Beijing Olympic Games online coverage from TVNZ

18 07 2008

TVNZ has launched New Zealand’s online home of the Olympic Games at TVNZ’s dedicated Olympic website which is now LIVE. The site can be found at tvnz.co.nz/Olympics

Nothing compares with the power and excitement of the Olympic Games, the greatest global sporting event. When the world’s elite athletes gather in Beijing this August, TVNZ will bring Kiwi viewers closer to the drama and excitement than ever before, with spectacular images, expanded coverage, and new technologies.

The Olympic website is a one-stop shop for information, analysis and breaking Olympic news in the build-up to Beijing.

The site features include a dedicated section for every Olympic sport and profiles of every New Zealand competitor in the Games – including a range of interviews with the Kiwi medal hopefuls. Those wanting to enjoy past glories can watch the range of archive video footage. Google Maps technology has been utilised to produce a stunning bird’s-eye of the Beijing venues and there are blogs from sports broadcasting legends Keith Quinn and John McBeth, as well as diaries from several competing athletes. Further features include a full event schedule, photo galleries and all the news from the tvnz.co.nz journalists who will be will be part of the TVNZ production teams in Beijing and Auckland.

During the Games, in a first for New Zealand, tvnz.co.nz will offer the chance to choose from up to four channels of simultaneous video streaming online from TV ONE, TVNZ Sport Extra and two additional channels programmed by ONE Sport, which are only available online. There will be regularly updated information on the broadcast schedules for the television and online channels, and a daily package of Olympics video highlights that will be updated overnight, allowing Kiwis to catch up on, or re-live, the previous day’s big Olympic moments.

“This depth of online coverage of a major sporting event is something New Zealanders have never experienced,” says Jason Paris, Head of Emerging Business. “As well as broadcasting over 800 hours of Olympics action online, we’re offering up our richest content experience yet, with a wealth of video resources, coverage of every sport, high-quality images and all of the big stories about the Games.”

Head of Sport Murray Needham agrees: “The Olympic channels at tvnz.co.nz add another dimension to our coverage of Beijing, and give New Zealanders unprecedented opportunities to be part of the thrills and emotion of the Games.”

Beijing 2008 will be screened from August 8-24 across TV ONE, TVNZ Sport Extra and tvnz.co.nz.





Partnership formed for digital extension of The Amazing Extraordinary Friends

4 07 2008

TVNZ has launched a digital extension of hit local series The Amazing Extraordinary Friends (AEF) in a landmark partnership with NZ On Air and Greenstone Pictures.

Housed on tvnz.co.nz, the AEF website enables fans to interact with the show through exclusive video content, behind the scenes information, games and competitions.

The site has received funding from NZ On Air as part of its new Digital Content Partnership Fund and is produced by TVNZ’s online team with content supplied by Greenstone.

TVNZ’s Head of Marketing and Emerging Business Jason Paris says that the AEF site is a great example of TVNZ’s guiding strategy: “Inspiring New Zealanders on every screen”.

“Our strategy is to offer viewers content on multiple platforms and online is obviously an important part of this. Fans of AEF are always online, that’s where they get their information and how they communicate with their friends. So online is where we wanted to take the show.”

Paris says that partnering with NZ On Air and Greenstone in this venture is a significant step for TVNZ’s digital strategy.

“It’s great to have NZ On Air’s support, recognising that taking content online is an important extension for local production.”

NZ On Air’s CEO Jane Wrightson says that the AEF partnership is one of the first projects to be confirmed by the agency after the opportunity to fund online content was created by the recent Broadcasting Act amendment.

“The AEF project provided a wonderful opportunity for NZ On Air to move into the digital space in association with an already successful broadcast series. It is also appropriate that as one of our first online projects the target audience is one that easily embraces the opportunities presented by interactive web content”.

AEF producer Peter Clews believes that the AEF site is leading the way, reflecting the fact that in the future, television content will be delivered on a range of media.

“Having material online is changing the way that people are viewing and seeking their entertainment material, but the AEF site is not just another viewing platform, it’s a creative tool and fans will be part of the process.

“A lot of the material on the site will actually be generated by viewers. We want people to create their own superheroes who may actually end up being in Amazing Extraordinary Friends.”

The second series of The Amazing Extraordinary Friends is on TV2 at 4pm from Saturday 5 July. The production is funded by NZ On Air and TVNZ, and is created by Stephen Campbell and produced by Matt McPhail for Greenstone Pictures.





Naked News Flash presenter found for Alt TV

6 05 2008

Naked News Presenter
In March Alt TV advertised for a presenter for their proposed show Naked News Flash.
What we are looking for:

Alt TV is looking for someone who has the ability to speak clearly, articulately and confidently. You must be well presented, comfortable in your own skin and not be shy about having your breasts/chest broadcast on national television.

What you will get:

The successful candidate will be given a three month contract, their own show on Alt TV, a Brass Magazine covershoot, future endorsements with Marquis Condoms, a weekly supplementary wage, along with the obvious media attention that will come with the job.

They have chosen a presenter in former bikini streaker, part-time lap dancer and former stripper Lisa Lewis who’s 15 minutes of fame was as a bikini clad streaker during a televised rugby match between Ireland and the All Blacks in June 2006. And later she went on to auction the bikini she wore on popular auction website trademe.

