New to TVNZ OnDemand in August

The Lifetime channel is coming to NZ — as TVNZ’s latest branded video-on-demand channel.

“We’re excited to have Lifetime join TVNZ OnDemand’s digital channel offering,” Cate Slater, TVNZ Director of Content, says.

“Lifetime is big on entertainment and big on drama. It’s engaging, crowd-pleasing content and we know our viewers are going to love every moment of it.”

Content typically resembles the tawdry made-for-TV fare that Three used to air as midday movies. Here’s a glimpse of what you can expect from Saturday on TVNZ OnDemand.

Next month TVNZ OnDemand also will stream separately the Lifetime series Surviving Jeffrey Epstein (August 11), which features interviews with eight of his victims.

Other exclusives include:

  • Putin: A Russian Spy Story (August 11): Three-part documentary series about how an unremarkable KBG recruit wormed his way into Moscow’s halls of power. Includes interviews with his inner circle, opponents and victims.
  • The Koi Boys (August 2): An uncensored look inside the inner workings of the Kiwi band following their success on The Voice Australia and their return to New Zealand, where they reconnect with their whānau and tikanga Māori.
  • The Royals (August 7): Four-season drama about a fictional British royal family in modern-day London, starring Elizabeth Hurley.
  • Casual (August 26): Four-season Hulu comedy about a bachelor brother and his newly-divorced sister living under one roof again while raising her teenage daughter.
  • Coroner (August 30): Not the British series that airs on Prime but a Canadian variation about a like-minded sleuth that the Globe and Mail dubbed “nice, fake, forgettable escapism”.

Watch also for part three of season four of Freefall on OUTtv (August 15, along with part one of Jumping the Apex), HEIHEI newcomers K-Pop Academy (August 3) and Yap Trap (August 24), and a new season of Loading Docs (August 20).

Coming to the branded VOD channels are:

➢ Walter Presents

Kepler(s) S1
Philharmonia S1

➢ FuelTV

The Adventures of Danny and the Dingo S1-5
On Surfari S1

➢ Pulse

Amber Light
No Dress Code Required
Maori Boy Genius
The Art Star and the Sudanese Twins

➢ Filmstream

It’s Only the End of the World

➢ iWonder

Diana: The Night She DiedMotherland
1929: The Year of the Crash.

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8 Responses to “New to TVNZ OnDemand in August”

  1. Warning: preg_replace(): Unknown modifier '/' in /home/customer/www/ on line 66
    July 30, 2020 at 12:09 am

    Just when you thought we would never see those D grade movies again, bam they’re back. Despite this, it’s good to see TVNZ expand their ondemand channels, just holding out for the 24/7 news streaming channel they should launch if my prayers are answered. On the topic of channels, is there any chance that TVNZ will launch its sixth Freeview channel? MediaWorks has used its sixth channel for The Breeze TV (wasn’t this a requirement for the networks to launch six channels when Freeview was launched many years ago) or will TVNZ keep the unused frequency, Philip?

  2. Interesting point, Leo (as always). Will make some inquiries …

  3. Will be interesting to see if the new MediaWorks owners keep all the useless +1 channels.

  4. Yes, Paul, they certainly don’t rate very well but are a cheap way of filling spectrum while double-dipping viewership. Recently Three has been pushing the +1 option in its programme promos, so perhaps it’s a more effective strategy than we might think.

  5. Sorry, Leo, TVNZ has no plans for either a sixth Freeview channel or a 24/7 news service.

  6. I wonder if the MediaWorks TV sale is still on or if it has fallen through, as I read somewhere it was down to the one party (presumably Discovery?) … Heard anything, Phil?

  7. I know nothing more than you, Kevin. Discovery certainly seems to be the frontrunner.

  8. Bummer. I guess we will have to wait for a proper public broadcaster who will commit to a 24/7 news streaming/channel. Cheers Philip for asking.

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