I guess Winston won’t be calling on Sky TV for a donation next year

Winston Peters is on to another winner, free-to air-sports. 

Winston really is having a blinder at the moment, tapping accurately into middle New Zealand.

New Zealand should copy Australia and make “sport of national significance” available on TV for free, New Zealand First’s Winston Peters says. Is it an idea whose time has come – or an idea that’s now out of time across the ditch?

Most rugby fans would have been happy enough with the All Blacks’ win against Wales in last weekend’s first test, but New Zealand First leader Winston Peters wasn’t happy with the playing field for fans.

On Radio Live‘s website that day, he said the All Blacks could only be seen live these days by “the more cashed-up members of our society”.

Test tickets were too expensive and fewer than half of New Zealand households now subscribed to Sky Sport, which has had exclusive rights to broadcast live All Blacks games for nearly 25 years, he said.   

Some pundits fear watching the All Blacks will become an even more exclusive proposition if Sky TV merges with giant telco Vodafone.

Australian telco Optus recently acquired the rights to English Premier League football across the Tasman, and enraged fans by announcing only its customers would be able to see the games.

TUANZ CEO Craig Young told RNZ News Vodafone might be tempted to do something similar with Sky’s sports if the two companies become one, while InternetNZ’s Andrew Cushen warned the merged company might restrict HD coverage and interactive features for its customers.

Sky TV nearly lost the Rugby World Cup rights to Lightbox/Coliseum. It was only the intervention of their mates in the Rugby Union that stopped it going. Tipping Sky TV out of coverage will require substantial effort as they have built up a huge array of people in key places to go tap on the shoulder for an assist.

Eventually, though, someone will do it and then Sky TV will collapse with a mass subscriber exodus.


– RadioNZ

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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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