Sky TV Obtains Exclusive HBO TV and Streaming Rights in New Zealand

Sky TV and HBO have had a long running partnership, SoHo channel in particular is a haven for HBO content but the partnership has now been further cemented with Sky being appointed exclusive rights holder for HBo content in New Zealand.

The exclusive rights deal will see Sky  screen HBO content across all of their platforms in New Zealand as well as the possibly of Sky customers being able to use HBO’s HBO Download to Go in the future.

“We have enjoyed a great relationship with HBO for many years and this deal shows the strength of the working partnership we have,” said Travis Dunbar, SKY’s Director of Entertainment.  “This sends a very strong signal to the market that HBO and SKY have a long term investment and commitment to ensure Kiwis have exclusive access to HBO content on SKY and NEON.”

As well as brand new seasons of Westworld, Silicon Valley, Insecure, Veep, The Deuce, and Room 104, local HBO fans can look forward to enjoying the highly-anticipated brand new series Barry, Succession and mini-series Sharp Objects during 2018 and, of course, new seasons of True Detective and Big Little Lies along with the final instalment of the global phenomenon Game of Thrones in 2019.

“We are committed to continually adding considerable breadth to our great value offering for all our customers, no matter how they choose to watch.  With more than half of all Kiwis engaging with SKY through our linear, SKY On Demand and SKY GO platforms, along with our SVOD service NEON (available to anyone in New Zealand), we are delighted to work closely with HBO to secure this highly sought after content for our customers,” said Mr Dunbar.

Mr Dunbar added that HBO and SKY are exploring new and innovative ways to enable Kiwis to watch HBO’s content.

“We are working closely with HBO to be able to offer ‘HBO Download to Go’, which will give our customers the option to temporarily load programmes to a tablet or phone to watch when away from their set top box.  We look forward to sharing further information on this over the coming months” he said.

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