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Hot Off the Press Release: Chorus Ready for 4K Kick-Off

Chorus this morning announced everything was in place for the full HD streaming of the Rugby World Cup over fibre or VDSL and revealed it is 4K-UHD ready for the next major sporting event. “We’re proud to say that Chorus’ fibre and VDSL networks are ready for live sports at Ultra HD 4K quality,” Chorus’ […]

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Critical Condition: Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City

Armistead Maupin’s Tales of the City | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Having seen the poignant but flavourless first episode of the newest iteration, I can say that it seems very little has changed on 28 Barbary Lane, the show’s residential oasis located in San Fran’s now-tony Russian Hill neighborhood. Sure, in 2019 its young inhabitants […]

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Critical Condition: The Handmaid’s Tale (S3)

The Handmaid’s Tale | Lightbox, from Thursday ☆☆☆☆ “If the season 2 finale left you screaming at your screen — For God’s sake, June, why aren’t you getting on the damn truck outta Gilead with Emily (Alexis Bledel) and baby Nichole? — season 3 won’t do much to restore your confidence in that decision. Based […]

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Good News for Good Fight Fans

  Amazon Prime Video has added season three of The Good Fight to its NZ service and may be close to premiering British period drama Jamestown. The Good Wife spin-off can be streamed in its entirety within two weeks of the most recent season ending its run on CBS All Access. The courtroom drama has […]

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Critical Condition: When They See Us

When They See Us | Netflix, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Ava DuVernay’s new limited series about the 1989 ‘Central Park Five’ incident and its legal repercussions …. can’t be included in the true-crime genre, in part because DuVernay’s direction is fueled foremost by mercy, not vengeance. DuVernay (who also co-wrote all four instalments) walks us through the […]

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Critical Condition: Good Omens

Good Omens | Amazon Prime Video, from Friday ☆☆☆☆ “Based on the book Good Omens: The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, by esteemed writers Terry Pratchett (Discworld) and Neil Gaiman (American Gods, The Ocean at the End of the Lane), both of whom are legends in the fantasy world (and Gaiman beyond), Good Omens was […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in June

TVNZ OnDemand will roll out nine exclusive series next month, including two NZ reality newcomers and foreign acquisitions Pure (above), Grand Hotel, Straight Forward andThe Sex Clinic. Pure (full season from June 7) concerns a 24-year-old caught in the grip of an excruciating form of obsessive compulsive disorder – nicknamed ‘pure O’ – where her obsessions take the form […]

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New to Lightbox in July

July will be light on premieres for Spark’s streaming service Lightbox, with only three exclusive newcomers: The InBetween, season three of Harlots and the final season of Suits. The InBetween is another network procedural with a gimmick, about a woman with visions who helps her detective father and his FBI partner to solve challenging crimes. […]

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Leaving Neon in June

  The recorded music documentary series Soundbreaking and the movies It and Dunkirk are among the Neon attractions that will leave Sky’s streaming platform in June. Not surprisingly, given the unprecedented interest in the final season, Game of Thrones is the most-streamed series on Neon. GoT stablemates The Game Revealed was the 10th most-streamed and Thronecast […]

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Leaving Lightbox in June

  Fans of Scandi-noir will need to binge-watch two of the better examples of the genre before they disappear from Spark’s streaming platform, Lightbox. Both Midnight Sun and Spring Tide are among the series exiting the service next month, along with the first two seasons of one of the mainstays that helped to launch it, […]

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