Aussie Soap to Get HD Gloss

TV2 will soon screen three of Australasia’s most popular soaps virtually back-to-back in HD.

This week it’s added stripped 5.30 weeknight episodes of Home and Away to its schedule, the soap it poached from TV3 reportedly for a license fee that was 30% higher.

It not only beefs up TV2’s early evening schedule, which hitherto has been dependent on a perpetual Friends loop and re-runs of other US sitcoms, but also cripples TV3’s lead-in to its flagship news bulletin.

TV2’s also using the opportunity to spruce up its long-running Ocker soap, Neighbours, which screens 6.30 weeknights ahead of the network’s own HD serial, Shortland Street.

Shortly, it, too, will go HD, which means the only primetime free-to-air soap still outstanding in SD will be Coronation Street, and hopefully its conversion will come quicker than TV One closing the 22-month gap between NZ and UK screenings.

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One Response to “Aussie Soap to Get HD Gloss”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    August 19, 2013 at 7:03 pm

    Yes, such great news and come on TV One do the right thing and make Coro HD while also expanding episodes so we catch up!

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