The company that does the filming and broadcast production of the Super Bowl, the Olympics, the FIFA World Cup and plenty more besides has quietly made a move to get into New Zealand.
Global broadcasting giant NEP has acquired local outside-broadcast specialists NZ Live, who do the filming and production for clients like the NZ Racing Board (Trackside) and studio production for the likes of Mediaworks and TVNZ.
The purchase was for an undisclosed sum, and could have major implications for Sky TV, who currently dominate sports broadcasting.
One of Sky TV’s major advantages when it comes to live sport is that they’re experts in producing their own products. The cameras and commentators are all part of their setup that they can offer sports.
Obviously SKY is, as always, with the head in the sand: "Outgoing CEO John Fellet said in a statement that Sky produces more than one outside broadcast a day, and that their reputation for “seamless watching experiences” is very strong."