With 24: Live Another Day only 11 days away and no sign of it in the upcoming schedules, I asked TVNZ, Mediaworks and Sky to confirm which of them had the rights to the new series of the program and whether or not it would be fast tracked. Continue reading »

In New Zealand we have the ability to parallel import goods directly from licensed or authorised sources overseas instead of paying the typically exorbitant prices imposed on us by local retailers and middlemen. There are countless examples of the savings that can be made by purchasing exactly the same product from overseas.

So if you can buy an All Blacks jersey for cheaper out of the US than you could from a local sporting goods store, you’d be crazy not to, right? And if that’s perfectly legal, is there anything wrong in applying the same logic to video content? Continue reading »

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Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. 2 Broke Girls: 61630 (TV2, 9:00pm – 9:30pm)
  2. Bananas in Pyjamas: 53530 (FOUR, 8:50am – 9:00am)
  3. Once Upon A Time: 41360 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  4. Sons Of Anarchy: 33990 (TV3, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  5. The Big Bang Theory: 28880 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm) Continue reading »

Ahead of his imminent replacement of the legend in late night talk show hosts that is David Letterman, Stephen Colbert visited his future home for a casual chat.

logo_Prime_BacheloretteIt’s not the sort of news you want prior to a program going to air but one of the contestants on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette has died in a paragliding accident.

Eric Hill, a contestant on the upcoming season of The Bachelorette, passed away Wednesday following a paragliding accident on Sunday.

“Eric shared his final journey with us this morning as all his immediate family were able to be at his side when he passed away,” Hill’s sister Karen Tracy posted on Facebook. “Thank you to all of your love and support and prayers and fasting. It was amazing to be with so many of his friends and family yesterday in the hospital who came to express their love for Eric. He gave us such a gift of a life fully lived and fully shared, and allowed us all to be a part of his last adventure here on earth. It is hard to think of life without his bright spark, but we know he is on to new adventures. We look forward to carrying on his legacy here and greeting him joyfully again someday. I love you so much, little brother!”

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Most watched

  1. One News: 633,760 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Fair Go: 510,600 (TV ONE, 8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Rapid Response: 496,310 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  4. Shortland Street: 462,370 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Seven Sharp: 418,760 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)

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hbo-logoHBO has done its first streaming content deal but it’s not with Netflix.  From May 21, Amazon Prime subscribers will be able to stream series from HBO that initially screened at least three years earlier.  This will include The SopranosSix Feet Under and The Wire and eventually GirlsThe Newsroom and Veep, however Game of Thrones has been excluded from the deal along with Sex and the City, Entourage and Curb Your Enthusiasm which currently have syndication deals in play.

Further more, HBO Go will become available on Amazon’s new set top box, Fire TV.

The question is, could this service be offered in New Zealand?

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Yesterday’s discussion around piracy and the future of content generated quite the debate. What will be the talking point today? Perhaps it will be something you share in the comments below.

Here’s the list of TV people with birthday’s today. Continue reading »