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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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HD Heads-Up: February 4

Most of Prime’s peak-hour content will be in native HD when the channel upgrades to 1080i transmission on February 13. The catch is you’ll need to have one of Sky’s new decoders, or a MySky HDi or MySky+ to watch it in HD as it will still be SD on Freeview. HD highlights in the […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 3

TV3 is pre-empting Lip Sync Battle, The Graham Norton Show and Live at the Apollo on Friday to screen the TV musical Grease: Live! within days of the US, where it drew a “massive” 18.6 million viewers. Said The Hollywood Reporter of the three-hour special: “This production wasn’t about hitting notes or taking breath, but rather about making […]

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TVNZ Announces New Entertainment Channel

TVNZ has just revealed plans to launch a male-skewing entertainment channel. Few details are being disclosed about content or likely launch date but it’s fantastic to see the broadcaster beef up its presence with a distinctive new channel when so much of free-to-air primetime is female-driven. The announcement follows TV1’s successful stripping of Doctor Foster over […]

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Golf Coup for TVNZ But Not PGA Fans

There’s good news and bad news for golfers: TVNZ will screen international golf tournaments live on its Freeview pop-up channel from Friday. Coverage will run until the end of October on channel 15 on all Freeview platforms but will not be in HD. Moreover, only the first two rounds of each tournament will air; to see the third and […]

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First TVs With FreeviewPlus Live Already on Sale

Panasonic and LG are the first TV suppliers to offer FreeviewPlus. Freeview demonstrated the new platform to media this morning using LG TVs. LG’s category marketing manager Dylan Cruickshank says the feature went live today and all LG webOS 2.0 TV models will have HbbTV/FreeviewPlus support. “Essentially this means all new Smart TV models introduced in […]

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FreeviewPlus Adds More to FTA Platform

This morning Freeview unveiled its new FreeviewPlus platform it claims is a game-changer for the free-to-air networks.  In a New Zealand first, it uses Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) to enable seamless integration and switching between broadcast TV and on-demand services. The service is free to view and available in all areas with Freeview|HD coverage. It is built into most new 2015 […]

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