New Zealand’s Netflix, Lightbox and Amazon Prime Video experience double digit growth in viewership

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 7-Apr-20

New data from Roy Morgan shows that a total of 2.42 million New Zealanders have access to Netflix in their household, an increase of 291,000 compared with a year ago. It is followed by Sky TV (including Neon) on 1.70 million (+66,000), Lightbox on 875,000 (+113,000), Apple TV on 377,000, Amazon Prime Video on 322,000 (+191,000) and YouTube Premium on 234,000 (-7,000). This new pay television data has been obtained from the Roy Morgan Single Source survey, derived from in-depth interviews with over six thousand New Zealanders each year. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says that while Netflix remains the most popular pay television service, a number of its competitors are also experiencing considerable growth. Levine adds that the coronavirus lockdown should provide a boost to not only new entrants such as Disney Plus but also more established services as housebound Kiwis look for ways to entertain themselves.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, SKY NETWORK TELEVISION LIMITED – ASX SKT, NEON, LIGHTBOX, APPLE TV, AMAZON PRIME VIDEO, YOUTUBE PREMIUM, DISNEY+

Netflix on verge of 2 million viewers in New Zealand

Original article by Roy Morgan
Market Research Update – Page: Online : 13-Aug-18

A Roy Morgan Single Source survey shows that over three million New Zealanders aged 14+ had access to some form of Pay TV/Subscription TV in the June 2018 quarter, up 13.9% on a year ago. Nearly two million New Zealanders now have a Netflix subscription, up more than 35% on a year ago. Meanwhile, viewership of the combined Sky TV/Neon is growing slower than some of its rivals, up 1.7 per cent to over 1.6 million viewers although Sky TV’s Subscription Video On Demand service Neon is growing significantly faster than its parent. Viewership of Neon is up 190.3 per cent to 295,000. Lightbox is the second most popular SVOD service with 830,000 users (up 42.9 per cent on a year ago) ahead of Vodafone TV up 19.9 per cent to 295,000. Roy Morgan CEO Michele Levine says that in a changing media landscape the impressive performance of SVOD shows there are avenues to growth for incumbent media businesses challenged by new entrants into the market. Sky TV’s fast-growing Neon SVOD service is a prime example of an existing media company adapting to the changing consumer habits of New Zealanders.

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ROY MORGAN LIMITED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED, SKY NETWORK TELEVISION LIMITED – ASX SKT, NEON, LIGHTBOX, VODAFONE TV

Watchdog outlines Fairfax-APN concerns

Original article by Jake Mitchell, Daniel Palmer
The Australian – Page: 21 : 15-Jun-16

The New Zealand Commerce Commission has released a statement of preliminary issues regarding the proposed merger of the NZ businesses of Fairfax Media and APN News & Media. APN CEO Ciaran Davis recently expressed confidence that the regulator will recognise the need for local media companies to be able to compete with digital players such as Google. An independent expert’s report on the proposed merger between Vodafone NZ and Sky Network Television has also been released.

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FAIRFAX MEDIA LIMITED – ASX FXJ, APN NEWS AND MEDIA LIMITED – ASX APN, NEW ZEALAND. COMMERCE COMMISSION, NZME, SKY NETWORK TELEVISION LIMITED – ASX SKT, VODAFONE NEW ZEALAND LIMITED, GOOGLE INCORPORATED, FACEBOOK INCORPORATED, GRANT SAMUEL AND ASSOCIATES PTY LTD

NZ merger aims to create Kiwi BSkyB

Original article by Max Mason
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 22 : 10-Jun-16

The Australian shares of New Zealand-based Sky Network Television closed 20.5 per cent higher at $A5 on 9 June 2016, in response to a proposed merger with Vodafone NZ. Sky Network TV will hold a 51 per cent stake in the merged entity if the $NZ3.4bn ($A3.25bn) deal proceeds. The combined group would be similar to other so-called "triple play" providers such as BSkyB in the UK, offering pay-TV, broadband and telephone services. Macquarie notes that this may result in a lower customer churn rate.

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SKY NETWORK TELEVISION LIMITED – ASX SKT, VODAFONE NEW ZEALAND LIMITED, SKY PLC, MACQUARIE GROUP LIMITED – ASX MQG, COMCAST CORPORATION, PERPETUAL LIMITED – ASX PPT, LAZARD PTY LTD, UBS HOLDINGS PTY LTD, NEWS CORPORATION – ASX NWS, SKY ITALIA SPA, SKY DEUTSCHLAND AG, FOXTEL MANAGEMENT PTY LTD, NEWS CORP AUSTRALIA PTY LTD, TELSTRA CORPORATION LIMITED – ASX TLS, 21ST CENTURY FOX INCORPORATED, NETFLIX INCORPORATED