Sky Movies (New Zealand)

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Sky Movies
Skymovies nz logo.png
Launched 1990; 24 years ago (1990)
Owned by Sky Network Television
Picture format HDTV (1080i)
Country New Zealand
Website www.skymovies.co.nz
Availability
Satellite
Sky Network Television 030 SM Premiere
031 SM Extra
032 SM Greats
033 SM Classics
034 SM Action
035 SM Family (Pop-Up)
830 SM Premiere HD
831 SM Extra HD
832 SM Greats HD
833 SM Classics HD
834 SM Action HD
835 SM Family HD (Pop-Up)
Cable
Vodafone TV 030 SM Premiere
031 SM Extra
032 SM Greats
033 SM Classics
034 SM Action
035 SM Family (Pop-Up)
830 SM Premiere HD
831 SM Extra HD
832 SM Greats HD
833 SM Classics HD
834 SM Action HD
835 SM Family HD (Pop-Up)

Sky Movies is a group of subscription television movie channels in New Zealand operated by Sky Network Television. Sky Movies was started in 1990 as one of the original channels on the Sky UHF Service. Sky Movies has progressed from the original channel (now known as Sky Movies Premiere) in 1990 to six separate movie channels screening special interest movies, today. All Sky Movies channels are simulcasted in high definition.

History[edit]

The former Sky Movies logo used from 2007 – 2013

The original Sky Movies channel was started in 1990 when Sky Television first launched originally only playing movies during afternoons and evenings. 24-hour programming did not start until later in the nineties. In 1993, Sky Television sold the channel to HBO Asia. It became known as HBO but later reverted to its former name Sky Movies, after HBO Asia re-sold the channel to Sky Television. NICAM stereo broadcasting was available on the UHF channel until around 1998 when Sky launched their digital service. All current Sky Movie channels broadcast in at least stereo sound.

A second movie channel Sky Movie Max was released in 1998 after Sky launched their digital satellite service. All future Sky Movie channels that were launched were available on the Sky Digital platform only, the original movie channel was the only channel to ever broadcast on the now discontinued UHF analogue service.

Sky Movies Max broadcast in widescreen 16:9 format from 2002 onwards. Sky Movies also broadcast in widescreen 16:9 format on Sky Digital from 1 January 2005 onwards however continued to broadcast in 4:3 on the UHF service.

Sky Movies was renamed to Sky Movies 1 in 2004 and Sky Movies Max was renamed to Sky Movies 2. Sky Movies 1 reverted to the Sky Movies name in 2007 following the launch of Sky Movies Greats.

In 2008 Sky launched the HD service called MySky HD, as a result some Sky Movie channels became available in High Definition. To receive Sky Movies channels in HD the Sky subscriber is required to upgrade his or her Sky decoder to a MySky HD decoder, the subscriber must also pay a monthly fee for an HD access ticket which allows the subscriber to receive selected Sky channels in High Definition. Sky Movies Premiere, Sky Movies Extra, Sky Movies Greats and Sky Movies Family broadcast in HD.

On 1 November 2013 Sky rebranded their movie channel line-up with new logos. The original Sky Movies channel became Sky Movies Premiere and Sky Movies 2 became Sky Movies Extra, an additional channel Sky Movies Action was also introduced.[1]

Sky Movie Channels[edit]

Sky Movies Premiere[edit]

Sky Movies Premiere (formally known as Sky Movies) is Sky's original movie channel in New Zealand. Sky Movies Premiere plays a schedule of movies back to back 24 hours a day. This schedule is updated each month. New movies are added weekly with the Blockbuster Premiere on Sunday nights and the Thursday Premiere on Thursday nights. The range of movies includes bonafide blockbusters, comedies, action titles, dramas, thrillers, science-fiction, horrors, westerns, romances, festival cinema and family features.[2]

Sky Movies Extra[edit]

Sky Movies Extra is Sky Network Television's second movie channel. Sky Movies Extra screens drama, romance and thriller movies.

Sky Movies Extra started when Sky launched their digital service originally known as Sky Movie Max. The name was changed around 2004 to Sky Movies 2. The channel has always broadcast in Widescreen with the original Sky Movies channel originally maintaining a standard 4:3 format to give viewers a choice of viewing a movie in widescreen or standard format. From 2007 until 2013 Sky Movies 2 was a time shift channel screening the same movies as the original Sky Movies channel but 2 hours delayed. Sky Movies 2 became Sky Movies Extra in November 2013 and began running its own schedule.

Sky Movies Greats[edit]

Sky Movies Greats screens a collection of modern classic movies.[3] The channel first launced in 2007 as a 3rd Sky Movies channel.

Sky Movies Classics[edit]

Sky Movies Classics plays classic films from the 60s, 70s, 80s and early 90s.[4] The channel first launched on 1 June 2013 replacing the MGM Channel which had been available since the year 2000. The channel screens an array of films from the MGM library and movies from other studios too.

Sky Movies Action[edit]

Sky Movies Action is a channel that was introduced in 2013. The channel screens action films.

Sky Movies Family[edit]

Sky Movies Family is a pop-up channel which appears during the school holidays and plays family orientated films. Starting at 6am each morning during the holiday period, the channel runs through until the end of the 7pm blockbuster movie slot each night.

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