How To Watch Prime

How to watch Prime for free on Sky Go

Did you know, anyone can watch Prime on Sky Go for free, whether you’re a Sky customer or not? It’s easy! Just follow these simple steps and you can watch the best of Prime on the go from your phone, tablet or desktop.
First, register for Sky Go
  1. Go to and click ‘Register’ – you’ll find it at the top right hand corner of your screen on a desktop, and in the top right hand drop down menu on your phone or tablet.
  2. Fill out your details – enter your email address, choose a password, and enter your first and last name.
  3. Verify your account – to make sure it’s really you who is signing up, you’ll receive an email from Sky New Zealand asking you to verify your email. Click the link within the email to confirm your new Sky Go registration.
  4. You’re now all set to sign in to your Sky Go account! Go to and click ‘Sign In’ – again, you’ll find it at the top right hand corner of your screen on a desktop, and in the top right hand drop down menu on your phone or tablet. 
  5. Use your email address and password in the pop up box and you’re in!  

How to watch Prime on Sky Go 

Once you’re logged into Sky Go you can watch all your favourite Prime programmes on demand or enjoy Prime as a live broadcast channel.
  • To watch what is broadcasting on Prime right now, click on ‘Watch TV’ and choose Prime (under Entertainment & Lifestyle). You can check the Sky Go ‘TV Guide’ to see what’s coming up.
  • To watch programmes on demand at any time, head to the menu at the top of your screen (or the drop down menu on mobile or tablet) click Browse > Channels > Prime.
  • You can also find Prime content by scrolling to the bottom of the home screen to the ‘Channels: Explore More’ rail. 
  • You can download the Sky Go App from the App Store, log in using your email address and password, and enjoy all the same content and product features as you do on the website. You can also download selected Prime shows straight to your device, making it easy to watch from anywhere, i.e., on the plane or the bus, or away from WIFI.
One last thing. When you’re browsing around Sky Go as a Prime customer, you might see an ‘Upgrade To Watch’ message pop up when you click on a show or channel that is only available to Sky subscribers. If you are already a Sky subscriber, you can click on that button to link your account and if you’re not, you have the option to subscribe – either way you will be directed to the website to complete these tasks.

How to watch Prime on your Sky Box 

If you are a Sky customer you can watch Prime (Channel 4) and Prime+1 (Channel 514) on your Sky box as linear channels. These Prime channels, along with other Freeview channels are included in your Sky Starter package. You also get access to a great range of channels such as Discovery, TLC, Comedy Central, MTV, Cartoon Network and Nickelodeon. 

How to watch Prime on Freeview 

Most TVs these days have Freeview built-in. Once you’ve connected your antenna cable to the TV and auto-tuned the TV channels, you’re all set to watch Prime on Freeview Channel 10. If you don’t have a UHF aerial or satellite dish, you can still watch Freeview channels using a Dish TV SmartVU box. As the name suggests, Freeview does not charge viewers to access its programming, which means you can watch Prime for free. 

Watch Prime News online any time 

Did you know, you can also watch Prime News – First at 5.30pm daily and on-demand via your desktop, phone or tablet at Catch up on the top news of the day related to current affairs, weather, sports, and other latest happenings with Eric Young and Janika Ter Ellen. 

When are the Birmingham 2022 Commonwealth Games taking place?

The Games are taking place from July 29 (NZT) until August 9 (NZT), 2022.

Who is hosting The Games?

The Games are being held in Birmingham, England.

How can I watch The Games?

Prime will offer some free-to-air coverage of the Commonwealth Games, mainly featuring Kiwi athletes competing at the Games and other selected events and highlights. You can also watch our Prime coverage while you are on the go on a smartphone, tablet or laptop using our Sky Go app. 

Simply download the Sky Go app from your Apple or Google app store, and register. All Prime content is free to access on Sky Go. 

