TVNZ raises bar after Sky's lapse of judgement

While Sky spent yesterday pointlessly shooting itself in the feet over the global availability of the Banshee pilot, a drama paid for and commissioned by US cable network Cinemax, TVNZ has revealed that from Monday, they will be debuting the prequel to Sex and the City, The Carrie Diaries, on TVNZondemand.

TVNZ, which will be broadcasting The Carrie Diaries later in the year, will make episodes available via their ondemand service within a week of its US release.

This unprecedented move is the exact type of scenario that a, dare I say it, forward looking television broadcaster would take in order to stem revenue loss from content being sourced elsewhere.

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  • Simple Solutions

    The problem you failed to mention is that the TVNZ ondemand service does not make the content available in HD or even 480p for that matter. Google Smart TV may allow this but I along with the majority don’t have one. What I do have is access to said content sourced through the means of what is commonly known as private tracking. This is necessary to consume what TVNZ should be offering – mass HD compressed files within hours of original broadcast.

    • I don’t disagree. However, it’s a giant leap in the right direction, wouldn’t you say?

      • Simple Solutions

        Yeah but it’s still a half-assed attempt at best. I don’t see why The CW doesn’t just partner with iTunes and release the show online for a fee immediately after they air it in America. They may receive less revenue from TVNZ since the rights aren’t exclusive, but surely they would recoup these costs and then some if anybody in New Zealand could just download the show legally, in HD, without ads and at their own discretion.