HD Heads-Up: May 30 – June 5

➢➢ The networks will celebrate Queen’s Birthday Weekend with five free-to-air movie premieres: Johnny English Strikes Again (Three, 7.00 Saturday), The Disaster Artist (TVNZ 2, 10.30 Saturday), The Inland Road (Maori TV, 8.30 Sunday), Queen of Katwe (TVNZ 1, 1.35 Monday) and In Pursuit of Silence (Maori TV, 8.30 Monday). Other HD coming attractions for the week starting May 30 will include:

  • The Young Victoria (TVNZ 1, 11.55am Saturday)
  • The Giver (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday)
  • Due Date (TVNZ 2, 8.40 Saturday)
  • Eraser (Three, 8.45 Saturday)
  • Red Planet (Duke, 9.25 Saturday)
  • The Enforcer (Prime 9.30 Saturday)
  • Jumanji – Welcome to the Jungle (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Sunday),
  • The Martian (Three, 8.30 Sunday)
  • Aloha (TVNZ 2, 9.10 Sunday)
  • See No Evil, Hear No Evil (Duke,  9.35 Sunday)
  • Lights Out (TVNZ 2, 11.10 Sunday)
  • Stash House (Prime, 8.30 Monday)
  • Traffic (Duke , 8.30 Tuesday)
  • G.I. Joe: Retaliation (TVNZ 2, 8.00 Thursday)
  • Hanna (Three, 7.30 Friday)
  • The Inbetweeners 2 (Duke, 8.30 Friday) …

➢➢ TVNZ 1 also will premiere a raft of Queen’s Birthday music specials: SIX60: Live At Western Springs 2020 (8.45 Saturday); New Zealand Opera’s acclaimed 2015 production of Giacomo Puccini’s Tosca (10am Sunday); and Dolly Parton tribute Dolly & Friends: 50 Years at the Opry (7.00 Monday) …

➢➢ The Parachute Murder Plot (TVNZ 1, 8.40 Monday) sends Antiques Roadshow’s Fiona Bruce back onto the trail of “an absolute bastard of a man who tampered with his wife’s parachute to kill her and almost got away with it”. The Emile Cilliers case was one of the most riveting crime stories of Bruce’s journalistic career and her re-examination includes exclusive access to more 12 hours of previously unseen police tapes, thousands of the couple’s intimate text messages, unseen home movies and interviews with key people …

➢➢ Rhys Darby: Big in Japan (TVNZ 1, 8.45 Thursdays from June 4) sees the comic actor diving headfirst into everything, from becoming a sumo wrestler and meeting Japan’s number one mascot Kumamon to staying in a robot hotel, checking out quirky Japanese game shows, and taking part in samurai training and cultural practices …

➢➢ Darby will face off against Three’s The Graham Norton Show, which will return to its 8.25 berth, with guests Josh Gad, Michaela Coel and singer-songwriter Niall Horan, ahead of re-runs of New Zealand Today

➢➢ Starting new seasons that week will be Strike Back (Prime, 9.35 Tuesdays) and Traffic Cops (Prime, 7.30 Wednesdays) while ending their runs will be Fish of the DayStorage Wars and Why Women Kill.

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6 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: May 30 – June 5”

  1. Hi Philip, are you able to confirm that Sky TV has axed Sky Sport News?

  2. Yes it has, Leo. Sky says the service is going digital. Here’s what Sky says: “We will no longer have the evening show and will instead use Crowd Goes Wild for our televised local sports news.  The first live CGW show will return on 2 June.  Sky Sport News will still be part of our customer offer on our apps and website, and we’re working through what it means for the great team of people who work on News. We are talking to our sports production teams about changes to a few of our other shows, along with the ways we produce and deliver our sport content.  As we said to the market only this morning, like many businesses we are needing to cut costs and change the way we do things in the present environment, and we are also focused on transforming our business to ensure a sustainable future.”

  3. Cheers Philip for the info. Does this mean the entire channel is gone?

  4. That’s right, Leo — Sky Sport News as a channel is no more. SSN will continue in some form as a digital bulletin but how exactly has still to be determined. SSN the channel suffered the rotten luck of being launched within months of a global sport shutdown – at the start of the lockdown it became a 24-hour quiz channel – amid presumably unprecedented churn for Sky, with many customers who subscribed for live sport probably cutting the cord over the past three months.

  5. Philip, check Sky’s investor release yesterday. It might give some insight as to sports churn during lockdown.

  6. Thanks, Mike! That’s my weekend sorted! Anyone else who wants an insight into the nitty-gritty of a pay-TV service’s operations, here’s the link: http://nzx-prod-s7fsd7f98s.s3-website-ap-southeast-2.amazonaws.com/attachments/SKT/353469/322971.pdf.

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