|Language(s)||English, Māori (special events)|
|Picture format||1080i (HDTV) 16:9|
|Owner||Sky Network Television|
|Launched||18 May 1990|
|Sky Sport Now||skysportnow.co.nz|
Sky Sport is a group of sports-oriented television channels operated by New Zealand's satellite pay-TV company, Sky.
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 July 1991, Sky Sport commenced 24-hour transmission 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 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.
Ten main channels comprise the Sky Sport service
|050||Sky Sport Select||A mix of international sporting news supplied by Fox Sports News and general sport coverage.|
|051||Sky Sport 1||Rugby union coverage and a mix of other sports.|
|052||Sky Sport 2||General sport coverage.|
|053||Sky Sport 3||Cricket 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||Golf coverage, 24 hours a day.|
|057||Sky Sport 7 beIN Sports||Association football coverage (non-Premier League matches), in partnership with beIN Sports, 24 hours a day.|
|058||Sky Sport Premier League||Premier League coverage, 24 hours a day. Includes coverage of all matches and Premier League-related content (e.g. match previews, highlights, documentaries).|
|059||Sky Sport 9||General sport coverage.|
All Sky Sport channels are broadcast in 1080i high definition.
Additional Sky Sport channels are launched in order to broadcast major events such as the Australian Tennis Open and the Olympic Games.
Sky owned Outside Broadcasting Limited from 2010 to 2021, providing outside broadcast facilities for Sky Sport coverage with eight broadcast trucks and fly away kits. These traveled the length of New Zealand and overseas to cover events for Sky Sport. These trucks were also contracted out to other television networks like TVNZ and Māori Television. On 12 August 2020, Sky announced it had sold Outside Broadcasting to NEP New Zealand, part of American production company NEP Group. As part of the transaction, NEP will be Sky's outsourced technical production partner in New Zealand until at least 2030. The sale was cleared by the Commerce Commission on 5 February 2021.
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.
On 27 October 2020, Sky announced that its Sky Sport Now streaming service would be bundled with Spark Sport for a NZ$49.99 monthly subscription from 16 November 2020 onwards.
From 2019 until 2023, matches aired on Sky Sport are also available on beIN Sports platforms due to a four-year partnership contract.
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