TV3′s New Season Master Stroke NZ

TV3 has picked up MasterChef NZ and will launch a Kiwi version of The Bachelor in 2015. The two properties hitherto have been TVNZ staples but TV One quit MasterChef for the lower-rating My Kitchen Rules NZ while TV2 has aired only the international versions of The Bachelor. The acquisitions were announced at MediaWorks’ new […]

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Lightbox Scores Kiwi Content

Spark’s Lighbox is adding 20 NZ productions to its streaming service from this weekend, although only a handful will be in HD. The most prestigious addition is the Jane Campion mini-series, Top of the Lake, which was shot in HD and released on Blu-ray internationally but here was only broadcast in SD and distributed on […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 8-14

You can tell your achy-breaky heart that Nashville and Hawaii Five-O will resume their primetime runs in the second week of November. The country music drama that TV One pulled only a few weeks from the end of its first season, and which has since been released on DVD and streamed on Lightbox, will air 9.30 Saturdays […]

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HD Ratings: Some A-List Dramas Flasher Than Others

TV One’s The Mentalist is on top of more people’s must-see lists than TV3’s The Blacklist. Tuesday’s episode out-rated its HD rival in all the key demographics, averaging 4.2% – 7.1%. Despite screening on the back of the top-rating The Block NZ (8.7% – 12.1%), The Blacklist could muster only 3.2% – 5.6% — whereas […]

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New to Blu: October 29-November 4

American Horror Story: Coven lands on Blu-ray in time for Halloween. Entertainment Weekly celebrated its release with a behind-the-scenes exclusive about the shooting of an episode that some of the cast revealed was “sometimes just as scary as watching it”. As for the Blu-ray specs, “The overall picture is a bit soft and lacking in […]

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New to Blu: October 22-28

Ahead of next month’s release of the series on DVD comes the Blu-ray of the theatrical edit of The Trip to Italy. The Italian scenery dazzles in high definition and the Blu-ray includes an illuminating Q&A half-hour that was recorded after one of the film’s British screenings. The sequel isn’t as much fun as The […]

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Next Week in HD: November 1-7

Saturday The ITM Fishing Show – Classic Episodes (TV One, 4.55, R) Trade Zone Gone Fishin’ (TV3, 5.00) Bondi Vet (TV3, 5.30, 5.1) Movie: Monster House (TV2, 5.45, 5.1, R) Annabel Langbein Free Range Cook: Through the Seasons (TV One, 7.00) Special: Toy Story of Terror (TV2, 7.30, 5.1, R) Movie: The Witches (TV2, 8.05, 5.1, R) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, […]

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HD Heads-Up: November 1-7

TV One is teaming the top new British police drama Happy Valley with what’s been dubbed Australia’s answer to Broadchurch, complete with Kiwi Martin Henderson. “Secrets and Lies, a drama imported from Australia in which a child-murder investigation and its impact on the local community unfolds over six episodes,” The Guardian says. “Yes, we have […]

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HD Ratings: Bogans Bounce Back

More Kiwis discovered The Bogan Hunters in the reality show’s second week than the first. Tuesday’s episode averaged 8.2% – 10.8% of the major demographics, which was well up on the premiere’s 5.4% – 6.5%. Viewership lifted once The Block NZ (9.0% – 13.5%) ended, with Bogan’s second half more popular than the first. The […]

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The Zone Scores With HD Classics

Sky’s new cult channel The Zone will screen not only series premieres like Helix, The Strain and Defiance in HD but also library classics like Star Trek, Space 1999, Quantum Leap and Buck Rogers in the 25th Century. The only series that won’t be in HD when the channel launches 4pm on November 3 are Buffy […]

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My Sky + … Movies in November

Sky adds more HD newcomers to its vintage channels next month, although Action and Classics are still a long way shy of of their schedules being 95% HD. Western fans will appreciate at last being able to see a John Wayne western in HD on Classics, Chisum, along with the futuristic Westworld, which HBO is […]

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HD Ratings: Pitch Perfect Pulverises Gotham

Sunday’s network movie premiere of Pitch Perfect proved to be just that in the ratings against a Gotham on the skids. The musical comedy averaged 7.1% – 8.5% to top all the major demographics and helped TV3 to win the night with 18-39 year-olds. But the rest of the night belonged to TV One, with […]

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(Not So) New to Blu: October 15-21

Apologies for the belated round-up of noteworthy new releases but if you haven’t already done so, give X-Men: Days of Future Past a big tick. “Digitally shot with the Arri Alexa and for the first time in native 3D for its 3D version, X-Men: Days of Future Past is an invigorating viewing experience, though sharpness and clarity […]

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This Week in HD: October 25-31

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) Bondi Vet (TV3, 5.30, 5.1) Annabel Langbein Free Range Cook: Through the Seasons (TV One, 7.00) Movie: Lovewrecked (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Movie: Keeping […]

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HD Ratings: Flash Leads Crowded Drama Field

TV3 this week reversed its drama woes with a rebound for two of its most popular series and a solid start for Thursday’s season premiere of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation. CSI was up against week two of TV2′s The Flash as well as quality drama premieres on TV One (Love Child) and Prime (Downtown Abbey). […]

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