HD Heads-Up: September 6-12

Good news for fans of TV3′s The Good Wife: September 9′s season-four finale will be followed by the premiere of season five on September 16. This week star Julianne Marguiles won the best actress in a drama series Emmy Award for playing the title character in the show’s fifth season, which shocked fans with the sudden […]

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Lightbox Lights Up With HD Exclusives

Spark’s Lightbox sets sail today with crossbones drama Black Sails among its HD attractions. The streaming service went live at midnight, with such exclusives as Outlander, Vikings, 24: Live Another Day, Alpha House, Suits, Franklin and Bash and Lost Girl. It’s also picked up the country music drama Nashville that TV One pulled before the end of […]

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MediaWorks Secures Heroic New Shows

MediaWorks TV today announced a new agreement with US studio NBCUniversal, securing programming for both TV3 and Four that first was reported here.  This deal gives MediaWorks TV exclusive New Zealand broadcast rights to: Heroes Reborn, the highly anticipated reboot of the hit sci-fi series; State of Affairs, starring Katherine Heigl (Grey’s Anatomy) as a […]

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Lights! Cameras! HD Action Movies!

Sky at last is upgrading its Action and Classics movie channels to HD. The services will switch to HD from September 1 for subscribers with MySky (HDi, +) and an HD ticket. The move is long overdue and comes as a surprise given Sky’s been downplaying rolling out new HD channels because of  impediments such […]

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HD Ratings: The Block NZ Towers Over Kitchen NZ

TV3 was quick to hammer home the success of The Block NZ’s season three premiere on Tuesday, issuing a press release this morning that pointed out it drew a much bigger 25-54 audience than TV One’s My Kitchen Rules NZ. The 25-54 demographic is the one both networks target. The Block NZ averaged 201,900 of […]

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HD Ratings: New Chefs Show Not as Masterful

TV One will be hoping its version of My Kitchen Rules curries more favour in its second airing on Tuesday after Sunday’s premiere drew far fewer viewers than network stablemate MasterChef NZ’s launch earlier this year. Given the Aussie show’s popularity on TV2 — Wednesday’s finale averaged a whopping 15.9% – 19.7% — and the […]

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HD Ratings: TV2 Still Rules Without Kitchen

A suite of series and season premieres on Monday couldn’t stop TV3’s re-run of What Happens in Vegas from coming up trumps in all the key demographics. It averaged 6.4% – 8.2% of viewers in the audience groups that matter most to the networks to win the 8.30-10.30 zone outright except in the 5+ demo. […]

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Next Week in HD: August 30-September 5

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) Hyundai Country Calendar (TV One, 7.00) Movie: Bride and Prejudice (TV2, 7.00, 5.1, R) Ice Road Truckers (TV3, 7.30, 5.1) Blue Bloods (TV3, 9.25, 5.1) Movie: Conviction (TV3, 10.25, R) Network […]

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Sky Confirms HD for The Zone

This morning Sky confirmed its new sci-fi/fantasy channel The Zone will be in HD. It will launch on November 3 on Channel 016 and be accessible in HD for subscribers with a MySky HDi and an HD ticket. Unlike SoHo, Sky won’t implement a double pay wall and charge HD subscribers an extra $10 a month for […]

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Just What the HD Doctor Ordered

Dr Who fans won’t have to wait long to see the newest Time Lord on Blu-ray: Roadshow Entertainment will release the two-hour series eight premiere on disc 10 days after its SD broadcast on Prime. The new series introduces In the Thick of It’s Peter Capaldi as the 12th doctor. It goes to air Saturday […]

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HD Ratings: MKR a Headache for The Mentalist

Nigel Latta’s take on child abuse and domestic violence beat lead-in The Mentalist on Tuesday. It averaged 4.9% – 10.2% compared to the crime drama’s 2.7% – 6.3% and was competitive with TV2’s HD entertainment. While the first half lost to the last leg of The Amazing Race: Australia v New Zealand (7.4% – 10.6%), […]

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HD Heads-Up: August 30-September 5

Two HD comedies from the creator of Cougar Town and Scrubs premiere on TV2 the same week TV3 launches a lightweight crime drama. Motive, which goes to air at 8.40 on September 4, is a Canadian series that TV3′s secured through its NBC Universal pact. The show’s been renewed for a third season but hasn’t rated […]

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New to Blu: August 20-26

Noah scarcely unleashes the Blu-ray floodgates, with just six new titles going on sale this week. Moreover, the revisionist Biblical blockbuster is the only heavyweight. “Noah makes it rain on Blu-ray with a gorgeous and stunning 1080p/AVC MPEG-4 encode that stays true to the stylistic intentions of the filmmakers. “By this, I’m mostly referring to […]

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The Zone Zeroes in on Alphas

Sky’s pending sci-fi/fantasy showcase The Zone has picked up the Syfy channel series Alphas. It follows a team of people whose brain anomalies imbue them with extraordinary mental and physical abilities. Taking the law into their own hands, they investigate cases that suggest other Alpha activity to uncover what the CIA, FBI and Pentagon have not […]

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HD Ratings: Nicholas Drama Tops With Older Viewers

Sunday’s much hyped Louise Nicholas dramatisation captured fewer viewers in the key demographics than the movies on TV2 and TV3. Consent: The Louise Nicholas Story ended the Ford NZ Sunday Theatre season with only 3.6% – 4.8% of the major demos, although it won its slot with 7.1% of the country and was even more […]

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