Sky’s free-to-air channel Prime is now available to stream on Freeview.
Freeview caters to a broad range of New Zealanders, with 34 channels on air, 13 streaming channels and an on-demand platform combining all the content from TVNZ OnDemand, ThreeNow and Māori TV On Demand. The addition of Prime on Freeview’s streaming platform will provide even better access to a great range of sport and entertainment content.
CEO of Sky, Martin Stewart, says: “Prime acts as a window into Sky, providing a great selection of some of our premium sport and entertainment content.
“It’s our hub for free-to-air sport. Through Prime the whole country can access key sporting moments such as the upcoming Dream 11 Super Smash, Black Caps, Super Rugby and Sky Sport Breakers games. It’s also the home of unique New Zealand stories and award-winning drama series like The Brokenwood Mysteries.
“We’re delighted Prime and its superb content will now be available to be streamed through Freeview, making it more accessible to all New Zealanders.”
Prime is now also available to be broadcast in HD via UHF transmission, creating a better viewing experience.
CEO of Freeview, Jason Foden, says: “According to a recent study by NZ On Air, almost three out of four Kiwis watch free-to-air television – which is why access to premium content via Prime streaming and Prime HD in this latest collaboration with Sky is important to our viewers.”
“We’re committed to providing Kiwis with free, innovative and future-focused viewing solutions. As such, we will continue to look for partnerships that will further enrich TV viewing for New Zealanders.” Foden concludes.
Over half of Freeview viewers already tune in via UHF and watch TVNZ 1, 2, DUKE, Three, ThreeLife and Māori TV in HD. For these viewers, Prime will have automatically upgraded to HD.
For most others residing in HD coverage areas (encompassing 86% of New Zealand homes), simply connect the TV to a UHF aerial to enjoy HD programming on Prime and other channels. For residents outside HD coverage areas, many channels (including Prime) are also available in HD on Freeview’s streaming platform, currently accessible on the SmartVU X streaming dongle and will be extended to more devices in the new year.