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Hot Off the Press Release: Sky Tips Revenue Rise

Sky today confirmed its annual results and revised upwards it revenue forecast for 2021.  Here’s the media release: Sky confirms FY20 results, enters new year in strong financial position Sky Network Television Limited (SKT) delivered results for the twelve months ended 30 June 2020 (excluding non-cash impairment of goodwill) that were in line with guidance, with […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 19 – 25

➢➢ Coronation Street fans can look forward to the resumption of hour-long episodes the same week TVNZ 1 premieres a comedy-drama series starring former Weatherfield stalwart Julie Hesmondhalgh (Hayley Cropper). The Trouble With Maggie Cole (8.30 Sundays from September 20) pairs Hesmondhalgh with Dawn French as neighbours whose lives are upended when the titular character, […]

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Prime to Premiere Covid-19 Drama – Again

The most rescheduled drama in the history of Prime TV at last will premiere on September 24. INSiDE was conceived as a short-form drama that the channel would strip in eight 15-minute instalments, from 8.30 Sunday-Wednesday over two weeks. But that strategy was deep-sixed when its implementation coincided with the Covid-19 resurgence that led to Auckland’s […]

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Long-Awaited MediaWorks TV Sale to Discovery Announced

MediaWorks today confirmed what had long been anticipated: the sale of its TV arm to global giant Discovery. Here’s the media release: MEDIAWORKS REACHES AGREEMENT TO SELL TV OPERATIONS TO DISCOVERY, INC. New Zealand’s largest independent commercial broadcaster MediaWorks and the global leader of real-life entertainment Discovery Inc. (“Discovery”) are pleased to announce they have […]

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New to View: September 6 – 12

A weekly guide to what’s new of note on air and online Sunday ➢ The Salisbury Poisonings TVNZ 1, 8.30 “The three-part series is a fact-based drama relating the events that took place in the small UK city of Salisbury in March 2018, when a former Russian solider (also an agent for UK intelligence) and […]

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Network Movies in HD: September 5 – 11

Saturday Early Man (TVNZ 2, 7.00) The Silver Brumby (Maori TV, 7.00) Blade (Three, 8.30) Bad Grandpa (TVNZ 2, 8.40) 300: Rise of an Empire (TVNZ 2, 10.30) Sisters (Three, 10.50)   Sunday The Losers (TVNZ 2, 12.25am)  Independence Day: Resurgence (Three, 8.00) In Bruges (Maori TV, 8.30) Father Figures (TVNZ 2, 8.40) Unforgettable (TVNZ 2, 10.55)   Monday Seed: The Untold Story (Maori […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 12 – 18

➢➢ A raft of Kiwi premieres dominate network schedules in mid-September, including a series that explores the evolution of Māori, Nigel Latta’s latest, and the return of three homegrown staples. Coinciding with Maori Language Week will be the debut of Origins (TVNZ 1, 8.25 Tuesdays from September 15). The three-part series follows the 7.30 return […]

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New to Sky Box Sets in October

A subtitled Chilean detective series that originally screened on the Rialto Channel, Inspector Rojas: In Cold Blood, will make its Sky Box Sets debut on October 5. SBS also will follow the final season of Sons of Anarchy with the first two seasons of spin-off Mayans M.C.. Here’s the full line-up in order of their 7.30 nightly […]

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Sky Scares Up Halloween Treat

Good news, bad news — Sky has delayed the premiere of The Shining spin-off Doctor Sleep but will include it in a Halloween weekend of pop-up horror movies. Doctor Sleep will now debut on Sky Movies and Neon on October 18 instead of September 6; replacing it on Sunday will be 21 Bridges. Doctor Sleep […]

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Hot Off the Press Release: Digital to Dominate Linear for the First Time

Funding agency NZ On Air predicts digital media audiences will exceed viewership of traditional media this year. Its latest research shows “global digital giants both fragmenting audiences and overtaking most local platforms”, with only TVNZ 1 and TVNZ OnDemand holding their own. Here’s the media release: Challenging times for local media as global digital offerings […]

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