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HD Heads-Up: January 22

Ahead of DC’s Legends of Tomorrow TVNZ OnDemand premiere, The Hollywood Reporter has published a beginner’s guide to the “superhero mash-up“, which it likens to “taking a bunch of comic book shows and putting them into a blender, with the end result being a delicious but jam-packed DC Comics smoothie. There’s more than one show’s fair share of […]

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Samsung’s 2016 SUHD TVs Shine at CES

Samsung NZ has revealed more about its new SUHD TV range that will go on sale between April and June, including how it’s optimised for viewing in brightly lit living rooms. “This year, all of the Samsung SUHD TVs will feature the ability to provide a premium high dynamic range (HDR) experience, with 1,000 nit […]

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Samsung Next-Gen SUHD TVs Set to Sizzle

Samsung’s newest SUHD range will go on sale here in the second quarter. Unveiled today at CES, the second-generation line-up will include the the world’s first bezel-less curved design and what Samsung claims will be “the smartest user experience”, making it even easier to access all your entertainment content in one place. Samsung’s Tizen operating system also eliminates the need to […]

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New Super Slim LG TVs Still Not as Slender as Sony’s

LG will launch its slimmest UHD LCD TV yet this week at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas (January 6-9). But the new premium “LG Super HD” displays will still be marginally thicker than Sony’s breathtakingly svelte X90C range: 6.6mm vs 4.9mm. Despite the thin profile, LG claims the harman/kardon speaker system will still […]

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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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Samsung Dispels Spying Fears Ahead of Ultra-Smart TV Launch

On the eve of unveiling its groundbreaking 2015 range of TVs, complete with several NZ exclusives, to about 1400 retailers and media, including yours truly, at a Pacific-Asia forum in Bangkok, Samsung says fears of its Smart TVs spying on viewers are “groundless”. “There is no foundation to claims their Smart TV is recording users’ […]

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Samsung Sings Its Smart TV Praises

Buyers of Samsung Smart TVs will get three months’ free subscription to Lightbox if they take one home before the end of January. Spark’s streaming service is the latest app Samsung has added to its Smart TVs, which already include apps for TVNZ, TV3, Video Ezy and Coliseum. “We’re the only company that has actively […]

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Lightbox Scores Kiwi Content

Spark’s Lighbox is adding 20 NZ productions to its streaming service from this weekend, although only a handful will be in HD. The most prestigious addition is the Jane Campion mini-series, Top of the Lake, which was shot in HD and released on Blu-ray internationally but here was only broadcast in SD and distributed on […]

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Lightbox Lands Big Hit in Outlander

One of Lightbox’s exclusive acquisitions, Outlander, debuted to out-sized ratings in the US at the weekend. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it notched up a “multiplatform best” for the Starz cable channel, delivering 3.7 million viewers in total. “Though the network had a big success in Spartacus and recently got solid performances from Power and Da Vinci’s Demons, Outlander has given the […]

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Lightbox Shaping Up to Be HD Heavyweight

New subscription video on demand service Lightbox may be a Netflix-lite but it will still launch with NZ’s most comprehensive line-up of online TV shows in HD. Yet while it will lure many subscribers with its $15-a-month, all-you-can-eat smorgasbord of comedy and drama, Sky TV and the broadcasters will still have first dibs on all […]

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