Sky TV’s hold on the NZ market

By Ruth Laugesen In Current Affairs, Technology

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30th June, 2012
When the Olympics open in London in July, New Zealanders will for the first time have to watch the Games on Sky. State broadcaster TVNZ lost the rights in a bidding war with Sky, whose controlling shareholder is Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp. Although Sky will screen hours of coverage each day on its free-to-air channel, Prime, the best events will be accessible only to those willing to pay the $72 a month for a basic subscription and Sky’s sports channels. The Olympics are just the latest sign of Sky’s slow-rolling conquest of the nation’s TV screens, courtesy of a broadcasting industry ...

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