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Welcome to Sky Open
Sky Open is part of Sky’s commitment to connect New Zealanders with the sport and entertainment they love, in ways that work for them. 
Sky Open showcases a wide range of exciting content, locally produced shows from Sky Originals NZ, news, exclusive Sky Sport coverage, documentaries, and entertainment – open and free-to-view for everyone. 
Sky Open is free-to-air on Freeview channel 15 and can be accessed on Sky channel 4, plus there are other ways to view all our great content via Sky and online, find out all you need to know with our handy FAQs below.
Anyone can watch Sky Open free on Sky Go. Find out how you can register here.
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DHL Super Rugby Pacific

SF - Hurricanes v Chiefs
Saturday 15 June 7pm (delayed)

Final TBC v TBC
Saturday 22 June 9pm (delayed)  

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NRL Premiership

Raiders v Cowboys
Friday 14 June 7.30pm

Warriors v Storm
Saturday 15 June 9pm (delayed)

Dolphins v Storm
Friday 21 June 9.55pm

Titans v Warriors
Saturday 22 June 7pm (delayed)

Bulldogs v Sharks
Friday 28 June 9.55pm

Warriors v Broncos
Saturday 29 June 7pm (delayed)

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Sal's NBL

Auckland Tuatara v Whai
Sunday 16 June 3pm

Otago Nuggets v Whai
Sunday 23 June 3pm   

Manawatu Jets v Canterbury Rams
Sunday 30 June 3pm 

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Women's State Of Origin: Game 3

Queensland Maroons v NSW Blues
Thursday 27 June 11pm (delayed)

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UFC 303 Prelims

Sunday 30 June 12pm

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Olympic Games Paris 2024

25 July - 12 August

  • Watch free coverage on Freeview Channel 15 or stream free on Sky Go
  • Breakfast review show
  • Evening highlights
  • Selection of live content from 7pm -9am and event replays 9am-5.30pm

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News First

News First, at 5.30pm is produced by the award-winning Warner Brothers Discovery news division at their Auckland Flower Street Studios and brings day’s top news, sport, and weather, all in a concise 30-minute package. With Eric Young presenting, News First, at 5.30pm will continue to keep you up to date, backed by the resources of the country’s finest journalists, producers, and foreign correspondents from around the globe.


What's Sky Open

Q.   What is Sky Open?
A.   Sky Open is the new name of Sky’s free-to-air channel (formerly known as Prime). Sky Open is part of Sky’s commitment to connect New Zealanders with the sport and entertainment they love, in ways that work for them. Sky Open will showcase a wide range of exciting content, including locally-produced shows from Sky Originals NZ, news, exclusive Sky Sport coverage, documentaries, and entertainment – all free-to-air.
Q.   Who owns the Sky Open channel?
A.   Sky Open is fully owned by Sky Network Television, a proudly New Zealand company.  
Q.   When did Prime change to Sky Open?
A.   The channel’s look and feel – including the name and logo – switched over at 6am on Wednesday 23 August.
Q.   What’s happened to Prime?
A.   Prime has been replaced by Sky Open. This bold and energetic new brand is reflective of the diverse and exciting range of programmes available on the channel.
Q.   Is Prime+1 also changing?
A.   Yes, Prime+1 has changed to Sky Open+1, remaining on Freeview channel 21 and Sky channel 514.
Q.   What happens to my recordings of Prime programmes?
A.   Recorded programmes saved in your MySky planner will not be affected, they’ll still be there for you to watch when you wish.
Q.   Why has the channel been renamed?
A.   Sky is proud to bring engaging entertainment and sports content to all New Zealanders. Sky Open offers viewers an opportunity to watch international and locally produced programmes, all free-to-air. Our new free-to-air channel, Sky Open, enables Sky to create a bold and distinctive channel identity that is connected to our family of Sky platforms and channels. 
Q.   Is there a fee to watch any of the programmes on Sky Open?  
A.   There is no fee or subscription payment required to watch the programmes on Sky Open. You can stream free via Sky Go online or on the app, watch free via Freeview on channel 15, or if you’re a Sky box customer, Sky Open is included in the Sky Starter package along with other Freeview channels at no extra cost.

How to watch Sky Open

Q.   How can I watch Sky Open?
A.   Sky Open is available on Freeview channel 15, Sky channel 4, and can be streamed free via Sky Go on web or the app.
Q.   What channel will I find Sky Open on?
A.   Sky Open is free to air on Freeview channel 15 and Sky channel 4 however, there are other ways access all our great content, find out more here.
Q.   Do I need a Sky Box or Sky Pod to watch Sky Open?
A.   No, you can watch on Freeview channel 15 or stream via the Sky Go website or app. You don’t need to be a Sky customer to watch Sky Open, however you can watch the channel via a Sky Box or Sky Pod. 
Q.   Can I watch Sky Open on Sky Go?
A.   Yes, you can watch Sky Open on Sky Go from any device, anywhere in New Zealand. You can stream the channel Live or watch shows On Demand – all free to view!  
Q.   I’m not a Sky customer, how do I set up a Sky Go account?
A.   Anyone can watch Sky Open on Sky Go, whether you’re a Sky customer or not. It’s easy! Simply click here for a how-to guide. 

