New to Blu: November 14 – 20

   Ant-Man and The Wasp ➢ “Ant Man and The Wasp is presented on 4K UHD courtesy of Disney Buena Vista with a 2160p transfer in 2.39:1 … The 2K DI attains significant new detail levels in this 4K UHD presentation. Kind of interestingly, however, these detail upticks are attained despite what is overall to my […]

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HD Ratings: Ninja Warrior Rebounds

Australian Ninja Warrior rebounded from its Sunday night lows on Monday to win its slot in three of the four core commercial demographics. The unfolding of the semi-finals, with 30 Ninjas competing for just eight places in the grand final, averaged 5.8% of Three’s 25-54 target audiences vs 5.4% for TVNZ 2’s Project Runway NZ. And […]

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HD Ratings: Ninja Warrior Tumbles

Australian Ninja Warrior’s winning streak on Three ended Sunday, when it was squeezed by local heroes on TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2. For the first time this season, ANW failed to win its time slot in any of the core commercial demographics. Sunday’s Kaikoura earthquake special and lead-in Hyundai Country Calendar won the 25-54 and […]

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Guest Bookings: Maher, Colbert, DeGeneres

On the first week of Real Time With Bill Maher screening across both SoHo and SoHo2 at various times, Washington Post associate editor Bob Woodward shares his fears about President Donald Trump. Woodward says Trump inspired the title of his latest book, Fear: Trump in the White House, when he told the author real power […]

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Network Movies in HD: November 10 – 16

   Saturday     Police Academy 2: Their First Assignment | TVNZ 2, 7.00     American Heist | TVNZ 2, 8.40 The Book Thief | Three, 9.25 The Hand That Rocks the Cradle | Duke, 9.35 300 | TVNZ 2, 10.50   Sunday    Wild | Three, 12.10am        Open Grave | TVNZ 2, 12.40am    Raid on Rommel | Maori TV, 8.30 […]

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HD Ratings: Topsy-Turvy Turnarounds

Three’s top-rating Grand Designs NZ lost to TVNZ 2’s resurgent sitcoms in all the key demographics for the first time this season on Wednesday. It averaged 4.8% of 25-54 year-olds compared to 5.7% for Young Sheldon and 5.8% for The Big Bang Theory. And in TVNZ 2’s 18-49 demo, it averaged 3.4% vs 4.4% for YS […]

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Critical Condition: The Sinner (S2)

The Sinner | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Jessica Biel may be gone, but Carrie Coon is a more-than-capable replacement, joining Bill Pullman for another unnerving murder investigation — this time with a religious commune backdrop … The second season of The Sinner’s structure is similar to that of the first. We open with a harrowing murder […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 17 – 23

➢➢ The only network movie premieres for the week starting November 17 are both must-see men-gotta’-do-what-men-gotta’-do classics. Maori TV will screen Hell or High Water (8.30 Sunday) and Three, 13 Hours: The Secret Soldiers of Benghazi (8.30 Thursday). Other HD coming attractions for that week will include: Police Academy 3: Back In Training (TVNZ 2, […]

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TVNZ 2’s New Survival Strategy

TVNZ 2 will take its cue from the Survivor playbook and try to kill two birds with one stone. It is shifting Australian Survivor from its low-rating 8.30 Sunday slot to 9.00 Wednesdays, where it will replace the similarly sub-par Kevin Can Wait and Talkin’ ‘Bout Your Generation. Australian Survivor will air Sunday for the […]

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HD Ratings: Kiwi Ninja Warrior a Hit

Three easily won Monday night in all the core commercial demographics, with Australian Ninja Warrior and 9-1-1 proving to be an enduring dynamic duo. In the 25-54 demo, ANJ (6.4%) lost to TVNZ 1’s Fair Go (7.0%) and Border Security (6.3%) but peaked at 7.0% in its second hour and won outright in the other […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Scores Hockey Rights

This morning Spark announced it would stream FIH Hockey games from next year, including all Vantage Black Sticks men’s and women’s competitions, and will use a US streaming platform for its new Spark Sport service. Here’s the press release: Spark makes first move into sports content production as part of securing hockey rights; also announces sports brand and […]

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HD Ratings: Weekend Round-Up

Three’s network movie premiere of The Magnificent Seven roped in twice as many 25-54 viewers as TVNZ 1’s launch of baby-snatching drama series The Cry. The western reboot averaged 6.0% of both networks’ core demographic vs 3.3% for The Cry. But in the hour that the two locked horns, the gap was much wider: 7.1% […]

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Critical Condition: A Discovery of Witches

A Discovery of Witches | SoHo2, 7.30 Wednesday/Neon ☆☆☆☆ “A Discovery of Witches was a hit 600-page novel by Deborah Harkness in 2011 that imagined vampires and witches as academics in modern-day Oxford, expecting us to find nothing strange about supernatural beings stalking the city’s libraries and cloisters. It’s now brought faithfully to the small […]

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New to Blu: November 7 – 13

The Spy Who Dumped Me ➢ “This is for the most part a really brightly coloured and well detailed looking presentation, one that offers consistently very good to excellent levels of fine detail, and which preserves an often extremely vivid palette. A number of scenes are either graded or lit to various extremes … but […]

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Guest Bookings: Maher, Colbert, DeGeneres

Barbra Streisand trash talks President Donald Trump on this week’s Real Time With Bill Maher (SoHo, 11.15 tonight). Deadline reports she claims sadness and anger about Trump’s presidency motivated her new album, Walls. “I couldn’t sleep nights. The photographs in my head – the pictures of the children being ripped out of the arms of […]

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