Lightbox, Auckland, 23 March 2015: Online TV service Lightbox today announced it will add a tranche of brand new TV shows in the coming months and is moving its pricing to $12.99 per 30 days, down from $15. The price change takes effect from tomorrow (Tuesday March 24) and applies to existing and new customers.
Lightbox CEO Kym Niblock says the announcement reflects the TV service’s intention to be at the forefront of its category. “It’s always been our strategy to be competitive in this developing market by offering New Zealanders lots more choice. Being able to stream the TV shows you love, from the beginning and ad-free, is the way of the future. Our customers are pretty vocal about the joys of being able to kick back with decent TV whenever they like. Today’s news adds even more value to Lightbox.”
New shows set to arrive from next month include:
- the BBC’s acclaimed new political drama Wolf Hall;
- lavish Christina Ricci crime drama The Lizzie Borden Chronicles;
- WWII spy thriller X Company and
- Powers, a police procedural with superheroes, created by the PlayStation Network – all exclusive to Lightbox.
In addition, Lightbox is increasing its stable of local shows with the addition of the Taika Waititi-directed New Zealand comedy Super City starring Madeleine Sami.
“Our line-up of shows has expanded every month since we launched last year,” says Niblock. “We’ve been express-delivering shows within hours of their US screenings, so you can choose to watch along with the rest of the world, or wait till it suits you.
“We’ve announced a sports partnership with Coliseum to give New Zealanders a bunch of options when it comes to watching the sports they love, and we’ve rolled out on to more devices and platforms. Also, we’ve got Chromecast and several more device launches for the coming months.
“The price change, and the addition of even more exclusive shows, just makes it that much easier for New Zealanders to choose Lightbox, their home-grown option.”
Lightbox is a New Zealand-made subscription video on demand service (SVOD) that gives you the freedom to choose from thousands of hours of great TV shows, all ready to watch when you are, with no ads to interrupt. With award-winning drama and crime shows, popular comedy and sci-fi series, and an impressive line-up of kids’ programmes, Lightbox has something for the entire family to enjoy.
The service can be used by anyone with a broadband connection and is compatible with selected Samsung Smart TVs and tablets, desktop PCs, laptops, iPads and on Apple TV with Airplay, PlayStation®3 and PlayStation®4. The first 30 days are free, so new subscribers can try out Lightbox.
Your usual ISP charges apply. There are no fixed contracts, no set-top boxes required and no installation costs – it’s TV, online, anytime. For a free 30-day trial of Lightbox register at www.lightbox.co.nz
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New and Exclusive to Lightbox
Wolf Hall – BBC
An intimate portrait of Thomas Cromwell, the brilliant consigliere to King Henry VIII, based on Hilary Mantel’s bestselling novels and starring Mark Rylance and Damian Lewis. By 1529, Henry has been married to Katherine of Aragon for 20 years without producing a male heir. Requests to the Pope for an annulment have gone unheeded. The King’s link to Rome, Cardinal Wolsey, has failed his sovereign in only this one matter and as a result, his life hangs in the balance. Enter Cromwell – a pragmatic and accomplished negotiator, from humble beginnings and with an enigmatic past. As he walks the corridors of power at the Tudor court, Cromwell must navigate deadly political intrigue, the King’s tempestuous relationship with Anne Boleyn and the religious upheavals of the Protestant reformation.
“Feels as real and visceral as if the wolves of Henry’s court were panting down our necks” – The Times, UK
“Masterful… it offers us the chance to bring that fascinating, dangerous world into our living rooms. Pay attention: this is TV worth watching” – Telegraph, UK
“Event television, sumptuous, intelligent and serious, meticulous in the detail, but not humourless or po-faced” – Guardian
The Lizzie Borden Chronicles – Sony
Starring Christina Ricci, The Lizzie Borden Chronicles delivers an intense and fictionalized account of actual events and people surrounding Lizzie’s life after her controversial acquittal of the horrific double murder of her father and stepmother in 1892, when the exonerated figure lives a life awash in newfound celebrity filled with scandalous love affairs. But when numerous people close to Lizzie – ranging from her half-brother William (Andrew Howard, “Hatfields & McCoys™”) to Broadway luminaries and her business associate/underworld kingpin Mr. Flowers (Emmy nominee Jonathan Banks, “Breaking Bad”) – start to mysteriously die under brutal and strange circumstances, legendary Pinkerton detective Charlie Siringo (Cole Hauser, “Good Will Hunting”) becomes determined to prove her involvement in their ultimate demise.
Powers – Sony (PlayStation Network)
Based on the award-winning comic series created by Brian Michael Bendis and Michael Avon Oeming in 2000, Powers is set in a world where humans and super heroes co-exist. A former superhero known as Diamond, homicide detective Christian Walker (Sharlto Copley, District 9) specialises in investigating crimes involving superhumans. Walker lost his powers after an epic battle with Wolfe (Eddie Izzard), a cannibalistic supervillain doing time in a federal containment facility.
X Company – Sony
X Company is an emotionally-driven character drama, set in the thrilling and dangerous world of WWII espionage and covert operations. It follows the stories of five highly skilled young recruits – Canadian, American and British – torn from their ordinary lives to train as agents in an ultra-secret facility on the shores of Lake Ontario. These agents parachute behind enemy lines, where they’re fair game for torture and execution. From elegant hotels to hellholes in the field, it’s one risky operation after another, masterminded by the brains of Camp X.
(New Zealand) Super City: Seasons 1 & 2 – Super Fumes Ltd
A star vehicle for the ample talents of Madeleine Sami (The Jaquie Brown Diaries, Sione’s Wedding), Super City introduces us to five different characters, all living in Auckland City. Pasha is an aging cheerleader clinging to her partying lifestyle; Azeem is an immigrant taxi driver embracing Maori culture; Jo is a gym instructor in love with her best friend; Linda is the runt of her “old girls” clique fostering impoverished artists and Georgie is a homeless girl whose freedom is unexpectedly interrupted
Season One is directed by Taika Waititi (Boy, Eagle vs. Shark) and Season two is directed by Oscar Kightley (Sione’s Wedding, Bro’Town)
Days of Our Lives – Sony
The lives, loves, trials and tribulations of the citizens of Salem are back on New Zealanders’ screens just in time for the show’s 50th anniversary, after going missing from NZ screens for a couple of years. Glossy, daring and unpredictable, the popular daytime soap is among the longest-running shows in the history of TV. Now Kiwi DOOL fans will be able to get their soapy fix, with Lightbox securing the latest and ongoing episodes from the 2014-2015 season.
Breaking Bad – Sony
Breaking Bad is one of Lightbox’s (and history’s) most popular TV shows. The entire ground-breaking series is now exclusive to Lightbox. It will be the only place where you can watch each and every episode of Breaking Bad back to back and ad-free from the very first episode. From Walter White to Saul Goodman and back to Jimmy McGill, Lightbox literally has them all.