Three Celebrates Ten-Year High

Three’s top-rating election coverage on Saturday helped the network to record its highest weekly share of 25-54 year-olds in more than 10 years. Newshub Decision 17 Election Special won the night not just in the demographic it targets most but also in the 18-49 and 18-39 demos. According to the broadcaster, it outperformed the 1 News […]

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Critical Condition: Star Trek: Discovery

Star Trek: Discovery | Netflix, from today ➢ “Star Trek: Discovery, the first new Trek series in 16 years, feels welcomely familiar and also surprisingly fresh, bringing together established iconography and new ideas for a series that, based on the first three episodes screened for critics, exists in a space where nothing, including the status […]

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Super WB Deal for Sky

Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a Sky satellite beaming out all the latest seasons of DC Series like The Flash, Arrow, Super-girl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. The under-siege satcaster has done a deal with Warner Bros International Television Distribution to secure exclusive first-run rights to the studio’s DC Comics heavyweights. […]

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And the Winner on the Night … ?

TVNZ 1’s election night coverage was most popular with viewers 5+ but in the commercial demographic that matters most — 25-54 year-olds — it lost to Three. Both networks compete for bragging rights to this demo and were neck-and-neck in the previous two elections, ex-MediaWorks news boss Mark Jennings noted in his Newsroom.co.nz preview. But […]

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Just What the Doctor Ordered

TVNZ 1 has changed its prescription for launching series two of Doctor Foster. Originally, the network was going to repeat series one 9.35 Sundays from October 1 but now it’s opted to screen only the season finale in this slot. If you missed the series when it first aired, it can be viewed as a […]

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New to Netflix in October

Bonus Family (Bonusfamiljen): Season 1 (5/10/2017)    A new couple, their exes and their children navigate the emotional challenge and tricky logistics of blended family life in this Swedish dramedy. Suburra: Season 1 (6/10/2017) A seaside town near Rome becomes a gambling paradise – and a battleground for a powerful family, the mafia and corrupt […]

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Final Leaders Debate Tops a Million

Last night’s 1 News Vote 17 Final Leaders Debate reached one million viewers, with more than 40% of viewers tuning in, TVNZ said today. This eclipsed the 2014 election’s final debate, which reached 819,000 viewers and averaged 602,900. Reach counts everyone who watched the programme for at least one minute. It is the measure that captures […]

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Netflix a Good Place for Heavenly Comedy

Arguably the best comedy series to emerge from the 2016/17 US season today has a double-banger debut on Netflix. The Good Place has bypassed broadcasters and Sky for the streaming service, with all of season one available to view from today, along with episode one of season two (which will stream weekly within hours of its […]

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Critical Condition: Queen of the South

Queen of the South | Sky Box Sets, 7.30 Thursday/Monday ➢ “Although the show’s title might sound like a Bravo reality show about a sorority mom in Alabama, it actually follows a tough-as-nails Mexican woman named Teresa (Alice Braga) as she gets swept up in the drug world after hooking up with a cartel member, Güero (Jon […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 21

  ➢ Can The X Factor UK give TVNZ 1 some much needed ‘Wow!’ factor? It will premiere on September 29, and screen 7.30 Fridays and Saturdays. The series won its Saturday night slot in the UK last weekend to beat Strictly Come Dancing for the first time this year. (The Saturday broadcast has traditionally […]

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Lightning-Fast Lightbox Premieres in October

Next month Lightbox will fast-track the latest seasons of Mr Robot and Chance within hours of their US premieres but fans of Trans-parent will have to endure a month-long gap between its US and NZ streaming. Lightbox also is holding back the Channel 4 sci-fi anthology Electric Dreams until October 18. The Philip K Dick (Blade Runner) adaptation went to air […]

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TVNZ 2 to Fast Track Marvel’s Inhumans

TVNZ 2 will premiere Marvel’s Inhumans within two days of the US. The latest superheroes series will launch 9.05 on October 1 after the free-to-air premiere of another comic book adaptation, Ant-Man. Marvel’s Inhumans will go to air on September 29 in the US, where early reviews suggest it could be another ABC bomb (Agents […]

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New to Blu: September 20 – 26

Wonder Woman bounds on to three flavours of Blu-ray here the same day as the US. “Shot on 35mm film and completed as a 2K digital intermediate, Warner’s 2160p upscale is a sight to behold,” Home Theater Forum raved of the 4K-UHD version: There is a slight increase in fine detail, particularly in the fabrics […]

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Westworld Rides Again in 4K

Westworld may have wound up firing blanks at the primetime Emmy Awards but fans of the sci-fi shoot-’em-up can look forward to its release on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray. It goes on sale on November 8, a month ahead of season seven of Game of Thrones. “We are thrilled to release the first season of HBO’s […]

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New Tales — and Episodes — for SoHo

Silicon Valley creator Mike Judge’s latest, Tales From the Tour Bus, will premiere next month on SoHo, a couple of weeks after its Cinemax launch in the US. Cinemax (Outcast, Strike Back, Banshee) is an HBO sister channel and Tales From the Tour Bus is its first animated series. Judge narrates the eight half-hours, which […]

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