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New online TV service Lightbox has announced the appointment of experienced digital media leader Kym Niblock as its managing director.

Kym brings a wealth of experience in senior roles with global media businesses, including Foxtel, BBC Worldwide, BSkyB and Nickelodeon. Continue reading »

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Lightbox today announces it will deliver a great deal more of the best television ever made, including additional first-run exclusives Outlander, Alpha House, Betas and Arrested Development, alongside previously announced titles 24: Live Another Day, Vikings and Mad Men.

Shows announced today comprise a fraction of the total 5000 hour line-up that will be available at launch, and even more shows will be added to the service on an ongoing basis. Lightbox can also confirm that deals have been signed with local producers.

Dramas announced include Masters of Sex, Orange is the New Black, Breaking Bad and House of Cards, which were all recognised by the American Film Institute as being “culturally and artistically representative of [2013’s] most significant achievements in the art of the moving image”. Continue reading »

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.
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A new online service is about to give New Zealanders a lot more choice over how they watch TV shows.

Telecom has today confirmed that Lightbox will launch in the coming weeks offering people with a broadband connection the opportunity to choose what they watch, when they like, with no ads or interruptions. Continue reading »