New to View: November 29 – December 5

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Sunday ➢ Primates TVNZ 1, 7.30 “Primates is at the playful end of the natural history spectrum, with Chris Packham arching one eyebrow during the narration, and the music regularly journeying towards jaunty. Nature-watchers raised on David Attenborough shows with Planet in the title […]

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Network Movies in HD: November 28 – December 4

Saturday Arthur Christmas (TVNZ 2, 3.05) Sister Act (TVNZ 2, 5.05) Sister Act 2 (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Pirates – Band of Misfits (Maori TV, 7.00) American Made (Three, 8.25) The Lost Boys (Duke, 8.30) Blue Jasmine (Maori TV, 8.40) The Longest Yard (TVNZ 2, 9.10) Foxcatcher (TVNZ 2, 11.30)   Sunday Criminal (TVNZ 2, 2.05am) Inspector Gadget 2 (TVNZ 2, […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in December

  Amazon Prime Video will premiere three original movies next month, along with new series The Wilds and the return of The Expanse and The Grand Tour. It also will add broadcast series Bull, Hawaii Five-O, Elementary and MacGyver, S5 of Luther and S4 of This Is Us. Another premiere will be the Spanish historical […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 5 – 11

➢➢ The free-to-air premiere of Deadwater Fell will screen on December 6 (TVNZ 1, 8.30). The four-part thriller, about a murder in a small Scottish town, has been streaming on TVNZ OnDemand. The network will air it in two movie-length Sunday night instalments. David Tennant (Broadchurch), Cush Jumbo (The Good Fight) and Matthew McNulty (The Bay) […]

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Christmas Comes Early For Coro Fans

To mark Coronation Street’s 60th birthday, TVNZ 1 will run a Diamond Jubilee Week of event programming from December 6-12. In addition to the 9.30 Tuesday-Thursday broadcasts, there will be two primetime specials and eight daytime commemorations. Over the past 30 years the show’s had a rocky history in this country, as a succession of […]

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New to Blu: November 25 – December 1

Season three of Westworld rides on to both Blu-ray and 4K-UHD this week. The latter features 2160pHEVC encoded video and lossless Dolby Atmos/TrueHD 7.1 channel sound, reports AVSForum. For its presentation in Ultra HD Westworld Season Three was rendered from a 2K DI and up-converted to 4K. With a noticeable increase in detail the image appears sharper […]

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New to Netflix in December

The Holiday Movies That Made Us  (01/12/2020) Insider interviews and behind-the-scenes peeks unwrap the real stories behind iconic Christmas blockbusters. Big Mouth: Season 4 (04/12/2020) On the brink of eighth grade, the friends contend with summer camp torments, shady alter egos, new make-out frontiers and Tito the Anxiety Mosquito. Selena: The Series (04/12/2020) A coming-of-age story […]

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New to Disney+ in December

Disney+ will herald Christmas with a slate teeming with premieres, including the movies Soul and Mulan. Mulan has been available to stream as the platform’s first premium video-on-demand title but subscribers will be able to view it in up to 4K-UHD for free from December 4. Disney has yet to report on whether the PVOD […]

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Neon to “Drop” Industry Early

Sky will make all of the series Industry available for streaming on Neon five weeks ahead of the high-stakes drama completing its linear run on SoHo. Industry will be released in its entirety online on December 2 following HBO’s decision to drop all of it on HBO Max this week as a Thanksgiving weekend stunt. […]

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Neon Movie and TV Premieres for December

The Invisible Man, Bombshell and the Oscar-winning Parasite will premiere next month on Sky’s streaming service, Neon. Also new will be The Peanut Butter Falcon, Richard Jewell, Underwater, Playmobil: The Movie and I Still Believe. Here’s the full slate of movie and TV premiere dates for December:

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in December

Next month TVNZ OnDemand will premiere a Sky Atlantic drama adaptation of Anaïs Nin’s “famously risque short stories”. Little Birds is about two very different women in 1955 Morocco whose lives – and those of their lovers – become dangerously entangled in Tangier’s ‘International Zone’. The Guardian dubbed it “a lush, intelligent reimagining of the author’s […]

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New to Acorn TV in December

Acorn TV has extended its 30-day free trial until the end of the year, which should give you enough time to check out some of its December highlights. Launched during the COVID-19 lockdown, the offer can be unlocked at acorn.tv with the code ACORNTVNZ30. This month Acorn TV added more than 200 hours of content, […]

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Apple TV+ Announces Return of Mankind and Servant

Two of Apple TV+’s best drama series will return for second seasons early next year: For All Mankind and Servant. The former will premiere on February 19, with the first of 10 weekly instalments that explore what would have happened if the global space race had never ended. The Ronald D Moore (Battlestar Galactica) series […]

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It’s a Wonderful Christmas Movie in HD

Next month Sky will screen for the first time in HD the 1946 Christmas classic, It’s a Wonderful Life. The Frank Capra favourite will air on a pop-up channel devoted to Christmas-themed movies. You can buy the movie on DVD here but not on Blu-ray or 4K-UHD — despite it being for sale on both […]

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New to Neon in December

Neon will exclusively stream quirky space age comedy Moonbase 8 from December 28. Following in the footsteps of Avenue 5 and Space Force, it launched early this month on Showtime and wasn’t deemed a giant leap forward for the sub-genre. John C Reilly and two of the show’s creators, Tim Heidecker and Jonathan Krisel, play astronauts simulating […]

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