Why Can’t All of Coro Go Online?

TVNZ doesn’t have the streaming rights to put more than 400 episodes of Coronation Street online at once.

Yesterday the broadcaster revealed it would leap-frog Coro transmissions so that from June 11 it will be lagging UK broadcasts by only a week or so instead of 18 months.

TVNZ 1 will burn off the intervening episodes in 1pm weekday hour-long instalments and to help bridge the narrative gaps, there will be a two-hour recap of key 2017-18 plot lines on June 10.

Why not put all up the 400+ episodes online for hardcore fans to stream rather than juggle weekday catch-ups with primetime’s latest?

Because TVNZ doesn’t have the rights to do so.

“Rights for the volume of episodes you’re mentioning is a very complex one,” corporate communications chief Rachel Howard says.

“I can’t go in depth on the commercial arrangements we’ve made for the programme with ITV unfortunately.

“To answer your question more broadly, we know some fans would have chosen to have the 400-500 episodes OnDemand in one go.

“At the same time we know there are fans who prefer to watch the programme on linear TV only, who are uncomfortable streaming or don’t have streaming access.

“We’ve been very careful to balance this new plan, bringing both more Coronation Street to TVNZ 1 and OnDemand without spoiling things for fans who are happy with things the way they are.”

The daytime run of Coronation Street Catch-up will play 10 episodes a week (five one-hour blocks) in comparison to the six that ITV broadcast (six 30-minutes blocks) and which TVNZ 1 will air as Coronation Street 2018 in primetime (three one-hour blocks).

“This will mean that the day time stream will eventually catch up,” Howard says. “We’ll have both daytime and primetime episodes OnDemand in their own separate pages, too.”

Here’s the full press release TVNZ issued yesterday about the changes:

Coronation Street jumps ahead in primetime on TVNZ

TVNZ 1 is jumping Coronation Street ahead in primetime to match the UK’s broadcast.

  • Currently airing storylines will continue to be available every weekday on TVNZ 1.
  • OnDemand streaming will be available for both viewing options (2018 primetime episodes and 2016 daytime episodes).

TVNZ has announced major changes to beloved icon Coronation Street on TVNZ 1, giving viewers more ways to watch their favourite programme.

Coronation Street is the UK’s biggest soap, and it’s an audience favourite in New Zealand as well. For years, New Zealand has lagged behind the UK’s broadcast, with episodes airing 18 months after their original transmission on TVNZ 1.

From June 11, viewers will be able to watch Coronation Street in sync with the UK, following a deal with ITV Studios Global Entertainment. Renamed Coronation Street 2018, TVNZ’s primetime episodes will air one week behind the UK on a Wednesday, Thursday and Friday evening at 9.30pm.

John Kelly, General Manager of Programming says, “Coronation Street has been a cornerstone of TVNZ 1’s schedule for decades. We’ve had a lot of feedback from viewers over the years, expressing their frustration with being so far behind the UK. We’re with them on this, which is why we’ve decided to take this huge step.”

Extensive consultation with TVNZ’s Coronation Street viewers was conducted via the TVNZ Greenroom Panel to inform this important decision. When surveyed, the viewers panel offered a clear direction going forward. Over three quarters of respondents said the delay was an issue for them. Over 80% said they were keen to skip ahead to the UK’s broadcast.

TVNZ 1 will mark the scheduling change with Coronation Street playing every evening for the week commencing June 11, before resuming its regular Wednesday through Friday time slot. New Zealand fans will join the UK storyline as a serial killer stalks the cobbles – a dramatic narrative that’s keeping audiences captivated.

For viewers wanting to be brought up to date, a two-hour special produced by ITV Studios label, Shiver, will air on Sunday June 10, recapping key storylines across the 18 month lag. This special was created specifically for TVNZ to ensure viewers who would like to jump ahead get to see all the key moments before the new episodes start.

Kelly says, ““We’re excited about this change and while we know many fans are keen to make the move, we also wanted to give viewer’s a choice in how they watch their favourite show. With that in mind, we’ve created a second viewing stream in daytime for fans who want to stay with the storylines currently on air.”

John Whiston, Creative Director of Serial Dramas at ITV Studios, said: “We’re really excited that our friends in New Zealand will now be seeing the same episodes of Coronation Street the same time as people in the UK. Watching Corrie is a shared experience – shared between families, shared between friends, shared between fans as they discuss who’s in love with who, who’s keeping secrets from who and who’s planning to murder who! So it’s brilliant that people in New Zealand with now be able to be a proper part of that fun conversation.”

The daytime programming option continuing with the 2016 episodes will be titled Coronation Street Catch-up. This stream will play weekdays at 1pm on TVNZ 1. Both programming streams, Coronation Street 2018 and Coronation Street Catch-up, will be available on TVNZ OnDemand for viewers who like to watch online.

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5 Responses to “Why Can’t All of Coro Go Online?”

  1. Why would they not have the online rights? I don’t understand.

  2. They have the online rights for the episodes they broadcast. They wouldn’t comment on why they couldn’t negotiate online rights for the 400-500 eps that comprise the 18-month gap that’s being leap-frogged.

  3. Isn’t it all about the cost? Surely ITV will sell the rights, it’s just a question of whether is economically sound for TVNZ to buy the online rights – whether it can recoup the cost given the target audience and the minimal advertising. What a coup it would be for Lightbox or MediaWorks or Sky to buy the online rights (and promote the h*ll out of them) …

  4. You really think that the Little Old Ladies (LOLs) who watch this would have any idea how to watch it online? Most of them have no type of recorder and that’s why they complain about the late hour it’s sometimes on.

  5. RIP TVNZ. Doesn’t care for it viewers.

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