24: Live Another Day

Live_Another_Day_castThis morning I sat down with Maria Mahony, LightBox’s head of programming and local content to discuss Telecom’s new subscription video on demand service. With 5,000 hours of content being available at launch, at least Mahony’s title would suggest there will be some kiwi shows available for viewing alongside 24: Live Another Day, Vikings and Mad Men.

Mahony was excited to finally be talking about the service and the imminent arrival of 24 after reading Throng’s questions in April as to who would be screening the series. Continue reading »

Last night was somewhat Ironic. After more than 24 hours without internet due to a contractor digging up the local fibre link, last night meant there was a bit of work to catch up on so the last thing I felt like doing was cooking dinner. Thankfully, we’d had a gourmet dinner promised to us as part of a Pead PR’s campaign from “Telecom Digital Ventures” . We had guessed what it might have meant so we awaited delivery with much anticipation.

The 1 hour courier arrive just before 7:30pm with a couple of very large polystyrene containers from Telecom’s Lightbox, their new streaming service which you may recall was originally named ShowMeTV.
lightbox-dinner Continue reading »

In the UK, TV viewers have been treated to near simulcast scenarios with shows premiering in the US and in the UK at almost the same time. Most recently this was with 24: Live Another Day. It has now been announced that the b-movie Sharknado 2: The Second One is also going to debut on SyFy in the UK at 2:10am on Thursday July 31.

The interesting thing in all of this is that while the movie will premiere in prime time in the US, SyFy are broadcasting the movie in the small hours of the morning. One would imagine that only the true fans will be up to watch it. Will screening it at the same time cut down on piracy if it’s screened at that time of the day? SyFy obviously think there is merit in doing so. Continue reading »

deaths-24-graphWith the return of 24 comes all sorts of fun analysis. Here are the best ways you could survive a day of 24.

Check out the explanations for each of these points for the reasons why they’re the best ways in which to survive. Continue reading »

StarWarsEpisodeVII__140429164849The cast of Star Wars: Episode VII is out and includes a few faces from the small screen.

Adam Driver (Girls), Daisy Ridley (Mr Selfridge) and John Boyega (24: Live Another Day) will join Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson and Max von Sydow alongside the original stars of the Star Wars movies, Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew and Kenny Baker. Continue reading »

9 days until 24: Live Another Day debuts in the US and we still don’t know who is going to be screening the series in New Zealand. Who will it be? Could it be Telecom’s new, yet to be rebranded streaming service? Either way, this new clip sums it up nicely.

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 »

24_live_another_day_cast

If you haven’t gauged how excited I am about the return of 24, you’re not keeping up. With 24 days until 24: Live Another Day debuts in the US, the marketing machine is clicking into gear some pretty cool stuff for fans.

 Fox launched Open Cell Friday morning, a repository for (fictional) paperwork that proves Bauer’s innocence. (The new 24 picks up with Bauer on the lam in London, wanted for terrorism.) Promotional spots of Mary Lynn Rajskub in character (Chloe) and the event series’ latest hashtag, #ChloeHack, are now running to point viewers to the website.

Continue reading »