The box

This arrived in the mail this morning

Yes, that is furry.  And on the back…

The BOX presents extended three-hour episodes of the ground breaking professional wrestling show Raw, this Friday 17 and Friday 24 June at 8.30pm.

Join all the Superstars of both Raw and Smackdown this Friday, when WWE Hall of Famer Stone Cold Steve Austin serves as special guest Raw GM on “WWE All Star Night”!

The main event of the evening pits John Cena against The Miz in a Street Fight for the WWE Championship.

Also stepping into the arena are Randy Orton, R-Truth, Rey Mysterio, Alberto Del Rio, Christian, The Bellas Twins, Kofi Kingston, Kelly Kelly, Wade Barrett and many more!

Don’t miss the action on The BOX, Fridays 17 and 24 June at 8.30pm.

The BOX (SKY Channel 5) proudly brings the annual ‘WWE Tribute to the Troops’ to New Zealand audiences this Christmas Eve.

Hot off the satellite from the US, the eighth annual Tribute to the Troops brings together Superstars and Divas from Raw and SmackDown with celebrity guests such as P Diddy, with his new group “Diddy-Dirty Money”, Cedric the Entertainer, Modern Family’s Ariel Winter, The View’s Sherri Shepherd, country sensation Trace Adkins and Miss USA Rima Fakih, to honour those who proudly fight in the name of freedom.

Be sure to catch this holiday special on The BOX this Christmas Eve, Friday 24 December, at 10.30pm.

Visit http://www.wwe.com/shows/raw/tributetothetroops/ for more detailed information.

The Box are going to play the latest season of Dexter (Season 5) straight off the satellite, or near enough.

Take note TVNZ and TV3 if you have the guts. This is how you please the TV viewers and encourage us to watch your TV channel.

If you take risks with your TV programming you may very well be rewarded.

SKY TV is moving to expand its programming roles as part of a commitment to developing its in-house channel management team.

Current Prime Channel Manager Karen Bieleski has been promoted to the newly created position of Head of General Entertainment and Prime, overseeing SKY’s in-house channels Prime, The Box, Vibe and Arts.

Prime’s Associate Channel Manager Kathy Wright will move up to the position of Channel Manager Prime.

SKY’s Director of Entertainment Programming, Travis Dunbar, says “SKY’s in-house channels are not only a crucial part of our offerings to viewers, but also an area of expanding importance to the company going forward. As such, the time is right to take a broader management view of their operation.

“Karen Bieleski’s sterling work on Prime and extensive background in programming made her the logical choice to add the in-house channels to her portfolio.  Kathy Wright’s promotion to Channel Manager Prime is a well deserved recognition of her contribution to the channel over the last three and a half years.”

“I’m really looking forward to this new challenge, bringing me a much greater degree of involvement with the pay TV aspect of SKY’s business alongside my ongoing commitment to Prime. I’ll be working with a terrific team of programmers on Prime, Arts, The Box and Vibe and I couldn’t ask for a better role,” says Karen.

Kathy adds, “I am delighted and extremely excited to be taking on the role of Channel Manager Prime from Karen. I have been with Prime for nearly four years now and my commitment and passion for the channel has only increased in this time. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Karen for being a wonderful mentor over the years and am excited to continue working with her.”

Claudia Aull, currently Channel Manager The Box, will now step into the role of Associate Channel Manager Prime and Sacha Willetts will continue as the Prime Scheduler.

The changes will take effect on 1 November 2009.

Has anyone else seen Sky’s channel The Box UHF is free at the moment without have to have Sky UHF?

Well here in New Plymouth it seems to be what has been happening. Has anyone else in NZ seen this happen too?

Wednesdays from 5 November, 8.30pm

Criss Angel raises the bar on magic to unprecedented heights, in all new episodes of Mindfreak. Packed full of death-defying escapes and mind-blowing stunts, Criss’s new daredevil performances – all live and unstaged – include escaping from a racing truck filled with explosives, vanishing a speeding Lamborghini, and levitating 500 feet above the Luxor Hotel & Casino in Las Vegas. Whether breaking out of jail – in the nude! – or being steamrolled on a bed of glass, Criss Angel once again proves that he’s the ultimate maestro of modern magic.

Wednesday 29 October, 8.30pm.

Encore screening – Friday 31 October, 7.30pm

Lock the doors, turn on the lights, and prepare to experience Halloween like never before! Criss Angel performs in a one-hour special edition of the hit series, descending upon Hollywood’s famous Magic Castle and his hometown New York in a tour de force of mysticism, mentalism and death defying stunts. At the Magic Castle stage, Criss performs some of his signature effects and the never before seen Matrix (where he literally jumps into another human). He tests his mind-control abilities by performing a mass interactive experiment with the television audience – through their screens; and then Criss is shackled, handcuffed, and nailed into a pine casket that is rapidly approaching an industrial BioChipper.