SKY TV bringing back MTV Classic

Christmas has come early for SKY TV customers as the platform welcomes back MTV Classic after a two-year hiatus.

Launching on Friday 8 December at 10am, MTV Classic is a 24-hour music channel that brings you music and music-inspired entertainment from the 1980s to the 2000s, as well as vintage hits. The channel showcases iconic artists such as Madonna, Duran Duran, Michael Jackson, Bon Jovi, Spice Girls, Queen, U2, Whitney Houston and Prince.

Two years ago MTV Classic and MTV Hits were merged to create the single channel: MTV Music. While MTV Music remains popular with SKY customers, it was clear some were missing the seminal hits and artists featured on MTV Classic.

Maria Barlow-Cooper, Head of Affiliate Channels, said: “We are thrilled with the performance of MTV Music, however our customer feedback and data told us that a 24/7 stand-alone music channel dedicated to everyone’s favourites was missed by our customers. With our partners at Viacom, we are stoked to be able to bring back MTV Classic to New Zealand. A fun, eclectic mix of all our favourite throw backs, just in time for the festive season.”

MTV Classic (SKY Channel 123 and 116) will launch on Friday 8 December at 10am.

Dastardly And Muttley coming to JONES!

Join the unending conflict between hapless villains and a single valiant hero – as master of villainy Dick Dastardly and his unfaithful companion Muttley, lead the notorious Vulture Squadron in their quest for the destruction of the fearless, patriotic Yankee Doodle Pigeon.

A spin-off of the ever popular Wacky Races series, Dastardly And Muttley has etched its way into children’s cartoon history, aided greatly by the shows instantly recognisable theme song “Stop The Pigeon”. Fans of vintage cartoons – this one is for you!

Sundays at 7.20am, 2.20pm from August 30th on JONES!

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I Am Cait coming to E!

E! announces all new documentary series I Am Cait featuring Caitlyn ‘Cait’ Jenner, formerly Bruce Jenner, living her life as a transgender woman.

The series premieres on Monday 27 July at 9.30pm on E! and tells Cait’s intimate story, joining her as she seeks out her ‘new normal’.

Living for the first time as the person she feels she was born to be, the docu-series will also explore what Cait’s transition means for the people in her life and how those relationships are affected, while offering a better understanding of many of life’s challenges. The eight-part, one-hour series will premiere on Monday 27 July at 9.30pm on E! and will also air on E! channels internationally in over 120 countries.

I Am Cait is produced by Bunim/Murray Productions.

The new promo for I Am Cait features Cait Jenner and offers a first and exclusive look at the New Series

I AM CAIT Premieres Monday 27 July at 9.30pm on E!

SKY TV changes SKY Movies channel numbering

From Monday June 1 we will be making some changes to the SKY Movies Channels numbering.

All movie tastes are well looked after with a range of channels to choose from year-round, as well as themed pop-up channels throughout the year including SKY Movies Family which screens during NZ school holidays.

SKY Movies Premiere, SKY Movies Extra and Rialto Channel will remain at their current button numbers, however the remainder of the channels will be reordered from June 1 as follows:

Channel 030 SKY Movies Premiere
Channel 031 SKY Movies Extra
Channel 032 SKY Movies Action
Channel 033 SKY Movies Greats
Channel 034 SKY Movies Classics
Channel 035 SKY Movies POP-UPs
Channel 036 Turner Classic Movies (TCM)
Channel 037 SKY Movies Disney*
Channel 038 SKY Movies Family POP-UP
Channel 039 Rialto Channel

The change will take place at 10am on Monday June 1 and will not affect any future recordings that customers have booked on their MY SKY planners.

*SKY Movies Disney launches 1 July 2015.

Technical difficulties delay NZ screening of Game of Thrones

The first episode of Game of Thrones season five will screen on SoHo at 3.35pm this afternoon.

Technical difficulties experienced by HBO’s secure supplier delayed today’s 1pm simulcast screening. Our suppliers are working strenuously to find the cause and ensure this does not happen next week.

This afternoon’s delay does not affect the 8.30pm screenings this evening on SoHo or NEON.

Brit Awards express from the UK

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The BRIT Awards ceremony for 2015 is the most anticipated night of the British music industry calendar and hosted by none other than multi-award winning pair Ant and Dec.

Established in 1977, the awards are now an annual glittering, champagne-fuelled, star-studded evening featuring live performances and unique collaborations from some of the world’s biggest artists.

Ant & Dec are certainly no strangers to the music industry, with fourteen Top 20 hits of their own including Let’s Get Ready to Rhumble, which was re-released in 2013 and went straight

to the top of the charts. On top of that, they have three multi-platinum albums, and re-wrote and recorded the official World Cup anthem for the England football team in 2002.

Expect another line-up of big names and fantastic performances with details for the 2015 ceremony to be confirmed shortly.

The BRIT Awards 2015
New Zealand Premiere Express from the UK
Thursday 26 February, 2pm (Encore at 8.30pm)

Game of Thrones POP-UP channel coming to SKY TV

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On the sprawling continent of Westeros, where summers and winters can span years, and lust for power is eternal, five families vie for control of a single, all-powerful throne. As season five of the epic tale draws nearer and the stakes reach a fever pitch, SoHo devotes forty nights to the first four seasons of one of the biggest televisual events of recent years.

The Game of Thrones POP-UP is available to all SoHo customers and will run from February 19th – March 31st on channel 210. Starting from the very beginning and running through to the end of
season four, a new episode will air every night at 8.30pm, accompanied with second-chance viewings and behind-the-scenes specials.

Season five of Game of Thrones premieres in April on SoHo.

From February 19th – March 31st on SoHo POP-UP channel 210.