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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.

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