New to Blu: May 23 – 29

   Phantom Thread misses out on a 4K-UHD fancy dress release but the Blu-ray promises to be one of the year’s finest transfers. “The 1080p Blu-ray is certainly very efficient and very strong in its own right,” Blu-ray.com said. The image features a modest paleness about it to begin, but colours quickly reveal themselves as […]

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HD Ratings: Right Royal Romp Home for TVNZ 1

Despite superior HD coverage on Three, TVNZ 1’s Royal Wedding telecast trumped the competition. According to TVNZ Sales, more than 1.3 million viewers tuned in to watch the full coverage, with more than 500,000 25-54 year-olds watching the event for an average of 1 hour, 39 minutes. Crowds flocked in for the build up of the […]

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HD Ratings: DWTS Loses Monday to MKR

Dancing With the Stars may be the all-star anchor of Three’s Monday line-up but it’s Lost & Found and Inside Crime that are stealing the limelight. Last Monday’s DWTS lost to time-slot rival My Kitchen Rules in all the core commercial demographics, averaging 6.2% of Three’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, versus MKR’s 7.7%. But lead-outs L&F […]

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4/5 for JBL’s New 5.1 Soundbar

The most innovative of JBL’s new Bar series of soundbars has been highly rated by Trusted Reviews. The range, which has just gone on sale in Harvey Norman and JB Hi-Fi stores, comprises 2.1, 3.1 and 5.1 options with wireless subwoofers. What distinguishes the Bar 5.1 ($1199) are its detachable, battery-powered rear speakers that can be […]

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HD Ratings: Roseanne Finale Not So Rosy

The final of Roseanne on Thursday recorded season-low ratings. The hit reboot that Three fast-tracked from the US averaged 2.8% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, compared to 3.5% the previous week. Lead-out Modern Family also slipped week-on-week, from 3.6% to 2.9%, while the movie, The Mummy: Tomb of the Dragon Emperor, averaged 3.4% […]

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Network Movies in HD: May 19 – 25

  Saturday  James and the Giant Peach | TVNZ 2, 5.30 The Spiderwick Chronicles | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Ocean’s Eleven | TVNZ 2, 9.00          Cop Out | TVNZ 2, 11.00   Sunday Captain America: Civil War | TVNZ 2, 8.30 Spectre | Three, 8.30  Midnight in Paris | Maori TV, 8.30 Scream 3 | TVNZ […]

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Lightbox Sheds Light on 4K Oversight

Lightbox overhauled its TV streaming service today to introduce two subscriber plans and add more than 400 HD movies for rental — but nothing in 4K. HD library titles cost $5.99 and HD new releases $7.99. The pricing is the same as for other Transactional Video On Demand (TVOD) services, like Stuff Pix and YouTubeRed, […]

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HD Heads-Up: May 17

  ➢ TVNZ 2 is using Queen’s Birthday Weekend to dump its low-rating Friday line-up for the network premiere of Pan and a re-run of 2004’s King Arthur. Last week the network rejigged its schedule to better combat Three’s light-ent juggernaut but to no avail while its previously solid 7.30 duo The Simpsons and The New Legends […]

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The New 4K TV Season: Introduction

If you’re ready to upgrade to a premium 4K TV, this year’s range is the best and ‘cheapest’ yet. Okay, so $8K for a 65-inch 4K OLED or QLED flagship may not be everyone’s idea of a great buy but they’ve never been more competitively priced while offering unprecedented features and picture quality. And with […]

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HD Ratings: Big Bang Bigger Than Star Wars

  One of Hollywood’s biggest sci-fi franchises can’t top one of TV’s longest-running and most popular sitcoms. As TVNZ 2’s The Big Bang Theory builds towards Sheldon and Amy’s Star Wars-themed wedding on May 30, it continues to out-rate Three’s Star Wars season. Three relaunched the Luke Skywalker saga after American Idol fell flat, no doubt […]

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New to Blu: May 16 – 22

   Budget back-catalogue Blu-rays are the week’s sole newcomers. They range from the cult horror appeal of Deadly Blessing to Goldie Hawn in her heyday: Death Becomes Her and Bird on a Wire. Assuming Bird on the Wire uses the same transfer source as last year’s British release (the world’s first), expect it to be presented in the original […]

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2018 US Cancellations Guide

   Here are the US series that won’t be coming back to an HD network or streaming service near you. Of course, some seasons have yet to play here but below are the shows that have been axed by their domestic broadcasters. TVNZ 1 The Brave Lucifer Graves TVNZ 2 Quantico The Exorcist Kevin Can […]

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New A+ Slot for Q+A

TVNZ 1’s Sunday morning current affairs hour Q+A is switching to a primetime slot. From July 29, it will air 9.30pm Sundays instead of 9am. TVNZ says the promotion will increase the Corin Dann-fronted programme’s viewership while reinforcing the NZ flavour of TVNZ 1’s Sunday night line-up, which includes Hyundai Country Calendar, newsmag Sunday and, […]

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HD Ratings: The Resident Recovers

  TVNZ 2’s new Tuesday night hospital drama The Resident has started to stabilise off the back off time-slot winning lead-in My Kitchen Rules. Last week’s episode won its slot with 3.7% of 18-39 year-olds and was competitive in the other core commercial demographics, with 3.8% of 25-54s, 3.0% of 18-49s and 4.3% of household […]

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Critical Condition: Below the Surface

Below the Surface | Lightbox, from Tuesday ➢ “Thrilling from the off, this Danish crime drama set in Copenhagen opens with the hijacking of a subway train where 15 members of the public are taken hostage by a group of captors (political affiliation unknown) asking for €4m. A counter-terrorism taskforce led by Philip Norgaard (Johannes […]

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