Sky’s new look free-to-air channel

Sky has announced the launch of Sky Open, its new free-to-air channel that replaces Prime from Wednesday 23 August. Sky Open will offer a diverse lineup of content, featuring local shows from Sky Originals NZ, news, exclusive Sky Sport coverage, documentaries, and entertainment.

Lauren Quaintance, Sky’s Chief Media and Data Officer, says: “Sky Open invites viewers to open themselves up to a world of sport and entertainment, both local and international. Sky Open also allows us to create a bold and distinctive channel identity, connected to our family of Sky platforms and channels.”

The long running Prime News shop will become News First, hosted by Eric Young at 5.30pm.

Sky Open will be the home of Sky’s free-to-air coverage for the Rugby World Cup 2023™ in September and October, broadcasting 12 games as well as regular highlight packages.