WhatNowLogo2015The contenders for What Now‘s newest presenter has been narrowed down to ten, as the search enters the public vote round.

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The Schreuder FamilyOur First Home’s Schreuder family will pocket a profit of $190,400 after their home was sold at last night’s live auction.

Originally from East Auckland, Robyn and Tom Schreuder, their daughter Karen and son-in-law Jono have spent the past 10 weeks turning the tired and dated two bedroom house they purchased in Titirangi, Auckland into a stunning three bedroom home.

With a final sale price of $721,000, the Schreuders have added 35.88% of value to their property, holding off strong competition from the Gourley family, they are now firmly in the lead to win the $100,000 prize. Continue reading »

Sky begs customers to stay with themThis media release just in from Sky that attempts to explain why they failed so miserably to deliver their premium service this afternoon.

SoHo’s planned simulcast of the first episode of Season Five of HBO’s Game of Thrones was delayed today due to streaming issues experienced by the international company supplying the live feed.

SKY has been working with the HBO endorsed secure supplier to test their delivery system over the past couple of weeks and the testing had been faultless.

However due to a technical issue with the supplier’s system as they were attempting to deliver the live feed for satellite transmission this afternoon the playout failed. Their efforts to rectify the situation were unsuccessful and therefore the episode was unable to be simulcast in New Zealand. Continue reading »

Mediaworks director Julie Christie has jumped onto the comments section of the NBR to set the record straight on the latest round of fabrications from the NZ Herald after media commentator Brian Edwards repeated them in his opinion piece.

Edwards said:

I’ve signed the online petition which effectively invites TV3 to abandon its intention to replace Campbell Live with what we now know will be a stripped soap-opera made by Julie Christie’s former company Eyeworks.

The speculation is wrong. Mediaworks insiders have confirmed to me that this isn’t the case at all and Julie Christie’s own words now echo this: Continue reading »

Sky begs customers to stay with themThis just in from Sky after their monumental screw up:

The first episode of Game of Thrones season five will screen on SoHo at 3.35pm this afternoon.

Technical difficulties experienced by HBO’s secure supplier delayed today’s 1pm simulcast screening. Our suppliers are working strenuously to find the cause and ensure this does not happen next week.

This afternoon’s delay does not affect the 8.30pm screenings this evening on SoHo or NEON.

TMZ accosted John Stamos at LAX who gave a few more details on the Netflix reboot of Full House.

Sky begs customers to stay with them
After touting that they would be simulcasting the new season of Game of Thrones at the same time as it went to air in the US, the 1pm screening of the fifth season premiere failed to come to fruition. Sky once again rolled out the “technical difficulties” line in their defence before begging customers to “stay with us”.

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Before Netflix launched here last month there were an estimated 30,000 people accessing the US streaming service from New Zealand. To do so, customers were making the most of the Global Mode services offered by various ISP’s or they were simply doing what an increasing number of internet users are doing to maintain their online privacy, and using a VPN.

Last week, HBO launched their own streaming service in the US which enabled viewers wanting access to their premium content the ability to do so without having to bundle the channel as part of their cable package. The US$15 per month subscription service HBO Now has arrived just in time for the fifth season of Game of Thrones.

Over the weekend I thought I’d see if the same methods that allowed kiwis to circumvent the geo-restrictions and access Netflix would work on HBO Now so I bought an Apple TV, which is the exclusive provider of the service for the time being, and set about to see if it would work.

As HBO Now is limited to American audiences, you will need to sign into your Apple TV with a US iTunes account. Once you are, the HBO Now apple is clearly visible.

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. In The Club: 61750 (TV ONE, 8:40pm – 9:40pm)
  2. Cilla: 56060 (TV ONE, 9:40pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Our First Home: 37140 (TV ONE, 7:50pm – 8:40pm)
  4. Kath & Kimderella: 27880 (TV2, 9:15pm – 10:45pm)
  5. Secret Life of Cats: 21800 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:50pm) Continue reading »

Despite the negative commentary about Our First Home, TVNZ’s home renovation show has quietly continued on and delivered the typical type of over time series growth you’d expect from a reality series.

Last night saw Our First Home hit a series high as the Gourley family’s reno went to auction with an average audience of 518,850. This represents a 49% increase on last Sunday’s audience.

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