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Hot Off the Press Release: Spark Signs UK Cricket Producer

Spark Sport will use a UK production company founded by a Formula One icon to cover NZ cricket matches played at home. Here’s the media release: Spark Sport signs Whisper as Cricket production partner Spark Sport has appointed award-winning UK production company Whisper as their production partner for all New Zealand cricket played on home […]

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HD Ratings: Murder Mystery Mesmerises

Sunday’s interview with Scott Guy’s widow Kylee on the 10th anniversary of his murder decimated last night’s MasterChef Australia and Big Brother. The current affairs scoop scored bumper averages in all the core commercial demographics and drew two-to-three times as many viewers as the Australian reality rivals. It averaged 10.4% of TVNZ 1’s 25-54 demo […]

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New Blood for the Rialto Channel

Sunday’s season two premiere of Irish drama Blood spearheads a riveting crime line-up on Rialto for the rest of the year. If you missed the first season, it’s being repeated Sunday ahead of S2 and also can be streamed on Acorn TV. Acorn actually commissioned the twisted family thriller but Rialto licensed both for NZ […]

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New to View: July 5 – 11

SUNDAY My Big Family Farm | Sky Living, 7.30 AKA Our Yorkshire Farm, this series follows a couple as they raise nine children and more than 1000 sheep over four seasons on one of Britain’s most remote and spectacular farms. Blood (S2) | Rialto, 8.30 “With its carefully formulated blend of medical intrigue and family […]

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Schedule Alert: July 4

TVNZ 2 will replace Wednesday night re-runs of Renters with 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. Renters was scheduled to bridge MKR: The Rivals and Selling Houses Australia on July 15 and 22. It will continue to re-run Friday nights after the original 8 Out of 10 Cats, as lead-out Naked Attractions can’t air […]

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HD Ratings: TVNZ 2’s Cunning Plan

The Man From U.N.C.L.E. proved more popular than the man from the railways on Thursday. TVNZ 2’s repeat of the movie reboot of the TV series won its slot in all the core commercial demographics. At its peak in the 25-54 demo, it averaged nearly twice as many viewers as TVNZ 1’s premiere of Around […]

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HD Ratings: Too Many Cooks

TVNZ 2’s double-billing of MasterChef Australia and MKR: The Rivals brought home the bacon for the network on Wednesday. It was a case too many cooks for TVNZ 1 and Three to compete against. The duo dominated in three of the core commercial demographics and even among 18-49 year-olds MasterChef was still competitive with Three’s […]

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Network Movies in HD: July 4 – 10

Saturday Inside Out (TVNZ 2, 7.00) A Knight’s Tale (Three, 7.00) The Adventure of Shark Boy and Lava Girl (Maori TV, 7.00) Along Came a Spider (Duke, 8.30) Life As We Know It (TVNZ 2, 8.40) Truth or Dare (Three, 9.35) High Fidelity (TVNZ 2, 10.50) Dangerous Liaisons (TVNZ 1, 11.45)   Sunday Gross Pointe Blank (TVNZ 2, […]

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HD Ratings: New Dog Show Just the Cat’s Whiskers

TVNZ 1’s The Dog House is a bonafide hit. The heartwarming series premiered on Tuesday, when it even out-rated lead-in Eat Well for Less? in the 25-54 demographic, with 5.6% vs 5.5%. It also was up 1.6 rating points on the previous week’s High School Mums. The show won its slot in the 5+ and 18-49 demographics […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: New Flexible Satellite Deal for Sky

Despite its new focus on streaming, Sky has renewed its satellite deal with Optus for another 10 years — but with more flexibility and “exciting new functionality”. Here’s the media release: SKY RENEWS SATELLITE DEAL WITH MORE FLEXIBILITY  Sky has agreed a revised contract with Optus that delivers satellite capability for the next ten years, […]

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