Happy happy joy joy

July 7th, 2014 at 11:50 am by David Farrar

Throng reports:

SKY’s brand new entertainment channel, THE ZONE, will have local fans of Science Fiction, Cult, Fantasy, Superhero and Horror genres battling for the remote.

Launching this November, THE ZONE’S line-up will include some of the planet’s most anticipated premiere series including Guillermo del Toro’s The Strain, Defiance featuring New Zealand’s own Grant Bowler and Robert Rodriguez’s From Dusk Till Dawn, along with a mix of modern and classic series including drama and comedy, movies and the odd documentary.

THE ZONE, made right here by Kiwis for Kiwis (with the occasional Kiwi appearance too), will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers at no extra charge as part of SKY’s Basic package and will also stream live from launch on SKY GO, so fans won’t miss a minute of the action wherever they are.

Yay, yay, yay. I’ve campaigned (and lobbied) for some time for Sky to bring the Sci Fi channel to NZ. They’re gone even better, by producing a customised channel – and including it for free to the basic package. Hell, I would have paid for it.

THE ZONE has a fairly broad remit for acquiring programmes, our rule of thumb being that anything which could feasibly promote itself at Comic-Con has a place on the channel.

That’s a great rule of thumb.

I’m more excited about this, than I am about the election!

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17 Responses to “Happy happy joy joy”

  1. ciaron (1,358 comments) says:

    Just calm down David, you’re sounding a bit like a 12year old girl fizzing about the latest manufactured pop boy band….

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  2. Manolo (13,514 comments) says:

    DPF, you need the morigerating influence of a wife. :D

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  3. gump (1,538 comments) says:

    The business model behind Sky is dying. It’s a legacy media company whose time is gone.

    With Internet streaming services like Hulu, Netflix, and the BBC iPlayer – there’s literally no point in having Sky.

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  4. Pete George (23,168 comments) says:

    They should charge extra for stuff like this and reduce the base subscription, I’m fed up with paying for so much stuff I’d never watch.

    “Science Fiction, Cult, Fantasy, Superhero and Horror” – apart from heroes that could apply to politics.

    Science fiction and politics – both making stories up about what might happen in the future.

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  5. RRM (9,606 comments) says:

    #firstworldproblems :-P

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  6. Kleva Kiwi (281 comments) says:

    You still can’t select the channels you want. You have to pay $50 for the broad base “everything” package before paying $10 more for the one channel you want. Then you are still limited to when it is broadcast, as the skygo only streams a small selection of programs, and only for a limited time.
    And then, when you actually find time to sit down and watch something, skygo wont even work providing redundant messages like “this content is not available”
    Then there is the sports rort. Why do I have to pay $27 a month to watch one sporting event a month…
    It all adds up to $100+ for the half dozen programs you actually want to see.
    I would happily pay $10 a month access and $1 a program to watch what I want when I want. Oh hey netflix!
    Then when you can just stream Hulu with a basic VPN/chrome plugin…
    No wonder people resort to illegal methods. The distribution is so counter intuitive and stacked against broad market appeal…

    The only problem remains is live sport in HD. Sky is dead

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  7. Judith (8,243 comments) says:

    Hell, I would have paid for it.

    Ssssshhhhhh! You don’t know who might be reading, we don’t want to give them ideas!

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  8. James Stephenson (2,078 comments) says:

    The only problem remains is live sport in HD. Sky is dead

    With the money you save, you could go the the match.

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  9. davidp (3,551 comments) says:

    gump>The business model behind Sky is dying. It’s a legacy media company whose time is gone.

    Agreed. This is a bit like getting excited because your local video store has decided to start stocking sci-fi DVDs.

    The model of TV channels streaming content to consumers in a pre-determined order is antiquated. We’re in an on-demand world these days. I don’t recall the last time I watched any broadcast television… I torrent whatever I want to watch, watch it on whatever device I prefer, and watch it when it suits me. Torrent being the only comprehensive content distribution service that is accessible in NZ.

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  10. thedavincimode (6,582 comments) says:

    Sky already has 19 million channels with fuck all worth watching. In fact the pattern I’ve observed is that they systematically load in the crap and then introduce a new “offering” promising much that eventually turns to crap prior to “offering” much that eventually turns to crap …
    You get the picture. Then of course the service. What service you might ask? Exactly. “Your call is important to us …” Pfft.

    The only promise that they deliver on is more cost.

    The best response to Sky is to get a book.

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  11. chris (584 comments) says:

    Not everything starting with a lower case “i” means it’s an Apple thing. Looks like it plays on all sorts of platforms http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BBC_iPlayer

    [Edit] looks like my reply is to a now deleted comment :)

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  12. ShawnLH (4,337 comments) says:

    I have seen the first few episodes of Defiance and it’s pretty good.

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  13. Sir Cullen's Sidekick (828 comments) says:

    Settle down uncle Farrar, settle down. Laila the soul selling mother of Internet party won’t back National Government, so Cunliffe is dead right (for once) in treating the Internet-Mana toxic coalition as a door mat.

    p.s. I know this off the topic, stay on topic blah blah….but I can’t take your stance that this crap channel is important than the election…..

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  14. MT_Tinman (3,033 comments) says:

    Hell, I would have paid for it.

    You will and are.

    Sky continually put their prices up citing increases in channels (every one of which is full of unwatchable rubbish).

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  15. ShawnLH (4,337 comments) says:

    It’s an improvement but still not enough for to shell out the price for Sky.

    The day a company brings the SyFy channel to NZ then it will be worth it.

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  16. OneTrack (2,759 comments) says:

    “The business model behind Sky is dying. It’s a legacy media company whose time is gone.”

    Now down to only $885 million annual revenue and hanging on with just 855,000 hold-out subscribers. The company is in their death throes.

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  17. ross411 (285 comments) says:

    Defiance was terrible and looked cheap. Small sets and bad make-up, after a pilot with a little higher budget. From dusk til dawn was also terrible and looked cheap. This is like the dregs of the American TV you actually would want to watch.

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