Next Week in HD: December 27-January 2

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) The Simpsons (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Movie: Pearl Harbor (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Movie: Johnny English (TV3, 7.00, 5.1, R) Movie: Immortals  (TV3, 8.50, 5.1, R) Nashville (TV One, 9.30, 5.1) Broadchurch (TV One, 10.25, R) Movie: The Wolfman (TV3, 11.05, 5.1, R) Movie: The Informant! (TV2, […]

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Lightbox’s Christmas Cup Runneth Over

Lightbox is celebrating Christmas with a slew of initiatives, including a new programming deal with CBS Studios International. The premium library titles range from Deadwood, Dexter and Nurse Jackie to fare that has never aired here in HD, including House of Lies, which MediaWorks wasted on Four, and the terrific high stakes Boston crime drama […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 27-January 2

TV One goes to the dogs — and pythons — in the new year while TV2 and TV3 unleash more movies in HD. Leavening the onslaught of summer repeats in the week starting December 27 are HD specials The Great Fire (TV One, 8.30 Sunday-Monday), Monty Python Live (TV One, 8.40 Wednesday), best-in-show challenge Top […]

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HD Ratings: End of the Road for SOA

Sons of Anarchy ended its seven-year run on TV3 on Tuesday by beating the competition in three of the four major demographics. The bikie drama averaged 4.8% – 6.3% and was tops with viewers aged 18-39, 18-49 and 25-54. The finale’s ratings were well short of the show’s heyday (and its record-breaking send-off in the […]

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The Zone Fleshes Out February Slate

Sky’s sci-fi/fantasy channel The Zone will premiere in HD the long-awaited, BAFTA-winning In the Flesh on February 17. About an 18-year-old who struggles to be accepted by his family and friends after he turns into a zombie, it’s spawned two seasons and was widely acclaimed. The Guardian called it a “superb … timely allegory of […]

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Big Bang Comedy Block for SoHo

SoHo hopes to get more bang for its comedy buck next year with the the launch of a two-hour laughfest block with a Kiwi connection on Thursdays. It has teamed the latest seasons of Girls, Looking and Getting On with newcomer Togetherness (above). Togetherness stars Melanie Lynsey (Heavenly Creatures, Two and a Half Men) as one of four […]

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This Week in HD: December 20-26

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday The ITM Fishing Show – Classic Episodes (TV One, 4.55, R) Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) The Simpsons (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Movie: Herbie: Fully Loaded (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) The Block Unlocked (TV3, 7.00) Movie: Man on Fire (TV3, 8.30, 5.1, R) Movie: Semi […]

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New Netflix Epic’s Prospects Nixed

Early trade paper reviews of Marco Polo have nixed Netflix’s hopes of it being another Game of Thrones. The Hollywood Reporter dismisses the 10-part dramatisation of the 13th century explorer’s adventures as “a middling mess, complete with random accents, slow story and kung fu”. It calls the reportedly $US90 million production “epic only in scope” and predicts this […]

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The Rise and Fall of Babylon

SoHo has rescheduled British police satire Babylon for next month — but prospects of a second season look grim after its ratings went into freefall in the UK. The original pilot, which aired 9pm on a Sunday in February, drew a consolidated (live and delayed) audience of 2.3 million. But since the series proper went […]

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HD Heads-Up: December 20-26

The free-to-air Christmas schedules predictably are more ho-hum that ho-ho-ho but at least most of the stocking filler programming is in HD. The networks are over-stuffed with movies for Christmas week, mostly repeats, amid an exodus of favourites (Radar Across the Pacific, The Night Shift, Hawaii Five-O, Criminal Minds, The Mentalist and, in a 90-minute […]

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Sailor Moon Blu-ray on the Rise

This week’s spate of anime Blu-ray classics precedes the release of one of the genre’s most anticipated titles on the format, Sailor Moon. Madman Entertainment has “one of the most beloved and iconic anime series ever made” for distribution in Australia and New Zealand on DVD, Blu-ray and digital platforms. The anime series was inspired […]

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New to Blu: December 10-16

Disney included a 7.1 encode for the Region B release of Guardians of the Galaxy but not Planes 2: Fire & Rescue – although the omission may not be worth getting in a flap over, according to some sources. “The 7.1 DTS-HD track surprisingly lacks a strong surround mix, dynamic range, or much of a surround presence,” DVD […]

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My Sky + … Movies in January

Vampires, exorcists and poltergeists abound on Sky’s movie channels in January. Highlights include The Exorcist: The Version You’ve Never Seen and the original Poltergeist and Friday the 13th on Classics, while among the lesser lights are Vampire Academy on Extra and Banshee Chapter on Premiere. All is Lost and Out of the Furnace are the pick of […]

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HD Ratings: Happy Rally for TV One

In a week of season and series finales, TV One’s Sunday night line-up went out on top. Our Big Blue Backyard, Happy Valley and Secrets and Lies largely won their slots with the network’s target audience, 25-54 year-olds. Backyard averaged 5.3% – 9.1% to win or be competitive in each of the major demos while […]

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This Week in HD: December 13-19

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday The ITM Fishing Show – Classic Episodes (TV One, 4.55, R) Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) The Simpsons (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Annabel Langbein Free Range Cook: Through the Seasons (TV One, 7.00, F) The Block Unlocked (TV3, 7.00) Movie: Charlie’s Angels 2 – Full Throttle (TV2, […]

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