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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Raises Cricket Stakes

Sky announced this morning it had secured rights for key inter-national cricket tournaments for the next four years. It follows Spark’s nabbing of domestic rights for NZ Cricket games in this country. Here’s the full press release and schedule:  Sky extends international cricket deal for four more years  Sky has extended its exclusive broadcast deal […]

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Network Movies in HD: October 12 – 18

  Saturday    Peter Pan | Three, 3.45     Cool Runnings | TVNZ 2, 7.00   Beethoven’s 2nd | Maori TV, 7.00    The Legend of Hercules | TVNZ 2, 8.50   John Carpenter’s Ghost of Mars | Duke, 9.30    Trainwreck | Three, 9.30    Mandela: Long Walk two Freedom | TVNZ 1, 9.30   300: Rise of an Empire | TVNZ […]

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Critical Condition: Nancy Drew

Nancy Drew | Neon ☆☆☆☆ “It’s hard not to look at this incarnation of the teenage gumshoe as Veronica Mars by way of Riverdale … There are elements to this sexed-up and murdered-up version of Nancy Drew that feel entertaining and nicely updated and the cast is decent, albeit extraordinarily CW-y. But somehow fiction’s original teenage girl […]

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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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HD Heads-Up: October 19 – 25

➢➢ Prime will premiere a three-part Australian documentary series about a religious cult that’s not to be confused with a similar-sounding series of the same name on Netflix. Spun off a 2016 feature film, The Cult of the Family (8.30 Sundays from October 20) digs deep into the apocalyptic group of the same name and […]

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Critical Condition: Catherine the Great

Catherine there Great | SoHo2, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “The great handicap of HBO’s new four-part costume drama Catherine the Great is that she’s not Henry VIII. Little common knowledge can be assumed and an awful lot of time and effort has to be spent explaining quite where we are and who has done what to […]

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Three More HD Channels for Sky

On the eve of Sky upgrading three more channels to HD, there’s no sign of Sky 5 screening the latest seasons of the Arrowverse series that were pivotal to its HD conversion. Arrow will return for its final season in November but Supergirl and The Flash will screen first on Neon. The former streams weekly […]

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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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HD Ratings: How to Stay Married Jilted

Viewers weren’t head over heels about TVNZ 1’s new Thursday night comedy, How to Stay Married. The premiere averaged only 2.6% of the network’s 25-54 target audience. It was competitive with Three’s umpteenth re-run of Night at the Museum (2.8%) but lost to TVNZ 2’s repeat of Travel Guides Australia (4.1%). The half-hour opened with 3.2% of […]

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