The Box (New Zealand TV channel)
|Owned by||Sky Television|
|Picture format||16:9 (SDTV)|
|Slogan||It's all on... the Box|
|Formerly called||Orange, SKY 1|
|SKY Network Television||Channel 5|
The channel's shows are a variety of the most recent shows from the United States, for example CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Simpsons, WWE, and Stargate: SG-1. Some shows are already screened on Free to air TV & the BOX will play older episodes of the show.
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.