Sky, Vodafone team for NZ mobile offering


WELLINGTON, New Zealand -- Kiwis will be able to watch live sports and movies on their mobile phones for the first time next year.

The country's leading pay TV operator, Sky Television, announced Tuesday that it has joined forces with Vodafone to offer Sky Mobile TV to the telecom's 3G customers beginning in February.

For NZ$2.50 ($1.74) a week, subscribers will get Sky Sport News, Sky News, Sky Movies, CNN, MTV, E!, Cartoon Network and Discovery.

Some programs will be broadcast live and others will be edited.

There also will be pay-per-view options for live rugby, international cricket and European football.

"Multi-channel mobile TV is an important element of our content strategy," Vodafone chief executive Russell Stanners said in a statement. "The mobile broadcast of live sport events is an area where mobile TV has taken off internationally and is one that we feel certain sports fans in New Zealand will embrace."