Tag Archives: Planet Earth II

New to Blu: September 6 – 12

   The stars at last have aligned for mere mortals — ie. viewers and consumers — to buy Planet Earth II on Blu-ray or 4K-UHD. Prime delayed its broadcast by seven months, which meant the earliest the eye-popping sequel could go on sale on disc was this week. But the wait has been worth it, […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 10

➢ TVNZ 1 is giving its schedule an early spring clean with a new weekend and week-night line-up from August 19. Taking over the 7.00 variety slot, presumably until The X Factor UK’s premiere, is Wild Alaska – Earth’s Frozen Kingdom while being double-billed on Sunday nights are The Replacement (above) and Prime Suspect: Tennison … ➢ Said The i of […]

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HD Heads-Up: July 13

➢ TVNZ 2 has relegated the premiere of “paranormal stoner comedy” Deadbeat to the dead zone: overnight Fridays from July 28. It stars Tyler Labine (Mad Love, Reaper) as a hapless New York City medium, was favourably reviewed, co-stars Danny DeVito and Rhea Perlman’s daughter Lucy, and has survived three seasons on streaming service Hulu. “However […]

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Planet Earth II Unearthed at Last

Prime will premiere arguably the year’s most anticipated free-to-air event, Planet Earth II, eight months after it dazzled viewers and critics in the UK. The benchmark wildlife series — the first the BBC has filmed in 4K and apparently the world’s most watched — will screen 7.30 Sundays from July 9, ahead of another long-delayed […]

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Prime Pads Primetime With Pap

What’s wrong with Prime? The channel continues to make us wait for Planet Earth II and the latest series of Top Gear while littering its schedule with second-tier premieres and re-runs. Top Gear post-Clarkson & Co may be running on the smell of an oily rag but it still deserves priority over yet another Best of Top Gear retread, which will air […]

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Due on Blu: Planet Earth II

  It looks like the Blu-ray and 4K-UHD of Planet Earth II will be released here in early August — which means Prime is likely to premiere the seven-part series late this month. It will be interesting to see where Prime schedules the BBC’s first 4K production so long — seven months — after it went to air […]

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HD Heads-Up: March 30

TVNZ is considering buying a new talk show starring Mrs Brown. The series  started this week in the UK and coincides with TVNZ 1 premiering the latest Mrs Brown’s Boys special, Mammy’s Forest, on April 13. Said The Telegraph: “Where Dame Edna and Mrs Merton boldly ventured Agnes Brown has inevitably followed. Having conquered British comedy […]

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HD Heads-Up: March 16

Prime is bringing back 60 Minutes in a new slot. The veteran newsmag, which last year aired 8.30 Mondays, will screen 9.40 Sundays from March 26. It will open with an inside look at the Broadway smash Hamilton and interview members and the maestro of the Pope’s Choir. Still no word on when the latest season of Top Gear or Planet […]

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Where in the World is Planet Earth II?

  Planet Earth II premieres tomorrow night in Australia and can be bought on 4K-UHD Blu-ray from next month but there’s still no word on when it will land on Prime. You would have thought Sir David Attenborough’s visit here coinciding with Prime rolling out its new season would have been the cue to launch […]

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Planet Earth II Part of Prime BBC Package

   Prime at last has confirmed it will broadcast Planet Earth II free-to-air in NZ. The long-awaited announcement was made this morning as part of a major BBC documentary and factual content deal. Other highlights include another BBC wildlife must-see, Life in the Air, and a second season of Fishing Impossible, the angler’s answer to […]

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