Sky Sport is delighted to announce live coverage of the Women’s Rugby International between hosts England and New Zealand’s Black Ferns at Twickenham.

The game will feature live on Sky Sport 1 on Sunday December 2 at 6.00am directly after the All Blacks final game of the 2012 season against England at the same venue.

Colour me cynical but news today that Sky have graciously gifted a channel for “Public Broadcasting” is hardly good for anyone other than Sky.  Public Broadcasting behind a paywall? Perhaps it should be referred to as Private Public Broadcasting.

I’ve had this exact scenario suggested to me on a number of occasions with the reasoning being that Sky would use such a play to prevent any regulation by being seen to be doing for public broadcasting what no one else is.

And so the content gets locked up, competition is reduced and prices soar.

On the surface, Face Television sounds great but in reality, not so much.

Public service broadcasting in New Zealand will have a new face from February, following SKY’s gifting of a channel to regional broadcasters.

SKY announced today it had signed a deal with Triangle TV founder and chief executive Jim Blackman, giving access to bandwidth on SKY channel 89 which will be known as Face TV.

“Under the agreement, we’re giving Triangle TV access to a channel on which they will screen their content,” says SKY TV spokesperson Kirsty Way.

“The deal means they will also provide access to other regional broadcasters to show their programmes.”

Face TV will launch on 1 February 2013, with Triangle TV simulcasting on both the new channel and via its existing UHF signal until the digital switchover is complete.

Blackman, who will manage Face TV, says: “This is a very welcome move for public service broadcasting in New Zealand, particularly with the demise of Stratos and TVNZ7. Triangle, to the surprise of many, has been around for 14 years now and today I am absolutely rapt to have my staff’s efforts recognised by New Zealand’s largest broadcaster – SKY.

“Thanks to SKY’s generosity, regional broadcasters will have significantly increased access to millions of viewers nationwide from February next year.”

More information including schedules will be available prior to launch

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The Nation airs on Saturday at 9:30am and at 8:00am on Sunday.

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Downton Abbey: 61710 (PRIME, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 31500 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Embarrassing Bodies: 29240 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  4. The X Factor USA: 27280 (TV3, 7:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Mrs. Brown’s Boys: 24310 (TV ONE, 9:30pm – 10:05pm) Continue reading »

Prime’s new season launch also included the same sentiment used by TVNZ during their launch, that they had a stronger and more exciting range of programmes than ever before.  In Prime’s case, it is actually true.  Picking up the CBS deal has meant that a number of new shows will air on Prime from one of America’s biggest studios.  New shows like Vegas, Beauty and the Beast (starring NZ’s own Jay Ryan) and Elementary will provide excellent new US dramas while 60 Minutes will give Prime their first foray into current affairs.  There is also the new look American Idol which will air reasonably close to the US air dates as well.  There are a number of great looking NZ shows including a spectacular look at New Zealand From Above  and documentary series, Making New Zealand, about the big infrastructure projects that have made us.

Here is the complete list of what to look out for. Continue reading »

Most watched

  1. One News: 582,590 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 515,010 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 474,070 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Embarrassing Bodies: 458,790 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Random Breath Testing: 457,780 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:00pm) Continue reading »

Lost actor joins Hawaii Five-0

Former Lost actor Jeff Fahey has nabbed himself a guest spot on Hawaii Five-0 alongside fellow Lost veteran Daniel Dae Kim. The details of Fahey’s role are unknown.

Finales to be altered for 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort

The first season finales of recently axed dramas 666 Park Avenue and Last Resort will be tweaked to provide more closure. The 13-episode first seasons will be altered to provide fitting more series finales for both. Continue reading »

Top 20 most time shifted shows

  1. Glee: 46780 (FOUR, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Revolution: 34200 (TV2, 9:30pm – 10:30pm)
  3. Criminal Minds: 24700 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. Cougar Town: 22090 (TV2, 9:05pm – 9:30pm)
  5. The Big Bang Theory: 21810 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:00pm) Continue reading »

Hilarious parody from Friday night must-see-tv show Jono & Ben at Ten.

Most watched

  1. One News: 640,600 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 572,340 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. The Big Bang Theory: 433,600 (TV2, 8:30pm – 9:00pm)
  4. Close Up: 420,890 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. Hot In Cleveland: 407,950 (TV2, 8:05pm – 8:30pm) Continue reading »