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Walter to Present for TVNZ OnDemand

TVNZ OnDemand is expanding its burgeoning slate with Walter Presents, a curated selection of non-English language TV series. Curator Walter Iuzzolino has been hand-picking these for Channel 4’s All4 platform in the UK since 2016 and has started to roll out the service globally. Channel 4 saw the brand of Walter Presents as “the complete opposite of […]

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Critical Condition: Grand Hotel

Grand Hotel | TVNZ OnDemand, from Monday ☆☆☆☆ “The first episode of ABC’s Grand Hotel is startlingly good. It’s glamorous, sexy and mysterious. In the first few minutes, a terrible storm hits Miami, sending the staff and guests at the fabulous Riviera Hotel scurrying for cover; it’s also the perfect cover for a crime when […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Claims It’s Match Fit for RWC

Despite headlines about subscribers fuming over the quality of its streaming service, Spark Sport reckons it’s match-fit for the Rugby World Cup and wants Tournament Pass holders to be just as on the ball. It claims all but five of the 300 events it’s streamed to date “have streamed without issue” and encourages customers “who are […]

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New to Netflix in July

Designated Survivor: 60 Days (1/07/2019) Korean adaptation that follows the main storyline of the US series, about a politician who unexpectedly becomes President after an explosion at the National Assembly kills everyone in the Cabinet. Bangkok Love Stories: Objects of Affection (2/07/2019) A kind computer repairman falls for a street-smart graffiti artist who’s multiple personality disorder […]

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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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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: 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 [This series has since been pulled.] ☆☆☆☆ “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, […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Edge TV to Go HD

MediaWorks is turning Edge TV into an HD streaming service. The music channel will stream on ThreeNow, nova and the edge.co.nz from July 1 while a +1 version of ThreeLife will take over its channel 14 position on Freeview. Here’s the press release: THREELIFE +1 LAUNCHING 01 JULY 2019, EDGE TV MOVING TO HD STREAMING PLATFORMS […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Sport Boxes On

On the eve of the US Open, Spark Sport has added golf to its streaming platform, along with boxing, athletics and e-sports. Here’s the press release: Spark Sport adds boxing, golf, e-sports and athletics to its sports line-up The sports included with the Spark Sport monthly subscription are growing, with a range of exciting new […]

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