Aussie Soap to Get HD Gloss

TV2 will soon screen three of Australasia’s most popular soaps virtually back-to-back in HD.

This week it’s added stripped 5.30 weeknight episodes of Home and Away to its schedule, the soap it poached from TV3 reportedly for a license fee that was 30% higher.

It not only beefs up TV2’s early evening schedule, which hitherto has been dependent on a perpetual Friends loop and re-runs of other US sitcoms, but also cripples TV3’s lead-in to its flagship news bulletin.

TV2’s also using the opportunity to spruce up its long-running Ocker soap, Neighbours, which screens 6.30 weeknights ahead of the network’s own HD serial, Shortland Street.

Shortly, it, too, will go HD, which means the only primetime free-to-air soap still outstanding in SD will be Coronation Street, and hopefully its conversion will come quicker than TV One closing the 22-month gap between NZ and UK screenings.

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One Response to “Aussie Soap to Get HD Gloss”

  1. Yes, such great news and come on TV One do the right thing and make Coro HD while also expanding episodes so we catch up!

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