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HD Heads-Up: December 14 – 20

➢➢ Network movie premieres will abound in the week starting December 11, as the networks surrender their schedules to phone-in programming: The House (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday), McLaren (Prime, 8.30 Sunday), No (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday), Collateral Beauty (Three, 8.40 Tuesday), The Layover (Three, 8.40 Wednesday) and CHiPs (TVNZ 2, 9.00 Thursday). Other HD coming attractions […]

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More HD Christmas Cheer

   Freeview UHF viewers can watch Prime TV in HD. The upgrade happened overnight and coincides with Prime’s owner, Sky, today relaunching BBC UKTV and BBC Earth in HD. The BBC channels are quasi HD (1440 x 1080i) but Prime offers 1920 x 1080i resolution (the not-so-good news is audio appears to be stereo only). […]

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New to SoHo in December

THE L WORD: GENERATION Q | SoHo2, 9.30 Wednesdays from December 11 The ground-breaking drama series, The L Word, revolutionised a generation and this year the highly-anticipated sequel, The L Word: Generation Q, debuts. It continues to follow the intermingled lives of Bette Porter, Alice Pieszecki, and Shane McCutcheon, along with new characters as they experience love, heartbreak, sex, […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in December

TVNZ On Demand will premiere three key exclusives this month while expanding its Kiwi movie and BBC library content. Unique to the streaming platform will be Why Women Kill (December 6) and Reprisal (December 7) Why Women Kill is billed as “a darkly comedic drama, detailing the lives of three women living in three different decades: a […]

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HD Ratings: Kiwis Still Wild About Wilderpeople

The popularity of Kiwi crowdpleaser Hunt for the Wilderpeople on Sunday wilted viewership of another local favourite, The Brokenwood Mysteries. TVNZ’s re-run of the Taika Waititi hit won its slot in the four core commercial demographics but was most popular with the 25-54 viewers Prime targets with its Kiwi whodunit. Wilderpeople averaged 5.6% of this […]

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Schedule Watch: December 1

On this weekend’s Sunday (TVNZ 1, 7.30): Matt Chisholm (above) reports on the close-knit Māori community on Matakana Island that last year had their way of life torn apart, leaving the 200 residents reeling. New episodes of Family Guy (Duke, 8.30 Mondays) will be replaced by season nine re-runs over the next two weeks. Nick Rado, […]

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Network Movies in HD: November 30 – December 6

    Saturday    Hugo | Three, 7.00     Ghosts of Girlfriends Past | TVNZ 2, 9.05   Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates | Three, 9.25     A Nightmare on Elm Street | Duke, 9.35   Black Hawk Down | TVNZ 2, 11.10   #Squad Goals | Three, 11.30            Sunday   Pitch Perfect 3 | Three, 8.30    Loving Vincent | Maori […]

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Normal Service to Resume Shortly?

Apologies to readers who have tried to submit comments over the past few days. For reasons I don’t understand, the comments section is no longer functioning. I can receive comments but not post them. Hopefully it’s only a blip — but one complicated by my designer being New York-based and this being Thanksgiving weekend in […]

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HD Ratings: Hamish & Andy Postcard Perfect for TVNZ 2

TVNZ 2 appears to have found the perfect stablemate for Have You Been Paying Attention?: Hamish & Andy’s Perfect Holiday. Wednesday’s premiere of the duo’s latest travelogue — and the first not to air on Three — won its slot in three of the core commercial demographics. It averaged 4.5% of 25-54 year-olds, 3.7% of […]

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Prime to Go HD on Freeview

Sky has confirmed Prime will start broadcasting in HD on the Freeview platform as soon as next month. Full details are expected to be released next week but the confirmation is good news for viewers who don’t subscribe to Sky’s satellite service or Vodafone TV, hitherto the only platforms on which you could view Prime […]

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