Tag Archives: Vikings

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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Sky Box Sets in February

When so-called “psychic” Charlie Haverford receives a blow to the head, he finds himself experiencing visions and premonitions just like the ones he’s been faking all his life. But he soon finds out that his newfound gift could be more of curse, as he’s taken deeper into the mob-ruled psychic empire that runs this shady world. That’s the […]

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Sky Box Sets for January

Sky Box Sets premieres for January include the thriller Riviera and seasons three of Dark Matter and four of Vikings. The Hollywood Reporter summed up Riviera, which stars Julia Stiles a billionaire’s widow who uncovers the dark underbelly of their Vanity Fair lifestyle, as “eye candy that’s not worth the calories”: Having seen three episodes […]

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Lightbox Poised to Top 300,000 Subs

Spark’s streaming service Lightbox is about to notch up its 300,000th subscriber on the eve of premiering top-rating US drama The Good Doctor. “We are incredibly proud of the progress we have made to take Lightbox from an idea to one of New Zealand’s most popular SVOD services in just three years,” Lightbox General Manager Hema […]

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Lightbox’s Vision for Blindspot

Lightbox’s deal with Warner Bros has paid off with Spark’s streaming service about to launch season three of Blindspot exclusively in this market. TVNZ 1 still plans to screen the series but Lightbox will have it first, starting November 5 with a double-episode (it will stream weekly thereafter). Lightbox also has seasons one and two […]

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New to Blu: March 29 – April 4

    Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them can be found this week on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K-UHD. But Kiwis are missing out on the 4K releases of the last four Harry Potter movies, which go on sale in Australia, the UK and the US at the same time as Beasts. According to AVS Forum, […]

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Lightbox Sheds Light on Exclusives

   Lightbox subscribers won’t have to switch to Amazon Prime to stream the next season of Mozart in the Jungle. While it’s unclear how long Lightbox will retain exclusive rights to Amazon commissions, the Kiwi streamer has confirmed it will launch season three of Mozart on December. All 10 episodes will go online at once, […]

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New to Blu: October 12 – 18

   Ghostbusters 2016 lands here the same week as the US on Blu-ray, 3D Blu-ray and 4K-UHD Blu-ray. “The 2160p/HDR-enhanced presentation of Ghostbusters offers a marginal, but noticeable, upgrade over the movie’s 1080p Blu-ray transfer. “The movie was reportedly shot at 2.8K and finished at 2K, making this, presumably, an upscale from that source. The image retains all of the same […]

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French “Sacre Bleu” Coup for SoHo

A controversial costume drama that goes to air this week in France will premiere on SoHo in January. Set 350 years ago, in the court of Louis XIV, the 10-part Versailles is named after the spectacular palace he commissioned. “As Louis evolves, his transformation takes him from young King to absolute Monarch, a 17th century […]

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