Scripps Networks Interactive is expanding the global reach of HGTV, after signing a distribution deal in New Zealand. HGTV will become available to New Zealand viewers as part of Sky TV’s basic package. The lifestyle and home-focused channel premiered on New Zealand’s Freeview in June. The schedule includes series such as Fixer Upper, hosted by Texas design and remodelling pros, Chip and Joanna Gaines; Flip or Flop featuring husband and wife house-flipping team, Tarek and Christina El Moussa; and global real estate series House Hunters International that follows buyers looking for their dream home. HGTV, which launched in 1994, now available in more than 40 countries.

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