New to Blu: September 17-23

Sleepy Hollow at last can be seen here as it should have been broadcast. It’s one of four series that bow here this week on Blu-ray but is the only one to have suffered an SD telecast. The Complete First Season has an AVC encoded 1080p transfer in 1.78:1. “Shot digitally with the Red Epic, Sleepy […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 27-October 3

Overlooked in TVNZ’s trumpeting of its fast-tracking of new US superhero dramas this week was the belated debut of an older sci-fi series starring Kiwi Karl Urban. TV2 has scheduled Almost Human, which was axed after only one season, as the third leg of a Sunday night fantasy triple feature that opens with Gotham at 8.30 […]

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Freak Show Latest SoHo Horror

Next month Sky’s SoHo channel will unleash American Horror Story: Freak Show. The series, which will air 9.30 Mondays from October 13, five days after its US premiere, is set in 1952 Florida when a troupe of grotesque misfits help a small town battle a dark entity. Returning for the latest instalment are Jessica Lange, […]

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HD Ratings: Bikie Drama a Triumph for TV3

TV3’s fast-tracking of the latest season of Sons of Anarchy helped it to blow away the competition on Tuesday. The bikie drama’s final season premiere won in each of the major demographics, averaging 5.3% – 7.3% off the back of The Block NZ’s all-conquering 10.0% – 13.0%. These were the network’s best Tuesday night numbers […]

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HD Highlight: Sons of Anarchy (Season Seven Premiere)

Sons of Anarchy: TV3, 8.55 Tuesday “If the first few episodes of Sons of Anarchy‘s final season are any indication,” says Slant magazine, “then the series is going down in the same manner it started: as a tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.” Echoed Entertainment Weekly: “The premise promises Shakespearean tragedy writ pulpy. Jax (Charlie Hunnam) — mad to […]

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HD Ratings: X Marks the Slot Winners

TV3 had the X factor on Sunday when it won the night in all the key demographics. The X Factor Australia (7.0% – 9.1%) topped the 18-39, 18-49 and household shoppers with kids demos while a re-run of X-Men: First Class (5.3% – 7.2%) made a clean sweep. TV2’s network movie premiere of The Campaign […]

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Press Release: TVNZ’s Massive Spring Line-up – Fresh From the US

TVNZ is about to fast-track 16 blockbuster international shows across TVNZ platforms. Starting this month, exciting new releases and returning favourites will hit TVNZ screens faster than ever before – in some cases within hours of going to air in the US. The most anticipated series of the year, Gotham, will debut on TV2 within days […]

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HD Highlight: Boardwalk Empire (Season Five Premiere)

Boardwalk Empire: SoHo, 8.30 Monday “The nonstop party that was the Roaring Twenties is over on Boardwalk Empire, as the HBO drama surges ahead into the Great Depression,” observes Entertainment Weekly, which says the fifth and final season opens tonight with “all guns blazing”. The bad news is there are only eight episodes instead of the traditional […]

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HD Highlight: Hannibal (Season Two Premiere)

Hannibal: TV3, 11.20 Sunday Here’s a handful of reviews to whet your appetite for tonight’s return, which Variety recommended for “the clever use of a bracing season-opening sequence that frames essentially everything to come as an extended flashback.” Gushed  TV Guide: “Hannibal, in its second season, is a feast of macabre freakishness, going beyond the realm […]

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Next Week in HD: September 20-26

New Zealand’s definitive guide to what’s airing nightly on the networks in 1080i Saturday ITM Fishing Show (TV One, 5.00) Rheem Outdoors With Geoff (TV3, 5.00) The Simpsons (TV3, 5.30, 5.1, R) Movie: Bridge to Terabithia (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Movie: Going the Distance (TV2, 8.55, 5.1, R) The Walking Dead (TV2, 11.00, 5.1, R) Neighbourhood (TV One, 3.50, R) […]

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My Sky + … Movies in October

Oscar-winners Gravity and Dallas Buyers Club, a season of John Wayne classics and a BBC dramatisation of Jamaica Inn are among the highlights that make October a hallowed month on Sky Movies. When the BBC screened Jamaica Inn five months ago, the three-part adaptation was criticised for its “mumbling dialogue and absent plot”. “Perhaps the whole drama was […]

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HD Ratings: Debate Sends Off Benefits and Billy

TV3′s leaders debate on Wednesday was streets ahead of Benefits Street in the ratings. The controversial Channel 4 series averaged only 3.8% – 4.8% of the major demographics compared to the debate’s 7.1% – 8.3% and since its premiere two weeks ago, has shed half its audience. The debate won the 8.30 hour in the […]

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HD Heads-Up: September 20-26

TV3 will screen season two of The Blacklist within a day of its US broadcast. It will launch September 23 and air 8.40 Tuesdays ahead of the final season of Sons of Anarchy in what should be a top-rating double-bill against vulnerable competition on TVNZ: ageing crime dramas The Mentalist and Unforgettable on TV One, and […]

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Sky Adds HD Channels By Making Them Lower-Def

Sky TV giveth and Sky TV taketh away. The satcaster has confirmed it’s been able to launch more HD channels by reducing their bandwidth. It’s understood Sky’s sports channels and its upgraded Action and Classics movie channels are beaming out in 1440x1080i rather than the 1920x1080i standard. “Yes, some of our channels have this compression,” […]

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New to Blu: September 10-16

After suffering a less-than-regal run in SD on Prime, The White Queen at last can be seen on Blu-ray as it should have been broadcast. “Shot digitally on Arri Alexa cameras, The White Queen is presented with a AVC MPEG-4 codec, but only at 1080i resolution. “However, viewers will be hard-pressed to find a difference between this and a full 1080p […]

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