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New to TVNZ OnDemand in December

TVNZ OnDemand will launch season two of The Orville on New Year’s Eve. New episodes of the Seth McFarlane sci-fi comedy will stream weekly the same day as their Fox TV broadcast. Also new to the platform are the investigative documentary, TrustWHO, which goes live today, and the BBC’s 2016 docu-soap Ice Town: Life on […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in January

Sky will screen The Wire in HD for the first time when the ground-breaking police drama returns next month on the Sky Box Sets beat. The original 4:3 series was remastered in HD for a stunning Blu-ray release a couple of years ago and is one of several HBO series that first screened in SD […]

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Network Movies in HD: December 1 – 7

Saturday     Shrek 2 | TVNZ 2, 7.00    The Karate Kid | Three, 7.00    The Interview | TVNZ 2, 8.45 Anaconda | Duke, 9.25 21 | Three, 9.45 Dangerous Minds | TVNZ 2, 11.05   Sunday    Delivery Man | TVNZ 2, 1.05am       Hidden Figures | Three, 8.30    Charlie Wilson’s War | Maori TV, 8.30    GI Joe: Retaliation | […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Three’s 2019 Highlights

The Magnum PI reboot, an ABBA reunion special and Mike McRoberts swapping his tie for sequins on Dancing With the Stars were among the 2019 highlights MediaWorks today unveiled for Three. Many of the newcomers already had been signalled through NZ On Air funding announcements, such as Jonah and Westside’s fifth season. But there were […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 8 – 14

   ➢➢ Three appears to be targeting the weakness of Saturday night programming on both TVNZ channels with decent free-to-air movie premieres. TVNZ 1’s wall-to-wall re-runs and 2’s lacklustre movie repeats have opened a window for distinctive first-run fare that either bypassed cinemas here or slipped under the radar. Last weekend the low-profile The Founder won […]

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HD Ratings: Seven Sharp Sliced and Diced

Three’s The Project bounced back on Tuesday to beat TVNZ 1’s Seven Sharp in all the key demographics. It averaged 4.3% of 25-54s (vs 3.7%), 3.7% of 18-49s (vs 3.3%), 2.7% of 18-39s (vs 2.4%), and 5.6% of household shoppers with kids (vs 3.4%). The stronger lead-in helped House Rules to rate higher on its […]

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Due on Blu: Venom

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release Venom on Blu-ray and 4K-UHD on January 16. It will land here on a disc a month later than the US, where it goes on sale on December 18. Venom has so far grossed $3.43 million at the NZ box office, where last weekend it slipped out of the […]

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New to Blu: November 28 – December 4

   The Meg ➢ “The HDR colourist really went to town on Warner’s 2160p, HEVC/H.265-encoded UHD of The Meg, brightening the image throughout and selectively enhancing the contrast so that the disc provides a shining example of the 4K virtues promised in Warner’s promos for the format. Whether or not this is the lighting that […]

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HD Ratings: House Rules Hammered

House Rules did anything but when the latest season premiered Monday on Three. It averaged only 3.7% of the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds, and the first hour lost in every core commercial demographic to TVNZ 1’s unassailable Fair Go and Border Security, and TVNZ 2’s 7.30 runner-up, Project Runway NZ. However, the renovation show did […]

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Critical Condition: Condor

Condor | SoHo, 8.30 Wednesday ☆☆☆☆ “Condor takes the story of Three Days of the Condor, the 1975 Robert Redford thriller adapted from a novel, and adapts it into a standard-issue spy drama … The storytelling, here, is workmanlike and efficient … less adapted than retreaded.” — Variety. ☆☆☆☆ “Condor can be a little too blunt and it hasn’t made any […]

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