Doctor Who Streams Second to Shortland Street

TVNZ reports the new season of Doctor Who, which continues tonight (TVNZ 2, 7.30), has recorded more weekly streams than any other show except streaming supremo Shortland Street. “Our first episode of Doctor Who has reached 44,000 OnDemand members, who have streamed the episode 105,000 times,” TVNZ corporate communications manager Rachel Howard told ScreenScribe. “To put […]

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Network Movies in HD: October 20 – 26

   Saturday     Hotel Transylvania | TVNZ 2, 7.00  Unbroken | Three, 9.30 Kill Bill: Volume 1 | TVNZ 2, 11.30   Sunday     The Man With the Iron Fists | Three, 12.10am      Homefront | TVNZ 2, 1.30am    The Little Mermaid | TVNZ 2, 6.40am    White House Down | TVNZ 2, 8.30    Fifty Shades of Grey | Three, 8.30 […]

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New to Neon in November

  Next month Sky’s Neon will stream Escape at Dannemora and A Discovery of Witches from the same day they premiere respectively on SoHo and SoHo2. The supernatural drama will stream from November 7 and the prison break thriller from November 19. Also new to Neon in November will be A Million Little Things, Mr […]

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New to Blu: October 17 – 23

Skyscraper ➢ “Skyscraper appears on 4K UHD and Blu-ray disc in its original 2:39.1 aspect ratio.  The 4K UHD disc displays the film  in 2160p using the HEVC codec with HDR.  Skyscraper with HDR demonstrates exquisite fine detail with a range of colours that can only be produced in this format on home video. The UHD […]

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Critical Condition: Random Acts of Flyness

Random Acts of Flyness | SoHo, 9.30 Friday ➢➢ “Under creator Terence Nance’s watchful and discerning eye, Random Acts of Flyness stitches everything from found footage, to satirical skits, to interviews reenacted through stop motion animation together with beautiful cinematography to create a sort of televisual collage. Together, they all reveal incisive truths about what it […]

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Critical Condition: Wanderlust

Wanderlust | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “‘I do sex very well,’ said the novelist AS Byatt, ‘because I don’t do it at any great length’. I wonder if she watched Wanderlust, the new BBC drama about a family therapist and that interminable dramatic cliché – an English teacher husband – having affairs because they are bored with […]

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HD Heads-Up for Sky in 2019

Speculation on the future of Sky’s ownership continues to crank up ahead of today’s last annual general meeting for retiring chief executive John Fellet. The AGM also coincides with relief at last on the horizon for Sky customers who feel HD-deprived. A new HD channel, SoHo2, launches on November 7 and next year should see a […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 27 – November 2

➢➢ TVNZ continues to platform its best new drama series exclusively on-demand. Premiering October 29 will be The Little Drummer Girl and Fighting Season. The former is a John Le Carre adaptation that will stream here the same day it airs on the BBC. From the team behind The Night Manager, it’s another six-part espionage puzzler, “tricked […]

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Critical Condition: Mr Inbetween

Mr Inbetween | SoHo, 10.05 Thursday ➢➢ “Nothing short of a stunning revelation. Created and written by Scott Ryan, who also plays the lead character, Ray, a hitman facing something of a midlife crisis — but mostly just handling his business while suffering no fools — Mr Inbetween is a coming out of sorts for Ryan as […]

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New to SoHo2 in November

Sky has announced the premiere dates of series it has scheduled for next month’s launch of its second premium drama channel, SoHo 2. They range from newcomers like A Discovery of Witches and Pose to a new season of Room 104. Screening in order of their premieres will be: ➢ A Discovery of Witches (8.30 […]

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New to SoHo in November

Escape at Dannemora ➢ This eight-part, Ben Stiller-directed Showtime series is based on a stranger-than-fiction 2015 prison break in upstate New York that sparked a state-wide manhunt. Benicio del Toro plays convicted murderer Richard Matt – an artistic yet intimidating force within the prison – who masterminds the escape and becomes involved with convicted cop-killer David Sweat (Paul Dano) and […]

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Euro Co-Pros Span Kiwi Gulf

TVNZ and MediaWorks have licensed two Screentime NZ co-productions with Denmark and Germany that will screen next year. Both have been co-produced by veteran crime genre producer Philly de Lacey. MediaWorks announced this afternoon that The Gulf, a six-part NZ-German series, will premiere next year on Three while Drama Quarterly reports TVNZ has acquired Straight Forward. […]

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Critical Condition: Informer

Informer | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ➢➢ “Paddy Considine stars in a tale of a family caught up in the war on terror. The script is from the newcomers Rory Haines and Sohrab Noshirvani, and it’s the first TV role for Nabhaan Rizwan, who takes the lead role as a young second-generation Pakistani from east […]

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New to Lightbox in November

Lightbox has picked up for streaming next month an acclaimed BBC series that for too long has been absent from our screens. Three Girls, which The Guardian hailed as “a powerful and important three-part drama, based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal,” screened 18 months ago in the UK — a gap that’s ridiculously long […]

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HD Ratings: TVNZ 2 Extends Reach

The wisdom of Three’s new Sunday night movie strategy — playing female-skewed titles after Married at First Sight NZ — will need revising after TVNZ 2 pummelled Me Before You with Jack Reacher: Never Go Back. The Tom Cruise sequel won its slot in all the core commercial demographics on Sunday. It averaged 5.4% of […]

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