TVNZ 6 and 7 to be available on Sky

Yay yay yay. I have heard a reliable rumour that later today it will be announced that 6 and 7 will be made available on Sky.

This is excellent news as it means Sky users (especially those who use My Sky) can get all NZ free to air channels through the one device.

The taxpayer directly funds TVNZ around $80 million for these channels. I objected to having to buy a second decoder to get them, when I already had aperfectly good digital decoder. But it wasn’t so much the cost – it is about being user friendly.

Users wants all their free to air channels (and any others they pay for) on the one device. I want to see all programmes on at say 7 pm on the one listing.

Not sure if any money has changed hands to facilitate this. Hopefully Sky is also making Prime available on Freeview as quid pro quo.

I have never watched an episode of Media 7 because it is not on Sky, and I really want to. Likewise never watched Backbenches except if there in person. This deal should see viewership increase significantly for both prigrammes.

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