At an event held in Auckland last November, Sky unveiled plans to finally launch its online TV service, iSKY, in New Zealand.
Almost two months later, a little longer than originally expected, the service has now launched to the general public. Sky’s still calling it a beta though, just in case there are any last minute hiccups or glitches.
“We went live with www.isky.co.nz at 11:00 this morning,” Richard Last, Director of Sports Content and New Media, told NetGuide.
“Advertising will start on the Sky platform next week and we expect to see usage start to rise over the coming weeks and months,” he added.
Never heard of iSKY? is, here’s a handy little FAQ:
What is iSKY?
iSKY is SKY's new online TV service. iSKY will let you access all your favourite SKY content on your computer, wherever you are.
What will I be able to watch?
Depending on your existing SKY package you'll be able to access free catch-up viewing of nearly all the basic SKY channels plus Prime, movies, documentaries, live sports, live news and sports highlights.
Will I have to be a SKY subscriber to access iSKY?
Yes, initially iSKY will be available to SKY subscribers only and will be based on your existing entitlements.
How much will this cost?
There is no charge for SKY subscribers. However, rentals are additional.
Can I see programs I have missed on the TV, online?
Yes you will be able to catch up on a range of TV shows, sports events and movies that have recently played on SKY's satellite channels. This includes movies currently playing on SKY’s Movie channels.
What kind of content will be available on iSKY?
A selection of free and rental content will be available when iSKY launches and this will be continuously extended and enhanced on an ongoing basis.
What are your broadband partnerships and how do they work?
To give you the best viewing experience, without having to worry about your monthly broadband allowance, we've partnered with some broadband providers to create unmetered plans. What that means is that anything you watch with iSKY won’t count towards your monthly data allowance, so you're free to watch as much as you want.
Broadband partners are Vodafone, Orcon, Slingshot, Farmside, Xnet, Woosh, Snap and WIZwireless.