In Alt TV’s own words:

We live in a world where broadcast news is fast becoming a sensationalized hash of human interest pap and titillation. Alt TV throws their hat into the ring of news coverage and takes the current trend to its logical conclusion, by providing bulletins from 10pm weekdays in unflinching fashion… and stripped bare.

Alt TV and Marquis Condoms have found a NZ anchor with no inhibitions on reporting the facts that matter, delivering hard hitting commentary and showing their ‘assets’ in front of a large news hungry audience. Although critics may crow that objectification will overshadow news content, Alt TV reassures viewers that integrity will not be sacrificed for flesh. From May 12th catch Marquis Condoms’ Naked News Flash from 10.00 pm, weeknights on Alt TV.

Alt TV is an independent TV station based in New Zealand. We broadcast on SKY 65 in New Zealand and online at alttv.co.nz





Adobe Flex and AIR introduced to Digital Media Course

1 05 2008

Media Design School’s Digital Media Department are leading the way as they introduce a module into their Diploma, teaching the latest software on the web: Adobe Flex and AIR.

Flex is a software application taking all the cool things about flash and integrating them with everything the Digital Media students learn in the rest of the course, to create highly interactive online applications.

Adobe AIR (code-named Apollo), was launched last year and is an application that allows the creation of online applications that sit on the desktop and are not restricted to the browser. For businesses, AIR will enable them to engage customers through innovative branded desktop applications without having to change existing technology or processes.

Media Design School’s Senior Digital Media Tutor, Mason Herber has been trained to teach both software applications by Industry Professionals who see the need for new web designers to enter the industry with these capabilities.

Herber says, “Some are predicting that AIR is the future of the internet. And the demand in the industry for Flex developers is huge. Online flash video is becoming a growing area in new media and I think we will be pushing the envelope with what we are going to do with it.”

The high-end creative technologies school based in Auckland’s Queen Street provides immersion training in industry appropriate courses. The school will be forging new ground in Digital Media training in New Zealand, when the new modules are integrated into their July 2008 full-time class. The first AIR and Flex-savvy Graduates will be hitting the industry in May 2009.

Media Design School still has openings for the 30 June intake for Graphic Design and the 14 July intake for Digital Media. To find out more, visit www.mediadesign.school.nz,phone 09 303-0403, or come along to our Open Day on the 29th of May, Level 12, 242 Queen Street (above Farmers), Auckland.





Christmas present for Shortland Street fans

12 12 2007

TVNZ and South Pacific Pictures are giving Shortland Street fans a present this Christmas – the biggest week in Shortland Street history free of charge on TVNZ ondemand.

In the lead up to discover the identity of the Shortland Street killer, this week’s episodes of New Zealand’s favourite local drama are not to be missed. Now fans have the chance to see the final week again on TVNZ ondemand.

TVNZ’s Head of Emerging Business, Jason Paris, says that the free catch-up episodes from TVNZ ondemand will reward the show’s loyal fan base.

“The dramatic storyline has had viewers hooked. Shortland Street’s TV ratings have gone through the roof.

“We’ve also had extra Shortland Street offerings available online  secret episodes, as well as Behind the Scenes specials, to help viewers get their Shortland Street fix. This has led to unprecedented traffic to the Shortland Street site at tvnz.co.nz  the number of unique users has increased by over 500 per cent.

“So we’ve decided to reward Shortie followers with free catch-up streams from TVNZondemand.co.nz.”

Head of South Pacific Pictures, John Barnett, is delighted to give Shortland Street fans something extra this Christmas.

“At this time of year it’s often hard for viewers to see Shortland Street every night, so it’s fantastic for them that they don’t have to miss out  they can get online and catch up. And they’re getting the thrilling final week for free  even better!”

Paris says that this most recent Shortland Street offering underscores the importance of TVNZ’s partnerships with the production industry.

“Our relationships with South Pacific Pictures, and their support, make it possible for New Zealanders to watch Shortland Street wherever, and whenever, they want to.”

This week’s episodes of Shortland Street play each night on TV2 at 7pm. Each episode will be available on TVNZondemand.co.nz after its first play, and all summer long until the new season of Shortland Street returns in mid January.





IOC awards internet and mobile rights to TVNZ for Beijing Olympics

14 11 2007

The International Olympic Committee (IOC) today announced an agreement with Television New Zealand (TVNZ) for the internet and mobile platform exhibition rights within New Zealand for the Beijing 2008 Olympic Games.

The IOC selected TVNZ on their capacity to guarantee full exploitation of the broadcast rights over a variety of platforms and their commitment to promoting the Olympic Games and the values of the Olympic Movement. The IOC’s over-the-air broadcast partner through to Beijing 2008 is also TVNZ.

Commenting on the agreement, Timo Lumme, Managing Director of IOC Television and Marketing Services, said: “Digital media represents an increasingly important means for communicating the Olympic Games and the Olympic values to the broadest possible audience and we look forward to working with TVNZ to make the Beijing 2008 footage available over the internet and mobile phones in New Zealand.”

TVNZ’s Chief Executive, Rick Ellis, said: “TVNZ’s successful bid for internet and mobile rights will open up a whole new world for New Zealand viewers, allowing them to follow the Beijing Olympics more closely and in more depth than ever before.”





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.