Critical Condition: My Mad Fat Diary

My Mad Fat Diary | TVNZ Ondemand, from Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “Set between 1996 and ]98, My Mad Fat Diary tells the story of Rae (Sharon Rooney) and her attempts to assimilate back into normal life after spending a summer in psychiatric care following a suicide attempt … What could have been just another cookie-cutter teen […]

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Critical Condition: Years and Years

Years and Years | SoHo, 8.30 Monday ☆☆☆☆ “Following one family, the Lyons, from 2019 until 2031 – through, among other things, the rise of populism and the inching encroachment of tech – it is half sci-fi dystopia, half kitchen-sink drama, and does both with equal verve. It hums with urgent and unsettling realism, and […]

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Critical Condition: The Rook

The Rook | Neon, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “A wan young British woman wakes up beside the Thames, surrounded by mangled bodies. She may have done the mangling, but she doesn’t know if or how or why, because her memory has been erased. No, she is not in a Christopher Nolan film. Myfanwy (rhymes with Tiffany) Thomas […]

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Critical Condition: The Righteous Gemstones

The Righteous Gemstones | Neon, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “Coarse, loud and laced with heart … Danny McBride’s new HBO comedy expands on the sensibilities of Eastbound & Down and Vice Principals to tackle the tacky world of megachurches … As treatments of in-family cannibalism go, The Righteous Gemstones is a complementary, more overtly comedic, portrait […]

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New to Neon in September

Sky continues to invest in premium content for Neon, with the streaming platform next month offering three exclusive premieres and getting the jump on four SoHo properties. It also will stream the latest seasons of SoHo staples Mayans M.C. and The Deuce day-and-date with the linear channel. PEN15 (from September 7) is an Emmy-nominated comedy about […]

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Schedule Watch: August 17

  On this weekend’s Sunday (TVNZ 1, 7.30), ahead of Three’s Jonah premiere, John Campbell goes inside the Manu Samoa camp, as they prepare for the Rugby World Cup, to explore the increasingly popular choice of Pasifika players leaving their home nations for European contracts. Three isn’t holding back on its hyperbole in hailing Jonah (8.30 Sunday […]

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Network Movies in HD: August 17 – 23

     Saturday    Planes 2: Fire and Rescue | TVNZ 2, 7am   Into the Woods | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Legends of Oz | Maori TV, 7.00   The Guilt Trip | Three, 8.55   The Matrix | TVNZ 2, 9.15   One Hour Photo | Duke, 9.25   Girl Missing | Three, 10.50   Survivor | TVNZ 2, 11.55          Sunday […]

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TVNZ Streams Ahead Year-on-Year

TVNZ’s OnDemand streams are rocketing ahead, with average weekly streams up 78% year-on-year. Shortland Street, Friends, The  Big Bang Theory (which is now on Netflix NZ, including the first three seasons in HD — TVOD’s are SD), Home and Away and Coronation Street are the most “binge watched” shows — and also the most streamed. It […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Expands Rugby Streaming

Sky is tackling the competition from Spark Sport by flexing its rugby streaming muscle with the $62 million acquisition of the world’s biggest online rugby network. Here’s the press release in full: SKY NEW OWNER OF GLOBAL STREAMING APP RUGBYPASS Sky is expanding its reach into the global rugby market with the acquisition of RugbyPass, […]

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Leaving Lightbox in September

New fans of time traveling romance Outlander will need to hurry up and stream season three on Lightbox, as next month it will leave the Spark platform. That means the only season still on Lightbox will be the fourth, which has just been released in a stunning Blu-ray set. Season five is still filming and […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 24 – 30

  ➢➢ TVNZ 1’s new 8.30 Monday crime drama, Wild Bill, which was postponed until August 26 to avoid facing off against the conclusion to Jonah, now will launch opposite another local newcomer on Three: The Gulf. The six-part German co-production set on Waiheke Island stars Kate Elliot (Fresh Meat) as a detective who suspects the car crash […]

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Critical Condition: Deep Water

Deep Water | TVNZ OnDemand, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “Adapted from the novels of Paula Daly by Mrs Wilson’s Ann Symons, Deep Water’s observations on class insecurity and sex are acute and a pivotal dinner party is truly cringe-making, even as implausibilities mount up a little too conveniently … The performances, though, are up to snuff, […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spidercam Comes to Sky Sport

Sky is setting up a dedicated Spidercam channel for ground-breaking coverage of this weekend’s All Blacks and Black Ferns games. Here’s the full press release: THE AMAZING SPIDERCAM – A NEW WAY TO WATCH THE GAME Sky Sport is excited to announce that it will be offering rugby fans an alternative, gravity-defying way to watch […]

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New to Blu: August 14 – 20

  Avengers: Endgame “Although Avengers: Endgame is sourced from a 6.5K resolution negative, the film’s home video release features a 2K Digital Intermediate. Shot on the ARRI Alexa 65 IMAX Camera system, this transfer’s ultra-crisp image is a result of this format. The film’s home video presentation features a 2.39:1 aspect ratio, meaning that the larger […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Vibe Joins Sky Go

Sky today announced it had added entertainment channel Vibe to its expanded Sky Go service — but no word yet on when Sky Go might go HD. Despite HD additions like Vibe, Sky Go remains SD-only. “We hope for that to change in the future,” a Sky spokeswoman says — but there doesn’t seem to […]

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