Network Movies in HD: February 22 – 28

Saturday Austin Powers 2: The Spy Who Shagged Me (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Transcendence (TVNZ 2, 8.55) The Boy Next Door (Three, 8.55) Ransom (Duke, 9.30) Resurrection Mary (Three, 10.50) Fury (TVNZ 2, 11.25)   Sunday Gimme Shelter (TVNZ 2, 2am) Stand By Me (TVNZ 2, midday) Snatched (TVNZ 2, 8.30) Lucky (Maori TV, 8.30) Pacific Rim: Uprising […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 29 – March 6

➢➢ Following its success with the Britain’s Got Talent and X Factor franchises on Saturday nights, TVNZ 1’s taking on another UK variety format — one that flopped on TVNZ 2. Ant & Dec’s Saturday Night Takeaway will air 7.00 Saturdays from February 29 ahead of a new season of Best Home Cook at 8.30. The network […]

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New to Neon in March

Sky will stream weekly season three of Westworld the same day it airs on SoHo. The series is one of several prominent dramas that will stream on Neon, with the first episode landing on March 16. Also new will be Devs (March 7), Almost Family (March 10) and The Plot Against America (March 17). Devs […]

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New to SoHo in March

Next month SoHo will hatch The Plot Against America (9.30 Tuesdays from March 17). HBO’S adaptation of Philip Roth’s novel about an alternate America, in which Charles Lindbergh becomes president and turns the nation toward fascism, is the latest collaboration from The Wire’s David Simon and Ed Burns. Entertainment Weekly dubbed the six-part series “a […]

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Big Mac Gets Big Heave

TVNZ 2 is pulling Michael McIntyre’s Big Show from 8.30 Wednesdays. The chat show was meant to resume in the slot tomorrow night, with Have You been Paying Attention? returning to its original 7.30 Wednesday berth. But today the network announced MMBS was being dropped for new episodes of 8 Out of 10 Cats does […]

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More HD Channels for Sky

Sky will add two more HD channels to its satellite service next month. Both National Geographic and MTV Music will beam out in 1080i from March 4. Among the Nat Geo highlights you can expect to see in HD will be Cosmos: Possible Worlds, which will screen 8.30 Mondays from March 9. The 13-part sequel to […]

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New to Blu: February 12 – 18

  Terminator: Dark Fate ➢ “Overall image clarity and detail are terrific, less so obviously in moments with a lot of atmospherics (smoke, cloud, water—as in underwater) but that’s to be expected. Texturing is crisp and well-defined without appearing edgy, colours are rich and nuanced, and the contrast is superb — deep yet detailed blacks […]

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Network Movies in HD: February 15 – 21

Saturday Austin Powers: International Man of Mystery (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Yellowbird (Maori TV, 7.00) The Tourist (TVNZ 2, 8.45) Cloverfield (Three, 8.55) Presumed Innocent (Duke, 9.30) Mortal Combat (Prime, 9.30)   Sunday 101 Dalmatians (TVNZ 2, 7.55am)  Without A Paddle (TVNZ 2, midday) Geostorm (TVNZ 2, 8.30) Chappaquiddick (Maori TV, 8.30) Me Before You (Three, 8.35) No Good […]

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HD Heads-Up: February 22 – 28

➢➢ TVNZ 1’s Sunday night run of compelling British drama will continue with the February 23 premiere of Gold Digger. It stars Julia Ormond as a wealthy woman who falls in love with a younger man (Ben Barnes) whom her children suspect is only after her money. “It’s not subtle, but it’s effective,” said The […]

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Surge in Sky Streaming

Sky reports a near-75% hike in streaming customers helped to drive subscriptions to 795,000 for the six months ending December 2019. “Our new and enhanced streaming services are attracting new customers to Sky, and we are also firmly focused on super-serving our satellite customers,” chief executive Martin Stewart says. “One of the pleasing outcomes is […]

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TVNZ 1 Pre-empts Fair Go for Firefighters’ Cause

TVNZ 1 is delaying the 2020 season premiere of Fair Go to screen highlights of a concert honouring Australia’s firefighters. A Concert For Australia: Fire Fight will air from 7.30-9.05 on February 17, pre-empting not only the consumer watchdog but also new episodes of Highway Cops and Border Security. [Update: TVNZ OnDemand will stream the concert from 3pm on […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: MediaWorks Terminates ThreeLife

In yet another troubling sign for the future of free-to-air TV, MediaWorks is shutting down ThreeLife and replacing it with HD music channel The Edge TV and the SD-only Breeze TV. Here’s the media release: THE EDGE TV AND BREEZE TV COMING TO TV SCREENS On 26 March MediaWorks will be changing ThreeLife and ThreeLifePlus1 […]

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Schedule Watch: February 9

TVNZ 2 has pulled its previously scheduled post-Oscars Red Carpet special. On The Red Carpet After the Oscars was to have aired 11.10 Monday night but now “won’t meet our delivery requirements”, a spokesperson says. However, the behind-the-scenes half-hour will screen 3.20am on February 16, after an overnight re-run of the ceremony that will screen live […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in February

Amazon Prime Video NZ will launch Al Pacino’s first TV series Hunters on February 21. Created by David Weil (Moonfall) and executive produced by Jordan Peele (Us), it follows a diverse band of Nazi hunters in 1977 New York City, where they try to thwart the rise of a Fourth Reich. Pacino co-stars with Logan […]

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New to Neon in February

New to Sky’s streaming service this month are the abolitionist dramedy The Good Lord Bird, the McDonalds fraud documentary series McMillions, and the latest seasons of Kidding, Last Week Tonight With John Oliver, The Bold Type and Motherland. TV Guide reports Showtime’s John Brown dramatisation will be “unexpectedly funny“. According to James McBride, who wrote the […]

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