Winter Games NZ has announced that SKY Sport will be the official broadcast partner of the elite international snow sports event in the lead-up to the 2022 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games in Beijing.
Celebrating its 10-year anniversary in 2019, Winter Games NZ will bring more than four times as much content to New Zealand fans in conjunction with SKY Sport, it is claimed.
The focus will be on live broadcasts of the major ice and snow sports events, and highlight shows of the 26 events being held across six venues over 17 days in Central Otago.
This year’s edition is due to begin on August 23 with a parallel slalom under the lights at Coronet Peak in Queenstown, featuring top skiers from New Zealand and around the world.
Fans will be able to watch the best of the action each day on SKY Sport and a dedicated highlights show in the evenings.
"This partnership is a game changer for New Zealand winter sports fans and we are excited about working closely with SKY Sport over the next three years," Marty Toomey, the chief executive of Winter Games NZ, said.
"SKY Sport are invested in becoming the home of winter sports and promoting athletes and our event to the nation.
"Our venues love to host spectators, but if you can’t travel to Central Otago or you want to replay the action, what better way to get your winter sports fix than tuning in on SKY Sport."
WGNZ is proud to announce @skysportnz will be the Official Broadcast Partner of the Games in the lead up to the 2022 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games in Beijing. The focus will be on Live Broadcasts of the major ice and snow sports events and Highlight shows. pic.twitter.com/OJoAP1JZN7— Winter Games NZ (@wintergamesnz) August 1, 2019
Tex Teixeira, SKY Sport's director of sport and broadcasting, added: "It's exciting to announce this new three-year partnership with Winter Games NZ to deliver Kiwi fans exceptional coverage of this great event.
"With our Kiwi athletes building towards the 2022 Winter Olympic Games, there will no doubt be interest in the Winter Games NZ, and we're excited to be a part of the athletes' journeys as they work towards Beijing."
New Zealand sports fans will be able to watch coverage of the Winter Games NZ via SKY Sport, SKY Sport Now and SKY GO, with a SKY Sport subscription.
They will also be able to catch up on the action from Central Otago with highlights clips available on the SKY Sport Highlights app.
Sports fans without a SKY Sport subscription will be able to purchase a new weekly or monthly pass via SKY Sport Now.
In addition, there will be a new fan-focused initiative in the form of a SKY Sport News channel with daily news from New Zealand and around the world, live from August 1, with special local shows starting on September 2.
The Winter Games NZ will feature on the SKY Sport News channel with exclusive interviews and features to keep every keen sports fan "in the know".
SKY Sport broadcast details are set to be released in the coming days.