Sky New Zealand has acquired the RugbyPass online rugby network for USD 40 million. RugbyPass live streams rugby content across Asia, Australia and Europe. The RugbyPass platform also offers original video content, news, analysis, stats and a rugby player and team rankings system dubbed ‘RugbyPass Index’. The purchase price of USD 40 million comprises USD 10 million in cash and issuance of new Sky shares of USD 20 million at completion. The remaining USD 10 million is payable in cash during an agreed earn out period. Following the completion of the acquisition, RugbyPass will operate as a subsidiary of Sky. Note that a RugbyPass app subscription is required to view the content. All games remain in the archive until the following season so you can catch a full replay or extended highlights whenever you want, as many times as you wish.
An annual subscription is valid for 1 year from date of purchase. A monthly subscription is valid one month from date of purchase. A weekly subscription is valid one week from date of purchase.
Payment will be charged to your iTunes account at confirmation of purchase. Subscription automatically renews unless auto-renew is turned off at least 24-hours before the end of your subscription by going to the Account Settings after purchase.
The RugyPass App Features
With the RugbyPass app you can watch the world’s greatest rugby live or on demand in HD and get the latest news, analysis, best highlights, live stats, shows & documentaries plus much more, all on RugbyPass.
RugbyPass coverage in Asia which comes under Zone 1 and 2 includes every game from The Rugby Championship, Six Nations, June & November Internationals, Super Rugby, Heineken Champions Cup, Gallagher Premiership, Pro14, Premiership Cup, Mitre10 Cup, and Currie Cup, plus the Challenge Cup from the knockout stages onward and 24/7 access to all of our shows and documentaries from the RugbyPassTV catalogue throughout: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, India, Indonesia, Laos, Macau, Malaysia, Maldives, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Sri Lanka, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.
Zone 3 coverage includes every game from The Rugby Championship, Gallagher Premiership, Super Rugby, Mitre10 Cup and Currie Cup live and on-demand plus 24/7 access to all of the shows and documentaries from the RPTV catalogue. Zone 3 subscriptions are available throughout the following countries: Albania, Armenia, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Bosnia, & Herzegovina, Georgia, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Macedonia, Moldova, Montenegro, Russia, Serbia, Turkey, Ukraine.
RugbyPass subscriptions in Australia that is Zone 4 include every game from the Pro14 and Heineken Champions Cup plus the Challenge Cup from the quarter finals onward, all live and on-demand plus 24/7 access to all of the shows and documentaries from the RPTV catalogue.
In the Zone 5 subscriptions cover the rest of the world include 24/7 access to the RPTV catalogue of shows & documentaries but match streaming is not available in Zone 5.
In Zone 6 subscribers get access to every match from The Rugby Championship, Super Rugby, Mitre 10 Cup, Currie Cup, and RugbyPassTV throughout Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Iceland, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Malta, Netherlands, Noway, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Sweden.
The RugbyPass app subscription costs in New Zealand are as follows:
- Monthly Pass: $32.99
- Weekly Pass: $13.49
- Monthly Pass for Zone 5: $1.69
- Monthly Pass for Zone 6: $16.49
- Rugby Pass: $21.99
- Weekly Pass for Zone 1: $22.49
- Monthly Pass for Zone 1: $51.99
- Annual Pass: $269.99
The New Zealand operator will now bring RugbyPass under the Sky umbrella. RugbyPass reports that its media channels currently reach over 40 million people per month. Launched in 2016, RugbyPass broadcasts live in 63 countries. It produces more than 2,300 content items per month, distributed across 29 owned and operated individual media channels. RugbyPass is the rights-holder for Sanzaar in 62 countries across Asia and Europe. RugbyPass is based in Dublin, with offices in Singapore and New Zealand.
Sky recently launched its new Sky Sport Now app, designed for New Zealand sport fans who want to access all 12 of the Sky Sport channels online. Via the RugbyPass acquisition, Sky plans to extend its reach beyond New Zealand borders.