Tag Archives: Outlander

Hot Off the Press Release: Lightbox Captions Handmaid

Blessed be the day: Lightbox at last is starting to caption the programmes it streams, starting with the first three seasons of The Handmaid’s Tale. It also plans to caption selected movie rentals. Curiously, among the reasons it doesn’t site for the captioning is the difficulty some of have hearing dialogue on content that isn’t […]

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Leaving Lightbox in June

  Fans of Scandi-noir will need to binge-watch two of the better examples of the genre before they disappear from Spark’s streaming platform, Lightbox. Both Midnight Sun and Spring Tide are among the series exiting the service next month, along with the first two seasons of one of the mainstays that helped to launch it, […]

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New to Lightbox in November

Lightbox has picked up for streaming next month an acclaimed BBC series that for too long has been absent from our screens. Three Girls, which The Guardian hailed as “a powerful and important three-part drama, based on the Rochdale child sexual abuse scandal,” screened 18 months ago in the UK — a gap that’s ridiculously long […]

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Age Before Beauty Lightbox-Bound

Spark’s streaming service Lightbox, which this week marked its fourth birthday, has picked up the BBC series Age Before Beauty. Set in a Manchester hair salon, the family drama stars Robson Green, Sue Johnston and Polly Walker. It ended its UK run this week as one of the BBC’s 30 most-watched shows and is likely […]

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Critical Condition: Outlander

Outlander | Lightbox, from Monday ➢ “To call the third season a reset wouldn’t be wrong, but not exactly right either. At outset, Frank and Claire are together, while Jamie and Claire are apart, effectively inverting much of the narrative of the first two seasons. But both theme and soul of Outlander remain the same […]

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New to Blu: November 9 – 15

  Lording it over this week’s TV-on-Blu-ray releases is Preacher – Season One. “Visually it has a richly vibrant comic book feel, with excellent contrast and popping colours,” AVForums said. “With strong black levels, this is a great video presentation for a great-looking show.” Extras include deleted and extended scenes, The Unfilmable Pilot, The Stunts of […]

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Preacher Fans Spread the Gospel

Lightbox’s Preacher has become the most talked about TV show in NZ digital and social media circles after Game of Thrones. Within a couple of days of going live on the streaming platform, it had notched up 461,923 “demand expressions”. That’s the term for a new form of multi-platform data analysis, undertaken by Kiwi start-up Parrot Analytics, that measures […]

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Hot Off the Press (Release): Spark Makes TV Free to Stream

Spark this morning announced its customers would receive permanently free access to its TV streaming service Lightbox. This follows providing them with a year’s free subscription. Here’s the release in full: Spark has announced today it will be giving all of its home broadband customers a huge amount of extra value by shouting them a […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 5

Lightbox will launch season two of time travel hit Outlander on Sunday. Deadline Hollywood calls the “splendid feast” of a premiere “an opulent, exciting and extremely complicated affair, literally and figuratively” while The New Yorker warns of “graphic surgical scenes that make The Knick look prissy, and another time-travel twist”.  Meanwhile, soon to leave Lightbox […]

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New to Blu: October 21 – 27

Great Scott! It’s not only Arnie’s who back — both back-to-the-future franchises blast their way back on to Blu-ray. Terminator Genisys comes with a Dolby Atmos option and less impressive extras about the casting, locations and vfx. The 30th anniversary edition of the Back to the Future trilogy isn’t worth upgrading to if you already have the 25th […]

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