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Disney+ Starts Strongly Down Under

Disney+ is now Australia’s fourth most popular subscription television service, drawing 1.8 million subscribers in its first three months, research company Roy Morgan reports. Disney+ launched in Australia and NZ at the same time. While the data relates only to the Australian market, the press release makes for fascinating reading about the rise of streaming in […]

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New to Lightbox in April

Today Lightbox will premiere a crime anthology series from Mr. Robot creator Sam Esmail. Variety says Briarpatch combines “some of the visual and narrative excess of Mr. Robot with the clean lines and emphasis on memorable characters” of a Suits: Anchored by a strong Rosario Dawson performance and flavoured with wit and a real sense of […]

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New to DocPlay in April and May

If you love documentaries and are seeking fresh streaming pastures beyond Netflix, Amazon Prime Video, TVNZ OnDemand and Lightbox, DocPlay could be your new field of dreams. The Screen Australia-backed Madman Entertainment service launched nearly three-and-a-half years ago with more than 130 documentary movies, TV series and programmes. It now has a library that tops […]

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Killing Eve to Stream Sooner

TVNZ OnDemand will stream season three of Killing Eve from April 13, two weeks earlier than planned. It follows US cable channel AMC’s decision to launch the hitwoman series ahead of schedule, to help fill the gap left by The Walking Dead ending prematurely amid so many viewers being confined to their homes because of […]

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Lightbox Scoops Miss Scarlett and the Duke

Lightbox will exclusively stream a “Victorian Moonlighting” starring Peaky Blinders’ Kate Phillips. Miss Scarlett and the Duke will premiere on April 15, two weeks after its UK launch. Created by Grantchester’s Rachel New, it stars Phillips (Arthur’s wife in Peaky Blinders) as London’s first female detective. “The Duke” is her policeman ‘friend’, Detective Inspector William […]

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New to Amazon Prime Video in April

Amazon Prime Video has had to pull the premiere of The Walking Dead: World Beyond from its April slate. The spin-off was due to launch on April 13, within hours of its AMC premiere in the US, but has been indefinitely postponed because of COVID-19 complications. But another highly anticipated fantasy series, Tales From the […]

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Neon April Premieres at a Glance

A documentary about the restored Queen’s Hamlet at Versailles is the latest addition to Neon’s streaming premieres in April. The Secret Versailles of Marie Antoinette was filmed in 4K but will max out at 1080p on Sky’s platform. Other newcomers to Neon, in addition to those already posted, will include Enlightened, Getting On, Angels in […]

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Academy on Demand Delayed

The launch of indie streaming service Academy on Demand has been delayed until next week — but the founders hope to offer twice as many titles. The platform was meant to go live today, with an eclectic mix of art house, independent and vaguely classic movies. But this afternoon, in a letter to customers and […]

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New to TVNZ OnDemand in April

Premium British dramas dominate TVNZ OnDemand’s April premieres. Based on the best-selling novel of the same name by Malorie Blackman, Noughts & Crosses is a race-reversal Romeo and Juliet-style drama set in an alternate world where the UK and Europe were colonised by Africa hundreds of years ago. In the present day, Nought (white) and Cross (black) […]

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Academy on Demand Launch Titles

If you’re looking for an eclectic mix of new releases, document-aries and classics to stream over the next four weeks of COVID-19 lockdown, NZ’s newest service Academy on Demand offers a compelling alternative to the blockbuster-driven slates of other platforms. It will launch on Friday with a line-up that will be predominantly in HD, the only […]

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