What to watch on Sky Open

 Q.  Is there a TV Guide I can access to see what’s on Sky Open? 
A.   Yes, find out what’s coming up on Sky Open over the next few weeks from our Sky TV Guide available here.
Q.   What sport will be on Sky Open? 
A.   We’re committed to delivering a selection of world-class sport to our free-to-air viewers. This includes regular Friday night NRL games, Saturday night Super Rugby Pacific games, All Blacks and Silver Ferns test matches, English Premier League Football, Australian Open Tennis, UFC Prelims plus a selection of highlights from some of the biggest sports - A League Football, Formula 1,  Supercars, World SVNS, DP World Tour and LPGA golf
Q.   Are there ads on Sky Open?
A.   Yes, there will be advertising on Sky Open, as is the case with all free-to-all channels.
Q.   What happens to programmes currently on Prime?
A.   Sky Open is the new home for many of Prime’s programmes, including Ambulance, Traffic Cops, American Pickers, Pawn Stars and the very best HBO content like House Of The Dragon and The Last Of Us.
Q.   Is 'The Crowd Goes Wild' on Sky Open?  
A.   Yes, The Crowd Goes Wild is on Sky Open – Mondays and Thursdays at 9.30pm.
Q.   Will there be any new shows on Sky Open?  
A.   At Sky we’re passionate about bringing our viewers entertaining, informative and quality programming, and this includes new shows for Sky Open. Upcoming highlights include UK drama Belgravia from the makers of Downton Abbey, Jason Mamoa's new series On The Roam and the latest season of family favourite The Supervet.
Q.   Will there be any Kiwi programmes on Sky Open?
A.   Absolutely! We’re committed to telling uniquely Kiwi stories and Sky Open is the home for our local programming.

In April we're airing Spinal Destination, a feel-good comedy about a woman who suddenly finds herself in a Christchurch spinal unit surrounded by a group of friends unlike any other you’ve seen.

You can also look forward to Wheel Blacks - Body On The Line which follows our wheelchair rugby team as they attempt to qualify for this year's Paralympics in Paris and season 2 of cult comedy Not Even following a group of Maori and Pasifika living twenty-somethings navigating life in Wellington.
Q.   What happens to Prime Flicks and Prime Rocks?
A.   Sky Open will still offer an exciting and informative range of movies and music documentaries.



Changes to classifications and timebands on free-to-air TV channels 
Changes to classification labels and timebands take effect on 1 May 2020 across free-to-air TV channels in New Zealand. The PGR and AO labels are being replaced with G, PG, M, 16 and 18 labels. This will bring consistency with Pay TV and other streaming services. 

There are also changes to some of the timebands which dictate when different programmes can be shown. The 8.30pm watershed for 16+ programmes remains the same. M content can be played from 7.30pm and G and PG content can play at any time.

To help you decide what you and your family watch, we will also be increasing the use of classification labels, and you will see advisory symbols (L, V, C and S) to indicate the content of some programmes. 

To give you more control, parental lock features are available on Sky, Freeview and Vodafone enabled TVs to help manage what children in your care watch.

For more information, and some useful tips about how to keep your kids safe when watching TV go to
Free-To-Air Television Programme Classifications and Audience Advisories

For the purposes of these classifications a child means a person under the age of 14 years.


Programmes which exclude material likely to be unsuitable for children. Programmes may not necessarily be designed for child viewers but should not contain material likely to alarm or distress them. G programmes may be screened at any time.


Programmes containing material more suited for mature audiences but not necessarily unsuitable for child viewers when subject to the guidance of a parent or an adult. PG programmes may be screened at any time.


The M classification means the programme might contain violence, sexual material, offensive language, adult themes, nudity, or other content that some children and parents find challenging. The programme may contain content with a moderate impact and themes that require a mature outlook. On free-to-air television, M programmes may be screened between 9am and 3pm on weekdays (except during school and public holidays, as designated by the Ministry of Education) and after 7.30pm until 5am.


Programmes classified 16 contain stronger material or special elements which are outside the M classification. These programmes may contain a greater degree of sexual material, offensive language, realistic violence, and stronger adult themes.On free-to-air television 16 programmes may be screened after 8.30pm until 5am.


Programmes classified 18 contain themes which may be challenging or offensive even to some adult viewers. On free-to-air television 18 programmes may be screened after 9.30pm until 5am.

Unclassified Programming
News, current affairs, sports and live content is not, because of its distinct nature, subject to classification. However, broadcasters must be mindful of children’s interests (Standard 3) and other broadcasting standards and include audience advisories (i.e. a warning) where appropriate.

If a programme is likely to disturb or offend a significant number of viewers, or progamme content is likely to be outside audience expectations, an appropriate written, or written and verbal, on-screen audience advisory (warning) should also be broadcast.

Audience Advisories

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