By mid-1991, Sky Sport commenced 24-hour, seven-day-a-week broadcasting with a direct feed of ESPN at certain times during the week.

A sister channel, Sky Sport 2 was launched in 1997 when Sky introduced a nationwide analogue direct broadcasting via satellite (DBS) service, followed by a third channel, Sky Sport 3 in 2003 and Sky Sport 4 in 2013.

On 1 August 2019, Sky launched five more Sky Sport channels, numbered from 5 to 9. Additionally all the channels were be re-aligned to be sport-specific, and a Sky Sport News channel was launched providing the latest news and updates from across all sports. However, due to the COVID-19 pandemic in New Zealand, the Sky Sport News channel was rebranded as Sky Sport Select, a combination of sports news and general sporting coverage.

ChannelsEdit

Ten main channels comprise the Sky Sport service[1]

Channel Name Content
050 Sky Sport Select A mix of sports news supplied by simulcasts of Sky and Fox Sports News and general sport coverage.
051 Sky Sport 1 24/7 rugby union coverage.
052 Sky Sport 2 24/7 cricket coverage.
053 Sky Sport 3 Netball coverage and a mix of other sports.
054 Sky Sport 4 Rugby league coverage and a mix of other sports.
055 Sky Sport 5 Motorsport coverage and a mix of other sports. Includes content from Red Bull TV.
056 Sky Sport 6 24/7 golf coverage.
057 Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports 24/7 association football coverage.
058 Sky Sport 8 24/7 Olympic Games coverage.
059 Sky Sport 9 General sport coverage.

All Sky Sport channels are broadcast in 1080i high-definition.

Pop-up channelsEdit

Additional Sky Sport channels are launched in order to broadcast major events such as the Australian Tennis Open and Olympics Games.

Sky Sport NowEdit

 
Sky Sport Now logo

On 14 August 2019, Sky launched Sky Sport Now, featuring online live streams for all 10 Sky Sport channels, highlights, on demand, match statistics and points tables. Three passes are available for purchase: a week pass, a month pass and a 12-month Pass. Pay-Per-View events can be purchased separately when they become available. Sky Sport Now is available via internet browsers as well as on iOS, Android and PlayStation 4 devices.

Former LogosEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Life needs more sport! SKY supercharges sport offering with 12 sport channels". Sky Network Television. 25 July 2019. Retrieved 25 July 2019.

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