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From Māori legends to the scripts of our renowned filmmakers, New Zealanders have always been prolific and skilful storytellers.

Now many of those narratives get a much wider local platform with the news that Lightbox has become a principal sponsor of Show Me Shorts Film Festival and naming rights sponsor of the Lightbox Best Film Award. The award to the top New Zealand film is Academy Awards accredited, and the winner becomes eligible to enter the Oscars.

The agreement delivers 65 festival-quality local and international short films to thousands of Lightbox viewers who have embraced the concept of “anywhere, anytime” online television.

Lightbox has also announced an alignment with NHNZ (formerly Natural History New Zealand) to broadcast a large collection of locally produced documentaries available to New Zealanders. Continue reading »

Watching online TV has just become easier with Lightbox now adding Google’s popular Chromecast and Panasonic Smart TVs to its device line up.

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Lightbox LogoWatching great TV has just become even easier for New Zealanders with Lightbox adding several new devices this month including smartphones, additional Android tablets and Chromecast.

The Lightbox App will be available on a range of new platforms, putting thousands of hours of critically acclaimed TV shows – including Better Call Saul, Transparent, Wolf Hall, Outlander and many more – legitimately at the fingertips of many more Kiwis.

As of today, people can now watch Lightbox on their smartphones with the mobile app available for download on the following devices: Continue reading »

Lightbox LogoOnline TV service Lightbox today announced it will add a tranche of brand new TV shows in the coming months and is moving its pricing to $12.99 per 30 days, down from $15. The price change takes effect from tomorrow (Tuesday March 24) and applies to existing and new customers.

Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says the announcement reflects the TV service’s intention to be at the forefront of its category. “It’s always been our strategy to be competitive in this developing market by offering New Zealanders lots more choice. Being able to stream the TV shows you love, from the beginning and ad-free, is the way of the future. Our customers are pretty vocal about the joys of being able to kick back with decent TV whenever they like. Today’s news adds even more value to Lightbox.” Continue reading »

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Just in time for the weekend, new online TV service Lightbox has added a raft of New Zealand-made TV shows to its line-up.

Shows from local producers arriving this weekend include bro’Town, Nothing Trivial and The Jaquie Brown Diaries. In addition, Jane Campion’s stylish, unsettling detective miniseries Top of the Lake – filmed in and around Queenstown – is also coming to Lightbox.

Head of Programming Maria Mahony says, “Lightbox aims to offer the best in each category and, as a home grown service, one category we have always been keen to carry is New Zealand-made television.

“We want to build a comprehensive collection of shows that represent the depth and variety and weirdness of the New Zealand imagination and that tell local stories that need to be told. This latest drop of shows is our first step down that path.” Continue reading »

A study in the US has revealed that 42% of Americans used Netlfix over the last 12 months, up 5% on the previous survey. While Subscription Video on Demand services enjoyed growth (other than Hulu which fell 2%) the TV network’s own on demand services saw decline.

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New Zealand’s premiere streaming service, Quickflix, today has welcomed news that it has been joined in the marketplace by a video streaming service from Spark, the recently re-branded Telecom New Zealand.

Quickflix NZ Managing Director, Paddy Buckley says: “We are firm believers that competition is a good thing. Quickflix has a very competitive offering and New Zealand’s largest telco entering the market shows that demand for streaming services is only increasing. The marketing that Spark will commit to its service will help grow awareness of the category as a whole, which in turn will drive demand for all streaming services.

“Since launching more than two years ago, Quickflix has streamed more than two and a half million movies and TV shows to Kiwis. It is the only service in New Zealand offering both movies and TV series, and has the flexibility of subscription and pay-per-view options. We look forward to the coming months as we continue to innovate, add more great content and deliver the best streaming service possible for Kiwis.”

Please see below for additional information about Quickflix and the new streaming service from Spark.

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New Zealand’s newest online subscription TV service is now live. Lightbox delivers thousands of hours of insanely good TV available to anyone with broadband, regardless of their internet provider, on an all-you-can-eat basis.

And now there are new exclusive to New Zealand shows which have been added to the Lightbox line-up. It includes pirate drama Black Sails, legal series Suits, comedy-drama series Franklin & Bash, paranormal hit Lost Girl and the adorable pre-school animation 3rd & Bird.

TV shows already announced as part of the Lightbox line-up include Outlander, 24: Live Another Day, Vikings, Alpha House, Breaking Bad, House of Cards and Orange is the New Black. Continue reading »

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The Subscription Video On Demand market really is heating up. Tonight, Spark (Telecom) launch their SVOD service LightBox. Meanwhile in Australia, Fairfax have announced they’re teaming up with Nine Entertainment Co to launch StreamCo and will each drop $50m AUD into the coffers.

Whether or not StreamCo will end up in New Zealand remains to be seen but with Netflix on the horizon, Lightbox launching tonight and Sky not too far away with their offering, not to mention the pre-existing Quickflix, the market is about to get rather congested one would think. Continue reading »

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Lightbox has today announced its highly-anticipated online TV service will go live at 12.01am on Thursday 28th August.

Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says, “We’re pleased to be able to give people a date to look forward to and we’re even more excited about unveiling the full line-up of TV shows when the service goes live.

“Lightbox is about giving New Zealanders more choice when it comes to how they watch TV and with a free 30-day trial there’s plenty of incentive for people to give it a go, enjoy hours of award-winning television and see what they think.” Continue reading »