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BillyAnderson

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#275655 2-Sep-2020 14:47
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Does anyone have a good recommendation of somewhere to find out what and when new shows and new seasons are coming to Sky TV channels during the month (or even week)?

 

 

 

We used to use the Skywatch magazine to find out what shows were starting during the month, but now Sky has stopping make it (printed issues was stopped during the first COVID-19 lockdown and now the digital one has now been stopped as well).  😢  The online / onscreen guide is useless for this purpose, as are listings in TV Guide or NZ Herald, since none of these tell you what is new. There's nothing on Sky's website, apart from the one or two "big hits" they're trying to promote.


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outdoorsnz
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  #2555707 2-Sep-2020 14:55
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Agree the box is a shocker for that.

 

I found the best way to find shows / movies is to use the android sky go app as that allows you to filter by category etc plus keyword searching.


BillyAnderson

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  #2555718 2-Sep-2020 15:09
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What I'm looking for is just a simple list of only up-coming new shows / seasons, or at least somewhere that marks shows as "new". The Skywatch magazine used to have pages in the front telling you about the new shows for the month.

 

 

 

Having to search for shows is a bit ridiculous. You would have to keep a long list of shows you want to see and then keep searching for them all every week just in case they're returning (it's bad enough having to manually check that the box is actually going to record the shows you want to watch because the "Series Link" is somewhat flakey). Unless you had read about them elsewhere and added them to your search list, you would never know about brand new shows.


 
 
 
 


ockel
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  #2555730 2-Sep-2020 15:23
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I keep my eye on Screenscribe.  https://www.screenscribe.net

 

From week to week it has updates on whats coming up on Sky, TVNZ, Mediaworks, Netflix, Amazon, Neon etc 

 

But I agree with you its frustrating not knowing what new content is being released on any particular platform in the coming week(s).


evnafets
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  #2555751 2-Sep-2020 15:52
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Maybe their facebook / social media? https://www.facebook.com/skynewzealand

 

Or subscribe to their marketing emails so they spam you with what is new each month?

 

 

 

 


quickymart
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  #2555828 2-Sep-2020 17:34
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Really? They stopped printing Skywatch? I would have thought it would still have a fairly decent readership. Sky still has lots of subscribers.


vexxxboy
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  #2555834 2-Sep-2020 17:48
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quickymart:

 

Really? They stopped printing Skywatch? I would have thought it would still have a fairly decent readership. Sky still has lots of subscribers.

 

 

it used to be free if you got the movie channel, i used to get it and never opened it.





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BillyAnderson

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  #2555886 2-Sep-2020 19:31
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Skywatch was an add-on you had to pay extra for, although as vexxxboy indicated it was sometimes bundled with other add-ons or promotions. When they stopped doing printed copies it became free online, but that was only a couple of months and August was the final issue.

 

 

 

The Screenscribe site and RSS feed looks like it might have a bit of promise (thanks ockel), but still not particularly easy to find in amongst all the other news.

 

I don't use Facebook and don't really want to sign up to all that just to see what shows are coming, but may have to as another option.

 

You'd think the networks would want to make it easy for viewers to find out what's coming up, at least in the up-coming week.  🤷‍♂️ TVNZ at least has something on their website, but Sky has almost nothing.


 
 
 
 


quickymart
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  #2556050 2-Sep-2020 22:14
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I remember when I used to do telemarketing for Sky (many, many years ago) - used to be hundreds of copies of Skywatch in the office.

 

Funny how times change, for a lot of people today you couldn't even give Sky away to them now.


fe31nz
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  #2556077 3-Sep-2020 01:16
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For the Freeview channels and the major Sky channels, TV Guide has decent listings with "New" markings on things.  I have also done a bit of SQL on my MythTV box that compares the upcoming EPG data for a channel against the previous data stored in the database and displays a list of anything that is in the future that was not on previously.  This is the output I get for TVNZ 1 tonight:

 

+--------+---------+----------+--------+
| chanid | channum | callsign | name   |
+--------+---------+----------+--------+
|   1001 | 1       | TV ONE   | TVNZ 1 |
+--------+---------+----------+--------+
1 row in set (0.00 sec)

 

+-------------------------------------+
| New titles                          |
+-------------------------------------+
| Britain's Got Talent: The Champions |
| Infomercials                        |
| Inside The Ritz Hotel London        |
| The Salisbury Poisoning             |
| Wild Bill                           |
| World's Deadliest                   |
+-------------------------------------+
6 rows in set (0.01 sec)

 

Sorry about how it displays on Geekzone - it is meant for use with fixed fonts and does not work well with variable fonts.  Copy the text to Notepad or your favourite editor and use a fixed font to see what it really looks like.


BillyAnderson

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  #2556196 3-Sep-2020 10:56
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fe31nz:

 

For the Freeview channels and the major Sky channels, TV Guide has decent listings with "New" markings on things.

 

The TV Guide magazine doesn't put "New" or "Back" logo on any of the Sky channel listings. The exception may be when Sky themselves title the show as "New: Father Brown", as they only sometimes do on their own online and on-screen guides.


afe66
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  #2556290 3-Sep-2020 12:34
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I agree its annoying.

 

The last two series I discovered were found while reading the uk guardian which discussed them and I then checked with nz sky....

 

Skygo app lists new series.

 

ie Lovecraft County, The Plot against America


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