The Rugby Channel

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The Rugby Channel
The Rugby Channel logo.svg
Launched2002
Closed31 July 2019
Owned bySky Network Television
Picture format16:9 (SDTV)
CountryNew Zealand
Websitewww.skysport.co.nz
Availability
Satellite
SKY Network TelevisionChannel 64
Cable
TelstraClear InHomeTVChannel 64

The Rugby Channel was New Zealand's only channel dedicated to the national sport of rugby union. When live matches were not on, the channel screened classic games and documentaries relating to the sport. It was the only channel committed to showing all major matches in the widescreen 16:9 ratio popular with newer television sets, but from August 2008 Sky Sport changed to widescreen as well after My Sky HDi was launched. However, Rugby Channel viewers could exclusively watch the press conferences following major rugby matches, and could watch most major European rugby games as well.

Closure[edit]

The Rugby Channel closed on 31 July 2019. From 1 August 2019, all of The Rugby Channel's programming was moved to Sky Sport 1, making Sky Sport 1 a 24/7 rugby channel. The final program aired on The Rugby Channel was a documentary, Greats of Super Rugby: Christian Cullen.

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