HD Ratings: Magnum Far From Tip-Top

How much lower will Magnum P.I.’s ratings have to sink before they trigger its demise? Tonight’s teaming with The Block NZ: Firehouse, ahead of the return of Hawaii Five-O, may be the reboot’s last chance to earn its primetime stripes. Last week’s episode averaged an abysmal 1.3% of Three’s core commercial demographic, 25-54 year-olds, 0.9% […]

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New to Blu: June 19 – 25

  Captain Marvel ➢ “The 2K DI may seem an impediment to image quality, but the higher resolution capture really helps in this regard. (Remember, it isn’t just the number of pixels in the image that matters but the quality of those pixels.) Detail is generally strong, and stronger in live action scenes, with nice […]

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HD Ratings: Hot Start for The Block NZ Firehouse

Three’s season premiere of The Block NZ: Firehouse opened strongly on Monday and helped the return of Westside to win the 8.30 hour. TBNZ was out-rated by TVNZ 2’s My Kitchen Rules but still posted impressive numbers, including 6.9% of 25-54 year-olds (versus 7.8% for MKR) and 6.5% of 18-49s (vs 6.7%). It was also […]

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Critical Condition: Jett

Jett | SoHo, 9.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Written and directed by Sebastian Gutierrez (Elektra Luxx), Jett feels like an adaptation of a long-running franchise of crime novels that doesn’t actually exist, filled (sometimes to excess) with suave crime lords, verbose henchmen, ambitious heists, steamy sex and unexpected double-crosses, and anchored by an enigmatic and intriguing lead […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Lightbox Captions Handmaid

Blessed be the day: Lightbox at last is starting to caption the programmes it streams, starting with the first three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale. It also plans to caption selected movie rentals. Curiously, among the reasons it doesn’t site for the captioning is the difficulty some of have hearing dialogue on content that isn’t […]

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Sky Kicks Off Rugby Giveaway

First Sky canned its HD Ticket. Then it offered SoHo free to subscribers of its sport and/or entertainment packages. Next: Rugby Channel content will be free to all Sky Sport subscribers ahead of Spark and TVNZ’s Rugby World Cup coverage. “Great news – we’re making all our rugby content (that was previously on the Rugby […]

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HD Ratings: Is the Honeymoon Over for Wife Swap?

TVNZ 2’s Wife Swap NZ lost its primetime darling status on Thursday when it rated well below the previous week’s season premiere. It lost to both TVNZ 1’s Doctor Doctor, and Three’s Lego Masters Australia and the movie R.I.P.D. in three of the four core commercial demographics. It fared better among household shoppers with kids […]

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HD Ratings: Three’s Friday Night Massacre

A combined assault by TVNZ 1 and TVNZ 2 unseated Three’s top-rating talent of The Graham Norton Show and 7 Days on Friday. TVNZ 1’s Britain’s Got Talent dominated in the 25-54 and 18-49 demographics from 7.30-9.30 while TVNZ 2’s 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown topped 7 Days in all the core commercial demos. […]

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HD Ratings: Crowning Glory for DWTS

Dancing With the Stars NZ won its grand final slot on Sunday in all the core commercial demographics despite fierce competition from the TVNZ channels. TVNZ 1 aired a headline-making Sunday profile of Wairarapa farmer James Cameron while TVNZ’s My Kitchen Rules has been consistently out-rating DWTS of late. But DWTS’ two-hour swansong was untouchable. […]

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Spark Demonstrates Long Game Strategy

Spark today highlighted how it’s using costly acquisitions like the NZ rights to the Rugby World Cup to drive its broadband and mobile plan businesses. It’s offering a free RWC Tournament Pass to anyone who joins the telco or re-contracts to selected services. Spark uses the same strategy with its free Lightbox and Netflix subscriptions […]

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Critical Condition: City on a Hill

City on a Hill | SoHo, 8.30 Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “Showtime’s Boston-set series starring Kevin Bacon and Aldis Hodge tells a sprawling story of crime, race and police corruption … The big question, of course, is whether viewers will have the patience needed to let a mammoth story like this unfold when the first three hours are […]

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Critical Condition: Euphoria

Euphoria | Neon from Monday, SoHo2 from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Boundary-pushing, real and exceptionally realised, HBO’s new drama starring Zendaya tracks sex, drugs and rap in the life of modern teens … Euphoria feels like a next-gen version of Larry Clark and Harmony Korine’s Kids, from 1995, but with even more inherent, life-altering risks given that today technology is […]

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Critical Condition: Baptiste

Baptiste | Netflix, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “A sort of 21st-century updating of Agatha Christie’s Poirot, Tchéky Karyo’s crime-frighting codger Julien Baptiste was introduced in Harry and Jack Williams’s brooding Euro-caper The Missing. Now he is promoted to his own six-part drama Baptise (BBC1). On the evidence of episode one, the Williams siblings have once again […]

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Schedule Watch: June 16

The powerful new Netflix docudrama, When They See Us, has reignited interest in the case of the “Central Park Five” who were accused of viciously beating and raping jogger Trisha Meili 30 years ago. Tuesday’s 20/20 (TVNZ 1, 9.30) provides what it promises will be “a close look at the shocking case, which triggered a […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in July

Netflix’s oppressively moody Anna Faris thriller, Marcella, will have its NZ TV premiere screen next month on Sky Box Sets instead of the previously scheduled Fargo. Series one will screen in quasi-HD whereas series one and two can be streamed in 4K on Netflix. Also new to SBS will be the season two premiere of Happy!, […]

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