HD Ratings: Coro St Shoots to the Top

TVNZ’s decision to leap-frog 18 months of Coronation Street and relaunch it with a weeknight strip has paid off in the ratings. Last week’s 9.30 Monday-Friday episodes often won their time slots in key demographics and out-rated the shows they replaced earlier in the week. As of tonight, Coro St reverts to a Wednesday-Friday schedule […]

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HD Ratings: Heartbreak Island Wins Hearts

TVNZ 2’s Heartbreak Island is winning the hearts of 18-39 year-olds and household shoppers with kids. Last night’s episode averaged 8.9% of HHS/k, to narrowly beat Three’s Dancing With the Stars (8.8%), and 5.5% of 18-39s (vs DWTS’ 5.0%). But it finished third in the 25-54 demo (4.5%), after DWTS (7.9%) and TVNZ 1’s Fair […]

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New to Blu: June 20 – 26

   TV manufacturers may have stopped marketing 3D as a feature but studios keep releasing movies in the 3D Blu-ray format, the latest being the 2018 reboot of Tomb Raider, which also lands here on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. “Tomb Raider was shot digitally in the ARRIRAW codec (at 3.4K) using ARRI Alexa cameras and anamorphic […]

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Critical Condition: Patrick Melrose

Patrick Melrose | SoHo, 8.30 Tuesday ➢ “News that a TV adaptation of the Patrick Melrose novels was in the works quite rightly raised some eyebrows. Edward St Aubyn’s pentalogy, a semi-autobiographical series about a young aristocratic addict who was sexually abused by his father, would surely be impossible to film. The stories are all character […]

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Critical Condition: Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie

Unsolved: Tupac & Biggie | Netflix, from Monday ➢ “In the more than 20 years since two of the most influential hip-hop artists in history were gunned down, there have been documentaries, books, biopics, and extensive articles about Tupac Shakur, Biggie Smalls, and the East Coast–West Coast rivalry that escalated around their deaths. A limited […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky TV Guide App Update

This morning Sky issued this press release about improvements to its Sky TV Guide app: SKY TV GUIDE APP UPDATE MEANS YOU’LL NEVER MISS A SERIES AGAIN My Sky customers can now record full series to their planner no matter where they are. Sky customers will now be able to remotely record full series to […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 16 – 22

Saturday  Bolt | TVNZ 2, 5.20 Journey 2: The Mysterious Island | TVNZ 2, 7.00 The Smurfs | Three, 7.00 Reign of Fire | TVNZ 2, 8.35 William Shakespeare’s Romeo + Juliet | Three, 8.55   Sunday Get Hard | TVNZ 2, 8.30 Pitch Perfect 2 | Three, 8.30 Mahana | Maori TV, 8.30 The Remaining | TVNZ 2, 11.25   Monday    16 […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 14

  ➢ Prime will refresh its mid-winter schedule with new vehicles for Joanna Lumley and Stephen Fry. The former will present her “latest” travelogue, Japan (7.30 Sundays from June 24), and the latter stars in the US sitcom, The Great Indoors (10.30 Tuesday-Thursday, from June 26). The same week Prime will hook up Matt Watson’s […]

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New to Blu: June 13 – 19

   Red Sparrow flies high on both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. The Digital Bits reports the spy thriller was finished as a native 4K digital intermediate and given a high dynamic range grade in HDR10. This is a gorgeous image, with beautifully photographed architecture that’s perfectly enhanced by the use of anamorphic lenses, creating a lovely […]

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HD Ratings: Coro St Catch-Up Runner-Up to Re-run

Despite a month-long publicity build-up, Sunday’s Coronation Street recap special didn’t win its slot in the core commercial demographics. The two-hour broadcast compressed 18 months of key storylines to bridge the gap between Friday’s primetime episode and tonight’s. It spearheaded TVNZ 1’s massive catch-up with the UK, which continues this week with the network screening […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 9 – 15

   Saturday  The Incredibles | TVNZ 2, 5.00 Journey to the Center of the Earth | TVNZ 2, 7.00 Doctor Dolittle | Three, 7.00 Pretty Woman | TVNZ 2, 8.35 Edward Scissorhands | Three, 8.35        The Family | TVNZ 2, 10.55   Sunday Her Infidelity | TVNZ 2, 12.55am Pitch Perfect | Three, 8.05        The Nice Guys | TVNZ 2, […]

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New to SoHo in July

What HBO hopes will be its next Big Little Lies, Sharp Objects, will replace Westworld as SoHo’s signature drama on July 9. The murder mystery will air 1.00 Mondays — the same time as the US — and again at 8.30. The series has just had its world premiere at the ATX Festival in Austin, […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in July

   Veep and Animal Kingdom join the Sky Box Sets rotation next month, ahead of their season premieres on SoHo. Also new to the channel are the second and final season of The Arrangement, season one of Netflix thriller Marcella, season three of Channel Zero and the historical drama starring Billions’ Paul Giamatti, John Adams. Screening […]

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Critical Condition: Our Cartoon President

Our Cartoon President | SoHo, 10.00 Friday ➢ “The caricature of Donald Trump presented in the series is so oafishly relatable he does little to resemble our very real and very dangerous president (aside from a decent impression from voice actor Jeff Bergman). Our Cartoon President turns Trump into a dumb sitcom dad, using familiar […]

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Critical Condition: Marcella (S2)

Marcella | Netflix, from today ➢ “She is back. Marcella, with a ‘ch’ sound in the middle. Anna Friel giving it everything, entertainingly and very watchably, as an unlikely and very uncoplike cop, remember? Who has blackout episodes in which she becomes angry and violent … You may remember from the first series that Marcella […]

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