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New to View: June 20 – 26

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Monday ➢ Wife Swap Australia TVNZ 2, 8.40 “Answers the question ‘What if we took two women and forced them to be dreadful to each other’s families instead of their own for a bit?’ … A fascinating look at how someone deals with being put […]

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African Animation Showcase for Disney+

Disney+ has announced two major commissions: an eight-episode prequel to the 2017 live-action film Beauty and the Beast and a ten-part collection of premium African films. Luke Evans and Josh Gad will reprise their their roles as Gaston and LeFou (Louie) in the Beauty and the Beast limited musical series. The project also will feature […]

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Watch Out for The Shrink Next Door

The new Apple TV+ dark comedy The Shrink Next Door will premiere on November 12. The eight-episode limited series will open with three episodes, then stream subsequent episodes weekly. Inspired by true events, it details the bizarre relationship between psychiatrist to the stars Dr. Isaac “Ike” Herschkopf (Paul Rudd) and his longtime patient Martin “Marty” Markowitz (Will Ferrell). […]

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Network Movies in HD: June 19 – 25

  Saturday Alice Through the Looking Glass (TVNZ 2, 6.35) Sing (Three, 7.00) Pound Puppies and the Legend of Big Paw (Maori TV, 7.00) What Happens In Vegas (TVNZ 2, 8.40) Quartet (Maori TV, 8.40) The Secret (Three, 9.05) Toke (Three, 11.20) Playing for Keeps (TVNZ 2, 11.40)   Sunday The Switch (TVNZ 2, 1.40am) Angel Has Fallen (Three, […]

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Fab News for Fab Four Fans

Not so hot off the press release: Disney+ has just confirmed the NZ streaming premiere of Peter Jackson’s Beatles epic that was reported overnight internationally. Consecutive two-hour instalments of the six-part series, which was conceived as a movie, will stream over three days, starting from November 26. In case you missed it elsewhere, here’s the […]

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Discovery+ to Usurp ThreeNow

Three’s streaming service probably will be supplanted by Discovery+ before year’s end, reports Newsroom. In an interview with Newsroom co-editor and ex-TV3 news boss Mark Jennings, the general manager, Australia and NZ for Discovery, Glen Kyne, revealed Discovery+ would replace ThreeNow soon after its Australian launch: “Globally, Discovery+ was launched as a brand in the […]

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Blazing New Speed for Video and Gaming Downloads

Depending on where you live and your ISP, you can now download a 5GB movie or update a video game in five seconds on Chorus’ new 8Gbps fibre broadband service. The previous fastest speeds for these activities were 10 seconds on a 4Gbps service and 20 seconds on a 2Gbps service. Here’s the media release: […]

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Spark Sport Scores New Coup

Spark Sport will add rugby league to its roster with exclusive rights to next year’s Rugby League World Cup. The Cup is considered to be the code’s pinnacle event. It’s globally contested every four years but  RLWC2021 will mark a milestone with the men’s, women’s and wheelchair competitions being staged together for the first time. […]

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HD Heads-Up: June 26 – July 2

➢➢ Prime is following its outstanding prison drama Time with an acclaimed documentary series about life inside. Prison (8.30 Thursdays from July 1) is set in a Derbyshire women’s prison. “It’s one big girls’ school,” one inmate says. “St Trinian’s on crack.” According to the Daily Mail, “Female prisoners reveal how they’ve managed to have a […]

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Raunchy Global Release for Disney+ and Hulu

The “raw and raunchy” comedy Vacation Friends will be the first 20th Century Studios movie to have a simultaneous global release on the Hulu and Disney+ streaming platforms. It will stream here as a Star Original from August 27, the same day it goes live on Hulu in the US. The film stars John Cena […]

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