SKY Television has been delighted with the positive response to its latest product launch, the iPhone, iPad and iPod touch app which shot straight to the number one spot upon launch.

Customer downloads exceeded 50,000 in just four weeks, placing it in the number one spot for free apps for 8 days on the iPhone and 12 days on the iPad during its first weeks. It has remained in the top 10 since. The most popular features have been browsing the guide, setting programme alerts and the remote record functionality.

The Throng website quoted the app as being ‘…just about perfect’, while another individual user said “I can’t believe they got it 100% right the first time. Easy to use, everything works!”

The app exceeded the forecast number of downloads in its first month and gained a very respectable user rating of 4.5 stars, delighting SKY’s Marketing Manager Chaz Savage who said, “We are thrilled at the response to our app, not only has the number of downloads exceeded expectations but we have been receiving a large number of very positive comments from users letting us know how useful they find it. We are now focused on the next release which will offer many new features, a number of them stemming directly from customer feedback. 

“While the new feature set is still being finalised we will definitely be offering an Android version in the near future”, he said.

The SKY Television app is available in the Apple store to download, search for SKY TV or text SKY to 898.


CNN’s World Business Today will talk to New Zealand’s Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance, Bill English tomorrow 26th of May at 12 noon.

Minister Bill English left New Zealand on 23rd May for Singapore and Hong Kong, to speak with business, investment and political leaders about New Zealand’s progress in building faster growth and higher national savings.

World Business Today is a round-up of the day’s global business news with a focus on international business and market trends, economic developments, stock market trading, bids and take-overs. Anchored from the financial epicenters of London, Hong Kong and New York.


TV Rotorua announces an exciting new show promoting real estate in the area.

Open Home Rotorua is a great chance to view open homes from the comfort of your home. Each week open home will feature 12 hot properties from around the Rotorua region from residential to rural and even commercial.

TV Rotorua Station Manager Steve Comber says “Open Home Rotorua is an adopted concept from CTV – Canterbury TV. We can only hope we will emulate the success they had” He was also proud to announce that LJ Hooker have come on board as the sole real estate agency featuring on Open Home Rotorua.

Open Home will begin broadcast on the 2nd of June and will broadcast weekly, from Thursday to Sunday.

Maori women who are changing stereotypes and deciding their own place in the world is the focus of the Maori Television series I KNOW A SHEILA LIKE THAT returning for a second season.

In its second series starting on Tuesday 31 May at 8pm, I KNOW A SHEILA LIKE THAT takes an insightful look into the lives of Maori women who challenge the accepted roles of women in today’s society.

The 13-part series takes viewers to the rugged west coast of the South Island to meet Ramari Stewart, and hear how her philosophies challenge the modern day thinking around whales – their conservation, preservation and importance to Maori.

“I can still remember as a young child harvesting meat from the stranded whales. We utilised everything. If the whale was fresh you took the meat—he kai rangatira (food fit for a chief)—there’s resistance from the Department of Conservation to allow Maori to recover whale meat but that’s an issue that needs strong debate,” she says.

This season’s line up of inspirational wahine also includes a comedian and anti-violence advocate, two women who have found their passion in the fascinating world of burlesque, and a talented horse whisperer dedicated to helping abused and neglected horses.

In the premiere episode we head to Wellington to meet Parekotuku Moore (Ngati Raukawa, Ngai Te Rangi) – by day the Kaihautu National Director of Maori Development – Stopping Violence programme and by night a glamorous comedian.

She is dedicated to bringing light to the issue of domestic violence and in contrast is a committed comedian who believes the funniest people are the ones that can laugh at themselves.

“They say you are what you eat – well I must be the sexiest peanut slab out,” she says.

Producer Lara Northcroft says the series is about “empowering women” to have the courage to go for their dreams no matter how big or unconventional it might seem.

“Our emphasis is on careers outside the realm of what women would do, in particular what Maori women would do,” says Ms Northcroft.


Most watched

  1. One News: 685,450 (TV ONE, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Shortland Street: 635,540 (TV2, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  3. Coronation Street: 507,060 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Close Up: 470,830 (TV ONE, 7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  5. 3 News: 417,850 (TV3, 6:00pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched evening (7.30pm – 11pm)

  1. Coronation Street: 507,060 (TV ONE, 7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 400,820 (TV2, 8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. Undercover Boss: 390,540 (TV ONE, 8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  4. My Kitchen Rules: 386,110 (TV2, 7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  5. What’s Really In Our Food?: 321,070 (TV3, 7:30pm – 8:00pm)

Most watched daytime (9am – 5pm)

  1. ONE News Midday: 128,370 (TV ONE, 12:00pm – 12:30pm)
  2. Emmerdale: 103,600 (TV ONE, 12:30pm – 1:30pm)
  3. Come Dine With Me Australia: 94,440 (TV ONE, 1:30pm – 2:00pm)
  4. ONE News 4:30: 79,040 (TV ONE, 4:30pm – 4:55pm)
  5. Good Morning: 78,790 (TV ONE, 9:00am – 12:00pm)

Most watched on TV ONE

  1. One News: 685,450 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. Coronation Street: 507,060 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  3. Close Up: 470,830 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  4. Undercover Boss: 390,540 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  5. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: 308,570 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)

Most watched on TV2

  1. Shortland Street: 635,540 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. Grey’s Anatomy: 400,820 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  3. My Kitchen Rules: 386,110 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)
  4. Private Practice: 243,580 (9:35pm – 10:35pm)
  5. F.R.I.E.N.D.S: 180,880 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on TV3

