Hot Off the Press Release: Disney+ Goes Live in NZ

Wahoo! All but the latest season of The Simpsons, which is airing on TVNZ 2, can be streamed from today in NZ on Disney+. The competitively priced service, with 4K/Dolby Atmos streams costing nothing more than HD, launched today with more than 600 movies and 7,000 TV series episodes. Most new episodes of the platform’s […]

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BBC UKTV to Go HD

   Fans of British panel shows and whodunits will be able to watch them back-to-back in HD on Sky’s BBC UKTV channel from December 4. Sky has confirmed the service will be upgraded from SD the same day as sister channel BBC Earth. Regular viewers of BBC UKTV will have noticed evolving programming strategies over […]

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Leaving Neon in December

   Season two of Atlanta, four seasons of The Royals, the Game of Thrones spinoff Thronecast and the movies Red Sparrow, Early Man and Gravity will leave Sky’s streaming platform next month. Here’s the full rundown of December departures:

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HD Ratings: Kingsman 2 Golden for TVNZ 2

Despite TVNZ 2’s network movie premiere of Kingsman: The Golden Circle blowing away the competition on Sunday, TVNZ 1 still won the night in three of the four core commercial demograhics. The spy romp sequel averaged 4.5% of 25-54 year-olds, 3.9% of 18-49s, 3.0% of 18-39s and 4.2% of household shoppers with kids to win […]

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BBC Earth to Go HD

At last the stars have aligned for Sky’s BBC Earth to go HD: the channel will upgrade in time for next month’s belated premiere of The Planets. The acclaimed Brian Cox series will screen 7.30 Sundays from December 8, four days after BBC Earth’s 1080i conversion. For once, critics agreed with the producers’ claim that […]

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New to Neon in December

A Spanish comedy (with English subtitles) about a group of horror fans who turn their love for the genre into a business leads Neon’s highlights for next month. Season one of Los Espookys will be available to stream from December 8. The HBO production was well reviewed in there US, where The New Yorker said […]

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Schedule Watch: November 16

Absymal ratings are prompting primetime changes on TVNZ 2 and Three. The former is switching All Rise from 9.35 Tuesdays to 10.05 Wednesdays from November 27. It will be replaced by God Friended Me from November 26. And this week’s God Friended Me will air 9.00 Wednesday instead of Mums Gone Wild: Embarrassing Parents, ahead of […]

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Network Movies in HD: November 16 – 22

  Saturday    Big Hero 6 | TVNZ 2, 7.00   Penguins of Madagascar | Three, 7.00     Sherlock Holmes | Three, 8.50   Self/Less | TVNZ 2, 9.00   A Nightmare on Elm Street 3 | Duke, 9.40   47 Ronin | Three, 11.25            Sunday   Kingsman: The Golden Circle | TVNZ 2, 8.30   Learning to Drive | Maori TV, 8.30  […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: What Next for Sky Sport?

Sky today unveiled its latest initiative to strengthen its ties with grass roots Kiwi sports fans that includes launching a free YouTube channel of events that wouldn’t be covered on streaming and broadcast platforms. “We understand the importance of a sustainable future for New Zealand sport and are proud to be investing more than $10 […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 23 – 29

➢➢ A signature comedy duo on Three is switching channels for their latest series. TVNZ 2 will debut Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday on November 27, as its new 8.30 Wednesday comedy anchor. It will premiere 10 days after it went to air in Australia (it premieres there on Sunday). The three-part series follows their […]

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HD Ratings: TVNZ 1’s New Lion King

TVNZ 1’s Tuesday night premiere of Serengeti savaged the competition, winning its time slot in all the core commercial demographics and rewarding the broadcaster for locking up a long-term deal for BBC natural history series. It averaged 6.1% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, 5.2% of 18-49s, 3.5% of 18-39s and 7.6% of household […]

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Leaving Lightbox in December

Spark’s streaming service Lightbox farewells a slew of series in December, including seasons 1-4 of Mozart in the Jungle. Here’s the full line-up of pending departures:

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Leaving Neon in November

Poldark, SMILF and Project Runway All Stars will be leaving Sky’s Neon streaming service this month. Season three of Poldark will be gone after November 30, S1 of SMILF after November 22 and S4 of Runway after November 29. Among the movies that will be exiting are: On Chesil Beach (November 22) Molly’s Game (November […]

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New to Blu: November 13 – 19

  Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw ➢ “This is an excellent Ultra HD presentation that looks great on my large screen. What struck me from the onset is the lifelike reproduction of the textures captured by the camera’s lens. Whether it be the finest minutia in physical features or rough textures on the surfaces […]

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New to Lightbox in December

Spark’s streaming platform will have only one NZ premiere next month: season six of Vikings. The 20-episode final season will screen in two 10-part instalments, beginning with a double-episode premiere on December 5; the next eight episodes will stream weekly. Reads the blurb: “After years of turmoil and tragedy, the series reaches its biggest climax yet with […]

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