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Sky TV to launch TLC, Discovery Turbo in New Zealand

MUMBAI: As part of their continual commitment to providing Kiwis with the most comprehensive entertainment offering in the market, Sky TV and Discovery Networks Asia Pacific have announced a long-term exclusive partnership for Discovery Networks programming in New Zealand.

The multi-year agreement also includes the addition of two brand new channels for New Zealand – TLC and Discovery Turbo – which will be available to all SKY’s domestic customers over the next few months as part of the basic subscription package.

Sky CEO John Fellet said, “We have enjoyed a long and successful partnership with Discovery Networks Asia Pacific and today’s announcement is an exciting one as we further cement our partnership.

“We are proud to have Discovery Channel as a pillar of our basic offering having broadcast the channel since our UHF days in the 90’s. Now we are able to share six great Discovery Networks channels with all of our domestic customers, each offering the quality content they’re renowned for”.

Discovery Networks’ current NZ portfolio includes localised versions of global brands Discovery Channel and Animal Planet and much-loved local lifestyle channels Food TV and Living Channel. The additions of TLC and Discovery Turbo will perfectly complement these, allowing for distribution of an even greater variety of premiere programming that will be embraced by Kiwi audiences.

Discovery Networks Asia Pacific, ANZ & Pac Islands executive VP, GM Mandy Pattinson said, “We are absolutely delighted to be further expanding our partnership with Sky TV. Our relationship over the past 20 years has been one of great collaboration and with the recent acquisition of Food TV and Living Channel, it has continued to strengthen.

“Our commitment to driving value for subscription television audiences has been seen through strong investment in high quality and engaging programming, dedicated NZ schedules and local productions. Applying this same commitment to both TLC and Discovery Turbo, channel brands that we’re incredibly passionate about, we’re confident that SKY customers will love them as much as we do.”

Launching in September as part of Sky’s basic package is TLC, the exclusive home of programming from the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as great female factual entertainment programming including ‘Say Yes To The Dress’, ‘Oprah Where Are They Now’, ‘The Little Couple’, ‘I Am Jazz’ and ‘America with Lisa Ling’

And in November, Discovery Turbo will also be available to all SKY customers as part of Sky’s basic tier to become New Zealand’s one stop shop for adrenaline fuelled, motored entertainment dedicated to man and machine, such as ‘Fast N’ Loud’, ‘Wheeler Dealers’, ‘Chasing Classic Cars’ and ‘American Chopper’.

Both channels will be programmed specifically for New Zealand audiences with a large variety of premiere series and programmes.

The content deal also incorporates exclusive digital rights to provide access to thousands of hours of additional library content which will be available to all Sky customers across Sky’s product portfolio.