The Box (New Zealand TV channel)

"SKY 1" redirects here. For the British channel, see Sky 1. For the first "Sky" in a series with entries called "Sky", see Sky (disambiguation).
This article is about the New Zealand channel. For the UK music channel, see The Box (UK and Ireland TV channel). For other uses, see The Box (disambiguation).
The Box
Launched 1994 (1994)
Owned by Sky Television
Picture format 16:9 (SDTV)
Slogan It's all on... the Box
Country New Zealand
Formerly called Orange, SKY 1
SKY Network Television Channel 5
Vodafone Channel 5

The Box is a television channel in New Zealand available on Sky Television.

The channel's shows are a variety of the most recent shows from the United States, for example CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, The Simpsons, WWE's hit shows, and Stargate: SG-1. Some shows are already screened on Free to air TV & the BOX will play older episodes of the show.


The channel was started in November 1994 as Orange on SKY UHF pre-set channel 7. Orange broadcast during prime-time and during 1995 Juice TV began broadcasting overnight when Orange went off the air. In 1997, Cartoon Network began broadcasting between 6am and 4:30pm while Orange was not broadcasting.

Orange changed its name to SKY 1 in 1998 and the channel began broadcasting 24 hours a day when the SKY Digital service was launched however the UHF channel continued to screen Cartoon Network during the day time and in 2000 this was replaced with Nickelodeon.

In 2005, SKY Network Television considered unencrypting SKY 1 to make it a free-to-air channel, but decided instead to purchase the existing network, Prime.

SKY 1 relaunched on 1 February 2008 and in the process its name was changed to the BOX.


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