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Choice Show On Netflix

CAPTION: Hamish Dodd and his wife Anita.

Millions of TV viewers worldwide are watching a new TV series Kiwi bach, under a deal with Netflix.

The 100 Day Bach’ features TV designer Hamish Dodd and his wife Anita, building their dream bach in Kuratau, on the western side of Lake Taupo.

The series was created and produced by Auckland-based media company Stripe Media. Managing Director Alex Breingan has successfully negotiated the screening rights with Netflix in the UK, USA, Canada, Ireland, Africa and India.Since the series began airing on Netflix, its Facebook page has received messages and comments from all corners of the globe.

The show is not being shown on Netflix in New Zealand because Choice has the rights through till the end of the year.

Breignan said the Netflix screenings had been a boost for the company and he was currently in talks with a broadcasters in. Australia and the UK and has suited two proposals for Netflix original content

He said that Stripe Media had approached Netflix about making content, and it skedaddles what else it had made.

“They liked what they saw and next thing we were updating it and removing the ad breaks.”

The 8-part series first aired on Choice TV in September 2015. A second series is now in development.

Alex Breingan is also Executive Producer of Three’s morning show The Café, and Co-Founder of Choice TV. The series was directed by Marcus Clayton.

Hamish Dodd is a Designer and TV presenter, and previously worked on eight seasons of the ‘My House My Castle’ series.

 

 

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Journos Will Cover Games Watching Sky – Fellet

Sky TV chief executive John Fellet says he does not expect any less coverage from NZME and Fairfax now they have withdrawn requests for press accreditation at the Rio Olympics. “They’ll have their notebooks out watching Sky,” said the CEO who has been fighting the newspaper companies over rights to show clips from Sky’s exclusive rights Games. NZME – owner of the NZ Herald Newstalk ZB and  Radio Sport. among others, has confirmed that it has withdrawn from press accreditation but could not be reached to clarify how it will affect coverage of the Olympics. NZME withdrew accreditation for six people. Unknown-3Fellet said that Sky would meet fair dealing obligations to supply news organsiations. “During our recent discussions they have not been interested in that. That was designed for TV networks and news bulletins, he said. “What we are talking about here is companies who want to show our content and make money out of it. An article by former NZ Herald editor in chief Tim Murphy this week said that Sky TV  was seeking to overrule existing rules and being too restrictive on the content it makes available.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Igloo out in the cold

Sky pulls the plug on Igloo on March 31 next year. It’s four-year lifespan is a tribute to Sky TV and its finessing of the New Zealand pay TV market. The set top box was a hybrid of free to air channels and 13 basic sky channels for $19.95 a month. It allowed movie streaming of pay-per-view movies on broadband but it never really caught on.  Until September Sky TV will offer Igloo subscribers the basic Sky package at the Igloo price of $19.95 fee and partial refunds on set top boxes. Initially a joint venture with TVNZ, Igloo was an attempt by arch-rivals to work together rather than against one another. Sky was more ambivalent about the venture than TVNZ.

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Government looking at public TV role for TVNZ More media makeovers tipped for later this year

More media changes are likely later this year, according to my sources in the sector. The proposed merger of NZME and Fairfax New Zealand was followed on Thursday by Vodafone’s proposed takeover of Sky TV. Zagzigger.com has questioned whether MediaWorks will be left out in the cold, (Room For Me, I Got 3, below) and the same question applies to Television New Zealand.

The Voda-Sky merger might make anti-syphoning rules more likely
The Voda-Sky merger might make anti-syphoning rules more likely

In my opinion TVNZ cannot afford to sit back and do nothing. And it is hard to see how it will compete in the new world order of merged digital media firms. Sources familiar with Government thinking said that Broadcasting Minister Amy Adams  is considering a “slight” change to more public service content TVNZ, though this is not defined.

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Is Anybody Watching The ads? More ad time is the problem not the solution

Maybe the cheap and nasty ads are the ones we watch.

Having suffered saturation advertising on Kiwi television, many New Zealanders visiting Britain relished the civilized approach there. The BBC had no advertising and the commercial channels had severe limits. As a result, you watched more entertaining TV and paid more attention to the fewer ads you watched.

It seemed the Brits had devised a system that mixed commerciality with public service and the viewer was at the centre of the TV world. At around one twentieth the population, New Zealand could never afford such a system. Instead NZ developed a system that gave advertisers power over programming and allowed with generous taxpayer funding for mostly advertiser-friendly programming.

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Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream Movies on TV (Netflix)

“Runnin’ Down The Dream” provides a detailed LP-by-LP wrap on a singer and band with an amazing body of work over 40 years. Made eight years ago, it encompasses the entire rock music era and Petty’s involvement with much of it. His crossover between roots, rock and pop is bolstered by prodigious song writing skills that has made him a survivor.

Petty has had something interesting to say for each of the past four decades. This self-commissioned documentary seems to re-say it all, and at four hours it might benefitted from haircut. But then you would miss a lot. If four hours is too much, then maybe its best to split viewing into its two parts

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Thunderstorm on Sky’s horizon Maybe its has to unbundle channels

The Weekend Herald reports that Sky expects to have lost 45,000 subscribers by the end of the June 30 financial year. It has to do something to stem the flow. Salt Funds managing director Matt Goodson explained the problem.

“They have challenges and it appears that their audience is disaggregating somewhat. How they deal with that will be interesting to see, but the basic problem appears to be that they are having to charge too much for the non-rugby/sport packages in order to pay the ever-escalating costs of sports rights, but losing the audience that is not interested in watching those [sports] rights. Sky is having to charge too much for the non-rugby sport packages in order to pay the ever-escalating costs of sports rights.”

So, non-sports customers are paying too much and exiting the platform, he says. It can’t afford to raise the cost of the sports package too much because sports subscribers are the foundations customers.

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Sky is the limit (Archived and updated)

There was a lot of talk in the 2000s about Sky TV having a stranglehold on nationwide terrestrial pay TV networks. But the future of pay TV has moved from radio frequencies to the Internet, and it appears that that Sky is no longer the industry bogey man , Sky chief executive John Fellet said that was due to a fundamental decision made three years ago. The decision was that the demand for linear TV had peaked and that linear TV had peaked and that digital terrestrial channels were not the future of TV.

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