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Telco Digicel has renewed its Premier League rights in the Pacific Islands at a flat fee

The Ultimate Fighting Championship has secured a good increase for its media rights across Australia and New Zealand, in a new five-year deal with ESPN

The RDA agency will look to extract more value from Australia and New Zealand and strike deals in the Pacific Islands for the first time, after taking over international rights to the Super League.

Telco Spark acquired rights to the 2019 Rugby World Cup last week, outbidding Sky New Zealand in a deal which could shake up the country’s media-rights market.

New Zealand public-service broadcaster TVNZ, in partnership with production company Attitude Pictures, has renewed its deal for Paralympic Games rights for an increase of around 30 per cent.

Jolie Hodson has been appointed the new chief executive officer of New Zealand telco Spark after the resignation of current chief executive Simon Moutter

New Zealand telco Spark launched its OTT sports platform on Thursday, with the company beginning its coverage with two newly-acquired properties focused on martial arts and action sports

New Zealand telco Spark has said its new OTT sports platform will launch next month, priced at NZ$19.99 (€12/$14) per month after a free trial.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has acquired rights to the 2019 Netball World Cup, as well as extending deals for US motor-racing series IndyCar and motorcycling series the Superbike World Championship

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New Zealand’s uncompetitive media-rights market made life difficult for IMG’s sale of Rugby League World Cup rights.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand this month stepped in to acquire PGA Tour golf rights after streaming service Coliseum negotiated the termination of its deal.

Deals for Australia’s new top-tier netball competition signify a strong commitment from broadcasters to women’s sport and could signal a step-change in revenue earned by Netball Australia.

Sky New Zealand’s renewal of Olympic Games rights last month is the latest in a string of long-term deals agreed by the International Olympic Committee.

John Manning, research analyst for SportBusiness Intelligence, reviews television audiences in selected key cricket markets for the recent ICC World Twenty20 tournament

New media player Coliseum has developed into a pan-Asian service and will wind down operations in its home market of New Zealand.

Interview with Coliseum founder Tim Martin, on the launch of the pan-Asian Rugby Pass OTT service, and the company’s scaling back in New Zealand.

John Manning, research anaylst for SportBusiness Intelligence examines Rugby World Cup television audiences in the major rugby union markets.

The German Bundesliga rounded off its international sales cycle this month, with deals in Australia and New Zealand.

Lightbox Sport, the joint venture between New Zealand online subscription services Coliseum and Lightbox launched last month, will be an aggressive competitor for sports rights, according to Coliseum founder…

Online subscription service Coliseum Sports Media continued to shake up the previously moribund New Zealand market with the acquisition of the US PGA Tour this month.

Pay-television broadcaster Sky New Zealand has paid a significantly increased fee to hold on to New Zealand’s domestic cricket rights, facing one rival bidder and the threat of new market entrants.

Sky poised to land all 2015 Rugby World Cup rights in New Zealand, experts say

EBU deal with US ski federation will increase exposure for ski events in the country

Sky picks up Olympics at a discount in New Zealand