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Sky 5 is a television channel in New Zealand available on Sky Television.

Sky 5
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Launched1994; 25 years ago (1994)
Owned bySky Television
Picture format1080i (HDTV) 16:9
SloganYour home of Heroes
CountryNew Zealand
Formerly calledOrange, Sky 1, The Box
Sky Network TelevisionChannel 005
Vodafone TVChannel 005

The channel's shows are a variety of international shows, for example CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Simpsons, WWE, The Flash, Supergirl, Arrow, Tour of Duty and Pawn Stars.


The channel was started in November 1994 as Orange on Sky UHF pre-set channel 7. Orange broadcast during prime-time and during 1995 Juice TV began broadcasting overnight when Orange went off the air. In 1997, Cartoon Network began broadcasting between 6am and 4:30pm while Orange was not broadcasting.

Orange changed its name to Sky 1 in 1998 and the channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day when the Sky Digital service was launched however the UHF channel continued to screen Cartoon Network during the day time and in 2000 this was replaced with Nickelodeon.

In 2005, Sky Network Television considered unencrypting Sky 1 to make it a free-to-air channel, but decided instead to purchase the existing network, Prime.

Sky 1 relaunched on 1 February 2008 and in the process its name was changed to The Box.

On 2 February 2018, 10 years after the channel relaunched as The Box, it rebranded for the third time in its history, as Sky 5.

Orange logo used from 1994–1998
Sky 1 logo used from 1998–2008
The Box logo used from 2008-2018


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