If you want to watch every moment of The Games, you will need to subscribe to Sky Sport. Sky is the official broadcaster for Birmingham 2022 here in Aotearoa New Zealand and we have six channels featuring The Games. You can also watch all the same content on Sky Sport Now, our sport streaming service. There’s no Sky Box required, and you can sign up in seconds here at  

Will any of the Games have Closed Captioning?

Closed captions are available on our Prime coverage from 7pm to 10pm daily, as well as on the one hour daily highlights show.

How can I watch Prime content while I’m on the go?

If you are out and about, you can also stream Games highlights and all our coverage on Prime using Sky Go on your smartphone, tablet or laptop. Simply download the Sky Go app from your Apple or Google app store, and register. All Prime content is free to access on Sky Go. 

I have a Sky subscription - how do I add Sky Sport to watch The Games?

That’s super easy – you have two options! To add Sky Sport to your existing Sky subscription just head to and go to ‘Manage Package’ or call us on 0800 759 759.  

Or, if you don’t have Sky Sport you can go to and sign up to Sky Sport Now and stream all the sport you need to your smart TV, mobile, computer or tablet. Sky Sport Now offers week, month and annual passes to suit and also has a special Commonwealth Games Pass for $25 which is valid for the period of the event, July 29 – August 9 2022. 

What time does coverage start each day for The Games?

Birmingham is 11 hours behind us which means live action each day will start around 7:30pm and continue through to around 10 am. Prime coverage will run from 7.30pm to 10am daily and we’ll also have a one hour daily highlights show from approximately 9am. 

Note that closed captions are available on our Prime coverage from 7.30pm to 10pm and on our daily highlights show from approximately 9am.

Competitions will be late at night for New Zealand viewers which is why Sky Go, My Sky, our highlights and Sky Sport Now will be super handy.  They all give you the ability to go back to watch key events, record the events you want to watch but just can’t stay awake for, and to catch up on the best bits of the action.  Here at Sky, we’re doing our best to make sure you don’t miss the magic moments – especially when it comes to the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team.

Why are The Games on Prime and Sky?

Sky is honoured to be the official NZ broadcaster for Birmingham 2022 and an official partner to the New Zealand Commonwealth Games team. This means we have the rights to share all the action from The Games and tell the stories of our home-grown stars. Sky also owns Prime and we are proud to offer some free-to-air coverage of The Games so more New Zealanders can see their heroes in action.

What sports are in The Games?

Aquatics, Athletics and Para Athletics, Badminton, Basketball 3 x 3 and Para  x 3, Beach Volleyball, Boxing, Cricket T20, Cycling, Gymnastics, Hockey, Judo, Lawn Bowls and Para Lawn Bowls, Netball, Para Powerlifting, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Table Tennis and Para Table Tennis, Triathlon and Para Triathlon, Wheelchair Basketball, Weightlifting, Wrestling.

Which sports are New Zealanders competing in?

Diving, Swimming, Athletics and Para Athletics, Basketball 3 x 3 and Para 3 x 3, Cricket T20 (women), Road Cycling, Track Cycling, Para Track Cycling, Artistic Gymnastics, Hockey, Lawn Bowls, Para Lawn Bowls, Netball, Para Powerlifting, Rugby Sevens, Squash, Para Table Tennis, Triathlon and Para Triathlon and Weightlifting. 

When did New Zealand start competing in The Games?

New Zealand first attended The Games in 1930, sending a team of 22 athletes to Ontario, Canada. The 2018 Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast, Australia saw New Zealand take home 46 medals including 15 gold, our third highest medal haul.

Who is presenting The Games on Sky and Prime?

We have a fantastic team in Birmingham and here on the ground in Aotearoa New Zealand. At home on Prime and Sky you’ll have news, views and coverage delivered by Andrew Mulligan, Laura McGoldrick, Jeff McTainsh, Kirstie Stanway, Goran Paladin and Stephen McIvor. Our crew in Birmingham includes Rikki Swannell, Storm Purvis, Karl Te Nana, Courtney Tairi, Ravinder Hunia and Kristina Eddy.