Friday, 30 November, 2001
A Colossal Weekend Of New Programming For Sky Subscribers
This weekend SKY Television will offer subscribers a host of new programmes, including the launch of TV1 and TV 2 on SKY
Digital, a new audio service, SKY Digital Music; J2 now broadcasting 24 hours a day and the launch of SKY’s new
interactive Weather Channel.
TV1 and TV 2 launch on SKY’s Satellite service on Saturday, 1st December, providing SKY subscribers with a full
compliment of all the national Free-to-Air channels complete with crystal clear digital quality picture and sound, no
matter where they live in New Zealand.
SKY’s new audio service, SKY Digital Music will also launch on Saturday, bringing viewers 12 new CD quality audio
channels. This new service will be available 24 hours, seven days, without DJ’s or advertisements. This new programming
is designed to suit all music choices from rock to classical.
This Saturday, J2, SKY’s adult-orientated music channel, will begin broadcasting 24 hours a day on SKY Digital. As part
of this move, FTV (Fashion TV) will now share a channel with Trackside and replace TV4’s infomercial downtime ensuring a
near 24-hour coverage for fashion lovers.
This weekend, the Weather Channel, New Zealand’s first ever interactive television channel will also launch on SKY
Digital. The existing mosaic key on the remote control will now take viewers to the new SKY Interaction screen. From
here viewers will be able to highlight their desired option and then press select on the remote control to choose an
With the first of the new interactive services, the Weather Channel, viewers will now be able to check the weather in
their local area, access satellite images, isobaric maps, marine and urban forecasts and check city temperatures and
receive special weather bulletins.
Early next week LudiTV Games, another new SKY interactive service, will also launch providing SKY Digital subscribers
with a choice of 6 interactive games each month.
Don’t forget that the ALL Blacks play their final test of 2001 against Argentina on Sunday LIVE on SKY Sport at 12.25pm,
and the 007 James Bond Season starts this Saturday at 8.30pm with Dr No, with all time great Bond movies screening every
Saturday and Sunday at 8.30pm throughout January and February.