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Critical Condition: Deep Water

Deep Water | TVNZ OnDemand, from Wednesday ➢➢ “Deep Water, a four-part detective drama that is essentially Home and Away meets The Killing. Set in present day Bondi Beach, the events that unfold are inspired by the spate of real-life hate murders that are a stain on Sydney. During the 1970s and 1980s scores of […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Ignites Soccer Coverage

Spark’s just announced it’s secured exclusive broadcast rights to Premiere League football and Manchester United TV and has appointed an ex-TVNZ boss as its new sports chief. Here’s the full press release: Spark expands its role in sports media market; announces new content Spark sees opportunity to create standalone sports media business and meet the […]

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Critical Condition: Insatiable

Insatiable | Netflix, from Friday ➢➢ “The ‘good’ news for Insatiable, the new Netflix comedy that started a controversy the moment the streamer dropped the trailer and cries of ‘fat-shaming’ led to outrage (and a Change.org petition), is that fat-shaming is only one of its many problems. Insatiable is trite, way over the top, unfunny and, running at […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: TVNZ OnDemand Streams Ahead

TVNZ OnDemand has clocked up more than 100 million streams in the past year, with soap operas being the shows most in-demand. Shortland Street had nearly two-and-a-half times as many streams as its closest rival, Home and Away, while Coronation Street was the year’s third most-streamed programme. Also in the top 10 were different series […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Where Are the Audiences?

Funding agency NZ On Air reports online media closing the gap but traditional broadcast still dominant with most Kiwis. Here’s the press release and a link to the full report: The way New Zealanders consume media continues to change, although the pace of change is slowing, and traditional broadcast media still leads the pack, just. […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Offers TV-Only Neon

Within months of Spark’s Lightbox adding movie rentals to its TV streaming platform, Sky’s adopting the reverse strategy of launching a TV-only Neon service. By removing movies from the package, Sky has nearly halved the monthly subscription cost to $12. You can still choose the combined TV and movies service for $20 a month. But […]

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Critical Condition: A Very Secret Service

A Very Secret Service | Netflix, from Monday ➢➢ “This droll spy parody pokes fun at the grittier world of Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, using Cold War Paris as an unsuspecting backdrop for its depiction of inept bureaucracy and eye-rolling office politics. Even the  dealing with Nazi generals or torturing prisoners, the action is always […]

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New to Netflix in August

Switched (1/8/2018) High schooler Ayumi’s perfect world evaporates when her envious classmate Zenko somehow steals her body, her boyfriend and her life. Cocaine Coast (3/8/2018) In 1980s Galicia, Spain, a young fisherman becomes a prosperous cocaine smuggler by providing Latin American suppliers with a European entry point. I AM A KILLER (3/8/2018) In this true-crime […]

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New to Amazon Prime in August

Tom Clancy’s Jack Ryan will be the first Amazon Original series that Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to stream on compatible devices in Dolby Atmos. Dolby revealed over the weekend that Amazon Prime would soon support its object-based audio format, starting with the 4K-HDR spy yarn, which goes live on August 31. “Amazon has […]

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Critical Condition: Greyzone

Greyzone | TVNZ OnDemand, from Thursday ➢➢ “The ambitious new thriller brings a Scandi sensibility to a Homeland-style drama of international consequence … Greyzone represents the latest entry in the new wave of Danish dramas that are breaking away from the Scandi-Noir genre that shows from the region are so well known for. Gone is the […]

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