HD Heads-Up: November 17

Primetime goes crossover crazy in the last week of November. Although it will be in SD, Duke is running a DC Heroes Week that will offer “the ultimate crossover event” encompassing DC’s Legends of Tomorrow, The Flash, Arrow and Supergirl (which will air the same day as the US). Originally Supergirl was only going to stream online at TVNZ OnDemand but now will have a one-off Duke screening on November 29 at 7.30. The heroic programming is laudable but it’s a pity TVNZ’s dedication to the genre doesn’t extend to making Duke, with its impressive firepower, HD. TV3’s contribution will be a not-so-recent crossover episode of SVU and Chicago PD about the pursuit of two serial killers who escape from a New York prison. The SVU episode is season 16’s 20th and the Chicago PD episode, season two’s 20th. They will air back-to-back on November 29  …

TVNZ 2 will launch the Terry Teo reboot with a double episode on November 27 at 7.00. The network copped flak for not rushing the series to air earlier but argued what was delivered was more adult that what had been commissioned and meant it couldn’t screen in the 6pm slot for which it had been intended. Such was the power of social media protest that the series premiered online at TVNZ OnDemand. If only fans of American Crime had as much sway  …

New in HD in the last week of November will be: Paul Merton’s Secret Stations (Prime, 7.30 Mondays), in which the comedian explores secluded areas of Britain; The Special Needs Hotel (TVNZ 1, 9.40 Wednesdays), a three-part series about a unique hotel that trains young people with learning disabilities in the art of hospitality; and the “mindboggling moggies” special, Kitten Impossible (TVNZ 2, 7.30 Monday) …

Prime will launch season 18 of Midsomer Murders on November 27 ahead of two local documentaries on December 1: Parker v Ruiz: A Fighting Chance, which gets up close and personal with boxer Joseph Parker; and Prime Rocks: The New Sound of Country, which examines NZ’s country music revival headed by Tami Neilson, Marlon Williams, Delaney Davidson and Barry Saunders …

Returning in HD the same week will be Nightwatch (Prime, 9.30 Monday), Amazing Spaces: Shed of the Year (TVNZ 1, 7.30 Tuesday) and The DNA Detectives (TVNZ 1, 9.30 Tuesday) while ending their runs will be: Dead of Summer, Shameless, Bondi Rescue, The DurrellsPolice Ten 7, Cold Feet, 20/20Nightmare Tenants, Slum Landlords and Bones

Coming attractions in HD for that week will include: Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince (TVNZ 2, 7.00 Saturday), Coyote Ugly (TVNZ, 9.45 Saturday), Teaching Mrs Tingle (TVNZ 2, 11.40 Saturday), Obvious Child (TVNZ 2, 1.40am Sunday), Turbo (TV3, 7.00 Sunday), Mr Deeds (TVNZ 2, 8.30 Sunday), Greenberg (TV3, 11.00 Sunday), Hostel Part 3 (TVNZ 2, 12.20am Monday) and Death Race (TV3, 8.30 Thursday) …

Mr Deeds will replace Lethal Weapon and The Day I Almost Died because of the former’s pre-emption in the US. The Big Bang Theory is being pre-empted the same week, which means a season eight repeat will air on November 30 (TVNZ 2, 8.30) …

Appearing on the December 2 broadcast off The Graham Norton Show (TV3, 8.30) will be Tom Hanks, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Mo Farah, Gemma Arterton and Olly Murs …

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15 Responses to “HD Heads-Up: November 17”

  1. Duke in SD is excruciating. As a big NFL fan I applauded the extra games that TVNZ has brought to NZ (and tip my hat for NBA and Bundesliga etc) but it’s simply unwatchable. So I can’t/won’t. It’s so bad that if I didnt get to watch some games on Sky I’d actually pay USD199 for GamePass and resort to watching on a small screen.

  2. The SD on Duke is not too bad but I agree it should be upgraded to HD but last time I asked them (about 3 weeks ago) there were no plans to do so. Maybe a Twitter and Facebook campaign.

  3. I don’t actually find the SD picture on Duke to be too bad, it’s a damn sight better than Prime on Freeview.

  4. Fully agree, try watching Formula E on Duke, then compare it with TV3 on the following Sunday. I’d rather not watch it live to see it in HD, even with the delay!

  5. Hi, I’m Edward and I work on DUKE. It’s not that we don’t want to make DUKE HD, trust me – we’re massive TV and sports fans too! We would do it tomorrow if we could. Unfortunately there are some fairly significant technical hurdles that mean we aren’t able to do it right this moment but it is something that we aspire to do in the future. Ed

  6. Thankyou for replying Edward, could you care to enlighten us on the fairly significant technical hurdles which is preventing Duke from converting to HD? Also: will Duke be HD ready for the 2018 Commonwealth Games, which your channel will screen exclusively?

  7. “Unfortunately there are some fairly significant technical hurdles that mean we aren’t able to do it right this moment” Technical hurdles?? The only hurdle I see here is money or the lack of it to upgrade to HD..

  8. I’ve long drawn a line in the sand… if it ain’t in HD I ain’t watching.
    What technical hurdles? if it’s monetary, it’s time the guvmin cut TVNZ free.

  9. Thanks for your feedback guys.

    We will be exploring all options to try and get the channel HD by the time the Commonwealth Games comes around. There will be extensive coverage across TVNZ 1 & DUKE so at the very least you’re guaranteed some coverage in HD.

    As for the hurdles, as I’m aware it’s two parts.
    A. Some of our existing playout infrastructure is not currently HD capable, we are reviewing our options to upgrading this technology but it does not come cheap.
    B. There are also spectrum issues that mean in order to upgrade DUKE to HD, we would need to redistribute the spectrum not only across TVNZ’s channels but also possibly others on the Freeview HD platform.

    Just an FYI – our stream online at watchduke.co.nz is actually higher resolution than SD, and gets near 720p.

    I’m happy to answer any questions you guys have – but please let’s keep them constructive and I’ll do my best to get you the answers you’re looking for. Ed

  10. Hi Edward,
    Thanx for your reply.
    A. I would have thought in this day and age setting up a main entertainment TV network you would have HD play out in place from day one. It’s a bit like a new cellphone company coming to NZ and only running with GSM 2G and not 3G /4G LTE.
    B. Get rid of the two +1 channels and I would suspect that you would have plenty of spectrum.

  11. Hi Edward, thank you for taking the time to reply back to our comments and for answering our questions as to why Duke is not HD. I really hope Duke converts to HD at some point in the near future.

  12. Yay, looks like Amazon Prime Video will be starting in New Zealand in December, I may get it 🙂

  13. I think Amazon Prime NZ will be like Netflix. A very small catalogue except for their own content, which they may have already licensed to Sky or the like.

  14. Thanks, Trevor. For anyone who’s missed the speculation, here’s the latest from one of the tech world’s more reliable commentators.

  15. I notice on Amazon you can watch some shows now and it’s in HD, I wonder if New Zealand will get a special price when it’s made official? think I will wait and see … It’s my pleasure Philip 🙂

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