Network Movies in HD: September 21 – 27

     Saturday    Megamind | Three, 4.00     James and the Giant Peach | TVNZ 2, 7.00   The Reef 2: High Tide | Maori TV, 7.00    The Shawshank Redemption | TVNZ 2, 8.35   You, Me and Dupree | Three, 9.30   Ghosts of Mars | Duke, 9.30   Mistress America | Three, 11.15   Jupiter Ascending […]

Read more

Critical Condition: American Horror Story: 1984

American Horror Story: 1984 | SoHo2, 8.30 Saturday ☆☆☆☆ “The ninth instalment of Ryan Murphy and Brad Falchuk’s gory franchise takes a familiar ensemble to summer camp for some stabby fun … Some bloody delights, but mostly running on nostalgic fumes.” — The Hollywood Reporter. ☆☆☆☆ “AHS: 1984’s tone is so much brighter, lighter, and stylised […]

Read more

Critical Condition: Criminal

Criminal | Netflix ☆☆☆☆ “This gripping 12-part series is set entirely in the confines of a police interview suite, where detectives grill suspects in intense Line of Duty-style interrogations … The first episode stars David Tennant as Dr Edgar Fallon, who is tight-lipped while being questioned about his stepdaughters murder … A truly mesmerising watch.” […]

Read more

HD Ratings: Weed Lights Up Wednesday

The final of Patrick Gower: On Weed smoked the competition on Wednesday, averaging 5.4% – 9.0% of the core commercial demographics. It was most popular with Three’s target demo, 25-54, blitzing TVNZ 2’s repeat of 8 Out of 10 Cats does Countdown (3.5%) and TVNZ 1’s World’s Busiest Train Stations (2.5%). Not only did it […]

Read more

New to Netflix in October

El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie (11/10/2019) Written and directed by Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan, this sequel follows fugitive Jesse Pinkman (Aaron Paul) as he runs from his captors, the law and his past. El Dragón: Return of a Warrior (04/10/2019) To replace his grandfather as head of a cartel, a Tokyo financier returns to […]

Read more

HD Heads-Up: September 28 – October 4

➢➢ Three will premiere season two of The Rookie (8.30 Wednesdays) on October 2, within a few days of its US debut. In the first episode, Officer Bradford’s life hangs in the balance as the force grapples with a plotted attack. Reports Entertainment Weekly: “Season 2 appears to be picking up exactly where season 1 left […]

Read more

Hot Off the Press Release: RWC Streaming Made Simple

While Aussie Foxtel subscribers can look forward to leaning back and watching all of the Rugby World Cup in 4K, Spark is still trying to encourage Kiwis to familiarise themselves with streaming the games in HD. This is its latest reminder of what you need to know and do in time for kick-off: Here’s the […]

Read more

New to Neon in October

Nancy Drew is one of three exclusive series that will stream next month on Neon (express weekly from October 10). It stars Kennedy McMann in the teenage sleuth’s third TV series, this time for The CW. New York magazine dubbed this darker update “your new horny mystery show”: We won’t spoil any of the actual […]

Read more

New to Blu: September 18 – 24

  Aladdin ➢ “Aladdin‘s 2160p/HDR UHD, framed at 2.39:1, is something akin to a nuts-and-bolts presentation for the format. It offers the obligatory light textural upgrades, modest improvements to sharpness, and general deepening (and darkening) of the colour palette by way of the HDR colour parameters …  This is a good UHD, nothing out of the […]

Read more

HD Ratings: Treasure Island a Gem for TVNZ 2

Celebrity Treasure Island anchored a top-rating Monday night in all the core commercial demographics for TVNZ 2. It out-rated lead-in Shortland Street, with 8.5% of 25-54 year-olds, and was almost as popular as the soap in the 18-49, 18-39 and household shopper demos, with averages of 5.7% – 8.6%. CTI helped to drive ratings for […]

Read more
tiny-shoulders-mobile

New to Rialto Channel in September

Among the first attractions you’ll see in HD on the new-look Rialto Channel from Wednesday are the Keisha Castle-Hughes miniseries On the Ropes and NZ documentary Yellow is Forbidden. Here are the premieres for the rest of the month: Tiny Shoulders: Rethinking Barbie (8.30, September 18): Director Andrea Nevins follows the efforts to transform Barbie into […]

Read more

Due on Blu: The Lion King

Disney’s live-action take on The Lion King will be released here on 4K-UHD and Blu-ray on November 13 — three weeks later than in the US and just days before the Disney+ streaming service goes live. The press release promises more than an hour of extras that “showcase the cutting-edge technology behind the stunning savanna”. […]

Read more

And Now for Something Completely Different

Sky will screen Monty Python’s Flying Circus for the first time in HD as part of a Jones! pop-up channel to celebrate the troupe’s 50th anniversary. It’s already run the original series on the Jones! linear channel, and Netflix has its own Monty Python retrospective that includes seasons 1-4. But Netflix’s streams are SD-only whereas […]

Read more

HD Ratings: The Winners on the Night

TVNZ 1’s Sunday Theatre premiere of By the Balls dominated play in its first hour among 25-54 year-olds but then was outclassed by Three’s network movie premiere of Transformers: The Last Knight. Balls averaged 4.3% of 25-54s, thanks to an unbeatable lead-in from Hyundai Country Calendar (8.5%) and Sunday (7.2%). Despite Stuff arguing the documentary […]

Read more

NZ’s “Netflix for the Anglophile”

   The streaming wars continue to crank up in NZ with the latest contender for your dollar, Acorn TV, offering a month’s free trial. Acorn has been dubbed “Netflix for the Anglophile” (NPR) for curating on one platform “the most robust, reliable selection of European, British, Canadian and Australian shows” (New York Times). Many of Acorn’s attractions […]

Read more