Samsung Will Be First With 8K

Samsung will be the first TV manufacturer to offer 8K models in NZ. The full 8K and 4K range was unveiled today at the company’s Southeast Asia and Oceania Forum in Singapore. Pricing won’t be as fierce as tech vets might have expected, given what the first consumer plasma and OLED TV initially sold for, but […]

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Due on Blu: Free Solo (and Other Oscar Winners)

   The Blu-ray of Oscar-winning documentary Free Solo will be released on April 11 as a JB Hi-Fi exclusive. Everywhere else it will be for sale on DVD only — and that won’t be the optimal way to view it at home. The movie is a visually exquisite — and exhilarating — portrait of free […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in May

A raft of SoHo series will screen for the first time on Sky Box Sets in May. Complete seasons of Deadwood, Snowfall, Legion and Sex and the City will make their channel premieres, along with season one of Pose (“juicy details” have just have just been revealed of S2) and limited Australian series Picnic at Hanging Rock and Mystery […]

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Due on Blu: Spider-Man: Into the Spiderverse

The Blu-ray of the Oscar-winning Spider-Man: Into the Universe will include more than 90 minutes of extras, some of which will feature on the 4K-UHD disc as well, when it goes on sale on April 17 (two weeks after its digital debut). There also will be a 3D release that isn’t for sale in the […]

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HD Ratings: Whiskey Turns Sour for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2’s carefully calculated strategy to launch Whiskey Cavalier with three episodes in one week was undone by the Christchurch mosque shootings — and cost the spy romp when it did premiere on Wednesday. The single-episode debut averaged only 2.2% of TVNZ 2’s target audience, 18-49 year-olds, and 3.0% of 25-54 year-olds. It out-rated TVNZ […]

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New to Netflix in April

Chilling Adventures of Sabrina: Part 2 (5/04/2019) Part 2 finds Sabrina exploring her darker side, curious to learn more about her heritage, while struggling to maintain her friendships in the mortal world. Tijuana (5/04/2019) When a prominent politician is murdered in cold blood, intrepid local journalists risk their lives to uncover the truth. Persona: Collection […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in April

Sky Box Sets will screen a week-long marathon of the first seven seasons of Game of Thrones ahead of S8’s premiere on SoHo. It will also offer another chance to see the sci-fi noir Hard Sun and all three seasons of The Leftovers. Screening in order of their nightly 7.30 rotation will be: Game of Thrones S1 […]

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American Dad Too Subversive for NZ TV?

The programming fall-out from the Christchurch mosque shootings continues, with Three dropping American Dad from late-night Fridays. New episodes of the long-running ‘toon about the Family Guy of CIA agents will be replaced by re-runs of Bob’s Burgers, effective from tonight. Said a network spokesperson: “Out of respect to the mood of the nation, we […]

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New to SoHo2 in April

Aside from Game of Thrones’ swansong, SoHo2 has a more vibrant line-up of premieres in April than its sister channel. Screening in order of their debuts will be: Veep: Season Seven (7.30 Wednesdays from April 3) The critically acclaimed series returns for its final season. Julia Louis-Dreyfus  leads an ensemble cast as Selina Meyer, the former president, who struggles […]

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New to SoHo in April

   Game of Thrones’ final season will be the most anticipated newcomer to SoHo next month (1.00/8.30 Mondays from April 15). Today HBO released key art and a trailer for the concluding six episodes, which will be largely original rather than adapted from George RR Martin’s books. Reportedly, the first two episodes will be nearly an hour […]

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Network Movies in HD: March 23 – 29

   Saturday     How to Train Your Dragon | TVNZ 2, 7.00    How to Train Your Dragon 2 | Three, 7.00    Blended | TVNZ 2, 8.50    Eddie the Eagle | Three, 9.00    Groundhog Day | Duke, 9.30    The Prestige | TVNZ 2, 11.10    Almost Famous | Three, 11.10      Sunday    Gimme Shelter | TVNZ 2, […]

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‘Safe Space’ Programming Catches Up With Coro

TVNZ 1 is pulling tomorrow afternoon’s catch-up broadcast of Coronation Street in the wake of the Christchurch mosque shootings. The double-episode will screen Monday at 1pm but not tomorrow because the storyline clashes sharply with the two-minute silence the broadcaster will observe with the rest of the country at 1.32 (Extreme Cake Makers will screen […]

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HD Heads-Up: March 30 – April 5

➢➢ TVNZ 1 is fast-forwarding acclaimed espionage drama Mrs Wilson from OnDemand to primetime to replace Deception (9.30 Sundays from March 31). The US procedural opened poorly on March 3, with only 1.1% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, and the next two episodes were pre-empted by Leaving Neverland and last Sunday’s programming purge following […]

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Critical Condition: Ordeal by Innocence

Ordeal by Innocence | SoHo, 9.30 Wednesdays ☆☆☆☆ “The three-part BBC adaptation of the 1958 Agatha Christie novel is replete with stars, including Bill Nighy, Alice Eve, Matthew Goode, and Anna Chancellor. But it’s also curiously dark, stuffed with repetitive flashbacks, moody imagery, and nasty people committing acts of emotional torture. The surprise at the […]

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New to Blu: March 20 – 26

Peppermint ➢ “The 2.39:1/1080p/AVC-encoded transfer is expectedly competent. This digitally shot film offers strong fine-object detail and texture. Some wider shots are slightly soft, but the film looks good in motion. Colours are nicely saturated and black levels are generally strong, save a couple of shots in which they push toward purple. I noticed minor […]

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