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  • New Zealand company Sky TV (ASX:SKT) has confirmed TVNZ as its free-to-air partner for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games
  • Under this partnership Sky will stream and broadcast all of the Tokyo 2020 games through its 12 HD channels and streaming platforms
  • Highlights, in-depth news and behind the scenes features will also be part of the Sky service
  • This announcement comes two weeks after Sky secured the broadcast rights for the 2022 and 2026 Commonwealth Games
  • Sky has ended they up 1.27 per cent with shares trading for 79.5 cents apiece

New Zealand company Sky TV has confirmed TVNZ as its free-to-air partner for the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games.

Under the partnership, Sky will stream and broadcast all of the Tokyo 2020 action through extensive coverage across 12 HD channels and its streaming platforms.

TVNZ 1 will have 12 hours of free-to-air coverage throughout the afternoon and evening with a break for the news at 6 and 7 pm.

Sky CEO Martin Stewart is happy with the rights that the company has been granted.

“The Olympics is one of the most significant events on the sporting calendar, and we know that New Zealanders love to watch the many special moments it presents,” Martin said.

“We’re delighted to secure the rights for Tokyo 2020 and are pleased to now be bringing TNVZ on board as our free-to-air partner. The Olympic Games will involve over 300 events across 33 sports, and New Zealanders will be spoiled for choice with more live-action and content than ever before,” he added.

While Sky will offer 12 dedicated channels, those who want to watch on the go will be able to use Sky Go, while casual viewers will be able to access all of the Olympic Games coverage on Sky Sport Now.

Highlights, in-depth news and behind the scenes features will also be part of the Sky service.

Those wanting free coverage will be able to access an extensive range of sports on, TVNZ 1 and many of the key events featuring New Zealand athletes.

The service will also include live streaming on TVNZ On Demand.

“We have a strong record of delivering free-to-air sport to New Zealand via Prime, including Rio 2016, and we will continue to offer a range of other sport and entertainment experiences free to all New Zealanders on Prime,” Martin commented.

“The Olympics is one of those special events that can attract the attention of the whole country, and this partnership with TVNZ will enable us to draw on the promotional power of our collective platforms to encourage viewership of Tokyo 2020,” he concluded.

According to the company, 2.8 million New Zealanders engaged with the 2016 Rio Olympic Games on Sky and Prime.

It is hoped that this partnership with TVNZ will increase the viewership even further by time of the Tokyo 2020 Olympics.

This announcement comes two weeks after Sky secured the broadcast rights for the 2022 and 2026 Commonwealth Games

Sky has ended the day up 1.27 per cent with shares trading for 79.5 cents apiece in a $342.2 million market cap. 

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