HD Heads-Up: May 3-9

TV One at last will debut the acclaimed HD drama series Nashville the same week TV2 resumes Grey’s Anatomy and TV3 premieres season three of The Borgias. Also new for the week starting May 3, and screening here for the first time in HD, is My Kitchen Rules, which TV2 will launch 8.00 Monday on the back of […]

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HD Ratings: US Troupers Punish Kiwi Dramas

Flagship dramas on TVNZ were crippled by the popularity of perennial procedurals NCIS and NCIS: Los Angeles. TV One’s well reviewed Anzac week telefeature, Field Punishment No. 1 (above), averaged only 3.4% – 6.7% of the key demographics over two hours compared to 5.6% – 12.8% for TV3′s NCIS and 4.6% – 9.5% for its sister […]

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New to Blu: April 23-29

If you had great expectations for Mr. Pip on Blu-ray, you won’t be disappointed with its sensational transfer. Andrew Adamson’s adaptation of the Lloyd Jones novel is breathtaking to behold on disc in a Paramount/Transmission Films release that disappoints only with its cursory extras (interviews with the director and star Hugh Laurie). Everything else is […]

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HD Ratings: TV3 Big Gun Blasts Rivals

Monday’s network premiere of Battleship on TV3 blew the competition out of the water. The blockbuster averaged 5.4% – 8.4% of the major demographics, which was modest compared to how it would have rated on TV2. But it easily won its slot, drawing far more viewers than TV One’s Person of Interest (3.3% – 7.7%) […]

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Next Week in HD: April 26-May 2

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) Modern Family (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) MasterChef Masterclass (TV One, 7.30) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Endeavour (TV One, 8.30) CSI (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) Network Movie Premiere: Contagion (TV2, 9.05, 5.1) CSI: NY (TV3, 9.30 5.1) […]

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HD Ratings: Big Bang Theory Streets Ahead

TV2 was the big winner on Wednesday (again), increasing its ratings and shares week-on-week in all the major demographics while its HD rivals were up and down. Its two-hour comedy block was unassailable, with 8.30 lynchpin The Big Bang Theory (above) steaming ahead to average a whopping 14.2% – 16.1%. That made it the most-watched show […]

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HD Heads-Up: April 26-May 2

TV One and TV2 are giving their autumn schedules a spring clean with reality and variety series gazumping scripted comedies and dramas. The overhaul starts in the last week of April, when the low-rating Mr Selfridge relocates to 9.30 Sunday, pushing another drama casualty, Rake, back to 10.25. My Big Fat Gypsy Wedding Life (in […]

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HD Ratings: Networks’ Tuesday Staples Neck-and-Neck

Tuesday continues to be one of the week’s most competitive nights, with all three HD networks see-sawing in the ratings. TV2 made big week-on-week gains with household shoppers with kids while TV3 won the night with its target audience, 25-54 year-olds. The up-and-down nature of the night was highlighted at 8.30, when TV2’s Step Dave […]

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New to Blu: TV > April 16-22

The same week Sons of Anarchy’s two-part season-six finale goes to air (TV3, 9.30 Wednesday), season five at last bows on Blu-ray. Given the season came out eight months ago in the US, it’s bizarre that 20th Century Fox didn’t time its NZ release to coincide with February’s premiere of season six – a binge-viewing […]

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New to Blu: Movies & Music > April 16-22

Whatever Homefront’s creative shortcomings, the Sylvester Stallone-scripted thriller starring Jason Statham hits a home run on Blu-ray. “The 1080p AVC/MPEG-4 encoded transfer on Homefront is immediately striking for the copious amount of detail provided in nearly every scene, the clean, defined edges that are constantly present, and the bright vivid colours depicting the lush greenery […]

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LG Unveils World’s Biggest OLED TV for NZ Plus Expanded UHD Line-Up

LG’s 2014 range of TVs will include the world’s largest Ultra HD Curved OLED model and an HD hybrid TV that combines Freeview satellite and terrestrial tuners. The company unveiled its line-up tonight to media in Auckland but has yet to provide pricing and release dates. It also demonstrated the biggest change to their Smart […]

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HD Ratings: Movie Casts Pall Over Nightmares

TVNZ’s 9.30 Monday shows proved vulnerable to TV3’s re-run of the movie Paul, with both The Following and Kitchen Nightmares losing to it in all the major demographics except household shoppers with kids. The ET comedy averaged 4.4% – 5.6% and largely lost the 8.30 hour to TV2’s comedies and TV One’s Person of Interest. […]

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HD Ratings: TV2 Flexes Movie Muscle

The network premiere of The Amazing Spider-Man spun amazing ratings for TV2’s Friday blockbuster slot. It averaged 7.5% – 12.3% of the major demographics and was most watched from 7.30-8.30. But TV3 clawed back some of these viewers with The Graham Norton Show (6.8% – 9.5%) and won the 9.30 hour with its Kiwi comedies. […]

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This Week in HD: April 19-25

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) Modern Family (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) MasterChef Masterclass (TV One, 7.30) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Season Premiere: Endeavour (TV One, 8.30) CSI: NY (TV3, 8.30, 5.1) CSI: NY (TV3, 9.25, 5.1) Hannibal (TV3, 10.25, 5.1, F) Call […]

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HD Ratings: Selfridges to Close?

How much longer can TV One afford to keep Mr Selfridge open in peak hour after Thursday’s episode? The department store drama was beaten by not only HD rivals Arrow and CSI but also the TV One programmes that preceded and followed it. It averaged merely 1.6% – 3.0% of the major demographics, and only […]

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