the BOX (New Zealand)

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"SKY 1" redirects here. For the British channel, see Sky 1. For the first "Sky" in a series with entries called "Sky", see Sky (disambiguation).
This article is about the New Zealand channel. For the UK music channel, see The Box (UK and Ireland). For other uses, see The Box (disambiguation).
the BOX
The Box logo.svg
Launched 1994; 20 years ago (1994)
Owned by SKY Network Television
Picture format 16:9 (SDTV)
Slogan It's all on... the BOX
Country New Zealand
Formerly called Orange, SKY 1
Website www.skytv.co.nz/thebox
Availability
Satellite
SKY Network Television Channel 5
IPTV
Vodafone Channel 5

the BOX is an entertainment channel in New Zealand available on SKY Network Television.

The channel shows are a variety of the most recent shows such as from the United States, for example CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Simpsons, Family Guy, WWE's hit shows, and Stargate: SG-1. Some shows are already screened on Free to air TV & the BOX will play older episodes of the show.

History[edit]

The channel was started in November 1994 as Orange on SKY UHF pre-set channel 7. Orange broadcast during prime-time and during 1995 Juice TV began broadcasting overnight when Orange went off the air. In 1997, Cartoon Network began broadcasting between 6am and 4:30pm while Orange was not broadcasting.

Orange changed its name to SKY 1 in 1998 and the channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day when the SKY Digital service was launched however the UHF channel continued to screen Cartoon Network during the day time and in 2000 this was replaced with Nickelodeon.

In 2005, SKY Network Television considered unencrypting SKY 1 to make it a free-to-air channel, but decided instead to purchase the existing network, Prime.

SKY 1 relaunched on 1 February 2008 and in the process its name was changed to the BOX.

Programming[edit]

The Orange logo used from 1994–1998
The SKY 1 logo used from 1998–2008

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