TVNZ on demand to carry US Network shows

1 11 2007

TVNZ’s online service, TVNZ ondemand, will now carry hit U.S. network series from Disney-ABC International Television – another New Zealand first for the public broadcaster.

TVNZ has signed an agreement with Disney-ABC International Television that will mean New Zealand viewers of TVNZ ondemand will be able to see series like Emmy award-winning show Brothers and Sisters just 24 hours after its free-to-air broadcast.

Other new shows to be featured, starting this month, are The Amazing Race All Stars, season two of Criminal Minds, What About Brian and Daybreak.

Disney is the first U.S. studio to provide U.S. network series to TVNZ ondemand. The agreement builds on their existing free-to-air relationship.

TVNZ Head of Emerging Business, Jason Paris, says that TVNZ’s agreement with Disney-ABC is an example of TVNZ’s continued commitment to inspiring New Zealanders on every screen.

“TVNZ is making our flagship international product available for New Zealand viewers, giving users control over what they watch, and when and how they watch it. TVNZ ondemand provides New Zealanders with the best local content, and now, thanks to our venture with Disney-ABC, also offers excellent international content. This is a very exciting time for TVNZ and for New Zealand viewers.”

Vice President of Sales at Disney-ABC International Television (Asia Pacific), Greg Johnson, is delighted to expand the reach of their content through TVNZ ondemand.

“Fans in New Zealand can now stay connected with their favourite shows anywhere, anytime. This demonstrates our continued commitment to working with our broadcast partners in the digital media space to bring content to consumers in convenient and flexible ways,” says Johnson.

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