Hot Off the Press Release: New Freeview Recorder Rival

Freeview has just announced the launch of an innovative new high-end recorder and a new Freeview On Demand platform combining Live TV and On Demand services on Smart TVs and set top boxes. Here’s the full release: Expected to be in store in Q1 2018, the premium recorder – produced by local company Dish TV […]

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Family-Sized Mom OnDemand

Mom is the latest fast-tracked sitcom to have all of its previous seasons online at the same time as the newest episodes. Season five goes to air on TVNZ 2 on November 8 but fans can already view the previous seasons at tvnz.co.nz and will get the jump on season five from November 3, the same day […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 19

➢ “Pretty much one long OMG WTF” — that’s how The Guardian summed up TVNZ 2’s polygamy documentary series, Three Wives, One Husband, which will air 8.55 Tuesdays from October 31. It’s a four-part Channel 4 take on how 14 Mormon families live in harmony in a desert community when half of the men have multiple wives. “Apart from the […]

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New to Blu: October 18 – 24

  Baby Driver roars on to both 4K-UHD and Blu-ray, with top US reviewers praising the fidelity of the former over the latter. “Baby Driver was reportedly finished at 2K, but even so this marks a solid upgrade over a decent-not-great 1080p Blu-ray picture,” Blu-ray.com said. Sony’s 2160p/HDR-enhanced release delivers a more intricate and stable […]

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Lightbox’s Vision for Blindspot

Lightbox’s deal with Warner Bros has paid off with Spark’s streaming service about to launch season three of Blindspot exclusively in this market. TVNZ 1 still plans to screen the series but Lightbox will have it first, starting November 5 with a double-episode (it will stream weekly thereafter). Lightbox also has seasons one and two […]

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Tin Star Shines Brighter

Three’s struggling Tin Star has rebounded in the ratings since TVNZ 1’s pulled Criminal Minds for Doctor Foster. Monday’s episode of the British crime drama averaged 4.1% of Three’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, to win the 8.30 hour against Doctor Foster (2.5%) and all but one quarter-hour segment of TVNZ 2’s comedy combo, Will & […]

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Critical Condition: Electric Dreams

Electric Dreams: The Hood Maker | Lightbox, from Wednesday ➢ “The Hood Maker was written by Matthew Graham, co-creator of back-to-the-future cop shows Life on Mars and Ashes to Ashes. It paired Richard Madden (Game of Thrones) and Holliday Grainger (The Borgias) as an odd couple of spooks in a post-technological society riven by prejudice […]

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Another Month of Comics and Killers on SoHo

Two new comedies and another serial killer thriller are among next month’s highlights on SoHo. Absentia stars Castle’s Stana Katic as an FBI agent who returns six years after being kidnapped to find herself implicated in a string of murders. The Hollywood Reporter describes the Sony Pictures Television Networks series as “part thriller and part procedural with a […]

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Sky Movie Premieres in November

   Sky Movies Premiere Manchester by the Sea Split T2 Trainspotting Live by Night Gold Patriots Day Miss Sloane Logan Army of One Sky Movies Extra Kids in Love Evening Jackie La La Land The Ides of March Fifty Shades Darker The Secret Life of Bees Sky Movies Greats Hot Fuzz Argo Crazy Stupid Love […]

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Sky Box Sets to Bow Ex-Zone Premieres

The latest seasons of two sci-fi series that previously aired on Sky’s The Zone will premiere next month on Sky Box Sets. Season four of The Strain will screen in its entirety from 7.30 on November 10 and the fourth and final season of Beauty & the Beast from 7.30 on November 26. They will […]

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Sick Note for Sky

Sky’s Box Sets channel will screen season one of the new Nick Frost comedy series, Sick Note, on November 23. The Shaun of the Dead star plays a doctor whose patient, Harry Potter’s Rupert Grint, is mis-diagnosed with cancer. Having lost his job and his girlfriend, the seemingly doomed insurance worker suddenly finds himself being […]

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This Week in HD: October 21 – 27

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i Saturday  Nature’s Weirdest Events (TV1, 4.55, R) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog It! (Prime, […]

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This Week in HD: October 14 – 20

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly free-to-air in 1080i   Saturday  Nature’s Weirdest Events (TV1, 4.55, R) My Kitchen Rules New Zealand (TV2, 5.00, R) Survivor: Heroes v. Healers v. Hustlers (TV3, 5.00) Ados Addicted to Fishing (Prime, 5.00, R) 1 News at 6pm (TV1, 6.00) The Barefoot Bandits (TV2, 6.00) Newshub Live at 6pm (TV3, 6.00) Flog […]

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New to Blu: October 11 – 17

   Spider-man: Homecoming comes home here ahead of most of the world, on 4K-UHD, Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray, along with a 4K-UHD re-issue of Close Encounters of the Third Kind to mark its 40th anniversary. The latest Spidey has more than an hour of extras on the Blu-ray disc, including a pop-up factoid track, while […]

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Critical Condition: Rellik

Rellik | SoHo, 8.30 Sunday ➢ “It’s gothic, it’s gruesome, and it’s all wrapped up in a reverse-time package (Rellik = Killer), that means we get to see what happened next, before we get to see what happened … Initially, I found the story a little cold, a little too clinical, a little pleased with […]

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