Sky and Discovery, the global leader in live entertainment, have further expanded their partnership by announcing today that State of Origin Game 1 will air live on Three and ThreeNow on June 9, 2021, as well as live on Sky Sport and Sky. Sport Now. The rest of the State of Origin series will be live and exclusive on Sky.
The show is the first time Three has offered State of Origin in 19 years and will allow all New Zealanders to watch the first game of the State of Origin series live on Three, ThreeNow, Sky and Sky Sport Now.
On match day, Newshub Late will air at the special time of 9:30 p.m. with original state coverage starting at 9:50 p.m. Prep, half-time and post-match commentary will be localized with a team of expert journalists and presenters from Newshub and Sky.
Sky Sport viewers will enjoy the full experience of Nine’s expert panel from 9 p.m. until kick-off at 10.10 p.m. Sky clients will also benefit from Nine’s in-depth part-time and full-time analysis as the Nine team reviews the action.
Glen Kyne, Managing Director of Discovery New Zealand and Australia, said: “We are delighted to present State of Origin to our audience Three in partnership with Sky. It has been a long time since this iconic event was last seen live in the clear and we know the Kiwis will be thrilled to see the action live on Three and ThreeNow.
Sky Commercial Director Jonny Errington said, “Sky and Discovery have been partners for many years, and we’re excited to be working together to air this special State of Origin Game 1 broadcast on Three. It builds on Sky’s long-standing commitment to bringing key sporting events to New Zealand audiences in the clear as well as on Sky. In previous years, State of Origin has been offered on delay on Prime, and that partnership is escalating with the live streaming of the game 1 of three.
“Our goal at Sky is to connect New Zealanders to the sport and entertainment they love, in a way that works for them. Partnerships are an important part of our strategy, and we look forward to working with the team at Discovery and Three to bring this game to Kiwi sports fans. “
Andrew Abdo, Managing Director of the NRL, said: “We are delighted that the debut game of State of Origin, a rivalry that captures the imaginations of all sports fans, is brought to a wider audience in New Zealand. via Sky’s collaboration with Discovery. It’s a great result for our fans in New Zealand.
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