Tag Archives: Chernobyl

HD Ratings: Chernobyl Gambit Pays Off for Prime

Stripping HBO’s Chernobyl across five nights at 8.30 has boosted Prime’s ratings. So far three of the episodes have screened. The premiere was the most watched but the others have maintained most of their viewership in the core commercial demographics and rated higher than what typically airs at 8.30 on the Sky-owned free-to-air channel. Monday […]

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HD Ratings: Viewers React to Chernobyl

The first free-to-air broadcast of HBO’s Chernobyl rewarded Prime with competitive ratings on Sunday. The Sky-owned channel is stripping the five-part series weeknights at 8.30. The premiere averaged 2.9% of Prime’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, 1.7% of 18-49s, 1.1% of 18-39s and 2.2% of household shoppers with kids. Compare this with the 0.6% – 1.2% […]

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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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HD Heads-Up: December 7 – 13

➢➢ Prime will strip the outstanding miniseries Chernobyl from 8.30 Sunday-Thursday from December 8. The nuclear reactor meltdown dramatisation originally screened here on SoHo and is widely regarded as the best TV drama of the year. The consecutive-nights strategy lends itself well to Chernobyl’s compelling, blood-curdling momentum and follows its stellar Blu-ray release … ➢➢ […]

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Emmy Awards to Air in HD

   For the first time, the Emmy Awards will screen here in HD. Vibe, which was upgraded to HD two months ago, will air the ceremony live on September 23. Coverage will start from midday and there will be a highlights package at 8.30. E! will offer SD coverage from 8.30am, with Countdown to the […]

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Leaving Neon in August

Season three of the revolutionary spies drama Turn is one of two series leaving Neon this month (the other is S1 of I’m Sorry). Turn is one of those neglected series for which Sky acquired only digital rights, not linear. The Netflix US site has all four seasons in HD but Neon’s stream is SD. […]

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SoHo Nukes Tonight’s Chernobyl

SoHo’s premiere of Sky-HBO drama Chernobyl has been postponed until 5.00 Friday. It was meant to have screened tonight at 9.30 but hasn’t been delivered in time. “It was a delivery issue – outside our control and literally just happened,” a Sky spokeswoman said this evening. The premiere also won’t stream on Neon until Friday. […]

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Critical Condition: Chernobyl

Chernobyl | SoHo, 9.30 Tuesday 5.00 Friday ☆☆☆☆ “HBO’s five-part miniseries Chernobyl dramatises the accident, its aftereffects, the Soviet Union’s blurring of the facts and blackballing of those trying to release them, and the heroic efforts of those who stood up to threats ranging from radiation to bureaucratic inertia — the latter potentially as deadly as […]

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New to Neon in May

Neon will stream the NZ premiere of new CW series In the Dark from May 11. It went to air in the US on April 4 and stars Perry Mattfield (Shameless ) as a hard-drinking hard-living blind woman who investigates the apparent murder of her friend. US reviews were mixed. They ranged from “a good […]

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New to SoHo in May

SoHo will launch the intense docudrama Chernobyl within 24 hours of its HBO premiere (9.30 Tuesdays from May 7). The five-part “real-life horror story” was directed by Johan Renck (Breaking Bad, Bloodline) and dramatises the sacrifices made to save Europe from the 1986 nuclear catastrophe. According to GQ, “The series will tell the largely untold parts […]

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