The move will see all new seasons of The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl, plus Shameless US and Supernatural, move from TVNZ to SKY where they will premiere across a number of linear channels as well as being available for catch-up on SKY GO and SKY On Demand. New seasons will also be available to all Kiwis who subscribe to streaming service NEON.
Earlier seasons of these titles will also be available for customers to view on SKY OnDemand and NEON.
As part of the content deal, new seasons of Arrow will also be available exclusively to SKY customers who will be able to view on both SKY and SKY On Demand.
“We are extremely excited to become the home of DC Series,” said Lisa Clements, SKY’s Head of Acquisitions Entertainment & Movies. “We know the New Zealand DC fans are passionate about these shows, so we have worked hard with Warner Bros and TVNZ to secure them a long-term home that is accessible to all Kiwis, whether SKY customers or not. We know that more and more viewers are demanding a flexible, digital method of viewing series like these, and making them available via streaming on NEON and On Demand for SKY customers means we can provide the quickest access to these titles as they play in the USA.”
Karen Bieleski, Head of Entertainment Content SKY, said: “The DC and CW series content is a great fit with our various SKY Channels and we are delighted we could make this arrangement work so well with our colleagues at TVNZ and Warner Bros.
“Shameless US will be fast-tracked to SoHo in November, preceded by a Shameless US pop-up covering all previous seasons and available to all basic tier SKY customers.
“As well as fast-tracking The Flash, DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, Supergirl and Supernatural via NEON and our On Demand services, we have some exciting plans on the linear side of our business for marathon and pop-up special events showcasing these titles from the very beginning. The new series will all screen on our basic tier channel The BOX from early in the New Year, providing an uninterrupted run by avoiding the seasonal American hiatuses.”
“We see this deal as extremely beneficial for all – especially for viewers in New Zealand,” said Jeffrey Schlesinger, President, Warner Bros. Worldwide Television Distribution. “Now viewers will have greater access and choice to enjoy these great series across a number of platforms. We look forward to working with SKY and TVNZ to market these series across their services.”
Notes for Editors:
Arrow already has a New Zealand licence with another streaming service so will not be available on NEON.
SKY On Demand gives you the freedom to watch what you want when you want at the touch of your remote. Internet connected SKY boxes offer a huge selection of shows, movies and box sets.
We also have our own free-to-air channel, Prime. Prime offers a viewing experience that's unique in New Zealand. From local goodies to free-to-air sport and gripping drama, Prime is a popular choice for Kiwis looking for their daily fix of entertaining telly.
Outside of SKY we offer FAN PASS, which gives fans access to stream SKY Sport channels on a monthly or six monthly basis and NEON which delivers premium subscription-video-on-demand movies and entertainment.
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