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# 81227 9-Apr-2011 21:04
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TV3 have decided to drop House and The Good Wife from their Sunday night schedule, for a while at least. Am I the only person who gets irritated by the way TV companies drop shows and don't even bother to tell their viewers what's happening.

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  # 457094 9-Apr-2011 21:26
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Nope, I had no idea this had happened until it was brought up on Twitter/IRC this evening.... :-( I was enjoying House.... To the torrents it seems.





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  # 457097 9-Apr-2011 21:44
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Yea and they wonder why people are pirating tv shows....

 
 
 
 


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  # 457101 9-Apr-2011 21:47
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Excellent news.

With the last watchable show going from that channel, it can join the majority of the others on my "skipped service" list, and make scanning of the EPG to set timers that much quicker.

TVNZ6 has gone, taking the occasional decent doco or science program with it; TVNZ7 is on the way out. There's "The Prisoner" on Cue, and the odd movie on the other channels, but that's about it for me for NZ FTA.

Before long, I'll only have to check SBS HD and SBS Two.

RIP NZ FTA

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  # 457172 10-Apr-2011 09:46
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CYaBro: Yea and they wonder why people are pirating tv shows....


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  # 457173 10-Apr-2011 09:47
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xarqi: Excellent news.

With the last watchable show going from that channel, it can join the majority of the others on my "skipped service" list, and make scanning of the EPG to set timers that much quicker.

TVNZ6 has gone, taking the occasional decent doco or science program with it; TVNZ7 is on the way out. There's "The Prisoner" on Cue, and the odd movie on the other channels, but that's about it for me for NZ FTA.

Before long, I'll only have to check SBS HD and SBS Two.




Until SBS uses a new sat and then it will bypass NZ..




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  # 457175 10-Apr-2011 10:03
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Yeah, I read it in the paper earlier in the week. Was gutted.

But they are not canceled outright yet - at the moment they are just on hold until after Masterchef has finished and they may be aired then. (They'd better be!!!)



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  # 457186 10-Apr-2011 10:44
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keewee01: But they are not canceled outright yet - at the moment they are just on hold until after Masterchef has finished and they may be aired then.


That's the real issue though - viewers who have watched part of a series, and would like to see the rest of it have no idea if or when it will be shown. The TV companies seem to think that keeping their audiences informed is of no importance whatsoever.

 
 
 
 


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  # 457211 10-Apr-2011 12:39
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Deev8:
keewee01: But they are not canceled outright yet - at the moment they are just on hold until after Masterchef has finished and they may be aired then.


That's the real issue though - viewers who have watched part of a series, and would like to see the rest of it have no idea if or when it will be shown. The TV companies seem to think that keeping their audiences informed is of no importance whatsoever.


I agree - it is rude and ignorant!

They show their real colours - no interest in the viewer, all interest in the advertising dollars!

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  # 457236 10-Apr-2011 15:14

They've also dropped Grand Designs, which they were playing the Ozzie version. They are now just playing old crap movies. Talk about dumbing down their programs.

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  # 457251 10-Apr-2011 17:02
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those show suck anyway

i still think nz tv shucks but i still watch it alot

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  # 457256 10-Apr-2011 17:15
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freeviewfan: those show suck anyway

i still think nz tv shucks but i still watch it alot


Yes - IN YOUR OPINION, which by the way is not definitive.

Personally, I think House is quite well written. I will concede that it does follow the same format every single week, but after however many seasons there has been the characters are still being developed.

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  # 457349 11-Apr-2011 07:05
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What really grinds my gears about this sort of behaviour is that as a network starts a show, then stops it a few episodes in, then perhaps brings it back a few months later with no promotion and at a later time, it delays the DVD/Bluray release. The Fringe season 2 DVD has been delayed for months in NZ because TVNZ hasn't any faith in the show.

If a show isn't rating and thus gets delayed and put on late with no promo, then they obviously don't expect to make any money out of it so should allow the DVD release. The networks are screwing over the retailers. The retailers that advertise on the TV. I recently ordered the Life Bluray from AmazonUK - I had been waiting almost two years for the NZ release, but Prime was holding up the release until after they aired the show, years after the rest of the world. Sorry local retailers, lost sale.

And as people have pointed out, when a half run show is taken off air and people don't know if or when it's coming back because they are treated with complete disdain by the networks, then they will find other ways of getting their *fix*. Perhaps they order off Amazon; perhaps they source it via torrents. Either way, they end up not purchasing from a local retailer and the perception is built that there is no market for TV shows on DVD/Bluray in New Zealand and so less releases make it here in the future.

With the way TVNZ has been treating season 2 of Fringe, it's likely season 3 won't even screen here. Will we even see a season 3 DVD release? Of course, we are so far behind that by the time TVNZ has finally finished screening season 2, all the fans will have finished downloading season 3 off the torrents.

The networks don't care what the viewers think. We are not their customers. The advertisers are the customers, the viewers are just units to be sold to the advertisers. What is needed is for the advertisers and retailers to start putting pressure on the networks to stop screwing over their potential customer base.

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  # 457363 11-Apr-2011 08:33
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Yeah it was pretty bad.
Last night I sad down at 8:30 ready to watch House (as this was what the Listener said would air) but no, instead there was a crappy movie on.

Pretty bad management from TV3 (MediaWorks) if they had to pull it after magazines had already published that it would air.

Oh well goodbye TV3 (and the rest of NZ TV), im going to setup my dish/STB to receive SBS and use altnative methods to get my entertainment (which has NO ads) since it seems NZ TV only wants to re-run old crap movies...

It's a good time to be an ISP Tongue out 

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  # 457370 11-Apr-2011 08:55
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Yeah - I think I am just going to hunt down the DVD box set from overseas and watch House that way. Then I can watch it at what ever thing I like (which I do with MySky anyway).

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  # 457379 11-Apr-2011 09:34
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Yup the change must have only been decided in the last week as my EPG in MediaPortal was still showing the usual line up.
Wife not happy as House is one of the favourites.
At least with MediaPortal, if and when TV3 decide to put House back on, it will automatically pick it up from the EPG and record it so we won't miss it if we don't realise that it has come back on!

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