New to Blu: October 16 – 22

  Yesterday ➢ “Yesterday‘s 2160p/HDR UHD presentation offers a good, tangible upgrade over the Blu-ray, which is itself of a very high quality. The bar is raised here, expectedly considering the 8K source photography and 4K digital intermediate. The image is appreciably more sharp. Textures are firmed up beyond even what the Blu-ray has too […]

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Schedule Watch: October 19

TVNZ 1 is replacing Labour Monday’s previously scheduled 7.00 double-bill of Extreme Cake Makers and Surveillance Oz for Harry and Meghan: An African Journey. The ITV documentary will air here a week after its UK premiere. It features interviews with the royal couple as well as an insight into their work, and how they’re balancing public and […]

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Critical Condition: Living With Yourself

Living With Yourself | Netflix ☆☆☆☆ “It’s a simple fact of Hollywood math that more Paul Rudd is better than less … So when he plays, in Netflix’s new high-concept comedy Living With Yourself, a depressed, inert man nearing middle age who accidentally winds up with a sexier, smarter and more energetic clone, it’s hard to imagine […]

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Critical Condition: Looking for Alaska

Looking for Alaska | Neon ☆☆☆☆ “Hulu’s miniseries adaptation of John Green’s debut novel about Alabama boarding school students benefits from a strong cast even if it struggles to crack the title character … The stretched running time captures a lot of what makes Looking for Alaska charming and powerful in the book while allowing […]

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Network Movies in HD: October 19 – 25

  Saturday    Casper | Three, 3.30     A Knight’s Tale | TVNZ 2, 7.00   Looper | Prime, 8.30    In the Heart of the Sea | TVNZ 1, 9.20   The November Man | TVNZ 2, 9.20   8 Mile | Three, 9.30    Zombieland | Duke, 9.30    Three Days to Kill | TVNZ 2, 11.25   Hush Little Baby | […]

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HD Heads-Up: October 26 – November 1

➢➢ Courtroom drama All Rise will screen 9.30 Tuesdays on TVNZ 2 from October 29. The series has been streaming on TVNZ OnDemand since September 24 and is one of CBS TV’s most-watched newcomers. Variety reports while overnight ratings have been underwhelming this season, delayed viewing figures “present a very different story”, and cites how […]

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Will Spark Sport Be the Winner on the Night?

What will be the weekend’s biggest nail-biter: All Blacks vs Ireland or rugby fans vs Spark Sport? This morning the under-siege streaming service urged customers to test their set-up ahead of tomorrow’s Rugby World Cup quarter-final and defended its performance to date. “We know there are Spark Sport customers who haven’t watched a RWC match […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: MediaWorks to Sell TV Channels

Thirty years after NZ’s first private TV channel went to air, MediaWorks is preparing it for sale. It revealed plans this morning to sell MediaWorks TV, which includes Three and ThreeLife, after months of speculation that the TV operation was unsustainable and confirmation of programming and budget cuts. Here’s the full press release: Mediaworks To […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: The World’s Most In-Demand Shows

   Leading global content demand analytics company Parrot Analytics revealed the world’s most in-demand multi-platform TV shows today at MIPCOM. Here’s the press release in full: Parrot Analytics to Recognise 2019’s Most Popular Shows at The Global TV Demand Awards at NATPE Miami, January 21  At an event held today during the MIPCOM global TV conference, leading data […]

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New to Neon in November

If you want to binge on season two of Britannia, Neon will drop all 10 episodes just days after it concludes in the UK. It will be available to stream from November 5, the same day its starts a weekly run on SoHo. This is yet another initiative to distinguish Neon from Sky’s linear platform […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Aces NZ Open Deal

Sky continues to cement ambitions to be the ultimate platform for NZ sport with the “presenting sponsorship” of golf’s The New Zealand Open. Here’s this morning’s press release in full: New Zealand Open announces partnership with Sky Sport The country’s premier golfing event, The New Zealand Open, is delighted to announce a new long-term partnership […]

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New to SoHo2 in November

SoHo2 will screen HBO’s latest fantasy drama, His Dark Materials, the same time as the US from November 5. Each new episode will air 3pm Tuesday and repeat at 8.30. The Philip Pullman adaptation follows a seemingly ordinary but brave young woman from another world whose search for a kidnapped friend uncovers a sinister plot involving stolen […]

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New to SoHo in November

Dublin Murders, an acclaimed BBC thriller that went to air this week in the UK, will premiere November 17 on SoHo. The Guardian hailed the adaptation of the Tana French novels as “a breathless whodunnit with more dread by the minute” and The Telegraph, “an old-fashioned crime drama …. pitched somewhere between a Nordic noir […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in November

Sky Box Sets will premiere season four of Queen of the South on November 30, after three days of back-to-back box sets of the first three seasons, and S6 of Younger on November 18.  Another channel newcomer will be the baffling SoHo mystery, The City and the City. SBS also will strip S1-5 of The Wire […]

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Leaving Lightbox in November

   Three Kiwi staples and the latest seasons of Vikings and Outlander are among the series streaming for the last time next month on Lightbox. Box sets of The Almighty Johnsons and Outrageous Fortune will exit the Spark platform on November 30, along with the first two seasons of Westside. S4 of Outlander will depart […]

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