With TV Guide Deputy Editor Chris Bush
The TV landscape is changing rapidly in New Zealand and throughout the world. And the way that many people are choosing to view TV is also altering rapidly. With the vast array of viewing platforms available today, people no longer have to wait until many shows are scheduled by a traditional broadcast network but can watch them at a time and place of their choosing. TVNZ, which has announced its new line-up of programmes for the coming year (see story page 6), is embracing this changing market and streaming several key shows on TVNZ OnDemand first. TVNZ’s director of content Cate Slater says these changes are the result of audience demand and it also gives viewers choice (see story page 12). This latter point is the real key for me. Change should be about making life and viewing experiences easier and better for everyone. If people want to watch a show OnDemand that’s fine but viewers should also have the option of being able to watch that same programme on traditional TV if they choose to do so. The two platforms should be able to co-exist, while still making money, and thereby keeping everyone happy.