New to Lightbox in August

Next month Lightbox will debut the US sitcom Single Parents, which stars Taran Killam (How I Met Your Mother), Leighton Meester (Gossip Girl) and Kimrie Lewis (The Mindy Project) as a group of single parents who lean on each other to help raise their young kids and maintain some kind of personal lives outside of parenthood. It […]

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Press Release: Once Upon a Time …

Movies of the type that Sky would have consigned in SD to its Vintage Movies service will screen in HD on a pop-up Quentin Tarantino channel that’s part of the global roll-out strategy for his latest, Once Upon a Time … in Hollywood. It will showcase 10 Tarantino favourites from the Columbia Pictures vault, ranging […]

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Schedule Watch: July 13

Three has pulled Sunday’s free-to-air premiere of The Hitman’s Bodyguard. Instead, a re-run of Bridesmaids will air opposite TVNZ 2’s premiere of Baby Driver. Bodyguard will screen on July 21, against TVNZ 2’s premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales. Prime will screen Sunday’s Secrets of the World’s Super Skyscrapers from […]

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Network Movies in HD: July 13 – 19

     Saturday    Cars 3 | TVNZ 2, 7.00    3 Ninjas Kick Back | Maori TV, 7.00   Mad Max: Fury Road | TVNZ 2, 8.50   Victoria and Abdul | Three, 8.55   Underworld | Duke, 9.30   Resurrection Mary | Three, 11.00   Collateral Damage | TVNZ 2, 11.15          Sunday   Backstabbed | TVNZ 2, 1.15am   […]

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HD Heads-Up: July 20 – 26

➢➢ TVNZ 2’s spin on Mock the Week and 7 Days, Have You Been Paying Attention?, will screen opposite the 7.30 Wednesday edition of Three’s The Block NZ: Firehouse from July 24. The Great Kiwi Bake Off’s Hayley Sproull will host a team of comedians, led by Urzila Carlson and Vaughan Smith, “turning headlines into […]

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Howzat! Prime to Air Cricket Final Live

In another sign of the new batting order at Sky TV, the paycaster has elected to let its free-to-air channel Prime screen the ICC Cricket World Cup final live on Sunday night. The match, in which NZ will square off against Australia or England after narrowly beating India, will air from 9.00, pre-empting most of […]

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New to Blu: July 10 – 16

  Dumbo ➢ “Disney’s 4K UHD Blu-ray release presents the movie in an upscaled 2160p HEVC-encoded transfer with HDR10 high dynamic range, retaining the film’s 1.85:1 theatrical aspect ratio. There is a slight improvement in detail, color gamut, and contrast, but nothing to get overly excited about when compared to the Blu-ray release (which is […]

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Critical Condition: Dark Mon£y 

Dark Mon£y | SoHo2, 8.30 Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “This four-part psychological drama grabs you in the opening minutes as 13-year-old actor Isaac Mensah returns home to London after filming a sci-fi blockbuster in Hollywood [and] reveals he was sexually abused by the film’s producer. This is edge-of-your seat drama as you live through the life-changing decisions facing […]

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HD Ratings: Dinosaurs Overrun Racist

That’s a Bit Racist made an underwhelming debut on Sunday, averaging just 3.9% of TVNZ 1’s key commercial demographic, 25-54 year-olds. It opened with 4.9% off the back of Sunday but closed with 3.0% as most 25-54s switched over to the movies on TVNZ 2 and Three. In the other key demos, it averaged just […]

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Plus Size Upgrade for MySky+

Ahead of revamping its sports package and offering more HD channels, Sky will increase the storage capacity of its MySky+ PVR by more than a fifth. All of Sky’s boxes will receive a software upgrade from July 23-August 5 that will substantially boost their capacity to hold HD recordings. “Sky boxes have different hard drive […]

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Critical Condition: Hatton Garden

Hatton Garden | SoHo, 8.30 Sunday ☆☆☆☆ “Say what you like about crime, but it is an equal opportunities line of work, as we see in the entertaining and highly addictive Hatton Garden, the latest take on this celebrated heist, stripping out over the next three evenings on ITV. Executed by a group of greedy old […]

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Schedule Watch: July 6

The Queen’s granddaughter Zara Tindall and husband Mike go head-to-head in a royal showdown on Sunday’s Top Gear when they compete to go fastest in a red Toyota GT86 coupé (Duke, 8.30). Also, the team sets out to turn an old hearse into the ultimate family car and test the lightweight Dallara Stradale. Cars UK reports the latest series […]

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HD Ratings: Game On for Three’s Titan

Three’s The Titan Games continues to flex its muscle, with Thursday’s episode scoring season-high ratings. It averaged 4.6% of the network’s core commercial audience, 25-54 year-olds, which was up nearly a point on the premiere’s 3.7% average two weeks ago. The Dwayne Johnson-fronted challenge has sharply boosted viewership in the 18-49 and 18-39 demographics, too, […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky to Screen Samoa Pacific Games

The Samoa Pacific Games will screen for the first time on NZ TV when Sky airs eight hours of live daily coverage from July 7-20. Here’s the full press release: While the temperatures continue to dive in New Zealand, it’s about to get even hotter in Samoa with the 16th Pacific Games, broadcast LIVE in […]

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Network Movies in HD: July 6 – 12

    Saturday    Puss in Boots | TVNZ 2, 7.00    Hook | Three, 7.00    Little Women | Maori TV, 7.00   Expendables 3 | TVNZ 2, 8.35   Hot Fuzz | Three, 9.40   Consumed | Three, 11.50           Sunday   Man of the House | TVNZ 2, 12.40am   College Road Trip | TVNZ 2, […]

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