Tag Archives: Sky

Sky Scores Another Ace Golf Deal

On the eve of the 100th PGA Championship tournament teeing off tomorrow morning at Baltusrol, Sky has announced it’s struck a deal for four more years of the event. Sky’s also signed a four-year deal for the Senior PGA Championship, which will return next year. The deals follow Sky securing continuing coverage rights to The Open, The Senior […]

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Netflix NZ Bound

Netflix today announced it would launch an Australian-NZ HD and 4K streaming service in March but has not yet disclosed pricing. Among the highlights exclusive to the platform will be the original series family thriller Bloodline, starring Ben Mendelsohn, Kyle Chandler, Sissy Spacek, Linda Cardellini and Sam Shepard; Marvel’’s Daredevil, with Charlie Cox, Rosario Dawson and […]

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Woohoo! Homer’s Coming Home

TV3 has confirmed that The Simpsons again will screen in HD when the long-running ‘toon resumes Sunday night screenings on the network (thanks to thx1138 for the heads-up). When MediaWorks relaunched Four as a fledgling youth entertainment channel, it used The Simpsons as a signature attraction to build viewership and took it off TV3 to […]

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Quickflix to Stream HD Movies in NZ

HD movies will be part of the streaming service Australian-based Quickflix offers Kiwis when it launches today. At this stage it’s not known how many movies will be in HD, or if there will be HD TV shows, too, and whether they’ll cost a premium over SD content. Ironically, the service’s launch already has hit […]

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Sky Forges New HD Service With Iron Man 2

Good news and bad for My Sky HDi subscribers – there’s more HD coming but it will cost extra. Sky has just announced it will introduce Sky On Demand HD next month, a service that will let subscribers download blockbusters in HD for $7.99 a title. That’s $1 more than what it costs for SD […]

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Thumbs-Down for Sony PlayTV?

Sony’s claim that its new PlayTV PVR offers more features than other PVRs has been thrown into doubt by a damning NBR online report. It highlights failings that make PlayTV sound inferior to other PVRs and speculates a rift between Sony and MediaWorks is partly to blame. Like TiVo, PlayTV’s EPG will be hobbled by […]

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Sky TV and Microsoft in Talks

Sky TV and Microsoft are exploring the possibility of “Xbox Kinect integration” in NZ. In the UK, the two have just announced a partnership that will let Xbox 360 owners watch Sky TV on-demand using the upcoming Kinect motion control system. Reportedly, owners will be able to move through channels using hand gestures or via […]

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Foxtel Leaves Sky in HD Dust

While Sky subscribers continue to fork over $100-plus a month for a handful of HD channels, across the Tasman sister satcaster Foxtel soon will be offering 24 HD channels and a 25th dedicated to 3D. Compare this with Sky’s paltry movie channels (two) and sports channels (two), along with the non-exclusive TVNZ and TV3 HD […]

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Free HDTV Everywhere by 2013? UPDATED

Since this morning’s posting, the NZ Press Association has filed this report about the press conference. And Freeview general manager Sam Irvine has welcomed the extension of HD coverage: “Today’s announcement also means a further year of funding for Freeview, more efficient use of spectrum and the availability of new technologies, all of which will […]

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Can CASPA Spook Sky?

Does CASPA stand a ghost of a chance against Sky TV? TVNZ thinks so – that’s why it invested $8 million in 33% of Hybrid Television Services, the licensee of TiVo in NZ and Australia. Hybrid has used the belated launch of TiVo in this part of the world – a decade after it revolutionised […]

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