It’s a trend that’s showing no sign of slowing—Netflix cheating, or more specifically, watching a show ahead of the person or people you’re supposed to be watching with. To help Netflix cheaters make things right, Spark and Colenso BBDO have created a website giving the self-indulgent and guilty characters a space to confess and apologise for their behaviour.
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The haka, the ad and the outrage: has the line between subscription and ad-funded become more defined?
As paying subscribers become increasingly accustomed to ad-free viewing experiences, we look at why viewers found Sky's post-haka ad so annoying over the weekend.
At the close of 2016, Netflix had broken the threshold of one million New Zealand users and Lightbox had doubled its numbers since 2015. However, that's not to say New Zealanders are choosing sides, with Roy Morgan Research showing that they're happy to dip into different services.
The frozen waffle company made a surprise rogue appearance during the Super Bowl as Netflix dished up a fresh teaser for Stranger Things.
It has been over a decade since Friends came to an end, but its popularity remains. New Zealanders continue to get their daily dose as it holds the 6pm week day spot on TV2, while in France people are now tuning in on Netflix thanks to a clever pre-roll ad campaign.
Last year, the Global Mode legal battle provided a feisty introduction to the competitive banter that would unfold as the SVOD market started to mature in New Zealand. And although, we are only a few weeks into January, there are already a few jabs being thrown in this space. Following on from news that Netflix was going to clamp down on backdoor users accessing its US version, Neon has been quick to play its first hand with a responsive media release titled “Never fear NEON is Here”.
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In 2015, the maturation of New Zealand’s SVOD market was tracked in the column inches of media journalists across the industry. And this trend has already continued this year with Netflix making headlines by extending its service to 130 countries across the world and then saying that it was looking into clamping down on VPN users to ensure they can’t log into global content. We chat to Lightbox chief executive Kym Niblock about what's likely to happen in the SVOD market in 2016.
Research from Roy Morgan reveals that Netflix was reaching 398,000 New Zealanders only three months after its original launch.
Those who blurt out spoilers without considering the consequences of their actions have become widely reviled species that are simply met with groans and sighs of disgust from those in their company. And the new Netflix spot educates viewers on the etiquette that viewers must exercise when in the company of fans of particular shows.
Spark’s ‘North Star’ brings its vision of the future to life, as NZME embarks on one of its biggest branded content projects yet
Visions of the future are fertile territory for psychics, science fiction writers and highly paid consultants. And as Spark attempts to move from dumb pipes to digital services, it’s joined in the fun and created Spark Life 2025 to show what life might be like ten years from now. And NZME has helped bring its vision to life online. PLUS: Branded content advice from a master of the art, Time Inc's Melanie Deziel.
We have cars that can drive themselves, fridges that know when we're out of milk and sensors that can tell if your elderly relatives have taken their pills. Now, for those who also want their binge watching smartened, Netflix has given the world a button that can turn on your TV, dim your lights, silence your phone and even order food.
The venn diagram that justified the creation of House of Cards showed that Netflix had big data on its side. And since then it's had a pretty good run as far as creating original content goes. Its latest series, Narcos, follows the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar and it has also been a major hit. And, in keeping with a native ad strategy that has seen it work with The New York Times to promote Orange is the New Black, The Atlantic to promote House of Cards and Wired to promote a new era of TV, it's called on The Wall St Journal's commercial content division Custom Studios to create an impressive indepth series of the economics of the cocaine trade.
The second episode of Kiwibank’s KB Series featuring Jamie Curry is out. In this episode, Curry has moved into her new flat in Auckland and is attempting to navigate herself through the beginnings of adult life, which she does with much uncertainty and awkwardness.
Not too long ago the high-pitched robotic noises of a modem connecting served as our only gateway to an online world that was typified by webpages that slowly lagged into existence. Over time, the lag has reduced and ongoing roll out ultra-fast broadband (UFB) holds the promise of snuffing it out entirely. StopPress chats to a few industry players about why the roll out of ultra-fast broadband is important for Kiwi consumers.
While the nation's other SVOD players are taking legal steps in regard to Global Mode, market newcomer Netflix has thus far been quiet in terms of its position on the use of virtual private networks (VPNs) to access international content. The company has not joined MediaWorks, TVNZ, Sky and Spark in the case, which is set clarify the legality of Global Mode in the local market. And this could largely come down to the fact that the company has little incentive to support the action. PLUS: a look at the leaked emails from Sony executives on Netflix's approach to geo-filtering.