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Whether you call it an homage or a rip-off, an ad produced by New Zealand's TV3 bears a striking similarity to one of Sony's US PlayStation 3 ads starring faux executive Kevin Butler. As noted by Buttonmasher, the two commercials include nearly the same dialogue, setting, reaction shots and ... wel...

July 20th 2010 at 12:30pm 0 Comments
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How close is Sony's PlayTV DVR to working with New Zealand broadcasts? Very, or so it would seem, one reader wrote in to let us know the UK PlayTV unit he brought down to NZ in '08 has, since the 2.10 firmware update, put its DVB-T compatibility to work and started picking up some broadcasts. So far...

April 24th 2009 at 1:32am 0 Comments
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Ugh, just what Freeview needs in New Zealand. The warmly anticipated new Mediaworks channel, Plus 1, will actually bring nothing new to the platform. Instead, it'll simply be a one-hour delayed broadcast of TV3, and worse still, the stale content won't even be beamed out in high-definition. Yeah --...

December 1st 2008 at 11:59am 0 Comments
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Right on cue, Television New Zealand (TVNZ) -- the nation's largest free-to-air broadcaster -- has gone live with the country's first ever HD digital service. By utilizing DiviCom Electra 7000 high-definition encoders, the new Freeview digital terrestrial television (DTT) service was launched this w...

April 17th 2008 at 10:02pm 0 Comments
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You can't do much better than William Shatner to launch a nation into its HD future, and that's exactly who New Zealand will get. TV3 is making its HD debut with Boston Legal, and has ten other shows lined up to round out the roster. We're a little confused on the timing of things, since the press r...

March 23rd 2008 at 12:13pm 0 Comments
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Kiwis, clear your calendars, OTA HDTV hits April 2. Freeview HD won't need very much of the April window earlier given for its launch, with TVOne, TV2 and TV3 all broadcasting in HD covering an estimated 75-percent of New Zealand homes, with set-top boxes expected on sale the same day. The big media...

March 17th 2008 at 7:14am 0 Comments
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New Zealand doesn't have to be jealous of Australia much longer, as Freeview OTA HD service is on track to launch in April. Call Auckland, Hamilton, Tauranga, Napier, Hastings, Palmerston North, Wellington, Christchurch or Dunedin your 'hood? Then you'll probably be able catch Lord of the Rings next...

March 2nd 2008 at 11:36pm 0 Comments