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New to TVNZ OnDemand in May

TVNZ OnDemand will premiere the latest attempt to adapt Joseph Heller’s Catch-22 to the screen on May 18. Mike Nichols’ 1970 movie was a flop and Richard Dreyfus failed to spawn a series from a 1973 pilot commissioned off the back of M*A*S*H’s success. The six-hour series, which George Clooney produced, directed and stars in, […]

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Kiwis Streaming in Record Numbers

Streaming services have skyrocketed demand for broadband in NZ, with the latest Chorus figures revealing a 35% data hike year-on-year. Last month the average New Zealand home used about 234GB of broadband data, or the equivalent of streaming nearly 80 hours of Netflix, compared with 172GB in November 2017. “Most homes across the country now […]

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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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Maori TV to Showcase Classic Movies in HD

Maori TV will use the NZ HD premiere of 1952 Oscar-winner High Noon to launch a season of Paramount Pictures classics in 1080i. Director Fred Zinnemann’s western won three Oscars, including best actor for Gary Cooper, and was nominated for best picture (it lost to what’s widely regarded as “the worst best picture winner ever”). […]

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ThreeLife to Transmit in HD

MediaWorks’ new lifestyle channel, ThreeLife, will be available in HD on the Freeview|HD platform. It goes to air on April 15 with a reality-driven schedule that includes Married At First Sight USA, Restaurant Revolution and Bondi Vet. Each night will have a different programming theme, such as food on Mondays, DIY on Thursdays and romance […]

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Duke to Go HD for Commonwealth Games

  TVNZ’s third free-to-air channel, Duke, is expected to go HD “within a matter of weeks”, the broadcaster has confirmed. According to Screenscribe reader and contributor Leo, Duke is promoting the switchover as happening this month. “It will be a matter of weeks,” a TVNZ spokesperson says. “Earlier in 2018 is the plan.” That would mean […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: New Freeview Recorder Rival

Freeview has just announced the launch of an innovative new high-end recorder and a new Freeview On Demand platform combining Live TV and On Demand services on Smart TVs and set top boxes. Here’s the full release: Expected to be in store in Q1 2018, the premium recorder – produced by local company Dish TV […]

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Sky Goes for Rio Gold

Sky will dedicate 10 pop-up channels to its “unprecedented” coverage of the Rio Olympics but only four will be in HD. However, there will also be HD coverage on Sky Sport 3 and 4 as well as on Prime (from 11pm-3pm daily plus highlights packages and streaming on www.primetv.co.nz). Closed captions for deaf and hard of hearing viewers will […]

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New TVNZ Channel to Duke It Out Online and On Air

Family Guy, Gotham and Brooklyn Nine Nine are bound for TVNZ’s new go-to channel for guys, Duke, but the bad news is they won’t be in HD. This morning the broadcaster announced Duke would go live on March 20 — online, on Freeview and on Sky. The slickly cut trailer mixes clips from Family Guy, Gotham […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 13

❏ Prime officially launches its new-look HD schedule today (complete with new logo and graphics) — but only on Sky. It’s hard not to suspect Sky is limiting the long-delayed HD roll-out to its own platform to help drive subscriber growth. Other explanations are hard to come by. Sky didn’t respond to my query and failed to even […]

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