HD Ratings: The Project Beats Shortland Street

Three’s The Project, Lego Masters and crime dramas reigned on Queen’s Birthday Monday. They won or dominated in all the core commercial demographics. Without TVNZ 1’s Seven Sharp as a rival, The Project out-rated TVNZ 2’s Shortland Street in three of the key demos and split the 18-49 vote. SS averaged just 3.9% of the channel’s […]

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Duke Cuts Live PD Uncut

TVNZ Duke is pulling Live PD Uncut from its Friday night schedule because of the US rioting. It will replaced the reality series with stand-up specials for the next three weeks: Danny Bhoy Live: At the Festival Theatre (10.15 Friday); John Bishop Live: Rollercoaster Tour (10.20, June 12); and Russell Brand Live: Messiah Complex (10.25, […]

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New to Blu: June 3 – 9

Onward, the movie that bypassed cinemas for direct-to-consumer release on Sky TV and streaming platforms because of the COVID-19 lockdown, can be bought on Blu-ray this week but not 4K-UHD. It’s the first new Pixar movie not to debut on both HD formats, despite its availability on 4K-UHD in Australia. This is another worrying sign […]

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HD Ratings: Lomas Nibbles Away at Eat Well

Three’s David Lomas Investigates has closed the gap with TVNZ 1’s Eat Well for Less? NZ in the key 25-54 demographic. Both networks target this audience with their programming. When Eat Well premiered two weeks ago, three rating points separated them in this demo. But last Tuesday the gap was barely one point, with Eat […]

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New Neon to Launch Next Month

This morning Sky announced the merger of its Neon streaming service and Spark’s Lightbox will launch on July 7. But it’s not yet clear if Spark will continue to bundle the new survice with its broadband plans. Here’s Sky media release. Neon – a new look, 100% New Zealand owned and a new offer for […]

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New to View: May 31 – June 6

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online MONDAY The Parachute Murder Plot | TVNZ 1, 8.40 “The Parachute Murder Plot is totally chilling and literally everyone’s worst nightmare come true. The documentary delves deeper into the story and tells the story of this case, which is actually too horrific to even […]

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New to DocPlay in June & July

Spearheading the coming attractions this month and next on documentary streaming platform DocPlay is McKellen: Playing the Part, complete with footage of Sir Ian McKellen on the set of The Lord of the Rings. “The thrilling clips here of his big Shakespearean roles are worth the price of a ticket alone,” The Guardian said. “About […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in June

Next month’s premieres on Amazon Prime Video may leave you questioning the value of your subscription. It adds 13 seasons of the comedy It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (June 5), S1-8 of Keeping Up With the Kardashians (June 1) and S1-13 of Criminal Minds (June 5). There’s one movie premiere that should be worth a look, 7500 […]

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Woohoo! The Simpsons in 4:3 HD

This could be the best reason to subscribe to Disney+: The Simpsons has been restored to its original 4:3 aspect ratio. Subscribers can choose between watching the series in 16:9 widescreen, so the image fills the entire screen of modern TVs, or the original aspect in which the episodes were broadcast before their conversion to […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in June

TVNZ OnDemand is bustin’ out all over for June, with a slew of premieres, the return of Flack and The Twilight Zone, and express from the US, The Bachelor: The Greatest Seasons – Ever! Here’s the trailer for the new Bachelor highlights show (weekly from June 9): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9iRD22Gf5g4 In each episode, host Chris Harrison will recap the […]

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Network Movies in HD: May 30 – June 5

Saturday The Young Victoria (TVNZ 1, 11.55am) The Giver (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Johnny English Strikes Again (Three, 7.00) Due Date (TVNZ 2, 8.40) Eraser (Three, 8.45) Red Planet (Duke, 9.25) The Enforcer (Prime, 9.30) The Disaster Artist (TVNZ 2, 10.30)   Sunday Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Martian (Three, 8.30) The Inland Road (Maori TV, 8.30) Aloha (TVNZ […]

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New to Neon in June

Neon trawls the video vault next month to showcase series as old as HBO’s Mr Show (1995-1998), From the Earth to the Moon (1998) and the BBC’s Five Days (2007-2010). But there’s also a raft of shiny new premieres and the addition of movies like Judy and Ad Astra. Here’s the full line-up:  

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New to SoHo and SoHo2 in June

Atlanta’s Missing and Murdered | SoHo (9.30 Wednesdays from June 3), Neon (June 28) A five-part documentary series about the abduction and murder of at least 30 African-American children and young adults in Atlanta from 1979-1981. Following the official reopening of the case by Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, the series sheds new light on the […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 6 – 12

➢➢ Two new local lifestyle series will air on Saturday nights from June 6: A New Zealand Food Story (Three, 5.30) and Dream Home Dilemma (Prime, 8.00). In the former, chef Ben Bayly travels the country to seek inspiration for the menu at his new New Zealand cuisine restaurant while wrestling setbacks, like a global pandemic, to […]

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New to Lightbox in June

In a sign of the looming merger between Lightbox and Sky, both platforms will premiere on the same day the dramatisation of the Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? scandal, Quiz. It will stream weekly on Lightbox from 8.30 on June 25 — the same time it goes to air on SoHo. The three-part series […]

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