New to View: January 17 – 23

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Monday ➢ Star Trek: Lower Decks Amazon Prime Video “It is explicitly set in the Star Trek universe, about 10 years after the events of The Next Generation, and focuses on the lowest-ranking officers on one of Starfleet’s least important ships, the U.S.S. Cerritos […]

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New to Blu: January 13 – 19

Indie distributors like Madman Entertainment continue to pump out back-catalogue Blu-ray releases to fill the void left by the majors because of the pandemic-driven disruption to theatrical schedules. This week another slate of Imprint titles goes on sale, along with sci-fi TV productions Skylines and the complete series of The 4400, and anime newcomers Fairy Tail: […]

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Network Movie Highlights in HD: January 16 – 22

  Saturday The Duff (TVNZ 2, 7.00) Kung Fu Panda 3 (Three, 7.00) Predator 2 (Duke, 8.30) Searching  (Three, 8.55) Table 19 (TVNZ 2, 9.00) Murder by Numbers (TVNZ 2, 10.50) The Big Sick (Three, 11.05)   Sunday London Boulevard (TVNZ 2, 1.05am) Hairspray  (TVNZ 2, 12.15) Batman & Robin (TVNZ 2, 2.35) Alice Through […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 23 – 29

➢➢ This week’s column is unusually late (apologies) and short — due to the networks offering nothing new of note for the last week of January. The only addition to the schedules worth highlighting is the 7.30 Friday reinstatement of hour-long episodes of The Repair Shop on TVNZ 1. The show’s 7.00 weeknight strip of […]

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Sony NZ Confirms 2021 TV Range

Sony NZ today confirmed which TV models unveiled at CES it would release in New Zealand, including its largest OLED display yet, the 77-inch A80J. “Sony’s key objective is to offer customers an incredibly immersive viewing experience by utilising evolving technologies and premium large screens to perfectly delivering the creator’s true intent,” Aki Hosoda, Head […]

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Stuff Heads Back to K’Road Post COVID-19

A new season of the unique web series about homelessness in NZ, K’Road Chronicles, starts Monday on the Stuff platform. Unlike the acclaimed first season, the second won’t be streaming on TVNZ OnDemand (where you can still view S1). But S2 will still boast the same high production values. It was directed and edited by Paul […]

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Panasonic Unfurls New Flagship OLED for CES

Panasonic has added side-firing speakers, new AI processing and improved gaming specs to its flagship OLED TV for 2021, the JZ2000. It has yet to reveal details of the rest of its range but will continue to be the only major brand that offers Dolby Vision and HDR10+ compatibility on its 4K TVs. (Samsung continues […]

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New to View: January 10 – 16

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Sunday ➢ A Perfect Planet TVNZ 1, 7.00 “A near-perfect programme. The cinematography is as awesome in scale and majesty as anything that has gone before, capturing both vast panoramas of tropical atolls and the tiniest wrinkly detail of a giant tortoise’s backside. The theme […]

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Samsung Launches 2021 Range With New Tech

Samsung is promising a “quantum leap” in TV viewing with its 2021 range of Neo QLED TVs, which it’s launching next week at CES. It also will expand screen sizes with its new MICRO LED TVs and has refreshed its Frame series to make the TVs even thinner and more customisable. Specific models, pricing and […]

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Sony Unveils CES TV Sensations

Today Sony revealed a line-up of groundbreaking 4K and 8K TVs for 2021 that boasts a new processor across the entire range it claims “mimics the human brain to deliver a never-before-seen immersive viewing experience” and streaming quality that rivals UHD Blu-ray. Specific models, pricing and availability have yet to be announced for NZ but […]

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Network Movie Highlights in HD: January 9 – 15

Saturday Cars 3 (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Hobbit: The Battle Of The Five Armies (Three, 7.00) Charlotte’s Web (Maori TV, 7.00) The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel (TVNZ 1, 8.05) Predator (Duke, 8.30) 45 Years (Maori TV, 8.40) Police Academy 3: Back in Training (TVNZ 2, 9.00) American Assassin (Three, 9.55) Secret in Their Eyes (TVNZ 2, […]

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Amazon Primes The Great Escapists

Amazon Prime Video has added to its January line-up a new series starring The Grand Tour’s Richard Hammond as an escape artist. The Great Escapists follows Hammond and Mythbusters’ Tory Belleci as they use their smarts and scrap shipwreck to try to escape a deserted island. Reads the blurb: Can they invent themselves off the island? Or […]

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HD Heads-Up: January 16 – 22

➢➢ One of UK TV’s longest-running series marks its 20th anniversary in a retrospective series that will air 8.35 Wednesdays on TVNZ 1 from January 20. Location Location Location: 20 Years and Counting has Phil Spencer and Kirstie Allsopp looking back over two decades of boom and bust. Yet whatever the state of the market, their […]

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Neon Snares Tiger Woods Tale

An HBO documentary about golf phenomenon Tiger Woods will have its NZ premiere on Sky’s Neon. The two-part Tiger will land here on January 22, nearly two weeks after its January 10 tee-off on HBO, and also will screen on Sky’s golf channel, Sky Sport 6. Reads the blurb: The series paints an intimate picture […]

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SoHo Adds New CB Strike Case

Sky’s SoHo channel has added the latest CB Strike mystery to its January schedule. CB Strike: Lethal White (8.30 Mondays from January 25) is a four-part BBC adaptation of the fourth book in Robert Galbraith’s Cormoran Strike series. Written under a pseudonym by JK Rowling, it’s about an ex-solder-cum-private detective (Tom Burke) and his overqualified PA and partner-in-crime […]

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