Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Signs ‘Historic’ Deal

Sky has signed another multi-year deal to shore up its programming supply, this time with Foxtel for ongoing exclusive rights to Crime + Investigation and The History Channel.

You would think the renewal of what Sky describes as two channels that are “loved by our customers” would expedite their upgrade to HD.

But that seems unlikely. When asked about the possibility, Sky would only say: “We continue to evaluate our overall HD offer.”

Here’s the press release:

Sky and Foxtel sign multi-year deal

Sky and Australian broadcaster Foxtel have struck a new multi-year content deal, securing Sky exclusive rights to Crime + Investigation and The HISTORY Channel plus a selection of online programming on Sky Go & Sky On Demand.

Sky and Foxtel have been partners for 18 years and since The HISTORY Channel’s launch in 2003 and CI’s launch in 2007, both channels have grown to become favourites for a large number of Sky customers, with hundreds of thousands of viewers tuning in each week.

With a strong upcoming slate for 2021, customers will continue to get access to popular returning seasons of shows like CI’s The First 48 and The HISTORY Channel’s WWI/II in Colour, as well as new documentary series like Megapolis and Black Patriots: Heroes of The Civil War launching on The HISTORY Channel.

Sky Chief Executive Sophie Moloney said: “Foxtel continues to be a great partner to Sky and we look forward to working together to meet the huge appetite Kiwis have for factual and true crime content and documentaries. We know from our customer insights work that Crime + Investigation and HISTORY’s shows are loved by our customers so it’s great to be able to secure these rights which we know are important to many of them.”

Foxtel Chief Commercial and Content Officer, Amanda Laing said: “We are delighted to renew our successful partnership with Sky NZ in delivering these distinctive and popular brands History and Crime + Investigation. The appetite for quality factual content continues to grow with our customers and we are pleased that this is the same for our partners.”

Sky and Foxtel partnerships highlights

    • Crime + Investigation: Continuing to show High-Profile Crime, Investigative Journalism, Psychology, Prison/Legal System. Key shows returning are The Real Prime Suspect, Very Scary People, Forensic Files II, Homicide Hunter, along with a brand-new season of The First 48.
    • The HISTORY Channel: Content all about War & Remembrance, Ancient Civilisations & Architecture, Politics & Conspiracy, Medieval, Mystery on shows like Ancient Aliens, WWI/II in Colour, Washington, The UnXplained with William Shatner, Secrets of WWII. Brand new documentary series Megapolis and Black Patriots: Heroes of The Civil War will also premiere on The HISTORY Channel.
    • On Demand: A selection of content from Crime + Investigation and HISTORY will be available to stream on demand on Sky Go and Sky On Demand.

About Sky:

Sky is New Zealand’s leading entertainment company and home to the best and broadest choice in live sport, movies, shows, documentaries and breaking news. Sky offers a suite of viewing choices to suit every New Zealander, whether it’s through the Sky Box and streaming service Sky Go for premium direct-to-home customers, or through its contract-free streaming services Sky Sport Now for sport or Neon for movies and entertainment. Sky also owns free-to-air channel, Prime. Unique New Zealand stories and free-to-air sport are a strong part of Prime’s line-up.

About Foxtel:

Foxtel is one of Australia’s most innovative and dynamic media companies and home to award winning local drama plus the widest choice in live sport, hit international TV and movies and a host of complete TV seasons to stream On Demand. Foxtel believes in the importance of telling Australian stories, and its ongoing commitment to creating the best in Australian programming has garnered numerous industry awards for its Foxtel Original productions. Foxtel has helped put Australian talent on the world stage with highly acclaimed international exports and it proudly invests in the people who help tell those stories by employing thousands of Australians directly and indirectly across Australia’s creative industry.  It has also pioneered advancements in entertainment technology with the launch of Australia’s first live 4K channel; the iQ4 set top box; the Foxtel GO app for mobile devices; streaming service, Foxtel Now and Foxtel broadband, home phone and entertainment bundles. Foxtel is owned by News Corporation (65%) and Telstra Corporation Limited ACN 051 775 556 (35%).

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2 Responses to “Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Signs ‘Historic’ Deal”

  1. No HD, definitely not worth watching when I have a 4K OLED! I once tried many years ago with Sky on my old Samsung SUHD 4K TV and it was dull and blurry! Worst picture on the market!

  2. ^ that’s more a problem with the way the TV handles non-native resolution signals. Try SD on your new OLED 😉

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