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Press Release




SKY Network Television today announced new pricing and packaging for its domestic offering, including great new value for existing customers. 

From 1 March 2018, SKY Basic will be replaced with two new packages – SKY Starter and SKY Entertainment.    
SKY Starter is the new minimum package and contains a smaller number of channels, at $24.91 per month. SKY Entertainment costs $25 a month and features UKTV, Discovery, Crime + Investigation and many other popular channels.

“We know that most of our customers enjoy a wide range of our channels, and together SKY Starter and SKY Entertainment offer all the same channels as the current SKY Basic, at no extra cost”, said CEO John Fellet.  

“Those customers don’t need to do anything – other than keep enjoying the great content they are getting now.”

Bonus SoHo

“We are excited to be able to expand access to the world’s best dramas for hundreds of thousands of SKY customers.

Customers who subscribe to SKY Starter, SKY Entertainment and either SKY Sport or SKY Movies will now get SoHo as a bonus.

SoHo offers the latest content from some of the world’s best studios, uncut and uninterrupted, including Game of Thrones, Westworld, Billions, Homeland, Fargo and Big Little Lies, as well as highly anticipated series including The Looming Tower, Britannia and Picnic at Hanging Rock.

SKY Sport and more for less than $55 per month

“We want to offer our great SKY content to all Kiwis in ways that work for them. For most families, a SKY package with a broad range of channels is the best way to meet everyone’s needs. For others, a smaller line-up of channels works best.

Today’s changes give those New Zealanders who do not want the full channel line-up a lower entry point for SKY.  Sports fans can now get SKY Starter and SKY Sport for less than $55 a month.

Video on Demand

Speaking at the release of SKY’s six monthly results, Mr Fellet noted that an increasing number of customers also access SKY’s great content through its Video On Demand services, and he signalled that new offers would shortly be available.

“The fastest growing parts of our business have been FAN PASS for sports and NEON for entertainment, and we will be enhancing them further this year.

“We are focused on continually understanding and meeting the needs of the full range of Kiwis, and offering better value to our customers.”


In summary

  • SKY Starter and SKY Entertainment replace the current SKY Basic package. Together they offer the same channels and are the same cost as SKY Basic. Existing customers don’t need to do anything to continue watching their favourite shows
  • SKY Starter is the new minimum package and costs $24.91 per month. It has 40+ channels, including a strong line-up of children’s content, SKY 5, Comedy Central, MTV and VICELAND, along with free-to-air channels  
  • SKY Entertainment is $25 per month and has 18 great channels, including UKTV, Crime + Investigation, Discovery, Jones, Vibe and international news channels
  • Customers who have SKY Starter, SKY Entertainment, and either SKY Movies or SKY Sport will get premium drama channel SoHo for no extra cost. Just our way of saying thanks!
  • The new packages are available from 1 March 2018


For reference

  • The current SKY Basic package is $49.91, with customers then adding options of SKY Sport, SKY Movies and other premium channels
  • SoHo currently costs $9.99 per month, and will be provided as a bonus to customers who have SKY Starter, SKY Entertainment, and either SKY Sport or SKY Movies