Networks Splash Out on HD

Next month the networks will kick off their new seasons with an unprecedented slate of HD shows that for the first time will see TV2 challenge TV3 as the format’s free-to-air cheerleader.

From February 5, TV3 will air more than 10 hours of 1080i content in primetime, including Outrageous Fortune successor, The Almighty Johnsons, the Hawaii Five-O reboot and the Ricky Gervais vehicle, An Idiot Abroad.

There also will be new episodes of returning hits CSI, NCIS: Los Angeles, Bones, Sons of Anarchy and Glee, as well as the season debuts of Modern Family, Missing Pieces and Kiwi newcomers, Super City and Bigger Better Faster Stronger.

But TV2 will top this by airing more than 11 hours of 1080i peak-hour entertainment.

It will sneak ahead because of the FTA premiere of the movie, Journey to the Centre of the Earth, whereas none of TV3’s movies that week will be in HD.

TV2 also will be flexing its HD muscle with the series debuts of Off the Map and No Ordinary Family, and new seasons of Go Girls, Desperate Housewives, Brothers and Sisters, Two and a Half Men, The Big Bang Theory and Cougar Town.

HD hours like Eli Stone, Smallville, V, The Mentalist and Fringe in late-night slots will boost TV2’s 6pm-midnight 1080i tally for the week to 16.5 hours, only 1.5 fewer than TV3’s.

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4 Responses to “Networks Splash Out on HD”

  1. Great that we haven’t had to wait very long for the second season of Sons of Anarchy.

  2. TVNZ HD with DD 5.1??

  3. Thanx . I read it but we can always hope. New season new sound..

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