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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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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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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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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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(Not So) Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Scores NZ Cricket

Apologies for the belated posting but the gremlins that have bedevilled Spark Sports’ Rugby World Cup streaming seem to be infecting its distribution of media releases. For the record, here are both of today’s announcements from Spark Sport and Sky re NZ Cricket’s decision to partner with the telco for all matches played in NZ — […]

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Critical Condition: Modern Love

Modern Love | Amazon Prime Video ☆☆☆☆ “Inspired by The New York Times‘ weekly column and celebrity-filled podcast of the same name, Modern Love explores “love in its multitude of forms – including sexual, romantic, familial, platonic and self-love”. An anthology series, a la The Twilight Zone or Black Mirror, each half-hour tale feels lovingly crafted and designed […]

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Critical Condition: Batwoman

Batwoman | TVNZ OnDemand, 7.00 Monday/TVNZ 2, 8.30 Tuesday ☆☆☆☆ “Gritty and fiercely feminist, the series is very much an Arrowverse show but also stands as its own thing. It’s exciting and new and filled with intriguing characters and complex relationships that set up the series as a potentially worthwhile experience. And while deeply rooted in […]

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Spark Sport’s Free Streaming Device Offer

Spark Sport’s PR offensive over its Rugby World Cup streaming snags continues, with the company offering free Freeview SmartVU streaming devices to qualifying customers. The SmartVU has a retail price of nearly $140. “We will determine which customers will benefit from this on a case by case basis through a diagnostic set of questions,” Spark says. Here’s […]

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Streaming Rivals Split Rights for NZ Drama

The media landscape’s just fragmented further, with Sky NZ and Acorn Media Enterprises sharing Kiwi streaming rights for the new local drama series The Sounds. The eight-part South Pacific Pictures co-production is Sky NZ’s first drama series investment since The Brokenwood Mysteries. Despite being set ostensibly in the South Island, it’s filming this month and next in […]

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