TV3 Yet to Get House in HD Order
Season seven of House opens tonight (TV3, 8.30) but it still won’t be in HD — despite MediaWorks TV resolving its HD dispute with distributor NBC-Universal.
The distributor has been an exclusive supplier of TV3′s since the channel launched 21 years ago.
But in TV3′s first few years as an HD broadcaster, NBC-Universal wouldn’t provide HD masters of shows like House and SVU unless it was paid extra.
MediaWorks TV thought this had been sorted when it negotiated a new volume deal with the distributor.
But it turns out the new terms apply only to new NBC-Universal series, such as The Event — not ongoing staples like House and Law & Order.
Meanwhile, it’s still not clear when House will be released here on Blu-ray.
At one stage it looked as if season six would come out on the format in Australasia but so far its distribution has been limited to the US and the UK.