  1. 3 News: 417,850 (6:00pm – 7:00pm)
  2. What’s Really In Our Food?: 321,070 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Australian Federal Police Fron: 274,850 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. NCIS: Los Angeles: 255,560 (8:35pm – 9:30pm)
  5. Home and Away: 254,530 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)

Most watched on FOUR

  1. The Simpsons: 103,650 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. American Pie Presents Beta Hou: 94,260 (8:30pm – 10:20pm)
  3. That ’70s Show: 68,790 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)
  4. Beauty and the Geek: 62,080 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  5. Aaahh!!! Real Monsters: 48,400 (7:55am – 8:20am)

Most watched on PRIME

  1. Downton Abbey: 271,570 (8:35pm – 9:35pm)
  2. Prime Evening News: 162,080 (5:30pm – 6:00pm)
  3. River Cottage Heroes: 144,840 (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  4. Deal Or No Deal: 109,780 (5:00pm – 5:30pm)
  5. Deal Or No Deal: 94,440 (6:00pm – 6:30pm)

Most watched on the BOX

  1. The Simpsons: 21,650 (6:30pm – 7:00pm)

Most watched on SKY Sport 1

  1. Reunion: 25,920 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)

Head to head

  • Breakfast (6:30am – 6:55am): 98,170
  • Breakfast (7:00am – 7:55am): 154,570
  • Breakfast (8:00am – 9:00am): 121,480
  • 3 News Firstline (6:30am – 7:00am): 24,760
  • 3 News Firstline (7:00am – 7:55am): 47,940
  • 3 News Firstline (8:00am – 8:30am): 30,140
  • AMP Business (6:00am – 6:30am): 31,280
  • ONE News Midday (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 128,370
  • 3 News at 12 (12:00pm – 12:30pm): 28,870
  • One News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 685,450
  • 3 News (6:00pm – 7:00pm): 417,850
  • Close Up (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 470,830
  • Campbell Live (7:00pm – 7:30pm): 234,070
  • Tonight (10:35pm – 11:05pm): 230,120
  • Nightline (10:25pm – 10:55pm): 151,990

Biggest increases (previous week)

  1. Undercover Boss: TV ONE 390540 – up from 321120 (8:30pm – 9:30pm)
  2. I Shouldn’t Be Alive: TV ONE 308570 – up from 263810 (9:30pm – 10:35pm)
  3. Breakfast: TV ONE 154570 – up from 118720 (7:00am – 7:55am)
  4. Scrubs: TV2 92500 – up from 70380 (11:00pm – 11:30pm)
  5. Breakfast: TV ONE 98170 – up from 77080 (6:30am – 6:55am)

Biggest decreases (previous week)

  1. Close Up: TV ONE 470830 – down from 565480 (7:00pm – 7:30pm)
  2. What’s Really In Our Food?: TV3 321070 – down from 396560 (7:30pm – 8:00pm)
  3. Australian Federal Police Fron: TV3 274850 – down from 338500 (8:00pm – 8:30pm)
  4. H20 Just add water: TV2 52300 – down from 95130 (4:00pm – 4:30pm)
  5. The Erin Simpson Show: TV2 63830 – down from 106440 (4:30pm – 5:00pm)


  1. River Cottage Heroes: PRIME (7:30pm – 8:30pm)
  2. My Kitchen Rules: TV2 (7:30pm – 8:35pm)

Channel Share (All Day)

  • TV ONE: 28.1%
  • SKY Network: 22.9%
  • TV2: 18.6%
  • TV3: 15.6%
  • PRIME: 6.7%
  • FOUR: 4.3%
  • Other TV Channels: 2.8%
  • Maori TV: 0.4%

Source: Nielsen Television Audience Measurement, All 5+

New True Blood trailer released

The trailer for the upcoming fourth season of True Blood has been released by HBO in the US.

Jane Lynch leads Emmy host contenders

Glee’s Jane Lynch is said to be close to signing a deal to host the 2011 Emmys. The actress, who plays Sue on the show, is reported to be the favourite ahead of other contenders Ryan Seacrest and Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane.

U2 clarify American idol appearance

U2 have had to clarify their upcoming appearance on American Idol after their manager initially told the press the band would be performing. It has now been confirmed that Bono and The Edge will appear on the show alongside the cast members of the Spider-Man musical.

Olmos joining Dexter

Actor Edward James Olmos of Battlestar Gallactica will have a major role in the new season of Dexter it has been confirmed. Olmos, who played William Adama on the sci-fi series, will play a professor of religious studies in Dexter’s new season.

Boardwalk Empire creator Terence Winter gives us an insight into what viewers can expect in the second season of the Golden Globe-winning series.

For this first time in 11 years the World of WearableArts Awards Show will not be screened on TV.

The show’s managing director Gabrielle Hervey says that networks can’t fit the one-off show into their programming schedules.

The Wellington-based show, which began its life in Nelson, has screened for the past couple of years on Prime, with TVNZ airing it in several previous years alongside Prime TV.

“We know people who see it love it but it’s hampered by a perception it’s a one-off,” Hervey said.

“They have elected not to show it on any of the networks.” 

She doesn’t believe it is a case of waning popularity, because the show continually brings a huge number of people to the capital when its on.

“The feedback we’ve had is they cannot put it on prime time competing with international series, [which] is more efficient for them because they can attract [more] advertising around a series than a one-off programme in the middle,” Hervey noted.

“It’s an iconic New Zealand event which a lot of people in New Zealand would enjoy rather than some imported programme.”

Source: Stuff