Tag Archives: Rugby World Cup

Hot Off the Press Release: Chorus Ready for 4K Kick-Off

Chorus this morning announced everything was in place for the full HD streaming of the Rugby World Cup over fibre or VDSL and revealed it is 4K-UHD ready for the next major sporting event. “We’re proud to say that Chorus’ fibre and VDSL networks are ready for live sports at Ultra HD 4K quality,” Chorus’ […]

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HDTV Ratings: October 20-24

The final, semi-final and opening of the 2011 Rugby World Cup were the most watched events on NZ TV since 1995, TVNZ reports (see below). The final drew 2.03 million viewers, the semi-final 2.02 million and the opening ceremony, 1.93 million. TV One had the lion’s share of total viewers for the final, with 687,200, […]

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HDTV Ratings: October 13-16

Nearly half of the country watched last night’s Rugby World Cup semi-final between NZ and Australia. TV One narrowly won the contest, with 659,600 people aged five-plus, followed by Sky Sport 1’s 653,300, TV3’s 397,800 and Maori TV’s 262,700. Together, the four channels accounted for 89% of live viewing. While TV One had more eyeballs […]

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HDTV Heads-Up: Rugby and Baseball Pre-Empt X Factor

Two episodes of The X Factor USA are being pre-empted by sport. Tonight’s episode won’t screen until tomorrow because Fox TV in the US had to postpone its broadcast after rain delayed its baseball coverage (TV3 is replacing it with the movie, Night at the Museum). And there will be only one screening next week, […]

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HDTV Ratings: October 6-9

Live HD coverage of last night’s Rugby World Cup match between the All Blacks and Argentina wasn’t enough to sway free-to-air viewers. They opted for Maori TV’s SD telecast over TV One and TV3’s HD broadcasts. But Sky Sports 1’s HD coverage was the most watched of all the RWC channels in the key demograhics. […]

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Bathurst 1000 Wall to Wall – But Will It Be in HD?

It’s not yet known if TV3’s coverage of Bathurst 1000 coverage will be in HD. The pinnacle of Australian motorsport will be broadcast for the first time in HD but TV3 has yet to strike a deal for the coverage. “We are still negotiating with V8 Supercars whether they will give us access to the […]

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HDTV Ratings: September 23-24

The X Factor USA and the Rugby World Cup helped TV3 to score free-to-air ratings wins over the weekend. Saturday’s live HD coverage of the All Blacks versus France was watched by 15.8% of TV3’s core audience, 25-54 year-olds, compared to Sky Sports 1’s 13.7% (Maori TV’s SD telecast rated 6.1%). TV3’s 18-49 rating was […]

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Can X Factor Top American Idol Premiere and Rescue TV3?

Advertising Age reports today’s launch of The X Factor USA will have to draw at least 26.2 million viewers to out-rate the 10th season premiere of American Idol in January. Anything less will be a “huge disappointment” for ex-Idol judge Simon Cowell, the trade paper argues. If it doesn’t, the lack of hype won’t be […]

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Why Cleveland — and TVNZ HD — Aren’t Hotter

Software gremlins continue to compromise TVNZ’s HD capability. This is why some SD shows have been incorrectly billed in publications like the NZ Listener as screening in HD (the latest being TV2’s Hot in Cleveland) and others haven’t been flagged they are 1080i (Jamie’s 30 Minute Meals on TV One). It’s been an ongoing problem […]

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Sky Soon to Launch Three More HD Channels

Sky will use its Rugby World Cup coverage to promote the launch of two more HD channels. By Christmas it will have 11 HD channels: eight of its own and three free-to-air networks (TV One, TV2, TV3). On June 1, ESPN will be the next Sky channel to go HD – but not because of […]

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