A Canadian study has shown that toddlers’ TV viewing habits have a significant direct impact on their fitness and size in later childhood.

The study claims that ever extra hour of weekly TV between the ages of two and fur leads to almost half a millimetre increase in waist circumference while each hour per week of TV watched by a two-year-old corresponds to a reduced level of long jump performance by the age of eight to ten.

Kids who watched more than 18 hours of TV a week were almost a centimetre wider around the waist by 10 years of age than those who didn’t. Continue reading »

I’m planning on watching The Investigator and The Vanishing

On TV One at 8.30pm is a special episode of The Investigator: Who killed the Crewes? Bryan Bruce looks at the evidence in one of New Zealand’s most famous unsolved cases: the murder of Jeanette and Harvey Crewe in 1970.

Local Pukekawa farmer Arthur Allan Thomas was originally convicted of the crime, but nine years later he was given a pardon. So if he didn’t do it, who did? Should be fascinating.

Also at 8.30pm, Prime is showing a movie called The Vanishing. Continue reading »

Freeview

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Missing: 54980 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:25pm)
  2. Desperate Housewives: 42890 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Shortland Street: 42380 (TV2, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Ben 10 Alien Force: 36640 (TV2, 8:40am – 9:05am)
  5. Modern Family: 33730 (TV3, 8:00pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »

Mark Consuelos joins American Horror Story cast

We’re yet to see the first season of American Horror Story in NZ, but Mark Consuelos has joined the cast for season 2 of the show. He’ll play a patient at an institute for the criminally insane.

Ninth season of How I Met Your Mother in talks

CBS and 20th Century Fox have begun talks to bring back How I Met Your Mother for a ninth season. Co-executive producer Craig Thomas said they have a plan A and a plan B, depending on whether the eighth season is the last.  Continue reading »

Each day this week, the contestants from The Block NZ will answer one question related to the show.

What part of the house are you most looking forward to renovating?

Rachel and Tyson: The Kitchen, it’s the heart of the home for us.

Libby and Ben: The living/dining/kitchen area. We love open plan and have a bunch of ideas we really want to bring to life in this space. One big entertaining area. Continue reading »

Former ER star Anthony Edwards prepares to ‘star’ in the New York City marathon.

Freeview

Most watched

  1. Shortland Street: 711,010 (TV2, 7:00pm – 8:00pm)
  2. One News: 675,930 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  3. The Force: 665,470 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Border Security: 599,760 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  5. Close Up: 478,720 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm) Continue reading »

This is an ad campaign that Mediaworks TV are currently running.  While TVNZ are pimping their upcoming series of New Zealand’s Got Talent to advertisers, Mediaworks is trying to convince them that The X Factor is their ticket to better results.

While The X Factor may be a better format, as we’ve seen time and time again in New Zealand, having a great show doesn’t necessarily mean viewers will change the channel.

Mediaworks will tell us, and the advertisers, that they’re delivering more eyeballs in that coveted 25-54 demographic while the reality is that more Kiwis will watch a dressed up and dancing pooch on TV One.

While they may have the X Factor, after all these years, no one seems to have the talent to oust TV One and TV 2 as the preferred channels for viewing.

Pace plc today announced that it is providing the services and technology behind SKY New Zealand and TVNZ’s innovative new TV service, IGLOO.

IGLOO will run Pace’s new and innovative Elements software platform on a Pace DVB-T2 Digital Terrestrial Television (DTT) hybrid IP set-top box to offer consumers digital TV services, Video on Demand (VOD) and a dynamic user interface for navigating and selecting content.

Pace is also providing systems integration and consulting services to support the new service platform’s development and rollout to New Zealand’s TV viewers. Continue reading »

Sons prequel series a possibility

A Sons of Anarchy prequel series is on the cards according to the show’s creator Kurt Sutter. Sutter said at Comic-Con that discussion have been underway between him and the FX network about the series.

Hasselhoff to cameo in Baywatch movie

David Hasselhoff will make a cameo appearance in the forthcoming Baywatch movie reboot. “I’m going to play myself,” Hasselhoff said. “There will be certain people in the movie for the original parts and we’re trying to make it a very cool, updated version.” Continue reading »